Please welcome Doris O'Connor over today, and she's brought her Bear with her :)
Hello everyone, and many thanks to Dee for asking me on her blog with my newest release The Bear Project.
I've been popping up all over the place with this, and I can see you roll your eyes now, saying not her again.
So, I thought I would focus on the softer side of my hero today. Cole is a Bear shifter, the last in his ancient blood line of bears, and as such he's under considerable pressure to mate and continue this bloodline, something he's refused to do.
You see, Cole is somewhat of a romantic. His parents were true mates, and his mum always told her that he should hold out for his one true mate, so he's guarded his heart pretty closely.
The world knows him as the fuck them and leave them type, and believe me Cole is no angel. He's the original bad boy, not afraid to bend the rules to his needs, but he's also a man of position and very aware of what is expected of him.
And then he meets one little human, called Emmi, and everything changes…
When Animal conservationist Emmi Layne meets bad boy Cole Jackson there is no denying the instant lust between them. She has a thing for bears, after all. However, you cannot build a relationship on awesome sex alone, especially when you live on different continents, and have nothing in common.
Everything changes, when Emmi discovers that their night of passion has left her with more than erotic memories. She has no means of contacting him, even if she wanted to, but she hasn't counted on this bear shifter's determination.
Cole is not what he seems, and he will stop at nothing to claim what's his—even if that means breaking all the rules.
Can he trust the mating bond to deliver, or will it spell the end of an ancient blood line?
With the odds stacked against them, can this unlikely duo find happiness together?
You can read the official red hot excerpt here, but I thought I would show you some of that softer side in today's excerpt.
Emmi yanked her hands out his grasp, and this time he let her with a sigh.
"I'm sorry," he said.
"So, you should be." She glared at him some more for good measure, but Emmi was honest enough with herself to admit that he had a point. She had freaked out, but not once had it occurred to her to not have the baby.
"I could never get rid of the baby. It's not his fault."
"His?" Cole asked with a tender smile, which made Emmi glad she was still sitting down.
"Well, the doctor says it's too early to tell the sex, but everyone keeps saying he's a boy, so I kinda got used to the idea."
"Maria, her brothers, and their mate. Every other goddamn shifter I've met recently. You all seem to think it's perfectly acceptable to simply come up to me and sniff me like some sort of dog, and announce that baby is a boy. I guess I ought to be glad you don't sniff my butt like dogs. I'd never live that one down."
Cole burst into laughter, and a little bubble of happiness popped in her chest. It was good to see him laugh. He had been too much of a brooding presence in her life for the last two weeks. This felt more like their time in Creek Fells before it had all gone so horribly wrong.
"I can see how that would be difficult to explain, sugar."
Cole sobered and stood up. He towered over her, and her mouth went dry. She licked her lips nervously when he rounded the breakfast bar and stared down on her. The intensity of his gaze took her breath away, and her skin heated under his silent regard.
"May I?" he finally asked.
"May I say hello to my baby?"
"Oh, right, err, yes sure, what…"
Words failed her when Cole dropped to his knees in front of her and placed his large hands on her abdomen. He tugged her pajama top up until he exposed her belly, and all the air left her lungs when he inhaled against her skin. He stayed like that for the longest time, not moving. The puffs of hot air against her abdomen were the only movement in the room, until he kissed her and whispered something unintelligible to her belly.
Warmth spread through her body, and she tingled from top to toe. Cole straightened, and she could have sworn she saw the sheen of unshed tears in his eyes, before he blinked and the moment was lost.
"Thank you, sugar."
Emmi had to clear her throat several times before she could respond.
"You're not going to impart your wisdom as to what I'm going to have then? After all everyone else has had a shot."
Cole smiled, and he seemed to grow an inch in front of her as his eyes flashed to his bear's.
"You have a very strong little bear in there, sugar, and I want you to know that I heard everything you said to me. I will give you all the time you need to make sure you can trust me, but know this. You are mine, and I will do everything in my power to claim you. You and me, sugar, we belong together, and the sooner you realize that, the better it will be for all of us. I'm here to stay."
For all buy links check out this link: http://www.dorisoconnor.com/the-bear-project.html
Glutton for punishment would be a good description for Doris... at least that's what she hears on an almost daily basis when people find out that she has a brood of nine children, ranging from adult to toddler and lives happily in a far too small house, cluttered with children, pets, dust bunnies, and one very understanding and supportive husband. Domestic goddess she is not.
There is always something better to do after all, like working on the latest manuscript and trying not to scare the locals even more than usual by talking out loud to the voices in her head. Her characters tend to be pretty insistent to get their stories told, and you will find Doris burning the midnight oil on a regular basis. Only time to get any peace and quiet and besides, sleep is for wimps.
She likes to spin sensual, sassy, and sexy tales involving alpha heroes to die for, and heroines who give as good as they get. From contemporary to paranormal, BDSM to F/F, and Ménage, haunting love stories are guaranteed.