Book three of Blood of the Pride
Every family has secrets, but some are more dangerous than others
Rebecca Desjardin isn't exactly looking forward to meeting Brandon's parents. The wealthy Hanovers won't approve of Rebecca's blue-collar P.I. lifestyleand they certainly wouldn't approve if they knew she was a cat shifter.
Rebecca's Felis senses go on high alert when Michael, Brandon's father, strong-arms her into taking a quick job for one of his employees. If she doesn't agree, Michael will dig into Rebecca's past to prove she's not fit for his son.
When Rebecca discovers a dead body, she knows Brandon's father is hiding something. And she must decide if the truth is worth risking Brandon's love.
Begin the adventure with Blood of the Pride and Claws Bared.
About the Author
In 2011 she won two Second-Place Prism Awards from the Fantasy, Futuristic and Paranormal chapter of RWA. In 2013 she won a Third-Place Prism Award for the first book of her paranormal series, "Blood of the Pride"
Read an Excerpt
My parents want to meet you."
I dropped the thick ceramic mug in the sink. It bounced once before landing in the inch-deep soapy water. The clanging sound bounced around my skull, settling behind my left eye and throbbing.
"Your parents are dead." I turned and leaned against the counter. "Are we attending a séance?"
Bran bit his lower lip. He hadn't bothered to put a shirt on, choosing to pad around my house barefoot in a pair of jeans that fit perfectly in all the right places. We'd finally dragged ourselves out of bed for lunch, ordering in pizza because we had run out of groceries.
His dark eyes met mine, apologetic and pleading.
"They're not, ah, dead. They're sort of alive."
I picked up the mug and contemplated how much strength it would take to smash it. "Your parents are zombies?"
"My parents are alive and well and very much human."
I weighed the mug in my palm, letting him watch my fingers curl around the cool clay. "You lied to me. Four months ago you lied to my face."
"Maybe." Bran put out his hand, pointing at the mug. "Please put that down."
I glared at him.
"Okay, I lied. A bit." His hand didn't move, still outstretched toward the mug. "I told you my parents were dead but that was right after we'd met and we were on opposite sides of the case." Bran smiled. "And I didn't know how good we could be together."
I didn't blink.
"Cut me a break, Reb. You've got your own family secrets." He shifted to one side with a grin, showing off his newest scratches on one shoulder. "And I can make you purr."
Damned redhead had a point. We'd both kept things from each other back then. I hadn't exactly been forthcoming about the fact that I wasn't human, but when Bran had come face-to-face with my Felis heritage I hadn't lied and denied.
I still didn't have to like it. "Who are they and why did you lie?"
He didn't move. My gaze traveled over his bare chest, resting on the fresh scars across his midsection courtesy of our latest work trip to Penscotta, Pennsylvania. He'd fought another Felis for his life and, in his own way, for me.
The least I could do was hear him out before throwing the mother of all temper tantrums.
"My father is Michael Hanover." Bran paused. "Of Hanover Investments."
I nearly dropped the mug.
"Hanover Investments. As in, they make more money in ten minutes than I'll ever see in my lifetime?" I croaked. I'd flipped through a few business articles over the past few years when I was supposed to be reading a paper and instead using it for surveillance. The business section guarantees you won't be distracted by the articles.
"Yeah. Them." He sounded almost apologetic. "It's a family business. Three generations."
"You're related to those Hanovers?"
"Michael and Bernadette Hanover are my parents." He reached out and took the mug from my numb fingers. "The reason I lied was because it'd become an instinctive reaction to explain away my wealth. Easier to say trust fund than explain my dysfunctional relationship with my parents." He shook his head, a sad smile on his lips. "You'd be surprised how many gold diggers are out there looking to snag a rich man. Or his son."
I tried to get my breathing under control. "Those Hanovers."
"We'd just met," Bran repeated. He placed the mug out of my reach and returned to stand in front of me, both hands up. "And I used the same line I use with everyone to explain my wealth. It was automatic.