Beyond the Dark

Featuring In a Wolf's Embrace (Breeds Book 13)

A daring collection of never-before-published erotic desire from four of the hottest names in paranormal romance.

Four of the most sizzling authors of paranormal romance take readers beyond their wildest fantasies, to a seductive midnight world of erotic suspense, demons, mages, vampires, and knights. A world of queens with devilish secrets, and of demons with secret desires. So dangerous and fun, readers may never want to come back down to earth again…

Featuring In a Wolf’s Embrace by Lora Leigh

Matthias Slaughter and Grace Anderson were meant to mate. To love. Until Grace catches Matthias in the act of assassinating a suspected council scientist. She knew he was dangerous, knew he wasn’t the sort of man she should love. She expected him to kill her as well. She didn’t expect the man he revealed himself to be, or the love she can no longer deny. But there are other forces determined to take Grace from Matthias. Forces that just might succeed in destroying what is left of the man within him.

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“Where are we?” She finally asked wearily, staring up at the ceiling of the SUV, trying to hide her response to his touch.

“We’re about two hours from your cabin,” he told her softly, enjoying the feel of her satiny knee and the flesh in the curve of her leg against his fingertips.

“You researched me well then,” she stated, fighting to control her breathing.

The scent of her arousal was growing. The glands in his tongue were thickening. He should stop touching her, he should place both hands on the steering wheel and concentrate on driving the vehicle rather than driving them both crazy with lust.

“I researched you for months,” he admitted. He refused to lie to her any longer. “I followed you at night when you jogged, and tracked your movements otherwise. You were under surveillance for nearly six months.”

He hurt her. He could smell the scent of her inner pain and he hated it.

“Why did you choose me? Why not the head of security? Or the head manager? Why a lowly assistant manager with limited power?”

He snorted at that. “You mean the lazy manager who has shifted all the work, responsibility and information to your shoulders while claiming the fruits of your labor?” He asked. “I didn’t have to get very close to smell the laziness on that woman to know the truth of her. All I had to do was read the file that had been prepared on her.”

“How did you know Albrecht would be here during the security upgrade?”

“I had my sources.” He shrugged.

“How many of you are working together?”

Matthias flashed her a grin. “How many of us did you see?”

“You had help,” she bit out. “How else did you manage to get my luggage or have my car moved? You couldn’t have done this alone.”

“I was alone.” He wouldn’t tell her different. There was always a chance she wasn’t the person he thought she was, and he didn’t dare betray the others. “Stop asking me questions, Grace. We’ll talk when we get to the cabin.”

“Stop touching me then. And I swear to God, if your fingers go any higher, the first chance I get I’m cutting them off your hand.”

His hand had slid higher, inches above her knee, and despite her order, she was enjoying it. The smell of her arousal was now covering her fear. The air around him was indolent with the scent of a wicked storm. He could feel the wild pulse of her blood beneath her flesh, and knew it matched his own.

“I’ve been dying to touch you, Grace,” he finally admitted. “Holding back these past weeks has been hell on my control.”

“Well isn’t that just too damned bad,” she snapped, though he could hear the breathlessness, the hunger inside her. “Because you don’t have a chance in hell now. Unless it’s rape your after, big boy, you fucked up when you pulled that trigger. I wouldn’t sleep with you now if all that mating heat crap the tabloids printed was true.”