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Werewolves and Rugby…can you handle their bite?
Wolf Binding – Book 1
Ryan Taylor had everything going for him as Rugby half-back until a werewolf bite changed everything. Now he has to keep his secret hidden.
Jessica needs an exclusive story to lock-in her new role as a reporter. Traveling to New Zealand, she gets assigned finding out more about the elusive Ryan Taylor. Except, this bad boy would rather remain secretive.
Ryan removed the last two drink holders and nudged the car door closed with his hip as he balanced the teams grub. The late November sun warmed his skin, promising another hot Christmas this year. Maybe they’d chip in for a visit to Europe, or even the States, and take in a bit of snow and skiing.
For the bulk of this rugby season, they’d stayed to themselves. But with his bar fight two months ago, they needed to ramp up their good reputation.
Across the street, a tabloid camera clicked and Ryan waved.
He was a magnet for trouble and he didn’t know how long he could keep his team’s true existence under wraps with all the publicity hounds following them all the time. He juggled the drinks as he opened the front door. “Well, don’t anyone bother to let me in.”
“It’s your house.” Carman tossed an empty wrapper in the trash. “Figured you had a key.”
A few of the guys bounded forward, snatching the drinks out of Ryan’s hands.
With all the drinks gone, Ryan tossed the holders into the trash. “Wait, where’s my shake?”
“Sorry, mate.” Neal ran a hand over his face. “I got carried away and had two. Can I get you something else?”
“No. I’ll get a beer.” His muscles ached from his earlier encounter with the jaywalker. He wanted to get drunk and lay naked in his bed without worrying about anything. He and his team were too popular. And one day, one of them was going to slip. It was just a matter of time. But what could they do? If the entire squad retired, people would question. If they dispersed into different teams, the chance of discovery became even greater. Scientists would swoop down and experiment on them. Dissect them.
He’d volunteered to host this year’s Christmas fund for children in hopes of building the public’s trust, but it was all a ruse. If the people discovered the truth about their underdog, the Hellion Rugby Team, the women and children would scream in fright and the men would defend themselves, and lives would be lost. And it would be his fault for craving acceptance, normality – even if it was false.
He crushed the beer can in his hand, then threw it into the trash.
“Hey man, you okay?” Brady’s dark brows furrowed.
“Yeah. Just tired. I’m gonna hit the hay.”
“Whoa, what’s the matter with you?” Carmen asked. “Dropping out while the sun is still shining?”
He shrugged but gave a twisted smile. “Guess you guys aren’t exciting enough to keep me entertained.”
“Did he just insult us?” Carmen waved out a hand. “Maybe it’s time for a night run. Let’s see if this old man can keep up with the younger members of the pack.”
“Try it and see,” Ryan snarled, hunching his shoulders.
Carmen glared but took a more submissive posture.
Note to self, take this mutt down a notch, and soon.
The doorbell rang, and half the guys jerked to attention. Their fingers curled into fists. Everyone knew Ryan didn’t get visitors. Ever. He even had a Post Office Box at the mail station so no delivery drivers surprised him. Wouldn’t do any good to order a pizza then transform into a wolf while the delivery guy screamed like a girl and ran. Even if he wasn’t hungry, the instinct to chase and kill would be too strong in his animal form.
“I’ll get it. Probably someone lost.” And how had they gotten past his ten-foot-tall security gate? He swung open the door, wearing his best scowl. “What?”
Before him stood a buxom, auburn haired beauty. She straightened her shoulders, her pinstriped suit smeared with grass stains and mud. Twigs clung to one side of her hair and one of her heels was twisted so much it looked like it might snap off at any moment.
“Hi! I’m Jessica Martin from The Australian newspaper. We have an appointment.”
“We do?” He leaned against the doorframe and crossed his arms.
She lifted her chin, her mouth forming a thin line. “Yes, I’m here to interview you.”
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Careful what you wish for…
Kevin Taylor awakes to his worst nightmare. His leg has been amputated from the knee down because of his motorcycle stunt accident. Thinking his life is over, he broods until a new physical therapist takes over his care and he finds himself falling for her.
Amber Carter loves her job helping people, but she lives with a secret. As a teen, she tried a spell from her family’s grimoire and her parents ended up dead. Now she’d rather just live a normal life. Except when Kevin finds her book and turns himself into a wolf, will she have enough power to fix him?
Wolf Holding – Book 2 in the Wolf Binding series, but written as a standalone.
Kara James Bio
Kara James has been fascinated with Rugby and werewolves. So what better way to bring her two passions together than with bad boy romance in the Binding series?
She also holds degree belts in Karate and Mauy Thai – and was excited to blend MMA and Shifters in her Shadow series.
Kara lives with her family and is a full-time mom and a writer (whenever all the kids are in bed).