Wolf Legends: Book One
by Nikki Noffsinger
Nyx Wahpeton is a wolf shifter and takes protecting the local reservation very seriously. Finding a date, let alone a mate, is not high on his long list of priorities. However, when he has a chance encounter with a young woman, and she’s all he can think about.
Ivy Morgan has finally gotten her new start on life and she’s not looking back. After barely surviving life in a cult, she has finally regained her independence. Ghosts from her past lurk in the shadows and the nightmares still haven’t ended, but each new day is a promise. Romance is not even a blip on her radar until she meets a local young man that is wildly handsome and dead sexy, but can Ivy trust Nyx with her past and with her secrets? Can Nyx trust Ivy with the one secret that could put every one he loves in danger? Evil and betrayal are lurking in the shadows waiting and their new found awakened passion will be put to the test.
She had always been hell bent on self-expression. Her canvas just seemed to be her body right now. Lahni played bass guitar for a band called, The PMS Avengers. They made a CD and even though all the family had pitched theirs, he kept his in his truck. He just didn’t listen to it very often. It was hard enough telling other guys the band’s name, but the first song on the CD was called “Bite it off” and that right there was self-explanatory. Tonight though, he was putting the CD on the playlist …even if it was just to torment Ari and Karma. He laughed as he walked to his truck where two impatient imps were waiting.
“Nyx, how can you stand to put up with me like this? I’m a total head case.” Ivy whispered.
Nyx smiled, “That’s okay, and we’re all some sort of head case. I mean didn’t you see my brothers? Ivy, I love you and I’m going to keep on loving you even if you sprout horns or run around the house in all your naked glory reciting the Gettysburg Address.”
Ivy laughed and it warmed Nyx that she was once again relaxing. “I think I would look ridiculous with horns not to mention running around your house naked.”
Nyx’s eyes flashed, “Oh, I’m totally on board with the idea of you going anywhere naked just as long as you take me with you!”
Ivy just stared at him with a grin on her face and blush on her cheeks. She snuggled into his chest and yawned. She could feel his hands stroking her back as he began to hum something. It was really pretty. She looked up with sleepy eyes, “What is that?”
He smiled, “It’s a lullaby that my mother used to sing to me and the rest of us when we were small.”
Ivy smiled and snuggled back down as he started to hum again. When he could feel her sleeping soundly in his arms, he shifted her just slightly so he could lie down beside her to catch some z’s himself. He kept his arms around her so she could feel safe and protected, but it was for him too. He needed to feel her; to know she was right there. When she had run off, he felt as if his heart was leaving his chest. His father had once told him and his brothers that no one could live without their heart, and that was what a true mate was. Ivy was his heart; his true mate.
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Lahni is her family’s wild child. Since she was 18 she’s been making her own way and playing guitar for rock metal band. She loves the open road and music but when Lahni goes home to help her family, she has no time for the proud clan chieftain of the Whispering Waters; Shiloh Red Cloud. He broke her heart long ago and she’s not giving him a second chance at it.
Shiloh Red Cloud is a fierce warrior and he shoulders his entire clan on his shoulders. Now that an ancient evil has been defeated, he’s ready to claim his reluctant mate; Lahni Wahpeton. They have a past and he knows he’s hurt her but that is not going to stop him from winning her heart, if only she’d just stop running from him.
Passions collide and a centuries old vendetta reveals itself. Can Lahni be able to let her walls around her heart down? Will Shiloh be able to heal the heart he once broke? The will wage more than just a battle to reclaim their love; they will have to battle another evil as the sun breaks the horizon bringing forth a Savage Dawn.
Shiloh grabbed the guitar case before she could maneuver it to hit him, and tossed it into the back of his pick-up truck. He then set her back on her feet but turned her while still keeping hold of her. If looks could kill, he’d already be skinned and his head mounted on her wall. Determination set into his jaw.
“You’re coming with me and that’s final. Fight or better yet, run Lahni because when I catch you, and I will catch you, it will make it sweeter, but either way you’re coming with me.”
Lahni was tempted to shift and give him a run for his money but there was too much open ground and she knew that she wouldn’t be able to out run him. She could scream for help, but she wouldn’t risk Sully being hurt or anyone else. Besides, those were coward things and she damn sure was no coward. Lahni glared up at Shiloh.
“I.HATE.YOU.” she snarled through clenched teeth.
He leaned into her face, “Good, right now I’m not too thrilled with you either.” He pulled her over to the truck door and opened it. She leapt up into the seat crossing her arms over her huffing chest looking straight out of the windshield. When she got home, there was going to be hell to pay.
They had driven in silence. Shiloh had slowed the truck down to let Cinjin go on ahead. Lahni refused to look at him.
“Lahni, we need to talk.” His voice was tense but he tried to keep his tone soft.
She looked out the window, “I have nothing to say to you.”
“Fine. I’ll talk.” He started to open his mouth again, but she turned on the radio, and turned it up loud.
He growled as he shut it off. When he started to speak again, she pulled out an iPod and placed the buds in her ears. He pulled the truck over and pulled them out of her ears and grabbed the iPod and clutched it in his hand so he wouldn’t throw it out the window.
“Give me that back. I don’t want to hear anything you have to say.”
Shiloh smirked, “You’re going to listen to me if we have to sit her all night.”
Lahni flexed her hand and looked at her nails, “Fine. Speak.”
“Lahni, this has gone on for far too long. You’re my mate and I won’t allow you to keep running circles around me.”
She turned to him and covered her mouth with a faked emotion, “Oh Shiloh, yes darling, I’ve been waiting all these years just to hear those words fall out of your mouth. My life has meaning now! I bet we can finally cure cancer since you’ve finally decided that I’m your mate.”
She “tsk’d” him, “Gimme a break. You are delusional if you think for a moment that I would tie myself to someone like you.” Her disgust was palatable.
He grabbed the back of her head, and bared his canines at her, “You’re mine Lahni, whether you want to admit it or not. We were tied to one another long ago.”
Lahni jerked out of his hold, “I belong to no one but myself and my family. We were children long ago. Get a life and get a new dream.”
Those mercury gold eyes burned a hole into her all the way to her soul. He had broken her once, and she wasn’t going back for seconds.
“Shiloh, this is the 21st Century and Stepford was just a movie. You can’t just demand and declare shit of me. I won’t be anyone’s prize, especially by force.”
Shiloh heard the venom she spat, and sure she was pissed off but there was a sadness and longing in those bi-colored eyes of hers. He wanted to take her into his arms and soothe her and mend the heart of the only woman he’d ever loved in his entire life. Shiloh knew though if he eased up now, she’d only run again and he’d go insane chasing her down.
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