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SHE BRINGS OUT THE WOLF IN HIM
Lacey Barton can’t deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn’t mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. She’s hell-bent on discovering who’s behind the brutal dogfights sending countless mauled animals to her veterinarian office. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she’s in way over her head—right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.
With Lacey in danger, Alex’s wolf side is unleashed. But when she witnesses Alex shift, she’s even more terrified… Now it’s up to Alex to crack the case—and earn back Lacey’s trust and, ultimately, her heart.
Lacy is a vet whose passion for animals won’t let her stop trying to find the source of the dog fights that keeps animal control bringing severely injured dogs to her doorstep. The problem is her snooping is not only endangering herself but also an investigation that encompasses far more than just the dog fighting.
Alex meets Lacey when Doc Jones isn’t around for Tuffie’s check-up. Although she’s not familiar with Tuffie’s injuries, he really can’t reschedule this appointment. He wants to get to know her better but keeps getting shot down. Apparently she has no time for dating, but Alex is determined.
This is a favorite scene at Tuffie’s vet appointment.
She pushed her hair behind her ear and cleared her throat. “I guess we ought to get on with Tuffie’s checkup. So you can get back to saving the world and everything.”
“Yeah, of course.”
Reaching down, Alex gently picked up Tuffie and set her on the stainless steel exam table.
“Nice muscle tone,” Lacey murmured.
Alex felt the compliment go right to his head. “Thanks.”
“Actually, I was talking about Tuffie,” Lacey said as she tenderly ran her hands over the dog’s shoulders.
She looked up at him from beneath her lashes. “But yours is pretty good too.”
Alex chuckled. Damn, this woman was good. He had her by a foot in height and more than a hundred pounds in weight, yet she was playing him like a fiddle, and he didn’t mind one bit. He couldn’t remember ever having such an immediate and intense reaction to any woman he’d ever met. Suddenly, he wanted to know everything there was to know about her—and then some.
Lacey was more than accommodating, telling him about how she’d recently gotten a job here after working several years at a place on the west side of Dallas closer to Arlington.
“I loved it there, but this place is closer to my apartment,” she told him as she continued to examine Tuffie. “I’ve cut my commute time by about an hour and a half each way, so it’s like getting a whole extra day off to do stuff I want to do instead of sitting in traffic.”
“And what do you like to do with all this extra time?” he asked.
Lacey leaned over to read something in Tuffie’s medical records. Alex tensed, worried she’d found something wrong, but after a moment, she merely nodded to herself, then went back to checking Tuffie.
“I do a lot of volunteer work at one of the nearby animal shelters,” she said. “I’m also on call to help out both Animal Services and the DPD Animal Cruelty Squad when they run into injured dogs.”
Whoa. A woman who spent her days taking care of dogs for a living, then did it during her spare time for free? That was definitely a woman Alex could appreciate.
“It’s pretty amazing that you give so much of your time to animal causes,” he said. “Getting called out at all hours of the day and night must be tough on your boyfriend, though.”
Lacey urged Tuffie over on her back, pressing carefully along one of the long scars that ran all the way from the base of her rib cage to the middle of her cute pink tummy.
“I don’t have a boyfriend right now,” she said, the corners of her mouth turning up. “My life is a little too busy for that at the moment.”
Bingo! Alex had already noticed she wasn’t wearing a ring. Now he knew she wasn’t seeing anyone. Could this get any better?
Lacey finished her inspection of Tuffie’s surgical scars, then rolled her back over and gave her an affectionate pat on the head.
“Everything looks great,” she announced.
Alex grinned. “Excellent.” He picked up Tuffie and set her on the floor. “I know you spend a lot of your off time volunteering, but I’d really love to take you out to dinner sometime.”
Lacey picked up Tuffie’s chart and made some notes as she walked around to his side of the exam table. Alex took a deep breath, taking in her scent. His nose wasn’t usually the best, but damn, she smelled good.
“I’d really love to, but I can’t.” She smiled up at him. “Like I said, my life is way too hectic right now. Thanks for asking, though.”
A sinking feeling like he’d never felt before settled in the pit of Alex’s stomach. Shit, it felt like he’d been punched in the gut. He cleared his throat, muttering something about it being no big deal, then quickly left the room with Tuffie. He did everything he could not to let anything show on his face, but on the inside, he was disappointed as hell. He was so bummed he barely remembered paying the receptionist, but since no one stopped him when he left, he supposed he must have.
Alex paused when he got to his pickup, still trying to figure out what the hell had just happened. He looked down at Tuffie, but she seemed just as confused as he was. He’d never considered himself a smooth talker like Remy or some of the other guys in the Pack, but when he asked a woman out, he never got turned down. At least not since he’d gone through his change more than three years ago.
“Did I miss something?” he asked Tuffie. “She was flirting with me in there, wasn’t she?”
The pit bull mix didn’t say anything one way or the other, but the expression on her face seemed to indicate she agreed with him. Lacey Barton had been feeling him. The chemistry he’d been picking up on hadn’t been a figment of his imagination. None of that mattered though, because she’d shot him down without a moment’s hesitation. And damn, it stung like a son of a bitch.
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It would take some doing but with some help from Lacey’s friend Wendy who is also on the police force, Lacey finally goes out with Alex. The attraction is intense and the relationship has to go slow because of Lacey’s younger sister Kelsey.
Lacey finds herself narrowly escaping trouble while looking for a lead to tie the owner of a junkyard to the dogfights in an investigation. Alex saves her from discovery but she sees his other form and gets scared off.
When her sister Kelsey disappears, she finds she really didn’t know her sister at all and the only one she can turn to is Alex.
With a designer drug named fireball on the streets and young girls disappearing and sending emails to the school dropping out of classes, Alex and the team are busier than usual. With Kelsey one of the missing Alex gives everything he has to find Lacey’s sister and keep both of them safe.
A page-turning read with plenty of action, suspense, laughter, tears and sizzling heat.
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Paige is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of sexy romantic suspense and paranormal romance. She graduated from The University of West Florida with a degree in education in 2000, but decided to pursue a full-time career as a writer in 2004. Since then, she’s written over fifty books in several genres, including paranormal, contemporary, western, sci-fi and erotica. She loves writing about strong, sexy, alpha males and the feisty,independent women who fall for them. From verbal foreplay to sexual heat, her stories of romance, adventure, suspense, passion and true love will leave you breathlessly panting for more.
She and her very own military hero (also known as her husband) live on the beautiful Florida coast with their adorable fur baby (also known as their dog). Paige graduated with a degree in education, but decided to pursue her passion and write books about hunky alpha males and the kick-butt heroines who fall in love with them.
When not working on her latest book, Paige enjoys reading, jogging, P90X, Yoga, Pilates, going to the beach, watching NFL football, watching movies and hanging out with her husband (not necessarily in that order!)