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Duncan MacNeill, hero of A Howl for a Highlander (in stores in February!) arrives on Grand Cayman Island, intending to locate the man who stole the Highland pack’s money and return their money to Scotland. Only he finds he’s without a room, and has the fortune to share a rental house with Shelley Campbell of Texas. He’s already warned her about swimming in the ocean at night—feeding time for the sharks, but does she listen?
When he sees her taking off for the surf, he’s got to end his call to his brother, letting him know all the trouble he’s had, and see to his roommate…
I think it is so fun when writing about characters to show what they think of themselves and how they’ll react to a situation, but also what others who know them well will believe. So when you read this excerpt in Duncan’s point-of-view, do you think his brother Ian has reason to worry about Duncan’s focus shifting to the she-wolf he’s staying with?
Excerpt from A Howl for a Highlander:
Duncan had been looking out the guest bedroom window, watching the waves roll in and the breeze toss the palm fronds like fluttering, dark green fans while he’d been telling his oldest brother, Ian, what he’d learned so far—about the woman he’d met in the bar and her ties to a man who worked for Silverman, the trouble he’d had with his hotel reservation, and his having to pay so much to share a villa with a wolf—when he saw Shelley wearing a shimmering, blue string bikini as she crossed the patio.
Ian asked him more about the she-wolf than about how far he was getting with the investigation. Ian’s focus on the female wolf rankled Duncan. Ian had to know a wolf wouldn’t sidetrack him. He didn’t think that staying with a female wolf should be of any consequence. Until he saw her leave the house wearing barely anything—an iridescent royal blue thong and a barely there halter top that together highlighted the swell of her breasts and her firm ass. He swore when she turned and leaned over to pick up a shell on the beach, and as she spoke to someone on the phone, she nearly fell out of the top.
“Duncan?” Ian said, breaking into Duncan’s spell-binding vision of the dark-haired mermaid headed for the water.
“Uh, I’ve got to go. My roommate insists on being shark bait, and I need to make sure she isn’t food for the fish. We’d never be able to afford the whole cost of this villa if she didn’t survive her swim. Talk to you when I have more news.”
Recognizing the laird’s warning tone of voice that would be followed by a stern reminder of duty, Duncan ended the call, unzipped his bag, and dug around in it until he could find the only pair of Bermuda shorts he’d brought on the trip. Now he wished he’d brought both pairs. He didn’t own a swimsuit, but he was rethinking that also.
He stripped down in record time, and after yanking on the shorts, he raced down the stairs to reach Shelley before she got into the water. He could imagine one little wave removing the tiny bit of cloth between her legs and the one barely covering her breasts. He smiled at the thought. He’d be there to rescue her. To hell with the bikini.
He tried not to look as anxious as he was to catch up to her, but when she waved her towel at him, he realized he should have thought to grab one from the upstairs bathroom.
When she told him it would cost him to share her towel, he asked, “How much?”
He wasn’t sure if she was teasing, but he was willing to pay anything to stay with her while she swam, whether his clan could afford it or not.
Smiling, she shook her head, the breeze seductively sweeping her auburn hair across her face. “You won’t even need it. Too many sharks out there. You won’t get wet.” She grabbed her hair and held it in abeyance, winked, turned, and continued to make her way through the sand to the water.
He smiled at her sassiness. She paused briefly to lay out her towel, bending over and making him growl low with desire. She didn’t look back at him—although she had to have figured out what her body was doing to his—and continued to the water.
When she was only a few feet from the surf, she suddenly dashed into it until she was wading waist deep in the water, her back to him.
He jogged to the water’s edge, felt how warm the waves were that caressed his bare toes, not anything like the Irish or North Seas, and ran in after her. Maybe if he got close to her and a wave snatched her bikini away, he’d be able to capture it. Nah, he really wouldn’t want to return it to her. Instead, he’d protectively cover her body from prying eyes—not that anyone could see them in the dark like this, except another wolf.
He was within arm’s length of her when she was up to her shoulders in water, and she squealed.
© Terry Spear, Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2013
A HOWL FOR A HIGHLANDER BY TERRY SPEAR –
IN STORES FEBRUARY 2013
A Highland Wolf on a Mission…
Duncan MacNeill is hell-bent on catching the thief who’s stolen the clan’s fortune and run off to Grand Cayman Island. Duncan has rarely left his homeland and he couldn’t care less about an island paradise. He never expected to find a beautiful distraction who will show him just how appealing paradise can be…
Meets a Dangerous Distraction…
Lone wolf and botanist Shelley Campbell headed to the island to study the old growth forests. She didn’t count on meeting a handsome Highlander who can’t keep his paws off her.
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“Intense and swoon-inducing…The chemistry is steamy.”—USA Today Happy Ever After
“Fascinating characters and an exciting, action packed plot.”—RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars
“Intriguing…The queen of werewolf drama Terry Spear provides a powerful take of love and war.”—Midwest Book Review
“Highlanders and werewolves. Be still my heart!”—The Good, the Bad, and the Unread
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bestselling and award-winning author Terry Spear has written a couple of dozen paranormal romance novels and two medieval Highland historical romances. Her first werewolf romance, Heart of the Wolf, was named a 2008 Publishers Weekly’s Best Book of the Year, and her subsequent titles have garnered high praise and hit the USA Today bestseller list. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry lives in Crawford, Texas, where she is working on her next werewolf romance and continuing her new series about shapeshifting jaguars. For more information, please visit www.terryspear.com, or follow her on Twitter, @TerrySpear. She is also on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/terry.spear .
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