The inspiration for our character Sasha Soskoff in the Chicagoland Shifters came from my brother in law, a trauma vet tech who has worked at some of the top veterinary hospitals in the country. He was in Los Angeles working at a trauma hospital and one of the patients was a tiger.
The owner of the tiger had the animal declawed, which is a horrible procedure for big cats because it causes their feet to collapse. He required emergency surgery on the pads of his feet, and therefore needed to be restrained, upside down, with his paws in the air. My brother in law’s job was to assist the surgeon, and one of the things that you do to keep an animal like that calm is rub the bridge of their nose. This helps ensure they breathe and take in the anesthetic. He was listening to the surgeon and turned back to find the tiger… looking… at… him…
The anesthesiologist came over and fixed the problem while my brother in law very… slowly… retracted… his… hand…
And I thought my job was stressful!
Curiosity never killed this cat, but love could have deadly consequences.
Sasha Soskoff has two reasons for moving to Chicago: secure a tenured position in veterinary research medicine, and widen his horizons. After a night at the city’s hottest new club, though, a wrong turn down a dark alley narrows his focus to surviving three muggers. As consciousness fades, he catches a glimpse of his rescuer, whose mere appearance is enough to chase the attackers off.
Neal Harrison doesn’t often have to call on his skills as an ex-Marine to maintain control at his club. But with Sasha, he can’t seem to keep his hands to himself. Yet there’s danger in allowing any close relationships, particularly with a naïve young newcomer. The safety of his business depends on the iron-clad secret he and his ex-Marine buddies all hide.
While Neal seems happy to satisfy Sasha’s insatiable curiosity about the erotic scenes played out in the club’s private rooms, Sasha senses his new lover is holding something back.
When the truth claws its way out amid a night of tribal blood and violence, Neal discovers his lover has a secret of his own. And that the forces arrayed against them all could make a mugging look like a walk in the park…
Warning: Contains explicit, adult situations: male on male, more males on several more males, no-holds-barred erotic scenes, no-claws-barred violence, and love forged in the heat of desire.
What about you, Dear Reader? What’s the most startling moment you’ve had at work?