Welcome to another Snippet Saturday. Today’s theme is My Baby’s Got a Secret. Enjoy my excerpt and then blog hop to the other blogs listed below.
The man who vows to protect her may be her biggest threat.
Being the daughter of a world-renowned scientist, Sienna Peters has struggled to carve out her own career in the field. But her world is sent spinning when she discovers a secret species being held in the lab where she works, and the horrible things being done to them. Compelled to do more than hand off an information-packed jump drive to her father, she sets out to free the creatures.
The minute his team enters the compound, federal agent Warrick Donovan knows their mission will have more trouble than they bargained on. Unfortunately, trouble comes in the form of Sienna Peters, the younger sister of his close friend. Now not only does he need to save her pretty ass, he needs to discover just how involved she is with the imprisonment of the shifters.
Sienna knows she should trust no one—not even the man she might still love. But as the danger escalates and past passion ignites, her heart has other ideas. Even when the shroud of mystery is ripped off more than one stunning truth…
Warning: Must love alpha males, be intrigued by federal agents who may or may not shift into wolves, and most importantly be prepared for intense action of the dangerous and sexual kind.
“A thrilling, sexy adventure from page one. Awesome!” Cherry Adair, New York Times Bestselling Author
“The first book in the Savage series by Stevens is off to a rockin’ start. Filled with intrigue and action it seems like the plot of a television series. It has a cast of characters guaranteed to cause a reaction — either annoyance or intrigue — and is sure to catch even the most cynical reader’s attention.” ~Romantic Times Magazine
“How long have you been working for Feloray Laboratories, Sienna?”
And let the questioning begin.
Biting back a sigh, she tugged her hand away and moved to lean back against the trunk of the tree. Warrick touching her, even as innocently as holding her hand, was far too distracting. And she wanted to confess. Right now, more than anything, she wanted someone she could trust. But as much as she ached to, she couldn’t tell him everything. It was too risky.
“Two years. I want to get some experience in the field before I go back to get my master’s degree.”
Warrick paced between the trees, reaching up to grab a branch. “And what exactly do you do there?”
Sienna inhaled the refreshingly clean air, let it fill her lungs and calm her as she tried to keep her mind sharp.
“Well I went to school to be a biochemist, but right now, there are not a lot of jobs out there, so I’m a grunt. With a promise to be promoted to lab technician soon. Or there was the promise.” Her mouth tightened. “As a grunt I do what they tell me to do. A lot of data entry. A lot of cleaning up of someone else’s mess.”
“And what about the shifters?” He snapped the small, thin branch from the tree and twirled it between his fingers. “Were they just another mess for you to clean up, Sienna?”
Her lips parted and a noise of indignation slipped out. Why was he always so quick to assume the worst? There’d been a time when she could do no wrong in Warrick’s eyes. So much had changed since that time though…he’d changed.
“No. I told you that I wasn’t even aware the shifters existed until yesterday.” Though she couldn’t tell him everything, at least that much was the truth.
“Ah, Sienna. I’m just not quite sure I believe you, kid.” Warrick sighed and glanced away. “You’re hiding something.”
Of course she was, and they both knew it. But he should also be smart enough to realize she wasn’t going to bend on this.
She stared at his profile, the strong line of his jaw and the curl of his mouth expressing his displeasure. The sun shone behind him, silhouetting Warrick’s muscled, beautiful body like he was Adonis.
She’d always done that. Cast Warrick in some deity-like glow that set him above all other men. Made him seem beyond extraordinary.
Her stomach fluttered with awareness. And a heat that had nothing to do with the sun beating down on them slid through her blood.
The silence between them stretched on, seeming louder than the birds chirping happily around them.
For one insane moment, she was tempted to tell him everything. To go grab the jump drive from the bathroom, and unload the emotional burden of keeping this secret.
But again Leo’s warning gave her pause. He hadn’t thrown that in there just for the hell of it, he’d completely believed there to be some kind of threat from a supposed ally to the shifters. And for creatures that shouldn’t have even existed, the P.I.A. was probably their biggest—if not only—ally.
“You trust me, Sienna. I know you do.”
“Look, Warrick, I’ve told you everything I know,” she said softly and sank her teeth into her bottom lip to avoid saying anything else.
He turned on his heel and was next to her before she could blink. His arms slammed against the tree on either side of her.
“Dammit, this isn’t one of your little games, Sienna. There’s a lot at risk here.” His gaze slid over her face and his voice gentled. “So much you can’t even begin to understand.”
With his body pressed just inches from hers, Sienna stilled. Hot awareness slid through her as she stared at the tic in his clenched jaw. Warrick had always had that unrestrained air about him, but the black stubble peppering his jaw made him seem even more dangerous and fierce.
“How did you find out about the shifters?” His voice took on a hypnotic note and she found her gaze unwillingly lifting to meet his.
Everything around them faded as her attention locked onto the gray-blue depths of his eyes. Her breathing slowed as she watched his pupils dilate. A calm settled over her.
Warrick moved his arm and a moment later he traced two fingers lightly down her cheek.
“Tell me, Sienna.”
She exhaled softly. “I was told about them.”
“Good girl.” His thumb brushed over her lower lip. “Who told you about them?”
Can’t tell him that. Don’t tell him that.
His head dipped, his lips so close to hers she could feel the hot breaths of air over her mouth.
Almost of its own violation, her body leaned into his. Her eyelids fluttered closed.
Warrick’s lips grazed the corner of her mouth. “Who told you, Sienna?”
Her lips parted on a sigh. The name ready to roll off her tongue.
The harsh male voice snapped her from the daze. The heaviness that had taken over her mind and body dissipated and she blinked her eyes open in dismay .
Warrick stared down at her, his gaze clouded with frustration and a burning heat that turned her bones to liquid.
“What’s up?” he called back, without moving away from her.
Larson answered a second later. “I need you to help me with something in here.”
Sienna slipped beneath his arm and stumbled away from him. Her ankle hit a protruding root, but she caught herself before she could fall. Her body trembled from the blood rushing through her veins and she shook her head.
Dammit. How had he gotten her to almost spill her guts? What kind of crazy spell—
“We need to get back inside.” His terse command snapped between them before he turned away and walked back toward the safe house.
Obviously he expected her to follow, and really, what choice did she have? Run and get two feet away?
Sienna started after him and tried again to figure out what the hell had just happened.