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Joanieâs dream has always been to give something back. Shubert, the kitty cat love of her life was her first rescue, and she was bound and determined to make volunteering at the Saving Furry Lives Shelter part of her reality. Joanie rescues a wolf pup and it bites her, setting off a chain of events she doesnât anticipate. Appearances can be deceiving and some bites are much worse than their bark.
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The beeping sound of the machines brought her back to consciousness. Joanie shifted, annoyed at the scratchiness of the sheets and batted at an errant strand of hair that had fallen in her face. Her body hurt. The scent of bleach assaulted her nose and the pain in her foot still throbbed, a steady prickly feeling that seemed to lurk just beneath her skin.
Something was off. She felt around for Schubertâs familiar warmth and found him missing. Her body slick with sweat, she groaned as her head swam from the slight movement.
Sheâd heard voices earlier. It made it hard to sleep when they kept coming in and out of the room. The prick of a needle in her arm, the pressure from hands moving her into a bed. It was all a blur.
Scratchy sheets and that weird chemical smellâ¦
Joanieâs eyes popped open and grew wider. Everything was a blah shade of faded white and dingy beige that might have been something not the color of used putty once upon a time. Maybe. The only color in the room was the powder blue curtain that hung from the track in the ceiling between her bed and the one next door.
Someone was there and by the sound of it, they were sleeping. The snores got louder and tapered off, only to resume once more. Shifting beneath the sheets she grimaced at the discomfort thrumming through her body.
A nurse bustled in and, upon seeing her awake, smiled.
âGood. Youâre up.â Her badge read âNina Barticolvaâ and she reminded Joanie of one of the Gibson girls the way her cheeks turned round when she smiled.
Joanie tried to sit but the IV in her arm yanked her back into a supine position. âOuch.â The sudden movement made her tired, her head still woozy from whatever happened to bring her here.
Why couldnât she remember?
She was out on a rescue mission with Timâ¦ then it all faded to nothing and, when she tried to bring it back, her head hurt.
âWoo,â Nina winced. âI wouldnât do that just yet. Weâre about to move you, but the doctor wants to have a look at you first.â
âUm. Okay.â Her head swam.
âI want to get your vitals.â The nurse put the stethoscope into her ears and placed the cold end of it on Joanieâs chest. Giving her a nod, she removed the device and looped it around her neck. Pulling a small device from her pocket, she clipped it on Joanieâs finger. It squeezed over the end of the digit and Joanie watched the small screen as numbers raced across it.
âI need your body temperature,â Nina replied with a smile.
âOh.â Joanieâs head was pounding and her skin felt hot all over. âWhy are you moving meâ¦â she started to ask, but the words faded away as she caught sight of the doctor.
A man in green scrubs came through the door, his presence taking the air from the room. Joanie gasped, his piercing eyes meeting hers. The prickling feeling plaguing her ramped up, leaving her hyper aware of the male as he approached.
Her nose itched and she sneezed, a funny itching sensation covering her skin.
His chiseled features were strong and his dark eyes held oceans of blue, like a tempest in a storm. A strand or two of his dark hair fell down over his forehead and he absently ran his fingers through it to put it to rights. His muscular frame flexed beneath the scrubs and for a moment she wondered if he would mind if she reached out and touched him.
âYou must be Joanie. Hi. Iâm Dr. Buchanan.â His full lips turned up in a smile.
A burst of heat slammed into her gut and she moaned aloud. An internal image of a female wolf reared her head, taking notice of the doctor in a big way. She was separate from Joanie, but connected to her at the same time, their desires co-mingling.
Mortified, she clapped her free hand to her mouth and lowered her head.
What the hell was that?
âDamn it.â Sylvia hung up the phone and met the eyes of her business partner, Paige. Together they had created the Shifting Hearts Dating Agency and, after many successful pairings, she hated having a fail on the radar.
âWhat?â Paige put her cell phone down on the desk and cocked her head.
âDr. Buchanan left; and I booked Cardiac CafÃ© just for him, too.â Sylvia got up from her desk and paced in front of the windows. âAll those great milk shakes. Itâs a shame.â
âYou know, youâre gonna have to break out the Aphrodite powers with that one. Heâs all business and no give.â
âNo.â Sylvia shook her head and nibbled on her lip. âI have a feeling somethingâs going to change for him.â
âLike what? Find some girl and break her arm so he pays attention to her for more than five seconds? I mean, did you see him at the restaurant? All he did was walk around once and then dig into his onion rings like a starving man. It was unhealthy.â
âYouâre just saying that because you wished he looked at you.â Sylvia laughed. âAnd those were good onion rings.â
âI donât know how you can eat that stuff.â Paige sniffed and held up her perfectly manicured hand. âAs a matter of fact, Iâm not interested in dating right now. But, I can also tell you, Iâve seen your boy hanging out with a couple of regular subs at Ventures.â
âYup.â Paige grinned. âThat boy is kinky as hell. I wouldnât be surprised by anything.â
âYou just never know. He was so quiet, and never brought it up on the questionnaire.â
âHe was probably embarrassed. Some people like to keep their lives private.â
âWell, that doesnât help us match him up with a potential mate.â
âTrue.â Her phone buzzed and she looked down, a frown marring her face. âTurn on the television.â
Sylviaâs eyebrows shot up. âYou sure about that?â
âOh. Yeah. Nevermind.â Paige jumped up from her seat behind the desk and grabbed for the remote. They had a small television in the waiting area but, more often than not, it was they who got the most use out of it.
âI killed the last one. Not touching it.â
Paige snorted. âYou are a technological curse on wheels, woman. No electronic gadget will ever be safe.â
âGoddess powers canât be contained.â
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Title: Hedging Her Bets
Series: The Shifting Hearts Dating Agency
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Natalie Erinaceus is a woman on a mission: find her own mate. Enter Shifting Hearts Dating Agency. Lucas runs Scarlet Ink, a tattoo shop across from Ventures, a sexy as hell BDSM club. Jonathan is a bear shifter looking for love. When he finds Lucas, itâs one step in the right direction. He has one mate but can he convince a stubborn hedgie sheâs ready to be claimed by not just one mate, but two?
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âPaige, where in the hell did you put the password log book?â Sylvia groaned as she flicked on the computer and the logo for the Shifting Hearts Dating Agency flashed across the screen. The agency had been open for six months, growing a little more every day. Their wall of successful matings and marriages increasing making Sylvia eager to check out her newest applicants and see any potential matches. But she always forgot the password. Either that, or Paige was always changing it.
She bet the latter.
Tricky damned cat shifter.
A descendent of Aphrodite, helping others find love was in Sylviaâs blood. Nothing made her happier. One day sheâd find her own swoon-worthy prince charming, but at this pointâ¦well, she was content helping others. A tinge of sadness slid in and she firmly booted it away. The right person would come along at the right time, not before. This was her job, her chosen career and damned if she wasnât going to use her power for helping people. With a push if it required it.
But if she saw that damned incubus, Carter, again, she was going to shove his ass clear out the window. Cheating fucker. Heâd get his one day. She had people to help and it didnât do her much good to think about murder before sheâd at least had a cup of coffee. A really big cup too.
Everything here in Cypress Valley, Texas ran toward big and she hoped by setting up business here with the growing shifter population, her profits would start to be too. It was all great being descended from Goddess material, but if you didnât have the dollars to go with the lifestyle, then it wasnât so much fun anymore. Time to shake her money maker and get some romance in the air.
She got up from the desk, her new heels making her wince. She hobbled over to the kitchenette area in the back of the office and flicked on the overpriced individual cup coffee maker Paige insisted they buy. Her co-partner stood next to the counter, stuffing the better part of a jumbo blueberry muffin into her mouth.
âNow that is one big muffin.â
She held up a finger and kept on chewing.
âNice salute there, hun. Cat get up on the wrong side of the bed this morning?â
Paige growled around the muffin, her cat shining in her eyes.
âEwwww. Somebody is grumpy today.â Sylvia rolled her eyes and shook her head. Coffee. Lots of coffee. Then sheâd deliberate about food. And passwords. She eyed the flavored pods with distrust, knowing Paige was watching, and selected one that read Hazelnut. She popped it into place like Paige had shown her and hit the start button. A dribble of brown liquid began to flow from the machine and too late she remembered she hadnât placed a cup below the spigot.
âShit!â Sylvia scrambled and reached for the nearest mug, shoving it in place. The scalding hot liquid poured over her hand and she let out a yowl.
A choked laugh from across the kitchenette met her ears.
Still munching on her muffin with an innocent smile on her face, Paige grinned and gave a pinky wave.
Bitch. At least that was an improvement over the last finger, she supposed.
Sylvia gazed at her friend with narrowed eyes and ran her hand under the faucet. âThat wasnât nice.â
âSorry. But you made me almost inhale that one.â Paige snorted into her hand and popped the last of the muffin into her mouth. Not afraid of sporting her brunette curves, Paige was a kitty to be reckoned with, whether it was man or muffinâ¦or modern appliance.
âUgh.â Sylvia snatched up her cup and marched back to her desk, irritation prickling under her skin. New machines wigged her out. So did computers and newfangled cars. If she got too excited, her goddess tendencies could have adverse side effects to the point where Paige teased her that she must be related to Harry Dresden. At her blank look, sheâd sighed and flicked something up on her phone, twisting it so Sylvia could see. âYou know. The Dresden Files?â A picture of a book cover covered the screen.
Sheâd had no earthly idea what her friend was talking about. If it didnât have vampires or a hot scantily clad shifter, she didnât bother.
âYou need to read more than just smut, girl.â
But what was the point to that?
âSorry, Syl. The password bookâs in the drawer where I always leave it.â Paige maneuvered her way to the desk on heels so high Sylvia didnât know how she didnât fall on her impeccably made up face. âAnd unless you plan on sticking your mouth underneath the pour nozzle, Iâd have a cup ready next time.â
Her friendâs blazer and top worked well with the jeans and boots sheâd selected for the day. It was raining and knowing her cat shifter partner, sheâd rather be curled up in her bed with a pile of blankets than be out and about.
Paige clutched an oversize cup of coffee like it was her lifeline, pausing mid-stride to take a sip. The rest of her may have been spot on but her bleary eyes told a story. Sylvia wasnât sure she really wanted to ask.
âYep.â Paige set the cup down, the milky brown liquid sloshing dangerously close to the rim. âTried out a new venue last night and I think I found us a whole new segment of the shifter population.â
âReally?â Sylvia grinned, âAnd where did you go, pray tell?â
Paige glanced around, nibbling her lip. âIs Rafe here?â
âNope. I havenât seen your brother yet. Why?â
âGood.â A flash of cat in Paigeâs eyes revealed her excitement. âI went to Ventures.â
Sylvia wrinkled her nose. âWhere?â
âThe new bondage club on Fifth Street. It caters to humans, shifters, and other paranormals.â A smile lit up her eyes and she reached for the coffee again, sitting down with a wince. âThey had a kind of open house event and I wanted to check it out to see if there was any potential for us to join forces.â
Paige focused on her cup, a secret smile on her lips.
âDid you hurt yourself?â
Sylvia blinked. Ohâ¦.So that was how it was.
âSo you think weâll get some clients?â
Paige fidgeted in her chair and fired up her own computer. âYou just wait, girlfriend. I have a feeling before the day is out weâll be seeing something new coming across our desk. Now, where did you put the file on the Jefferson twins? I think I met someone that could give them a run for their money.â
About the author:
Erzabet Bishop is a USA Today bestselling author who loves to write naughty stories. She is the author of Lipstick, Crave, Malediction, Map of Bones, Sanguine Shadows, Arcane (Prowlers and Growlers set),The Science of Lust, Wicked for You, Heartâs Protector, Burning for You, Taming the Beast, Mistletoe Kisses, Surrender, Torment (upcoming), Hedging Her Bets, Catâs Got Her Tongue (upcoming), Waking Up Wolf, Arcane Imaginarium: Spirit Board, Holidays in Hell, Malloryâs Mark, The Devilâs Due (upcoming), Charity Benshawâs Enchanted Paddle Emporium (upcoming), Club Beam, Pomegranate, A Red Dress for Christmas, The Black Magic CafÃ©, Sweet Seductions, The Erotic Pagans Series: Beltane Fires, Samhain Shadows and Yuletide Temptation along with being a contributor to many anthologies. She lives in Texas with her husband, furry children and can often be found lurking in local bookstores. She loves to bake, make naughty crochet projects and watch monster movies.
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