: A Vampire's Unlikely Alliance
Stefan is a Native American vampire, former assassin for the Vampire Council. In a twist of fate, he now DJ’s the midnight shift for a small radio station in Whitefish, Montana, on the edge of Glacier National Park where his secret is safe until...
Born in Ireland, Brandy now works as a park ranger and trail guide in the park. During a full moon, Stefan and Brandy’s paths cross in a near physical collision on a trail. Their attraction is immediate and undeniable, almost as if fate demanded it. Their union was foretold long ago in Irish folk tales where vampires and gryphons, warlocks and demons, witches and faeries must work together for the good of man and magic kind.
Is a trip to Ireland the key to unraveling secrets and returning the magic? And even more importantly, will their love survive the trip?
The sun slid behind the mountains, setting the azure sky ablaze in hues of red, orange, yellow, and pink. Then red shifted to purple and dusk faded to darkness as he jogged toward the trails. She stood leaning against the rock where he had started his run last night. He’d tried to convince himself to stay away, but in the end, the urge was too strong.
In a whisper of movement, he was at her side with his hand on the rock just above her shoulder. “Waiting for someone? Brandy, is it?” The scent of warm, perfumed female skin wafted over him as he leaned into her.
“It took you long enough, Mr. Talltree.” Her full lips formed a slight pout as she lifted her chin and tilted her face up to meet his. “Nice to see you again.”
There was no hesitation or apprehension in her lovely features as he moved closer, placing his other hand next to her left shoulder, effectively pinning her against the rock. He wanted to wrap his arms around her lithe, warm body and brush his lips over her sexy pout. But he thought better of it, not wanting to scare her off…not yet.
“Yes, it is.” He let his gaze wander leisurely up and down her luscious body. “Didn’t your mother warn you about the dangers of stalking a stranger at night in the park alone?”
The breeze caught pieces of her long curls as she threw back her head and laughed. It was a musical sound, and her eyes sparkled with pleasure. “Aye, that my mother did. Unfortunately, her advice is in direct conflict with my job description since I’m required to keep the trails safe for everyone…which hasn’t been easy lately.” Brandy’s voice trailed off, almost as if she hadn’t intended to say the last part aloud.
He looked quizzically at her. “That’s kinda cryptic. What do you mean?” He leaned in a little closer.
Brandy waved her hand dismissively. “Oh, nothing. Just thinking out loud.”
Sure there was more to it than that, he saw the determination in her face and decided to let it go for the moment. “Well, now that you’ve got me here, what do you want?”
“Join me for a run before you go to work?” Brandy braced her hands against his chest and looked up.
He could get lost in the depth of those mesmerizing emerald eyes. A little sigh escaped his lips…
The breeze teased his long black hair gently across her cheek. She brushed it aside.
He let one arm fall to his side, while a corner of his mouth curved into a quick lopsided grin. “Sure, let’s go. Any particular destination?”
“No, you lead. I’ll keep up.” She stepped over his foot still blocking her path and moved out of reach.
We’ll see. He set the pace faster than a human could manage. She stayed right beside him. As he increased the pace, Brandy struggled a bit but still managed to stay close. What is she? A human couldn’t possibly keep up with him. Yet he didn’t sense anything unusual about her. Nevertheless, he felt relief at the possibility she wasn’t human. This just might work to my advantage.
When they reached the top of Going-to-the-Sun Road, Brandy bent over at the waist, panting and trying to catch her breath. “That was fun,” she huffed out between pants. “How about tomorrow night, same time, same place?” Standing up, she moved her hands to the small of her back and stretched backward, then side to side. “You’re quite the running partner. It’s been a long time since I’ve been physically challenged.”
“Thanks. I aim to please.” He ran a fingertip lightly across her jaw, then let it trail down her throat, coming to rest just above the rise of her breast.