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New York Times bestselling author Ronda Thompson captivates readers with a novel--first in a brand-new series--about a glamorous New York woman with a deadly sense of style…
 
She's a wolf in chic clothing…
Supermodel Lou Kipinski seems to have it all. But beauty is only skin deep--and sometimes Lou's porcelain complexion can get a bit hairy. The only thing worse than a furry fashion faux-pas? ...
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Overview


New York Times bestselling author Ronda Thompson captivates readers with a novel--first in a brand-new series--about a glamorous New York woman with a deadly sense of style…
 
She's a wolf in chic clothing…
Supermodel Lou Kipinski seems to have it all. But beauty is only skin deep--and sometimes Lou's porcelain complexion can get a bit hairy. The only thing worse than a furry fashion faux-pas? Fangs in her million-dollar smile. That's what happened six months ago, when Lou had her first outbreak. But now that she's at the height of her career she absolutely must find a cure…So what's a single werewolf gotta do? 
 
And she brings out the animal in men.
Then a sexy detective comes knocking on her door. Two women who bear an eerie resemblance to Lou have been killed--something with teeth and claws tore them apart. Is it a coincidence that the grisly murders have taken place during the same time as Lou's own outbreaks? With a killer at her heels and another outbreak just a concealer-wand's distance away, Lou is soon in a race to discover truths about her own murky past. And before it's all over she may be forced to show the world that her bark is nothing compared to her bite… 
"Thompson redefines the werewolf story even as her characters redefine for themselves the meaning of love."--Susan Squires, New York Times bestselling author of One With the Night
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"Thompson redefines the werewolf story even as her characters redefine for themselves the meaning of love."

—Susan Squires, New York Times bestselling author of One With the Night

THE CURSED ONE:

"Chills will run up your spine as danger and passion rise, and Thompson works her magic. Succumb to the lure of the Wulf." —Romantic Times BOOKreviews (4 ½ stars)

"Intense, sexy, and poignant."—Fresh Fiction

"Vivid description, wonderful characters, and a story line that holds you tight…destined for the keeper shelf."—Romance Divas (5 kisses)

"Though I know I sound like a broken record, I make no excuse for it because the Wild Wulfs Of London are Hot! Hot! Hot!"—Romance Reader At Heart

"Thompson has written a story that will stay with me for a long time. She has put feelings and love into it and came out with a winner."—Fallen Angels Reviews, Recommended Read

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466857759
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 11/19/2013
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 847,607
  • File size: 367 KB

Meet the Author


Rhonda Thompson was the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of many novels, including The Cursed One and The Untamed One

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Chapter 1

Doing an underwear ad on a New York rooftop when it’s blowing snow outside can get pretty hairy. And I’m not speaking figuratively. I like my job, but there are days when everything goes to hell. Today is one of them. The skimpy lace panties I wear ride up my crack. My bra is two sizes too small. I’m bloated and have a zit on my forehead that would make a Cyclops jealous. All these things have combined to make my day miserable, but now I’ve topped them all off with a fur outbreak.

“Lou! Are you coming out of there? The other girls have already gone up. We need to get moving!”

As I glance at the closed door, a growl rises in my throat. The photographer of the shoot, Stefan O’Conner, thinks I’m in here primping. Sure I’ve been known to mess with my hair until I completely undo the stylist’s work, but the hair I stare at now cannot be fixed. At least not without a good waxing product. My lip curls with disgust while studying the nasty patch of dark werewolf fur attached to my left shoulder. The wolf outbreaks during PMS started about six months ago.

I had almost convinced myself that what happened to me seven years ago on prom night was just a bad dream, like the nightmares that haunt me frequently. Now suddenly I’m prone to outbreaks that force me to face the reality that I am a werewolf. No ifs, ands, or buts about it. Speaking of butts, I turn my back to the mirror to make sure mine is normal. At least I haven’t sprouted a tail . . . yet.

When I turn to face the mirror again, I hope I imagined the fur outbreak. No such luck. At least the past six months have prepared me. Slinging my beauty bag on the bathroom counter, I dig through it like a dog digs through a trash can.

My beauty bag is with me at all times now and represents my lifeline to normalcy. It weighs about ten pounds and is filled with every kind of beauty product available, plus my own tried-and-true concoctions, and what I like to call werewolf essentials. I’d start my own line, but as far as I know, I’m the only werewolf supermodel in the world.

How does one become a werewolf? you might ask. Good question. Now, more than ever, it’s something I need to find out. I have deduced the when and where. I am totally clueless about the how or why. But if I want to keep the life I’ve made for myself, it’s pretty freakin’ clear that I need these questions answered.

I manage to find the green goop I’ve been digging for in my beauty bag. While smearing it across my shoulder, I consider the only logical conclusion I’ve arrived at concerning my altered state. Werewolfism must be hereditary. The fact that I’m adopted makes the possibility even more likely. I’d pick up the phone and press my adoptive parents for information regarding my biological parents, but sometimes you really can’t go home. Like after you’ve murdered the star high school football player on prom night.

“Lou Kinipski! I swear if you make me lose the good light and the good snow, I’m not working with you again!”

Stefan’s threat doesn’t faze me. He tries to be a badass when he’s working, but I know he has a heart of gold. I also know he has a hot body that he doesn’t mind sharing with all the other models. That thought makes me frown. My knight in shining armor can’t seem to keep his sword under control. I’d be a hell of a lot more interested in his sword if he could. But the sword business aside, I owe Stefan.

He found me working in a small café on the East Side six and half years ago and launched my modeling career. He taught me to trust men again. He gave me confidence that I sorely lacked. He gave me a life when I thought mine was over. I’m a little in love with him, but it’s that sword-sharing thing that keeps me from taking our relationship to the next level. That and the fact that I am a murderer. Oh, and that’s on top of being a werewolf.

“Lou, please!” Stefan stoops to begging.

His tactics might work if my name were really Lou Kinipski. My agency urged me to change my name six and half years ago when I started modeling, but I refused. I had already changed it once. When I ran away from Haven on prom night seven years ago, I chose an ugly name as a reminder that I was once an ugly girl. I may be drop-dead gorgeous now, but that was not always the case.

As I stare at myself in the mirror, it’s hard to remember that I was once butt ugly and a geek to boot. The night I turned into a werewolf, I woke up beautiful. It’s as if there was a trade-off for what happened to me. Like I had an ugly disease and it suddenly went into remission. Now I have a werewolf disease and it suddenly is out of remission. I need to know how to send it back into hiding, and as quickly as possible.

Since I haven’t done so well in the past six months finding answers on my own, I’ve made an appointment to see a private investigator this Thursday. It’s probably not a smart move. A girl with as many secrets as I have is only asking for trouble when she pays someone to dig around in her life, but what else can I do? The answers must be out there somewhere.

“Lou! I’m counting to three and if you don’t open that door I’m shooting without you! Got it?”

I might as well count with him.

“One . . .”

Holding my breath, I prepare for a great deal of pain.

“Two . . .”

This is going to sting like hell.

“Three!”

Ripping the waxing cloth away, I put a fist into my mouth to keep from screaming. I gag on the cuss words stuck in my throat.

“Lou, sweetheart, you aren’t in there purging, are you?”

Sticking a finger down my throat and puking up calories would be preferable to the horrific sting going on in my shoulder, but I have no need to purge. Whatever happened to me seven years ago, it kicked my metabolism into high gear and kept it there. I can eat whatever I want and never gain weight. That happy thought is chased away by not only the sting going on in my shoulder, but the ache that erupts in my gums. I take my fist out of my mouth and take a look.

Great. Fangs. Just what I need. I close my eyes and breathe deeply in an effort to calm myself. It would be easier to relax if my panties weren’t up my crack and Stefan weren’t pounding on the door again. Even without those distractions, finding a happy place is difficult. There’s more going on with me today than just PMS and werewolf outbreaks.

The nightmares that have haunted me for seven years are taking a toll. I had one last night. Behind my closed lids, flashes of the dream return to me. Him. Me. Sex. Then blood. Blood on the walls. Blood on the sheets. Blood everywhere. I shudder.

“Lou?”

Stephan’s voice brings me back to my current dilemma. Upon opening my eyes, I’m relieved to see that the red place on my shoulder now minus the werewolf fur is already fading. I heal at an alarmingly fast rate, another gift of whatever curse has befallen me. Why do gifts always come with a trade-off? Why can’t I be beautiful and not be a werewolf? And then there’s the big question of how suddenly coming out of remission, or whatever I’ve been in, is now going to screw up my life.

Peeling back my lips, I see that the fangs I had a moment ago have retracted. Thank God. No fur. No “the better to eat you with” teeth. I’m ready to face the day. I flush the waxing cloth, adjust my two-sizes-too-small bra, dig my panties out of my crack, walk over and open the door. Stefan nearly falls inside.

“About time!” he growls. “I hope you feel good about throwing my schedule off and making the other girls turn into Popsicles on the roof so you can stand around and primp!”

“I do,” I say, flouncing past him into a room that looks like a war zone. Women’s clothes are strewn everywhere. Blow-dryers, makeup bags, and shoes. A pair of giant lavender angel wings rests upon the bed. The wings are part of my outfit. I glance around for Cindy Emerson. Cindy does makeup and also serves as Stefan’s assistant on shoots involving more than one model.

Stefan knows who I’m looking for. “I sent Cindy up with the rest of the crew. I’ll help you into your wings. We need to hurry.”

When he’s working, Stefan is always in a hurry. He’s full of nervous energy. I imagine it’s because he’s a Starbucks junkie and drinks about ten lattes a day. Rumor has it Stefan does not have the nervous-energy problem in bed. I hear he takes his time. Not exactly the kind of thing I like hearing about. I keep trying to put Stefan on a pedestal and he keeps screwing it up and falling off.

“Turn around, let me strap on your wings,” he says.

Since the red place on my shoulder is still healing, I gladly give Stefan my back. The discoloration should be gone by the time we reach the roof and begin the shoot. His hands are warm against my skin. He smells good enough to eat. I don’t know what cologne Stefan wears, but it always sets off a horny gene in me. Obviously, it sets off the same gene in all women.

“Pull your hair over one shoulder,” Stefan says. “I don’t want to get it caught in the Velcro attached to the wings.”

After I do as instructed, Stefan’s breath whispers across my skin. He touches me while he works. A delicious shiver races up my back. I try like hell to ignore it. If Stefan were just another handsome face with a hot body, I would have had him a long time ago. But our relationship goes deeper than mere sex. Or at least it does with me. I can’t sleep with someone I care about. Not with all the lies attached to my past.

“Hurry up, will you?” I say, because my constitution is weak and I’m in a hotel room with a bald hottie. Stefan is bald because he shaves his head. He shaves his head because his father is bald and he knows he’s going to end up that way one day, and he wants control over the situation. Did I mention that Stefan is a bit of a control freak?

“We’re dealing with a little wind factor today,” he says. “I need to make certain the wings are secure. Don’t want you flying off the roof.”

Wind, sleet, snow. I might as well work for the postal service. “You could have set this up inside,” I complain. “Hot lights. Fake snow. Sounds good to me.”

He makes a tsking sound. “It wouldn’t look as original as this will. Turn around and let me have a look at you with the wings.”

I turn around. Stefan’s face is close to mine. We’re nearly the same height, but I’m wearing three-inch heels and Stefan thankfully is not. He has big, dark puppy-dog eyes. They’ve been the downfall of many a model. I just can’t be one on a list of many. Still, if the man had hair, I’d cave. I know I would.

“The wings are secure,” Stefan says. “You look fantastic. Let’s get to work.”

When we’re working, Stefan and I lower our guard and get nasty with one another. It’s foreplay without the actual follow-through of sex, and it’s as far as I’ll go with him. I’m ready to get nasty with him today. More than ready.

I’m not ready for conditions on the roof. The first thing I discover is that, like most men, Stefan lies. A little wind was an understatement. A little snow was an understatement. How about howling gales and a blizzard? How about goose bumps bigger than the zit on my forehead? I can’t believe I’m thinking this, but I wish I had that werewolf hair back on my shoulder now. I wish I had it everywhere.

“Cindy!” Stefan shouts over the wind.

A petite blonde huddled inside a blanket hurries over. Her lips are blue and her teeth chatter. Cindy Emerson would rather wear a tool belt than carry a makeup kit, but she’s too short and skinny to be a construction worker. Cindy is a lesbian. How do I know so much about her? Cindy’s my best friend—has been since kindergarten. Every monster has its “Egore,” and I guess Cindy is mine.

“Feeling okay, Lou?” Cindy shouts.

One word will clue her in. “PMS.”

She cringes and steps closer. Cindy whips out a brush to powder my face. “You should have called in sick.”

Cindy’s right, but the dream had me spooked. I didn’t want to stay home alone. While Cindy works on my face, Stefan instructs the crew to hit the lights. He pries blankets off the other girls and herds them toward the lovely fake ice castle he has set up. An ice castle about to collapse in the wind.

Once Cindy finishes with me, we move toward the rest of the crew. A sudden wind gust nearly has me airborne. Cindy grabs hold of me, which is a joke. She’s such a weakling that if anything, I’d take her flying with me. Cindy might be a weakling, but I have a rather embarrassing amount of upper body strength. I hold on to her and we reach the crew.

“This sucks, Stefan!” Karen Sims, a leggy black girl from Queens, shouts at Stefan.

Adjusting his camera, he yells back, “It’s going to be great. Just wait until you see the finished product!”

This is what Stefan always says when subjecting his models to the elements. He considers himself an artist. We all suffer for his art. I take up a position in the middle of the other models. The wind whips my midnight-black hair around my face. Once my hair was simply a nondescript brunette color. At one time my eyes were only hazel and now they are a vivid shade of jade green. I like the look but, good grief, I could have accomplished the same thing with hair dye and contacts, and not had to deal with the wolf stuff.

Stefan poses the other models. He stops before me and raises his camera. He lowers it a minute later and frowns. Stepping behind me, Stefan pulls my bra up, thus bringing my boobs beneath my chin. His hands are still warm and he’s not wearing gloves. He returns to the front, stares at my breasts, glances up, and says, “Marvelous.”

“I know,” I assure him. “Hurry up before they freeze this way.”

A smile tugs at the corners of his mouth. He leans close and whispers, “You are going to give it to me today. Right, Lou?”

We both know what he wants me to give him. My mind wanders to a place of tangled sheets and sweaty bodies. The thought warms me even though it’s freezing in realityland. I smile at him, just a hint of one, the kind of smile that promises things I cannot deliver.

“That’s what I want.” He backs away and lifts his camera. “That sly smile. Like the cat that’s just lapped up all the cream.”

Stefan needs to suffer for his art like we do. Glancing at the other models, I say, “Let’s go, girls,” in my best Shania Twain imitation. Then we proceed to rock Stefan’s world.

My hair is wet by the time Stefan calls for a wrap. More than my hair is damp. While Stefan shoots, he makes little sounds in the back of his throat. Sex sounds. My hearing is superior to that of a normal human being. The other girls can’t hear the sex sounds, but I can. They bring out the beast in me. Which I wish were just a figure of speech.

Cindy rushes up and offers me a blanket. The blanket is damp and cold and I doubt I can get it over my giant wings. I brush her off and make a mad dash for the doors leading down to the service elevators. Reaching the door without busting my ass takes effort, but I manage. I’m about to open the door but it suddenly bursts open, banging with the wind.

A man steps out onto the roof. He’s shrouded in black from head to toe. Black leather jacket. Black jeans. Black boots. Dark sunglasses. Sunglasses? I glance up at the cloudy sky.

“I’m looking for Lou Kinipski!” he shouts. “Her agency told me I could find her here!”

About the time that it registers that he’s looking for me, it also dawns on me that his jacket has emblems on the sleeves. He’s a cop.

“What’s this about, Officer?” Stefan shouts.

“Private matter!” the cop shouts back. He points to the badge pinned on his jacket. “Official business!”

A sick feeling settles in my bloated gut. The officer stares at me and I know it’s not just because I’m half naked and beautiful. It’s hard to remain anonymous when my face is plastered on a ton of billboards all over New York City.

“Is there somewhere we can talk, Ms. Kinipski?” he asks me.

I can only think of three things a police officer might want to discuss with me. Texas. Seven years ago. Prom night . . .

Copyright © 2006 by Ronda Thompson. All rights reserved.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

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    i saw the cute cover in the book store opened the cover and proceeded to enjoy this new style for me the book is well written and fun

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    amusing chick lit werewolf tale

    Seven years ago on prom night Sherry suddenly sprouted hair all over her body for the first time. When she returned to normal she feared she killed her date Tom Dawson so she vanished and became supermodel Lou Kinipski. Over the years, Lou assumed prom night was a bad dream until a PMS bout led to another furry conversion. Now as her hair germinates during a photo shoot, Lou knows she is a werewolf only her best friend Cindy knows the truth about her other essence.-------------- Adding to her stress is a sudden horde of men interested in her. Photographer Stefan O¿Connor tries to control his attraction as being unprofessional, but Lou senses his desire just like she wants him. NYPD Detective Terry Shay investigates the death of a woman who insisted she was Lou and private investigator Morgan Kane hired by Lou to find her parents is attracted to her. Now a stalker wants to destroy Lou.---------------- Fangs and fur fly in this amusing chick lit werewolf tale. The story line is fast-paced with a strong cast, mostly Lou and her male ¿pack¿ of sniffers. However, it is the twists and turns that keep the audience involved in this fun one sitting read as the other life of a supermodel is revealed.------------ Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2007

    Fabulous Finale

    This novel is a fabulous tribute to Ronda Thompson's talent, humor and versatility as an author. I have known many writers, but never another who could write in so many different styles and master each so well. Confessions of a Werewolf Supermodel, Ronda Thompson's final novel, showcases all of the many talents for which she will long be remembered. Humor, intrigue, suspense, emotion, sexual tension, quirkiness and tenderness... this novel has it all! This story is a really great time and not to be missed. Bravo, Ronda! I knew it would be wonderful, and it is!

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