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by N.J. Walters
This is a revised edition of a novella that originally appeared in the Taming the Alpha boxed set.
Kansas Fielding and Tobias Slater had always been friends, so when the two indulged in a kiss out of simple curiosity, the depth of the passion they ignited caught them both by surprise, and left them with an insatiable hunger for more. But the next day Tobias was gone, disappearing into a secret life Kansas knew nothing about. Now, two years later—years Kansas has spent building a life and forgetting Tobias—he’s returned, disillusioned and uncertain of his future.
Despite the unanswered questions hanging between them, neither can ignore the deep longing stirred up by that one long-ago kiss, and they recklessly surrender to the intensely erotic feelings. And while Kansas knows she’ll do whatever it takes to make Tobias admit his true feelings for her, it’s Tobias who will have to trust in himself to know he’s come home for good.
Excerpt from Coming Home
©2015 & 2017 N.J. Walters
He was about to step around the hood of his vehicle when he heard voices off to his left. He froze and his hand went to the small of his back, where he’d hidden his gun. When he realized what he was doing, he pulled his hand away. Instincts, finally honed after months of living among people who would have killed him in a heartbeat if they’d found out his real identity, couldn’t be forgotten overnight.
The last thing he wanted to do was shoot some poor guy who’d run out to the store for a six-pack. Still, he pulled back and blended with the shadows. Better to watch and wait until they were gone.
His gaze narrowed as he watched a woman striding toward him with two men dogging her steps. One of the men grabbed her arm and spun her around. Tobias caught a glimpse of the woman’s face in the streetlight and every muscle in his body tightened.
He froze, unable to look away from her. Then her voice cut through the night.
“Let me go.”
“You need to keep your nose out of other people’s business, bitch.”
Tobias didn’t wait to see what happened next, he stepped out of the darkness and walked toward them, purposely letting the soles of his boots make noise against the pavement.
All three of them glanced toward him. The two men frowned but the woman’s eyes lit up and the anger on her face ebbed away.
“You want to take your hands off the lady.” Tobias studied the men. They were in their mid-twenties, both around six feet in height and they’d had the look of men who’d been in plenty of trouble. He knew the type.
“And you want to mind your own business,” the one holding the woman told him.
Tobias slowly shook his head. “Afraid I can’t do that.”
The man’s friend was getting twitchy and started to reach behind his back. Tobias moved, swung his body around and kicked out with his booted foot. At six-four he had very long legs. His size thirteen foot connected with the other man’s stomach and knocked him on his ass. His head bounced once against the concrete sidewalk and he didn’t get up.
Tobias turned his attention back to the other man. “Hurt her and you’re a dead man.” He might have given the better part of his life to upholding the law but there was one person in this world who’d he’d kill for. Die for. And this asshole happened to be holding her arm.
“Who the fuck do you think you are?” the man demanded.
“Someone you don’t want to fuck with.” Tobias didn’t want to draw his weapon if he didn’t have to. Firing a shot would bring attention and possibly even the cops. He just didn’t want the hassle.
“I ain’t afraid of you.”
He could fight the man but it might be easier to just make him go away. Tobias reached into his back pocket and pulled out a thin leather wallet. He flipped it open to display his credentials. “DEA. I can make trouble for you and your buddy for the next twenty years of your life or you can walk away. Your choice.”
The man released the woman’s arm as though it was too hot to touch. He backed away, his hands held in front of him. “Hey man. No need to get worked up about things. I was just trying to explain something to the bi—” He broke off when he caught the expression on Tobias’s face.
Tiring of the posturing. Tobias took a step toward the man. He stumbled back and almost tripped over the curb.
“Take your friend with you.”
The man on the ground moaned but his friend yanked him to his feet and the two of them disappeared down the road.
The woman stood silently beneath the streetlight and he drank in the sight of her. Her shoulder-length brown hair was gone, replaced by a short, sassy cut. And it was now cherry red. Such an obviously fake color shouldn’t have looked good, yet it suited her perfectly and enhanced the delicate features of her face. High cheekbones, a slender nose and porcelain skin made her beautiful. Her green eyes held intelligence and her lips turned up in a smile.
“Still making friends with your winning ways, Tobias.”
He closed his eyes briefly as the affection in her voice warmed him all the way to his cold heart. “I could say the same thing about you.”
The Gift of Shayla|
by N.J. Walters
©2011 by Harlequin Enterprises Limited
Cover art used by arrangement with Harlequin Enterprises LImited
Adam Lancaster has been in love with Rob McKeith—and attracted to Rob's wife, Shayla—for years, but he fears their friendship would be over if they knew the truth. So he's thrilled when his secret fantasy becomes reality and the couple offers him a very special gift: a sensual Christmas Eve in their bedroom…
" Ms. Walter's has a true gift for combining scorching erotica with deep emotion, and she uses that gift with a master's touch in this story...This lady can flat write her butt off. This would be a terrific story to read by a cozy fire with a significant other while the elements rage outside. It is a guaranteed heart pumper."
—Blue Shedevil, Rage, Sex and Teddy Bears
"I ate this story up like a duck on a junebug. The Gift of Shayla was one of the hottest little stories I’ve run across in a looong time. Ms. Walters plies her craft with a master’s touch in this story, mixing erotica with deep emotion for the perfect holiday stocking stuffer."
—Wendy Mitchell, You Gotta Read Reviews
"The sex of course was amazing and written spectacularly and shockingly there was growth to it as well. (Get your minds out of the gutter and let me explain). Typically with these types of novels the sex just starts with a bang and goes from there, but in this novel the sex starts slow and exploratory and gets more emotional and deeper from there. This is a great example of how packed a little novel can be."
B+—Nicole, Romance Book Forum
Excerpt from The Gift of Shayla
©2011 N.J. Walters
Permission to reproduce text granted by Harlequin Books S.A.
The wind brushed against the house and it made a lonely hollow sound that matched how he was feeling. It was cold outside with about six inches of snow on the ground and the wind blowing it around. Inside it was warm and cozy.
Not tonight, he thought. It was Christmas Eve. The last thing he wanted was to be booted out of his best friend’s life because Rob had finally noticed how Adam looked at him.
Bottom line—he wanted Rob. Had always been attracted to him. When they were kids, it had been strictly as a friend. He liked Rob. Admired his athletic ability, his loyalty. The two had been inseparable as kids and that hadn’t changed as they’d gotten older. The problems started when puberty hit. Adam had found himself watching not only girls, but Rob as well.
Adam felt adrift. He was different. Had never been quite like the other guys. He was bisexual. It had taken him years to finally admit that to himself. He’d hidden his attraction to Rob from his friend and himself for most of his life.
It had become more difficult when Rob started dating Shayla. Beautiful, kind, quiet Shayla. She wasn’t society’s idea of a classic beauty. She wasn’t tall or blonde or skinny. No, Shayla was a throwback to a time when men enjoyed women with curves.
About five foot four, she had long black hair that fell all the way to her waist. He’d spent many nights with his hands wrapped around his dick while he daydreamed about her. He could easily picture her on her hands and knees in front of him, sucking his cock. Her hair would be fisted in his fingers and he’d guide her movements while he admired her full lips as they slid over his length.
Her eyes were warm brown. Inviting. Sometimes shy. Her face was heart-shaped and her nose turned up slightly at the tip. Her breasts were full and firm, her hips rounded.
And not only was she beautiful—that might have caught Rob’s attention but wouldn’t have held it—but she was super intelligent. She made her living as a freelance writer and her work was regularly published in major magazines. Nothing sexier than a smart woman.
Fuck, he felt like an idiot for lusting after not only his friend, but also his friend’s wife. Not that he’d ever do anything about his fantasies. Not only no, but hell no. He treated Shayla with the utmost respect and kept his distance. She was Rob’s wife and no way would he ever do anything to hurt Rob.
Yet the feelings still lingered. There was something wrong with him. Had to be. He plowed his fingers through his hair. He was a fucking mess.
“Adam.” There was an edge to Rob’s voice now. Adam knew his friend too well to think he was going to drop whatever was on his mind.
“Where’s Shayla?” He desperately tried to divert the conversation. It was strange he hadn’t seen her. She must be out somewhere, but he couldn’t imagine where she’d be. Not at eight o’clock in the evening on Christmas Eve.
When Rob didn’t answer, Adam finally turned his face toward him. His friend’s expression was more serious than he’d ever seen it. Shit. He picked up his glass and gulped down the rest. A waste of good scotch, for sure, but he needed the hit. Not that one drink would have much affect on him, but it was better than nothing. He needed something to dull the coming pain.
“I’ve seen how you look at me,” Rob began.
Adam closed his eyes and swallowed hard. The liquor he’d just drunk burned in his gut. He could still salvage this. He had to. The alternative didn’t bear considering.
He opened his eyes and chuckled. “Of course I look at you. I see you all the time.” There, that sounded casual enough.
“I’ve also seen how you look at Shayla.”