Saturday Excerpt: Diablo Lake: Moonstruck by Lauren Dane
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Dane welcomes you to Diablo Lake, Tennessee, a town populated by werewolves, witches and more, with magic woven deep into the earth that protects the town’s secrets from outsiders. Diablo Lake: Moonstruck releases June 20 from Carina Press. Read an excerpt below!
Katie Grady left Diablo Lake to get over a humiliating breakup. But her family needs her help, so she’s back, in a sublet right across the hall from the guy she’s lusted after for years. Jace Dooley is hotter than ever, and their friendship picks up, along with massive doses of grown-up chemistry.
The very scent of Katie sharpens Jace’s canines, makes the wolf within him stir. There’s nothing more alluring to a Pack Alpha than a sexy female who is so very in charge. She won’t be coddled, but if he plays his hand just right she might be convinced to become his.
Katie presents a challenge to Jace’s wolf nature, whose chief instinct is to protect. Especially now that she’s coming into the magic that is her birthright—and suddenly Jace isn’t the only one who’s interested in Katie or the raw power she’s just learning to use.
Jace Dooley looked up from the engine of a Chevy truck whose carb needed changing out to catch sight of Katie Faith Grady stretching those damnable legs out the passenger side of Damon’s car.
She turned, pushing her sunglasses up to the top of her head and he felt it to his toes. Damn she was pretty. Always had been, even when she was small. But now she’d grown into herself. Her once unruly hair now tousled around her face, still curly but she’d tamed it somehow. Made the curls behave. The color was rich, not the shade she was born with, but what did he care? He liked the way it looked in the late day sun, like dark red wine and chocolate all bound together. It worked with her skin and eyes. Big hazel eyes. Eyes she’d gotten from her daddy’s people. Eyes that branded her. And that scared him as much as it excited him.
She moved with purpose, as always. But grace had replaced the clumsiness she’d had as her legs kept growing all through high school until he wanted her so badly he’d nearly punched that idiot Darrell in the face for having her. But for a few hours on one night he’d never forgotten.
Of course, sadly, people run to type and Darrell had pissed it all away to sneak off with Sharon. Well, they deserved each other and he hoped Katie Faith knew what she’d so narrowly escaped.
Jace continued to watch like some pervert as she followed Damon up the stairs to the apartment above the mercantile.
That’s when he realized what was happening. Oh hell no. Standing up straight, he banged his head against the hood and didn’t stop the curse from escaping. Guiltily, he looked around, relieved his grandma had gone back inside and hadn’t heard that one.
Crap. He wiped his hands off on a nearby rag and headed toward where they’d disappeared. If Katie Faith lived across the hall from him, he was pretty sure he’d die of want. Or he’d go to hell for all the self love.
At the top of the stairs, he caught her scent lingering in the air. Like catnip, electric and spicy. Her magic danced through it, calling to him.
Like it had years before.
Like it had and he’d pretended it away.
The door to the vacant apartment was open and he followed the sound of voices, hers a soft, sweet song, brushing against the low rumble his brother possessed.
They turned as he entered. Damon didn’t bother to hide his smug smile as he sent a look of challenge to Jace. Jace picked it right up. “You were right, Damon.” He grinned and looked to Katie Faith. “It was you who waved at me through Aimee’s window a few weeks ago, right? Damon said you’d been staying in town. Glad to hear your daddy is back home.”
She blinked up at him a few times and he noted the increase in her heartbeat. Not in fear. Not at all. When she licked her lips before speaking he nearly growled. Her skin warmed as she blushed, bringing her scent to him where it grew claws and dug in.
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