Sometimes a girl has to go the extra mile to capture the man she loves, especially when she’s a sentinel wolf shifter from Washington State with no possible mates for miles. Orphaned in childhood, Dr. Syreena Adler learned at an early age to depend on her twin brother, Sable, and herself, but phone conversations with a Georgia sentinel she’s never seen spark unexpected desire. 

Southern red wolf sentinel Cord Velasquez has spent his life atoning for the death of his entire family. He wants a life with Syreena, but when she surprises him with an impromptu visit, the realization of his greatest fear seems inevitable…losing someone else he loves.


For a split second she heard the voices of critics, but reminded herself that it wasn’t as if she would have ever met an eligible sentinel shifter without going to extreme measures. She shook her head. Syreena Adler had no intentions of dying a spinster, and due to her high standards, she’d never met another male before Cord who stood a chance.

She watched the street signs as the taxi driver took her into what appeared to be the heart of the city’s downtown business district. She raised a trembling hand and ran it lightly over her ebony hair, crossing and uncrossing her legs to keep from bouncing in her seat.

He wouldn’t be expecting her, but she simply couldn’t wait any longer. Every part of her recognized him on a level beyond time or distance. He belonged to her, and she had to see him, touch him. They’d never shared pictures–her idea, but her instincts had never led her wrong so far.

Gray walls closed in on her as soon as she stepped through the heavy glass doors and entered the office building, and she wondered how Cord managed to spend so much time here, even if it was a temporary contract. Just a few more feet to the elevator and she could be face to face with him in moments – her reason for trekking all the way from Washington state to Georgia.

She hit the up arrow and consciously stopped her right leg from trembling. There wasn’t much she could do about her shaky hands. They’d gone from a nearly imperceptible tremble to shaking like a loose motor. Damned nerves. Syreena’s wolf scented him too – sexy sentinel, all alpha male, and she didn’t care who she had to go through to get to him.

As soon as she stepped off the elevator, she recognized his deep, sexy draw. His raspy baritone seeped under her skin like warm molasses and forced her to stand still, seismic waves challenging every ounce of her control. She took a deep breath and moved toward the sound prompting her to move hell and high water, her feet moving of their own volition, stilletos clicking lightly on the linoleum.

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About the Author

Dariel loves books, animals, and all things paranormal. Dariel
has written articles for The News Item of Mobile, and Black Health
of Atlanta. A classically trained pianist and vocalist with a
degree in piano and vocal performance and a master’s in counseling psychology,
she completed studies for a Ph.D. with the exception of her dissertation, and
finally stopped due to kidney failure/dialysis. She is presently writing a
shifter romance series, “Dark Sentinels,”  two Nephilim series, “The Alerians” and
“Children of Cain,” several erotic romances inspired by blog flashes, a new
serial for her newsletter, “A and D’s B and B,” and a contemporary, “Fiona.” Lives
with a very spoiled Dobie/Coonhound and a passel of black cats. To learn more
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