Iâ€™ve always been a sucker for that first â€ścute-meetâ€ť scene in
a romance story. You know, when the hero and heroine first make eye contact and magic
happens? Well, it didnâ€™t quite happen that way in Wolf Rising, Book 8 in the SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team Series. Thatâ€™s
because werewolf/SWAT Officer Jayden Brooks was too busy that first meeting saving high
school teacher Selena Rosa from one of her former students whoâ€™d dropped out to join a gang.
Brooks had to tackle Selena to the floor to keep her from being shot, which left her a little
woozy. At least that seems to be the reason the normally fiery woman is so out of it. Their
second meeting in the dayroom of the Dallas SWAT compound was much more â€ścute-
As you can see from the excerpt below, this second meeting
does go well, with lots of banter and sexual chemistry. This scene was so much fun to write
because the two characters seemed to hit it off pretty much all on their own. I barely had to
work that hard at it. I just put them in a room together and they took it from there. Â
The dayroom was big enough for the whole SWAT team to
fit, as well as their extended pack, which was a good thing, since it was growing in leaps and
bounds. In addition to the two couches and coffee table, there were beanbag chairs and a
sweet big-screen TV. Since it was the holiday season, there was also a Christmas tree with all
the trimmings. Brooks gestured to one of the couches, then sat down beside her.
â€śIâ€™m glad we got a chance to talk in private,â€ť Selena said. â€śI
wanted to ask if you got injured in the rescue but wasnâ€™t sure if I should bring it up in front of
everyone else. I know guys can get embarrassed when women ask questions like that around
He was so distracted by the sexy curve of her hips as she
crossed her legs that he almost missed what sheâ€™d said. â€śInjured? Nah.â€ť
â€śYou werenâ€™t? Huh.â€ť She frowned, confusion clouding her
eyes. â€śThere was so much blood on my clothes, not to mention the floor, and when I realized it
couldnâ€™t be Pabloâ€™s, I naturally assumed it was yours.â€ť
Brooksâ€™s first instinct was to say nothing. That was the
standard response anytime someone outside the Pack saw something they shouldnâ€™t. But
Selena looked so distressed, he had to tell her something.
â€śOh, you must mean these.â€ť He gestured at the freshly
healed scars on his forearm from both the small bullet hole up near his elbow and the larger
incision heâ€™d gotten when Trey had dug Pabloâ€™s bullet out of him. â€śI cut myself on a piece of
glass picking you up. It was nothing.â€ť
Selena studied the scars, her eyes narrowing a little before
she looked back at him. Brooks had no doubt she was trying to figure out how scars that
looked like they were a week old could possibly have produced as much blood as sheâ€™d had on
her clothes. When she stared him straight in the eyes for several long moments, he wondered
if this was what her students felt like when theyâ€™d been caught lying. He held his breath, sure
she was going to call him on it.
But instead, she nodded and broke eye contact. â€śIâ€™m glad it
wasnâ€™t anything more serious. You could have gotten shot shielding me like that.â€ť
He breathed a sigh of relief. â€śIt was nothing. I was more
worried about hurting you. I slammed into you pretty hard. I didnâ€™t break anything, did
Selena shook her head. â€śNo breaks, thank goodness. The
doctor was worried I might have gotten a concussion, though. He could be right. My head was
a little wonky last night for sure.â€ť
â€śWonky?â€ť It was his turn to frown. â€śWhat do you mean?
Should you be out of the hospital?â€ť
Brooks subconsciously moved closer, his heart beating
faster at the thought that heâ€™d hurt her. He was half a second away from sweeping her up into
his arms and hauling ass for his truck to take her to the hospital.
Selena must have read his mind, because she stopped him
with a smile and a gentle hand on his arm. â€śIâ€™m okayâ€¦really. Iâ€™ll admit my heart rate was all
over the place when I was there, and I had a fever nobody could explain, but thankfully,
everything went back to normal. As it turns out, the doctor decided my symptoms werenâ€™t
related to anything physical.â€ť
â€śWhat was it then?â€ť
She took her hand away from his arm as she shrugged. â€śHe
seemed to think Iâ€™m dealing with post-traumatic stress.â€ť
A part of Brooks was relieved Selena wasnâ€™t physically
injured, but at the same time, he was worried. PTSD wasnâ€™t anything to mess around with.
Heâ€™d known a lot of good cops whoâ€™d lost their jobs, their families, and sometimes more
because theyâ€™d gone through a rough situation theyâ€™d never been able to get past.
â€śHave you thought of talking to someone about it?â€ť he
She sighed. â€śYou sound like my principal and vice principal.
They want me to talk to somebody, too. In fact, theyâ€™ve essentially kicked me out of my class
for the rest of the week, so I can take time off to recover. Whatever the heck that
â€śSelena, this is serious,â€ť Brooks said. â€śSomeone tried to kill
you. Itâ€™s normal to be affected by something like that. Normal to feel confused, scared, and
freaked out as hell. Itâ€™s also completely normal to sit down and talk with someone about
Her shoulders sagged. â€śI know. And to be honest, I am a bit
freaked out by everything that happenedâ€”the parts I can remember anyway. But honestly, Iâ€™m
not sure who Iâ€™d even talk to about something like this. I donâ€™t know if I could walk into a
therapistâ€™s office and open up to someone Iâ€™ve never met. My grandmother is the only family I
have left, but I donâ€™t want to worry her any more than she already is after what happened
Selena thought a moment. â€śI suppose I could talk to my
priest, but heâ€™s such a gentle soul that Iâ€™m not sure I could bring myself to tell him all the
things I was feeling in the classroom when Pablo was waving that gun around.â€ť
â€śYou could always talk to me,â€ť he said softly. â€śI mean, I know
you just met me, but at least you donâ€™t have to fill me in on all the details, since I was there
with you. And I do a pretty good job of listening, if I do say so myself.â€ť
That gorgeous smile returned. â€śWell, since it seems like I
have the rest of the week off whether I want it or not, maybe we could get together and talk
â€śLunch would work,â€ť he agreed. â€śBut how about dinner
instead? If youâ€™re comfortable with that, I mean.â€ť
Selena didnâ€™t answer. Crap. Had he completely misread the
situation? It hit him then that heâ€™d never even considered the possibility she might have a
boyfriendâ€¦or a girlfriend, for that matter. But then he heard her heart thump a little harder and
realized she was definitely intrigued by the suggestion.
â€śIâ€™ll consider dinner,â€ť Selena said slowly, her lips curving in a
surprisingly sultry way. â€śBut only if you come to my place.â€ť
Brooks certainly didnâ€™t mind going to her place, but he was a
little taken aback by the invitation. Then he picked up a very distinct scent filling the room.
Damn. If he didnâ€™t know better, heâ€™d swear she was getting aroused. Which immediately got
him going, too. The image of him humping her leg came roaring right back.
â€śAre you good in the kitchen?â€ť he asked.
Selena gave him a look that suggested she knew exactly
what she was doing to him. â€śIâ€™m good in every room of my place.â€ť
He chuckled, loving the unexpected flirty banter, especially
when her face heated up, making him think sheâ€™d been more shocked by the words than he
â€śWell, in that case, dinner at your place it is. Tonight work for
She hesitated, and again he was struck by the idea that this
wasnâ€™t the way she normally behaved. But then she took a deep breath and nodded her head.
â€śTonight sounds good. Eight oâ€™clock?â€ť
They talked a little while longerâ€¦and flirted a bit in between
exchanging phone numbers, too. Every once in a while, heâ€™d pick up the tantalizing scent of
But now, it was mixed with the one heâ€™d picked up when heâ€™d
first walked into the admin building. He tried to get his head around the amazingly complex
aroma. It was equal parts delicate flowers, exotic spices, and something feminine and uniquely
He couldnâ€™t believe how different her scent was today from
yesterday. It was almost like he was smelling a different woman.
But no matter what Selena smelled like, Brooks couldnâ€™t
deny how strongly her scent affected him.
Some of the guys in the Pack had experienced this sensory
sensation before, and in every case, it involved stumbling acrossÂ The One.
Did Selenaâ€™s amazing scent mean she was his soul mate, a
woman heâ€™d known for all of thirty minutes?
His head spun at the idea. Not because he didnâ€™t believe in
the idea of findingÂ The One.Â It was simply that heâ€™d never expected it to happen. Heâ€™d tried a
long-term relationship once, and it had failed spectacularly. After that, heâ€™d stopped trying.
But if Selena wasÂ The One, that would all change, right?
He was still wrestling with those thoughts when Selena
stood up. â€śIâ€™d better get to the store and pick up some stuff for dinner if Iâ€™m going have
everything ready by eight.â€ť
â€śYou know you donâ€™t need to do anything fancy, right?â€ť He
flashed her a grin as they walked to the door. â€śIâ€™d be happy with another tray of
Selena laughed. â€śYou know, I think you mean that. But
putting together a good meal isnâ€™t work for me. I love to cook. Itâ€™s what I do for the important
people in my life. Like you.â€ť
Brooks gazed down at her, suddenly robbed of speech.
Selena slowly ran the tip of her tongue over her lips, leaving a moist sheen behind that made
his gums tingle as his fangs threatened to slip out. He leaned in to kiss her, when suddenly,
the door jerked open.
Brooks shot out a hand and caught Selena before she could
fall, but that didnâ€™t keep her from blushing as Khaki and Rachel stood there with knowing looks
on their faces. There were some introductions, a few apologies, and a lot of laughter as Selena
got her feet back under her.
Neither of them spoke as Brooks walked her to her car.
When they got there, Selena opened her door before turning to him with a smile.
â€śIâ€™ll see you tonight.â€ť
The urge to kiss her was still there, but he held himself in
check andÂ returned her smile instead. â€śIâ€™ll be
As Brooks watched Selenaâ€™s car disappear down the street,
he replayed the moment right before Khaki and Rachel had opened the door and interrupted
The thought of Selenaâ€™s luscious lips had him thinking about
all kinds of things a couple normally didnâ€™t do on a first date.Â
SWAT Book 8
Just when he's found The One...he might lose her.
SWAT Officer Jayden Brooks doesn't believe there's a soul mate out there for himâ€”The One.
But when he saves high school teacher Selena Rosa from a hostage situation, he knows he's in
big trouble. Her scent is irresistible.
Selena finds the big cop irresistible, too. In fact, the buttoned-up teacher gets a little carried
awayâ€”during a steamy make-out session, she bites him. Turns out, the traumatizing events at
the school triggered her werewolf gene. Fangs and claws are appearing and her aggression is
out of control. The change is happening, and Selena doesn't understand.
It's going to take everything Brooks has to pull her back from the edge...and ultimately win her
Hungry Like the Wolf (Book 1)
Wolf Trouble (Book 2)
In the Company of Wolves (Book 3)
To Love a Wolf (Book 4)
Wolf Unleashed (Book 5)
Wolf Hunt (Book 6)
Wolf Hunger (Book 7)
Wolf Rising (Book 8)
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