September 6, 2017 by Valerie Ullmer
Chapter Two Continuation (Part Three) – Xander (A Dark Assassins Novel Book Three) #MFRWHooks
Xander (A Dark Assassins Novel Book Three)
Genre: Paranormal Erotic Romance
Xander has secretly yearned for a mate for most of his immortal existence, and yet after three of his friends found exactly what he’s always wanted, he’d come to believe that he’d missed his chance at happiness.
Until he heard her voice.
Frost is a wildlife biologist and tracker and she has been assigned, despite her adamant protests, to lead mercenaries into the mountains of Snowfall, Colorado for the sole purpose of killing immortal shifters. In order to protect those who have no idea the kind of danger they are in, she agrees. As she leads the armed men on a wild chase around the snow-covered pines, she could sense that she was running out of time.
Until she heard his voice.
Xander understands exactly who Frost is the moment he hears her thoughts. With the help of Kane and Gunnar, they eliminate those in her group as they try to keep her safe. But during the fight, she is hurt and all of his protective instincts flare to life. As Xander learns more about her, he realizes that Frost might be the key to the creation of the immortals, both vampire and shifter.
But when she becomes a target from those who want to destroy the Dark Company and Xander’s family, how far will he go to save her?
Continuation (Part Three) Chapter Two
Xander (A Dark Assassins Novel Book Three)
© 2017 Valerie Ullmer
Awareness came slowly this time. At first she had become aware of Xander’s scent, somewhere close. And then, she heard several voices close by. Xander’s voice sounded worried, anxious, and she couldn’t understand why. She must’ve scrunched her brows because as his voice drew closer to her, he carefully touched her forehead with his wonderfully cool fingers, and she blew out a sigh at the sensation. When she felt a brush of a kiss against her mouth, a different throb had overtaken her body and she tilted her head back to get closer to Xander’s lips. She still couldn’t speak; she tried. She wanted to beg Xander to relieve this new ache as it throbbed in her core and steadily spread, but his hand paused on her cheek.
Xander’s voice cut off, not that she could understand a word he spoke. She cursed her body’s reaction to his touch when he pulled his hand away from her skin. She missed him and his touch acutely. For the longest time, she strained to hear anyone who could be near, cursing that she was trapped in the abyss of her mind. When her body tired from the strain of her awareness of those around her and when she almost faded out again, she heard Xander speak to her.
Despite her attention focused on him and the sound of his voice, she couldn’t understand what he tried to convey to her. Her brows drew down, and she was a little surprised by the movement, but most of her craved to know what Xander wanted to say to her.
Xander’s tone became excited after her tiny movement, but she scrunched her eyelids closed and concentrated on the words. Finally, she thought she could hear her name as he spoke. She sighed in relief when Xander slid her hand in his and linked their fingers together. But again, his touch had her body throbbing. Not from pain, but pleasure. She scoffed at herself for her horrendous timing, but she wondered how her shifter would react. Slowly and painstakingly, she forced her eyes open, only to find a concerned Xander staring at her.
His eyes were rimmed in red and his beautiful hair stood on end, as if he’d been constantly running his hands through it.
“Do you know what’s happening?” Xander’s voice sounded low and scratchy.
She managed to shake her head, only small movements, twice.
“You passed out when Liv touched your wound and when I caught you, I pressed a kiss to your lips. I needed to feel close to you and offer you some comfort. But I didn’t expect you to respond.”
It hadn’t been a dream. She forced herself to think back to those moments that were fuzzy from the extreme amount of pain and throbbing from her shoulder, and she distinctly remembered the cool lips that pressed to hers, and the resulting tingle that spread from her lips. She wanted to feel the kiss again, to burrow into Xander until the pain ebbed, but her thoughts became muddled.
“Liv believes that our kiss started your transition from human to shifter. She has tested your blood and found that you already had shifter DNA. Your body recognized my touch and accepted me as your mate when we kissed, which started the transition.”
Thinking that she was too weak to speak, she tried to use their mind link that she shared with him earlier, but her body and her thoughts were too weak to complete it.
“Mate?” She flinched at the sound of her own voice.
“Yes, sweetheart. I’ve been waiting a long time for you.”
“Y’ too. Tired.”
“Your transition is almost complete and the next time you wake, you’ll be stronger, with no effects of the gunshot wound or the pain that you had to go through while you changed. Don’t worry, sweetheart, I won’t leave you.”
His reassurance had the tension melting from her body and she smiled against his lips as he gave her a brief kiss. I hope you’re right. Next time I kiss him, I will be completely aware of it.