The highly anticipated follow up to My Commander by Alanea Alder. Book 2 of the Bewitched and Bewildered series.
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Gavriel Ambrosios has been dreaming of his accident prone mate for weeks. Now that he is nearing the apex of his vampiric transition, she has made her way to Lycaonia, just when he is at his most dangerous.
Elizabeth Monroe was planning on staying in Lycaonia while humans forgot about the swan dive she took out of her boss’s office window. Little did she know that this short side trip was about to become permanent. Gavriel is the mate she has always dreamed of. Even as he sweeps her off her feet his need to protect her has him pushing her away. She’s both concerned with and drawn to his darker nature, but is determined to see him through his transition.
In the shadows their enemy has targeted Gavriel when they know he is at his most vulnerable. They creep ever closer to the Alpha estate putting the men on high alert.
But as the days get shorter and the nights get longer Elizabeth begins to wonder, which is the bigger threat? The enemy or her mate?
Gavriel followed behind Aiden. He wanted to pick up some chocolate for Beth and he was dying to see what advice the old man had for Aiden. Walking behind his Commander they approached the register where the aged man sat flipping through an old Bass and Guns magazine. The older man’s face brightened when he saw Aiden approaching.
“Well look what the cat dragged in. Been awhile son, surely you don’t need more feminine products, considering how much you bought last time you was here.”
“Sir, I…” Aiden began. The old man held up a wrinkled hand.
“My name is Bartholomew son, you can call me Bart. I have a feeling I’ll be seeing a lot of you, we might as well be on first name basis.”
Aiden thrust his hand out giving the old man’s hand a through shake.
“My name is Aiden McKenzie, this is my… friend Gavriel Ambrosios.” Aiden nodded in his direction. Gavriel grinned wickedly and let his power rise. The old man’s eyes widened. Gavriel fought back a smile, this old timer was still sharp.
Shaken, Bart turned to Aiden. “Okay son, what’s yer question?”
“What do you buy a woman to get back on her good side when you’ve made her really angry? Cake? Fudge?”
The wrinkles on the old man’s face scrunched together as he frowned.
“How angry did you make her boy?”
“She set my car on fire.”
The old man blinked and then began to laugh. He laughed so hard that he began to hack and wheeze. Gavriel thought for sure that Aiden had killed the gentleman. Holding his stomach the man continued to laugh as he reached for a pen and piece of paper. With a shaky hand he scrawled something on the paper and thrust it at Aiden. He exhaled and wiped his eyes still chuckling to himself.
Aiden looked at the paper. “Is this a place that sells good chocolate?” he asked.
“No son, that is the address where they sell jewelry. Chocolate can fix a lot of things, but it’s not the embodiment of kitten angel tears if you know what I mean. If yer woman set your car on fire, then son, the only thing that can help you at this point is something shiny.” The old man rubbed his rounded belly and began to chuckle again at Aiden’s chagrin.
“Come on sir, I know that place he is recommending, they do sell nice pieces there. How about you go wait in the car while I buy these candy bars.” Gavriel sympathetically pat Aiden on the back before he trudged back to the car. Gavriel turned to face the old man.
“His woman really that feisty?”
“You have no idea.”
“What a lucky bastard.”
Gavriel grinned. “Mine’s feistier.”
The old man shook his head and rang up the candy bars.
“I have a feeling I’ll be seeing more of you boys.”
Gavriel picked up the bag. “You’re probably right.”
Whistling he walked out of the store to meet up with Aiden.
“Why didn’t you stop her?” Elizabeth asked intrigued. Not one of the warriors had moved to tell Aiden what Meryn had been up to.
Colton looked at Darian and Keelan and all three winced. Colton turned to her with a wry expression on his face. “Because of five words Meryn said to us after she moved in.”
“What were they?” Elizabeth asked.
“I.Know.Where.You.Sleep.” Colton shuddered.
Ryuu walked over to Marius. “It would be an honor to help you serve these lovely ladies today.”
The women in the room giggled. Ryuu’s eyes met hers, the barest of nods to the woman in the corner was all she needed. She nodded back and sat down effectively putting herself between Meryn and the garishly dressed woman Ryuu had indicated to. Both she and Meryn hung up their coats on the backs of their chairs.
“Elizabeth Monroe, a bunny?” The woman asked her tone neutral yet condescending at the same time. Elizabeth watched Meryn hunch a little, she could tell that her friend was fighting to keep a scowl off her face. Poor Meryn, she hadn’t been raised around women like this one, but Elizabeth had.
“Actually it’s lepus curpaeums.” Meryn said speaking up to correct Daphane.
Daphane smiled at Meryn patronizingly. “That’s just another way to say bunny dear. Why get so wrapped up in technicalities? Of course, as a human you wouldn’t understand.”
Meryn blinked and then smiled. “So if it’s okay to call Elizabeth a bunny, then could I call you puppy or bitch?” Meryn asked sweetly.
Adelaide started choking on her tea. Elizabeth turned to Daphane to divert her attention.