Wednesday, January 9, 2013

And a Belated Christmas Story

Last month I told you about my M/M Christmas story A Little Christmas Cheer, which came out from MLR Press on December 7.

At the time, I wasn't completely sure of the release date for my heterosexual romance Christmas story, so I didn't mention it. But it came out December 15 from Passion in Print Press, so now I'll share!

The Alpha's Bride is a sequel to my paranormal romance novel Beta Test, which came out in June. I didn't feel like Justin Ruel and Tareth McConnell's story was finished, but my editor said it was and that if I wrote another novel in the series, I would have to have a new hero and heroine. So we compromised on this Christmas story, which gives me (and readers) some closure to Justin and Tareth's story. You can find it at Passion in Print Press.

Werewolf Alpha Justin Ruel had believed he could never be a father, since werewolf females can't carry children to term. But his mate Tareth McConnell is human.
Tareth fears telling Justin she's pregnant. They've known each other only three months, and although they're true mates, she worries that it's too soon for a child. When Tareth confesses the truth to Justin, he's thrilled. Knowing that he will have a child is the best Christmas gift he could have received. And with his pack's help, Justin plans to make Tareth's Christmas just as memorable.

Right now, the only thing that mattered was seeing his mate. Holding her. Breathing her scent. Feeling her skin against his.
His cock started to stiffen at the thought of Tareth naked beneath him. Supper could wait. He needed her.
He walked into the living room and caught his breath at the sight before him. Lit only by the small white Christmas lights around the windows and on the tiny tree which took up one of their end tables, Tareth stood wearing the red satin chemise he’d bought her a few weeks earlier. Its jewel-toned color suited her deep brown hair and light complexion perfectly.
Not that she needed to wear anything special to make him want her. From the first time he’d seen her, he’d known this beautiful woman was his. The fact that she’d agreed still astonished him.
They were true mates, but his love for her was even stronger than the mating bond. When he was away from her for even a few hours, he keenly felt a piece of him missing. Now, home and in her presence, his world was set right again. None of the stress mattered. He was here with the woman he loved, and that love filled the room.
Along with something more primal. She knew what he needed from her, and from the way the chemise hugged her curves, he suspected she wore nothing beneath it.
The shy smile she gave him confirmed it. “Welcome home.”
“Mmm.” He could think of no other response. He simply stared at her, drinking in the gorgeous sight. Desire raced through him and his entire being hungered to touch her. Sheer lust hardened his cock and brought his wolf to the surface. He closed the distance between himself and his mate in two long strides and crushed her against him, inhaling deeply.
She was aroused too. He could smell it as well as feel it in the way she melted against him. Her nipples protruded against the chemise and he pulled back from her enough to run a thumb over one. She gasped and shivered, and Justin grinned. “Turned on, are you?”
She reached up and slipped his braided hair through her fingers, looking into his eyes. The tenderness and intimacy of her touch always got to him. He closed his eyes and took another breath.
“I’ve been waiting for you to come home,” she said, her voice thick with desire. “I hoped you wouldn’t be long. I’ve wanted you all day.”
“We could have had a quickie in my office,” he teased.
“Yeah, and every shifter in the place would have known exactly what we were doing.” She shook her head. “Priscilla would have been pounding on the door, and everyone else would have been laughing at their Alpha for not being able to wait till he got home to fuck his mate.”
“Priscilla needs to get over herself.” He stroked her hair. “I don’t care what any of them think. You’re beautiful and sexy and I can barely keep my hands off you when I’m around you all day at work.”
“Same here.” She pressed herself against him and wrapped her arms tightly around him. He sighed as the last of his anger left him, replaced by pure raw hunger.


Tina Donahue said...

Wonderful excerpt, Karenna - and I love the cover! Congrats on your newest release. :)

KarennaC said...

Thanks, Tina!

jean hart stewart said...

Great excerpt..Love sexy shifters. Also fond of Passion in Print, so you've got a winner.