The daughter of the Sentinels pack and MC Alpha, Cameo Cruz moved across country to escape her pack—and the wolf she can never have. Making a new life, she embraced her freedom and went to school. One partying night with her best friend shatters her bubble of safety, and she’s forced to do the one thing she swore she never would…ask for help.
Quade Rainwater lives for his pack and the life the Sentinels Alpha gave him when he took him in. He’d do anything for them, even cut himself off from the she-wolf he’s loved for as long as he’s known her. When all hell breaks loose and someone puts a bounty on his girl, Quade will cross the country to protect her. Unfortunately for him, he’s the last person she wants to see.
All he has to do is keep her safe from the bounty hunters, the locals, and himself….
“Why, Quade? Why are you here?”
“Do you really think I want to be here, Cameo?” Quade narrowed his eyes and stood up. “Do you think I find it fun leaving my home to drive clear across the fucking country just to find you? Huh? I don’t want to be here anymore than you want me here, but your fucking father,” he snarled and began to pace. “He’s losing it where you’re concerned.”
“Well.” She gave a humorless chuckle turning her back to him. “You can tell him I’m perfectly fine.” She wouldn’t give her father or him the benefit of seeing her fear. She’d take care of the other problem on her own.
“Little girl, don’t start.” He laid his hands on Cameo’s shoulder and she shrugged them off. “Don’t you know you have a bounty on your head?”
“What?” She whirled around and stared up at him.
“The other night when you called Hui, Xavier also found out about a bounty on your head.” His face was a mask of indifference. “There are more coming. They’ll be here by tonight. We need to leave. If I can get you back to your dad—”
“Cameo,” he snapped. “This is not a fucking game.”
“You’re right it’s not a game, Quade. I will not forfeit my life for some bounty. I’m staying.” She wouldn’t add he was welcome to stay and watch over her.
“Well you’ve got two choices sweetheart. Come with me or wait to be picked up by the guys who are out for your bounty.” He didn’t blink. He didn’t get angry, nothing. He was a total blank slate as she stared at him.
“My answer is still no.” Crossing her arms over her chest, Cameo arched a brow, daring him to say something to contrary. She was playing with fire. His nostrils flared. His body tightened.
“Damn it, Cameo,” he snapped, while taking a step toward her. “Why are you being so dang obstinate?”
She blew him off and pushed past him, crossing the room to her small fridge. “I’m sorry if I seem obstinate to you, but this is my life we’re talking about.”
“Is this because I wouldn’t give you the time of day?” Typical wolf. Always thinking it was about them.
“What in the hell do you want from me?” Want from him? She didn’t want anything from him. She hadn’t even wanted to see him again. In two strides, he closed the distance between them and dipped his head. “Is this what you want?” He nuzzled her neck and groaned. “Tell me,” he demanded. “Do you want me to drop to my knees and beg for forgiveness? To tell you that I’ve wanted you since the moment I met you?” His lips only inches from her ear. His warm breath brushed against the shell, causing her to shiver. “You ran away from me.”
“Ran away from you? I left home so I could get an education and be someone better than a thug.” She grimaced inwardly when he flinched and stepped back. Quade wasn’t a thug, nor was her father.
“So, I’m a thug now?” He shook his head while clenching his fists at his side. “Are you saying when you were on pack lands that’s all you thought of me…of your father and our friends?”
“Now you’re just twisting my words.”
“Am I? Didn’t you just say you left home so you didn’t become one, meaning we, the members of your pack, are thugs?” He cocked a brow, daring her to say something else stupid. Insert foot in mouth, dummy.
“Look, I didn’t storm into your home and pick a fight with you. So…so why don’t you leave.” Brilliant! Way to go you.
A dark sinful chuckle passed Quade’s lips as he pulled her to him, engulfing her in his embrace. “You never did know when to shut up, Cameo.” His lips slammed down on hers in a brutal kiss. He tasted of danger and excitement. Of raw masculine power. Cameo’s wolf preened, desperate to rub all over him and submit to his dominance. He swiped his tongue across hers and she became a puddle of goo. “Would you like to know where my mark will go when I mate you?”