Hunger Moon Excerpt #9
“Fuck, you smell good.” Logan buried his face against her throat and inhaled her scent. His touch, violent just moments before, grew gentle. One hand stroked her hair; the other followed the curve of her body. Through the denim of his jeans, his arousal pressed against the juncture of her thighs. He had her pinned.
“Get off me,” Victoria snarled through bared teeth. She forced her eyes open, resisting her body’s enjoyment of his touch. She bucked her hips in an attempt to dislodge him.
“You want me.” He fought to remain atop her.
“I hate you!” Victoria struggled harder, shoving him away. “Get. Off.”
Logan lifted his head and looked her straight in the eye. “So you can hit me again? Is violence your answer to being wrong?”
“Don’t you dare! Your little brain dictates your every action.” Summoning her wolf, Victoria used her anger to fuel her transformation. Her power spilled forth, and her wolf ascended to dominance.
When she changed, her eyes glowed golden, her face and fangs elongated, and her ears grew to points. Her hands and feet turned to claws. Her limbs grew longer, the same as her trunk, and fur covered her entire body. She stopped midway in the bipedal wolf-man form werewolves used for combat.
With the increased strength her transformation provided, she lifted Logan into the air. She expected him to transform also, but he remained human even though his power rose to meet hers. Hefting him, Victoria threw him toward the dark lake.
Cat fast, Logan landed on his feet and settled into a defensive stance. Victoria advanced, adopting an aggressive posture, spine stiff and head high. She expected Logan to come at her any moment, and she braced for his terrible transformation. They were close in power, but his superior size and strength allowed him a distinct advantage.
Victoria did not understand the delay; his attack should have come with the swiftness she knew he possessed. His continued failure to transform infuriated her. “Change!”
“Change, damn you! Fight me!” She lunged at him and lashed out with her claw. She struck his right bicep and left a set of deep parallel gouges. Blood ran from the wound and fell onto the white snow.
Logan growled but controlled his beast. He smirked, taking a perverse pleasure in her towering frustration. With deft grace, he dodged her next blow. “I don’t think so.”
Her frustration peaked and she gnashed her teeth together. “Why? Why won’t you fight me?”
“Because it gives you an easy out if we kill each other. You don’t like who I am, so you resort to violence. You don’t want to hear what I have to say, so your solution is violence.”
He stopped moving and absorbed another slash to the chest. She left another set of bloody wounds over his left pectoral. “This doesn’t lessen your cowardice, Vic. It proves it.”
“Change. Now.” Victoria towered with fury. She backhanded Logan and drove him toward the edge of the lake. A shallow bluff hung over the water.
“Go on. Run away. Screw with people, and then tuck your tail and run. Run away so you don’t ever have to solve a problem or trust someone. Run away. It’s what you do best, coward.”
Melissa Snark is offering a tour wide giveaway:
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A Victoria Storm novel
#2 Loki’s Wolves series
Genre: Paranormal/urban fantasy
Published April 25, 2013
Amazon ASBN B00CJ1D1BI
Blurb:Victoria Storm faces seemingly insurmountable odds to keep her dwindling pack of werewolves alive and together. She fights hunters- including the brother and father of her deceased lover-and the pack takes another devastating loss. When they seek sanctuary in a small town near Lake Tahoe, high in the secluded Sierra Nevada Mountains, Victoria discovers they are infringing on the territory of a vastly more powerful Alpha wolf. To save her pack, she uses her feminine wiles to seduce the Alpha. Nothing comes easily for Victoria. Her plans are complicated by the Alpha’s erratic son, a ghostly wife, and a vengeful witch. Not even her status as a Valkyrie or the favor of the Goddess Freya can change the course of destiny for Victoria or her packmates.
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Melissa Snark is an erotic romance and paranormal fantasy author. She lives in Northern California with her husband, three children and a glaring of domestic house cats.
Email: melissasnark at gmail dot com