When her mother is shot by a rancher, Lara Wolfe becomes the last Dominant of Yellowstone’s Lamar Canyon pack. Her mother’s dying wish sends her to South Dakota’s Black Hills to find her mate, but Lara would rather continue her mission—saving her pack. When Ogden Woods, lumber supplier for the Tao pack, offers the newcomer a place to stay, an explosive attraction reveals they’re mates. Afraid of unleashing his inner Dominant and a secret that could get him exiled, he’ll do anything to avoid mating. Although he begs Lara to stay in Los Lobos where she’ll be safe, she can’t turn her back on her pack. As her mate, Ogden is bound to protect her, but following her means risking his home and his very life. Are they willing to pay the price?
The musical lilt in her voice when she spoke was even stronger in her singing. God, he’d never heard anything so haunting.
The hairs on the back of his neck stood on end. He closed his eyes. Her scent mixed with the sound of her slow, sad song. Knowing her mother had recently died made the mournful lyrics even more haunting.
Unexpected tears pooled in his eyes. Why hadn’t he been there to prevent the tragedy? He gripped the bottom of his stool with both hands. The urge to mate slammed into him with the force of a sledgehammer.
God, no! His shift was happening. The bones in his legs tingled, about to change shape. An incisor pierced his bottom lip, drawing blood. He had to get out of here! Shifting in the middle of a performance would be even more embarrassing than doing it during dinner. Even worse? Shifting back to human in front of everyone with his pants missing.
His stool screeched as he stood in the middle of Lara’s song.
Her gray eyes widened. “You don’t like my singing?”
Everyone turned to stare at him. The room was so quiet, the pounding of his heart seemed to fill it.
“I-I like it fine,” he managed to utter before his voice changed. “Just, stop.”
Taking a deep breath to halt his shift, he rushed outside before he lost all dignity. He’d made it to the edge of the parking lot when the shift overtook him. Bones snapped into place, dropping him to the ground in agony. Each hair pushing through his skin stung. A whimper filled his throat when the transformation was complete.
On shaky legs, he ran. Away from the bar. Away from her and the voice haunting his soul.