Excerpt: SEAL Wolf Surrender by Terry Spear

SEAL Wolf Surrender by [Spear, Terry]

Title: SEAL Wolf Surrender

Author: Terry Spear

Series: SEAL Wolf #6

Pub Date: May 28, 2019

ISBN: 9781492677291

 

For a shifter with no interest in she-wolves…he sure is territorial.

 

Wolf shifter and former Navy SEAL Brock Greystoke isn’t interested in she-wolves. The last one in his life ambushed him with the intent to kill. So when he’s tasked with helping his cousin’s friend get to a wedding, he has no intention of getting involved with her…

 

She-wolf Natalie Silverton has inadvertently crossed a group of dangerous criminals, and she’s in dire need of a bodyguard. Good thing Brock is there to protect her. At every turn, their work—and play—brings them closer to catching the criminals and to each other, but Brock will have to get them out of this alive if he has any hope of winning Natalie’s heart.

Terry Spear

USA Today bestselling author Terry Spear has written over sixty paranormal romances. In 2008, Heart of the Wolf was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year. A retired officer of the U.S. Army Reserves, Terry also creates award-winning teddy bears that have found homes all over the world and she is raising two Havanese puppies. She lives in Spring, Texas. Visit her at terrylspear.wordpress.com.

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That evening, after they’d closed the garden center, Brock moved his car to park in front of Natalie’s house. Then they walked over to her parents’ two-story home, which featured a nice wraparound porch. Inside, Natalie’s mom had cooked a pot roast, potatoes, and carrots in a slow cooker, so the meal was ready when they closed up the garden center. The aroma of the roast made Brock’s stomach growl in anticipation as he and his cousin, Natalie, and her parents were about to sit down to eat at the long oak table.

With a twinkle in his eye, Shawn made a move to sit beside Natalie, but Brock stopped him quickly enough. Smiling. Knowing his cousin was trying to prove Brock was being mighty territorial for a wolf who wasn’t interested in courting another.

Of course, everyone noticed the maneuver. Wolves watched one another for actions and reactions. It was part of their wolf heritage and made them more aware of cues they were giving off. Not to mention they also smelled the change in the wolves’ scents—-from congenial to slightly aggressive.

Natalie let out a big sigh and sat down beside Brock. He didn’t know if she was resigned to considering courting him or annoyed he’d been posturing so his cousin couldn’t get near her for the meal. Brock couldn’t help it. He was a wolf.

Her dad dished up roast beef that was falling apart, it was so well cooked. Brock thought he should invest in a slow cooker: great, easy way to cook a meal while he was off doing surveillance and such for a job in Denver and going home to Greystoke for the evening.

“What do you think about our garden center?” her dad asked, looking straight at Brock for an answer.

Before Brock could speak, Shawn did. “You get a lot of exercise, that’s for sure. I like working out in the fresh air and sunshine. Right now, I work at the leather goods factory the pack owns. This is a really nice change of pace.”

Brock thought her dad was more interested in his viewpoint on working at the nursery, maybe because Natalie’s parents thought he could be a prospective mate for Natalie. There was no hiding the chemistry between them, even if he’d wanted to.

“And you, Brock?” her dad asked.

“Good, honest labor. I’d like it better than working at the factory.” Brock did enjoy working at the garden center. He enjoyed being outdoors as much as the next wolf.

“But not better than your PI job?” her dad pointedly asked.

Brock smiled. Natalie’s cheeks were suffused with color. “I do like being a PI. Sometimes, I can even use the military skills I learned as a SEAL. As a gardener, I wouldn’t be able to. Unless you had someone looking to rob you. And then? I’d be first on the line to deal with it. But I love solving the mystery of the cases I’m on.”

Connolly sighed. “I understand. I loved solving murder investigations. Too bad you’re not into the garden business. We’ll just have to hire Shawn.”

“He’s got a pack back in Colorado,” Natalie reminded her dad. But it was more than that. She was scowling at her father as if she didn’t like him trying to set her up with Shawn.

At least that was what Brock figured her dad had in mind. Or maybe he was trying to force the issue of Brock seeing Natalie.

“But Shawn would have an opportunity for a mate here, maybe. Someday.” Her dad looked meaningfully at her, as if to remind her she wasn’t getting any younger and there were no marriageable prospects in the area.

“It could work,” Shawn said, giving Brock a cocky smile. He poured some gravy on his meat and potatoes. “Except for one thing. The SEAL has already surrendered to the lady.”

Everyone looked in Brock’s direction to see what he had to say about the matter.

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