Shayla's scars run deeper than those on her body. Being beaten by a man you loved can do that to you. Shayla barely survived her first love, Eric. He left her broken and scarred in more ways than one.
Her best friend Adam is the only man she has been able to trust since. Friends since childhood, Adam has been in love with Shayla for as long as he can remember. He couldn’t save her from Eric, but he is determined never to fail her again. There’s just one little thing she doesn’t know—Adam is a werewolf.
Shayla gets sucked into a world of werewolves and finds herself opening up to Adam’s love, but there is one alpha wolf who threatens to take it all away. If they are going to survive they’ll need to come together to fight for each other and their pack. Can Shayla find the strength to leave her past behind and fight for the future she wants, or will she hide and lose herself to the pain all over again?
Adam bent his legs as he got ready to attack, but before he could make the leap to take Mike out Shayla’s voice brought everything to a stand still. “Adam, please don’t do this.”
Her voice was so quiet a normal person wouldn’t have been able to hear what she said, but Adam wolf ears could pick up on people whispering a hundred feet away. He turned to face Shayla and Jorden finally let her go so she could approach Adam. Adam concentrated on calming himself down and drew his flames back into himself. There was no way he’d risk allowing Shayla too close to him while he was in that state, not when a simple touch could turn the strongest of werewolves to ash.
Shayla moved closer to him once his fur was back to normal. Mike hadn’t moved back in their direction but Adam continued to make sure he watched him in his peripheral view. She reached out with a shaky hand and ran her fingers through the fur on the top of his head. “I don’t want you to hurt your friends or you pack over me, Adam. I understand sometimes you have to hurt others to protect yourself, but I don’t want you to feel like you have to hurt those close to you.”
Adam shifted back into his human self and pulled her close. He kissed her on the top of her head and let his cheek rest on her head for a second. Pulling back just far enough he could see her face, Adam placed his fingers under her chin and lifted her face so she was looking in his eyes. “Shay, I thought you understood. No one is more important to me than you. I love you, I always have. I will never stand by and let someone hurt you. We both know I stood aside in the past because you asked me to, and we both know how that turned out. That will never happen again.”
Shayla had tears in her eyes as she stared back at him and she tilted her head up to give him a quick kiss.