Title: Snake Eyes
Genres/Themes: Urban Fantasy, Futuristic, Multi-cultural/Interracial
Release Date: August 2016
Author: Anne Kane
Publisher URL Changeling Press – Erotic Fiction
Snake may not be the nicest guy you ever met, but he has his own code of honor, and he does everything in his power to live up to it. Keeping his hands off his Sergeant’s sister-in-law, no matter how sexy she is, is definitely in the code.
Wren has the hots for Snake but is frustrated that he can’t seem to see her as anything other than Dee’s kid sister. When she sees him sneak out after dark, she suspects he’s going to meet a lover and follows him, determined to finally make him see her as the mature sexy woman she is. Unfortunately, things don’t go exactly according to plan. She manages to get herself captured and Snake is forced to come to her rescue
“Snake? Is that really you? Oh thank God! Get me out of here!” Wren had never looked so happy to see him. Hell, if she wasn’t confined in a metal cage in the center of the room, he bet she’d have thrown herself in his arms. Made a man feel wanted, having a woman look at him like that.
For the umpteenth time he wished she wasn’t his buddy’s kid sister. He was supposed to protect her from guys like himself, not take advantage of her. He shouldn’t have touched her that night in the clearing, much less made mad, passionate love to her, but a guy could only take so much temptation. And Wren, well, temptation was putting it mildly. The sight of her in a pair of sweats taking out the garbage was enough to give him a hard-on. There was just something about her that made him go all caveman despite his best intentions. The woman was enough to drive a saint to drink!
Right now though, he needed to ignore his own needs and get her out of this place. They could sort out their relationship once she was safe.
They were in what appeared to be yet another office. Desks strewn with papers were placed haphazardly against the walls, while battered filing cabinets filled the spaces between them. A schedule with dates, times and names was tacked up on the wall to his left, while strange pictures that resembled something out of his high school science class decorated the entire wall behind Wren. Biology, maybe?
He quickly crossed to the cage, his gut clenching as he looked at the bruises on her legs. Once he got her out of here, he had a score to settle with these guys. No one laid a hand on his woman and got away with it, least of all a bunch of wanna-be soldiers.
He reached through the bars and ran his hand down the side of her face, pushing a strand of golden hair back behind her ear. “Yeah, it’s me. The real question is what are you doing here?”
She avoided meeting his gaze. “I followed you. I thought you were going to see another woman, and it pissed me off. When you did your jump-the-fence thing, I walked up to the front entrance to see what kind of place this was and two men grabbed me.” She shrugged. “And voilà. Here I am.”
Snake shook his head. “Baby, you are so off -base. The last thing I want to be doing is stepping out with another woman.”
She looked up, focusing those lovely hazel eyes on him. “Really? Because it seems like you spend most of your time thinking up ways to avoid me.”
Snake let out a low groan. “Only because you deserve better than some washed up mercenary.” He grabbed the lock and gave it a hopeful tug. “Let’s get you out of here. We can discuss us once you’re safe. Any idea where the keys are?” He looked around, hoping for a handy key rack. No such luck. In the desk drawer maybe?
“We don’t need keys.”
“We don’t?” He turned just in time to see Wren extract one of the pins she used to keep her hair in check. Taking the lock in her hand, she inserted the pin into the key slot and began to fiddle with it.
Snake felt his brow raise. “You can pick locks?”
A mischievous smile flitted across her face. “Among other things. I didn’t grow up in a state approved school.”
He chuckled. “I can see that. Anything else I should know about you?”
Wren slanted him a cheeky look from beneath her long lashes and quoted his own words back to him. “We can discuss it once we’re safely out of here.”
He had to agree. “You’re right. This is not the best place to be. I was checking out a nasty rumor I’d heard about this place. I had no intention of actually entering the buildings, but when I realized the woman being dragged through the main square wasn’t a stranger I didn’t have much choice.” He captured her gaze. “Imagine my surprise.”
Wren had the decency to look apologetic for a moment. “Okay. I probably should have stayed safely at home in my bed.” She paused. “But it was lonely, and I’m really not good at doing what I should.”
The lock fell open in her hand, and she held it up triumphantly. “There! I’m free to go.”
Snake shook his head. “Sometimes doing what you should is what keeps you alive. Have you any idea how stupid it was to follow me here and get yourself captured?”
Wren sighed and rolled her eyes. “We’re going to do this here? Of course I know it was dumb, almost as dumb as thinking you might actually give a flying fuck about me. So, either help me get out of here, or piss off and let me do it myself.”
She certainly had regained her attitude in a hurry. “Yeah. Because you were doing a hell of a good job of it before I got here. Who’s the eager youngster who volunteered to train you? You do know what he meant by ‘train’ don’t you?”
Wren pushed past him without bothering to answer. Probably a good thing. Now that he knew she was okay, he was mad enough to… well… to do something. She could have got herself killed, or worse in this damn place.