A whole world existsâ€¦beneath the skin.
De La Vega Cats, Book 3
Gibson de La Vega is the Bringer, one of the Alphaâ€™s right-hand cats. It is his job to mete out justice and defend the law that holds their jamboree together.
After a contentious meeting with another jamboree, heâ€™s shotâ€”Mia stumbles onto the scene and saves his life. Heâ€™s immediately drawn to the female who dug three silver bullets from his body. Even after he discovers sheâ€™s a Porter, a family his own harmed grievously half a century before.
Mia has enough in her life. Sheâ€™s recovering from a vicious hate crimeâ€”an attack using silver has affected her ability to do what she loves most. The last thing she needs is a bossy alpha cat like Gibson. A de La Vega no less.
Despite the myriad reasons to stay away, even as they continue to hunt down the would-be killers, their attraction deepens into something else entirely.
The answers they find bring that threat far closer to home than anyone could have imagined and itâ€™ll be up to Gibson to end the mess once and for all. And up to Mia to stand at his side, even as he risks his lifeâ€¦
A super hot alpha male with a gruff faĂ§ade, and an uppity female whoâ€™s not buying it. Some violence. Some red-hot sex. Bad words. Lots of fun.
de La Vega Cats: BENEATH THE SKIN by LAUREN DANE
Copyright 2012, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Samhain Publishing
Releasing in digital formats April 3
â€śYou got shot? Gibson, what did I tell you about that?â€ť Imogene opened the door mid-lecture before she hauled him into the foyer, looking him over with a motherâ€™s eyes.
No matter that he was the most feared Bringer in the country, that gaze took him right back to about seven years old and he had to resist the urge to make an excuse.
â€śItâ€™s not like I wore a sign around my neck saying shoot me.â€ť He frowned, but his mother was made of far sterner stuff than to even give the look a second glance.
â€śMami, let him get inside.â€ť Max came out and put an arm around their mother as he shot his brother an apologetic glance. â€śCome through. Kendraâ€™s worried and I want to hear the whole story.â€ť
Kendra looked up from her screen and came over. â€śI wonâ€™t fuss. But Iâ€™m glad youâ€™re all right. Sit, and after you talk business, someone is totally going to tell me who this Porter family is and why itâ€™s all so escandalo!â€ť
Max heaved a sigh, but Imogene laughed. Kendra lightened Gibsonâ€™s heart. She was perfect for his overly serious older brother. She made him laugh, poked at him and didnâ€™t take him too seriously. Maxâ€™s leadership was only enhanced by her at his side.
â€śLook, I met with Bertramâ€™s Bringer this morning along with his human lawyer. I set them straight on what the rules were and then told them to get out of our territory before calling to get the permission they needed to be here. I checked in with Max when the meeting ended. I had my people follow them to the state line. I thought it was over. Apparently not.â€ť
â€śThey used silver. Itâ€™s not even an overreaction, itâ€™s just totally nonsensical. Weâ€™ve never had beef with them. Hell, theyâ€™re some tiny little jamboree. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ve dealt with them at all before this.â€ť Max ignored the sound of their sister-in-law Renee entering the house along with their brother Galen, and Galen and Reneeâ€™s other mate, Jack.
Renee walked right up and hugged him tight before kissing both cheeks. â€śThis isnâ€™t good. I am not a fan of my best boys getting shot. Gibson, did you look too good to someoneâ€™s wife or something?â€ť
Kendra, who also happened to be Reneeâ€™s sister, laughed. â€śDude, thereâ€™s some other mystery too. Porters, whoever they are, are involved.â€ť
Galen shot him a look.
God. Women. â€śLet me finish the story before getting to the Porter thing.â€ť He told them the rest of the story, all he knew anyway, and then turned to Kendra and Renee.
But before he could say a word, Renee shoved a mug of something mildly stinky into his hands. â€śFirst drink this. Itâ€™ll help with the poison the silver left behind.â€ť He should have known better than to have assumed heâ€™d get away without some of her potions. She was a healer. A nurturer. He pretended to be annoyed, though she touched him with the way she cared for the people in her life.
Of course it tasted like the bottom of a shoe, so he gulped it down and fought back the grimace he wanted to make.
â€śCats using silver on each other. What is the world coming to?â€ť His mother nearly growled.
â€śI donâ€™t know what this is all about, but if I donâ€™t get answers and very soon, Iâ€™m going to have to get mean.â€ť Max began to pace and his wife watched him carefully.
â€śLet me tell you the story of the Porters and de La Vegas. Cesarâ€™s father and his brothers were all very close. Jorge, thatâ€™s Cesarâ€™s father, took over jamboree leadership from their father when he was a pretty young man. His right-hand cat was his next oldest brother, Silvio.â€ť
Imogene, warming to the story, took Gibsonâ€™s hand before she continued. â€śSilvio had an eye for the ladies.â€ť She rolled her eyes. â€śLegendary, even for a de La Vega male. He began to court one of the cats in the jamboree.â€ť
â€śOh uh oh, I can see where this is going.â€ť Kendra shook her head.
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