"MY SCARLET WOMAN by Shelley Munro will have you grrrrrrowling and purring in the most delicious way with her book.... Ms. Munro writes the most titillating and exotic books.... My recommendation for this book is to have these things on stand-by: ice water, cold shower, bed or a man, and these are just for starters, but not necessarily in that order." ~ 5 Ribbons, Romance Junkies
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The second brother to mention her. Curiosity piqued, Saber turned to check out the view. His breath stalled until the tight vise around his lungs reminded him to breathe. Saber inhaled sharply, his nostrils flaring, feline genes kicking in.
He wanted the lady in red.
But that wasn't the purpose of this shindig. Saber consciously relaxed, telling himself she was too obvious. The invitation a little blatant for his taste, but she might spark the urge to mate in one of his brothers. "Fine. We're next in line for introductions anyway." He watched one of the elders walk up to the lady in red and offer his arm. The lady smiled, and Saber adjusted his thoughts. A touch of vulnerability flitted across her pale face before she answered a question posed by the elder. Wistfulness. Hope. She treated the elder with courtesy and respect, earning points from Saber. He'd noticed the impatience of some of the other women waiting to enter the marquee. Excitement jumped in him. This plan would work. The lady in red would make a fine sister-in-law.
The elder led her toward him and his brothers. Saber indicated Felix with a jerk of his head, but the elder stopped in front of him.
"May I present Joanna Scarlet?" the elder said. "This is Saber Mitchell."
"Just call me Jo," the lady in red murmured, her voice a low, sensual hum that speared through him, winding his stomach in knots of desire and lust and uncharacteristic possessiveness. Her attractive floral scent reminded him of old-fashioned flowers and herbs. Maybe a touch of vanilla. It seeped deep into his lungs, drawing him in like a helpless insect. Saber sighed. His Scarlet woman. If his brothers didn't stop with the leering, he was going to smack some manners into them. Whoa...his?
She studied them all with frank interest and nodded when the elder introduced his brothers. Shock finally yielded to common sense and the voice of reason. Saber saw Joanna--call me Jo--was chatting to another elder and a plump dark-haired girl who had stopped at their side. "Okay, boys. You've had your joke. How much did they pay you, Sid?"
The elder offered a gentle but determined smile and spoke in a low undertone so the lady didn't hear. "Lad, you need a mate. This one is for you."
A protest formed in Saber. He didn't have a destined mate. And he'd accepted his fate to travel through life alone when his search during his younger days had turned up nothing but entertaining sexual partners. The elder was wrong. Wasn't he? He glanced at Joanna Scarlet and battled the bolt of lust that zapped the length of his body again. Every sense jumped to hyper-alert. He smelled her delicate floral perfume and the underlying feminine scent specific to her. Heard her slow, steady breaths. Saber could practically feel her body pressed against his. She called him on every level. Pushing aside the panicked, out of control sensation, he aimed for nonchalance. Oh, yeah. He couldn't deny he was interested, but what if it was a false alarm? What if he was disappointed again? Saber answered his own question with a silent grunt. He'd pick himself up and carry on. That's what he'd do. That's what he always did.
"Not frightened of the little lady, are you, Saber?" A clear taunt colored Felix's whispered words. When Saber glanced at his other brothers, he saw amusement and unholy glee. Ambushed. In his own trap.