Hunter Moon (Lupine Moon Series) by Cait Lavender
Bawling cattle tore Shelby Flint from her bed. With lawyer fees to pay in her struggle to keep her ranch from the clutches of her greedy cousins, she couldn’t afford the loss of even one calf. When she sees a large wolf circling her cows, she aims and fires.
While the wolf escapes, Shelby can’t seem to get away from her troubles when a marijuana grower sets up shop on her land, sabotaging her property and eventually coming after her. Adding to that, a handsome game warden is poking his nose into her business and working his way underneath her skin. Shelby will have to fight harder than she ever fought before to keep from losing heart and everything she ever loved.
Hunter Moon Excerpt
“Well boys, as much as I love going over old war stories of finding smelly dead guys, I’m tired and I want to take a hot shower and go to bed.” I gave Jesse a big hug. “Thanks for coming over. I don’t know what I would do without you and your logic.” I chuckled and lifted the mug. She smiled and grabbed Tyler’s hand as they walked to his sheriff’s car.
I turned toward the warden. He looked boyish as he stood there, eyes down with his hands in his pockets, all he needed was to kick a rock with his foot and say “aw gee”. I watched the deputy and Jesse drive down my driveway and yawned. Too tired to be irritated, I started to say goodnight, but when he looked up at me with such amusement in his eyes I froze, wary.
“You know, if you wanted to see me today, you didn’t have to find a dead body. You could have just called.” I stood there, stunned, with my mouth hanging open. Okay, I guess I’m not that tired anymore.
“Of all the stupid, narcissistic—” I breathed, but before I could flinch, Cash had closed the distance between us and held my face in his hands. Too startled to move, he kissed me. Not just any kind of kiss, either, but a full on, overpowering, knee buckling kiss. His lips were full and soft on mine, and I let out a small moan and sank into his chest.
Not one to waste an opportunity, he darted his tongue in my mouth and started to explore. I reveled in the taste of him. Something in my head clicked, and I felt like this was where I was supposed to be. His strong arms were wrapped around me, pulling against his warm, hard chest. Even his musky scent smelled like home. Where have you been? A small voice in my head asked.
As abruptly as it had started, he pulled away and stepped back, breathing heavily. I swayed a little when he let go of me, sure I was about to pass out. His eyes were intense, like blue lasers cutting right through me, but he smiled.
“Don’t go riding by yourself anymore, Shelby.” He tweaked my nose. “I don’t want you bumbling into a pot stand and getting yourself killed. It’s too much paperwork for me.” And then he was in his truck driving away. I raised my hand to my lips and stared after him bewildered.
What had just happened?
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Great excerpt! Great Book! The tension between those two drives me absolutely crazy..in a good way! 🙂