A Little Cascadia?

For today let’s have an excerpt from UNCONDITIONAL!


Their second chance generates a dangerous kind of heat…

Cascadia Wolves Story

As a cop, Michelle Slattery is familiar with the dark side of human behavior, but this case is way above her skill level. Mages have been scouring the country kidnapping witches, draining their energy, and leaving their broken bodies behind.

With Michelle’s best friend among the missing, she appeals to the Owen witches, who send her to the last place she’d thought she’d see a familiar face. The werewolves.

When a witch seeking help shows up at the Pacific Pack headquarters, Josh Neelan gets the shock of his life. She’s none other than his high school sweetheart, the one he left behind when he was bitten and turned. Their intense sexual chemistry still sizzles for a reason—she’s his mate.

As they begin to work through their issues, their rekindled romance quickly flames red hot. But the closer they get, the more dangerous the outside world becomes. And they realize magick-thieving mages are just the tip of the iceberg.


Copyright 2013, Lauren Dane
All Rights Reserved, Samhain Publishing


once he’d closed his door.

“I know today’s been a long one. Yesterday and the day before too. Did you know I have a giant soaking tub?  It’s a good place to relax a while.”

One corner of her mouth quirked up. “Is that an invitation?”

He moved closer, his body brushing hers. “Do you want it to be?”

She took a deep breath, her eyes closing for long moments before she opened and snagged his gaze again. “I…” She licked her lips and he bent to do the same. She exhaled, and he pulled it into his lungs, heady with desire.

“We’ve known each other a long time, Michelle. That means something to me. More than what we were back in high school. You’re my friend. You can tell me anything. I am here for you, not just for this situation, but afterward too.”

She nodded, her eyes still on his, intent. “I want you,” she murmured, and he drew even closer, their bodies touching, heat spilling between them.

“Thank God. I want you so much my hands would be shaking if I wasn’t keeping them on your hips. But I know you’re going through a lot of stuff right now. I can wait.”

“Help me forget. Just for a little while at least.”

He swallowed and had a stern inner dialog with his wolf. The wolf wanted to rut and claim and comfort. The man knew she needed the rutting and the comforting but the claiming had to wait.

He kissed each eyelid as he did this. Across her brow, delighting in the way the furrows smoothed.

Her hands slid up his chest, leaving heat in their wake. Funny thing, given that he was the shifter and his body temperature was higher than hers. But chemistry made it that way. Clicked with his and made it uniquely theirs.

Argument settled—for the time being, his wolf waited for the chance to do things his way—Josh eased her down the hallway toward his bathroom.

She pulled her hair from the ponytail and shook it free. She’d taken her shoes off earlier, and he looked up as her hands went to her pants button.

“Don’t undress yet.” He turned on the taps after plugging the drain.

She smiled at him. “Should I go in fully dressed?”

He laughed, straightening. “No, I want to undress you myself.”

One comment to “A Little Cascadia?”

  1. Christine Houser
    December 27th, 2013 at 1:40 pm · Link

    Oh Lauren, I have not had the chance to read this series and this snippet makes me want to stop doing what I am doing (working) to go to the book store to get this series. I am super stoked. You are my go to girl for a great read and I am constantly recommending you to others. Thank you for everything you do. 😉