|NEW TO THE ZODIAC SHIFTERS SERIES from Dominique Eastwick
Guarding the pride’s queen is an honor Jaison is happy to take on. He spends hours preparing for every contingency. He is ready to lay down his life if the necessity arises. What he isn’t expecting and couldn’t have planned for was when his mate crosses his path in the form of human librarian Paighton Knight.
Paighton Knight believes love is the stuff of fairy tales and has no time for those kinds of stories. Raised to be the perfect librarian, she is unprepared for feelings she doesn’t believe are real to wash over her. The second she comes into contact with Jaison Karatasos her world begins to turn and her eyes see what they weren’t able to before.
With the moon rising into the reign of Leo, Jaison has one month to show Paighton that love does exist, or he must wait until the next Leo cycle. When his responsibilities to his pride clash with his needs for his mate, will he be able to merge the two worlds?
“…Jaison got up, and the perfect view of his ass in a pair of worn blue jeans distracted her. He retrieved a worn leather bag before returning to his seat. He pulled out a paperback and offered it to Kalista. “You sure you don’t want this first?”
“Nah, you read it. I’ve got something I need to research.”
“Suit yourself.” Leaning back, he opened the book.
“You’re serious about reading romances?” Paighton asked.
With a nod Jaison opened the book. “I told you, we don’t lie?”
“I thought it was a joke.”
“I take my romances very seriously, thank you. This one is the sixth in the series.”
“And you’ve read the other five?”
“Hmm mmm.” He turned the next page. “When we are traveling far, it’s nice for us to have something to talk about, Kali and I.”
“Makes my husband bonkers.” Kalista giggled. “If you want, I think the first book is here somewhere. Lenora?”
“Do you have the book I loaned you?”
“Finished it this morning. Do you have the second?” Lenora returned from the galley and placed two trays before her and Jaison.
Kalista frowned. “In the back I think. I’ll get it once they wake up.”
“Do you want to give it a try?” Jaison asked.
She debated; her parents always poohpoohed the idea of books for pleasure. You read to expand your knowledge. Granted, she had enjoyed a book or two while in school, but most of the time that wasn’t the case. That she and Jaison could meet to chat about something appealed to her, though. “Sure. Why not? It’s a long flight.”
“That’s the spirit.”
Lenora returned again and held out the book, not sure who to give it to. Jaison grabbed it as she placed a tray before Kalista. “Should I wake Nikolas?” Lenora asked.
Jaison glanced behind him. “Nah. Let him sleep but have a double portion ready for him when he wakes.” Jaison slid the book over to her. “The dog-eared pages are my favorite parts.”
She gasped. “You dog-ear pages?”
“Only in the romances, I promise.”
“Yes, but once you see how he and the others have treated the libraries, dog-eared pages will be the least of your worries,” Kalista said between bites.
“Could you mind your own business, please? I’m trying to impress the lady.”
Kalista leaned forward, raised an eyebrow, and humphed. “Is it working?”
“Not sure yet, I might need some convincing,” Paighton teased and was awarded by a huge smile and laugh from the other woman who bit into her sandwich as she opened the laptop the other flight attendant placed before her.
Golden eyes bored into her as he whispered, “Tell me, how much convincing do you need?”
She gulped, having laid down a gauntlet she had no idea how to play. This was a field she knew about only from books. Science books at that. She could tell you technically when one fell in love or lust, what went on. She could explain in scientific terms the chemistry of the emotions, felt secure in knowing the little details like the brain stimulates the production of estrogen and testosterone. But what she’d experienced in the last twenty-four hours opened a new world for her.”
About the Author
Award winning author Dominique Eastwick currently calls North Carolina home with her husband, two children, one lazy lab and one lazy Norwegian Elk Hound. Dominique spent much of her early life moving from state to state as a Navy Brat, because of that traveling is one of her favorite past times. When not writing you can find Dominique with her second love…her camera.