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King

(2013)
(The first book in the Skin Walkers series)
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King Mulholland is someplace he doesn't want to be, in Dominant Skin Walker, Monroe StoneCrow's debt. Called back to Montana, King intends to repay his debt to Monroe and disappear. He has no obligation to Monroe's Skin Walker sanctuary or its inhabitants. Hell, he doesn't care about StoneCrow's residents one way or another... until he meets her. Monroe's personal assistant, Lilly Worthington, is tugging at parts of him he long thought dormant. A hardened warrior, King is drawn to Lilly's elegant femininity, and when she's attacked, feral possession rips through him, and all bets are off. He's going to protect Lilly, he's going to avenge her, and then he's going to make her his!

Lilly Worthington is a consummate professional. Personal Assistant to Monroe StoneCrow, Lilly is determined to remain unmoved by the gorgeous Sentries on the Estate. But, when King Mulholland arrives to head up security, Lilly finds herself distracted beyond measure. The snarly and mysterious Chief of Security is calling to Lilly in ways no man ever has, but she can't afford the distraction. She's being stalked, and oddly enough the threats against her are timed perfectly with King's arrival. To keep herself safe, she'll have to keep her heart in check and her head clear, which is proving difficult under King's constant scrutiny. He's dangerous; her mind is screaming it, now if only someone would explain it to her heart.

*King is book 1 in the Skin Walkers series.

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Lilly's eyes flicked back to the rearview mirror and caught King's eyes pulling away. She cleared her throat and began tentatively, "I, uh... wanted to thank you for... "

King tensed but kept his eyes on the road, "For killing in your name?"

"No!" Lilly gasped, appalled at his misinterpretation. She didn't know what to say or how to say it, so she reclined back in the seat and fought to keep her emotions under control. She didn't need or want King trying to sniff her out. She'd been horrified when Jenny had told her they'd carried that ability. Her mind had flashed to the dozens of times she'd been highly aroused in King's company. Monroe had to have scented it too. Now, the mere knowledge that he could scent her emotions had her squirming uncomfortably in her seat. Then her eyes caught sight of the tall hedgerow that separated StoneCrow Manor from the cabins that were still under construction and slowly being erected one by one behind the manor. She turned slightly as the car passed the hedgerow. "Um, shouldn't we be headed the other direction?"

King glanced up at her in the mirror but didn't respond.

"I don't want to see anyone now. I'm tired, and I need to get home."

Still silence.

Lilly frowned up at the rearview mirror. "Are you ignoring me for a reason?"

King didn't look up from his driving, "Crow wants you kept on the estate."

Lilly didn't try to mask her anger. "I don't care what Mr. StoneCrow wants."

King's eyes met hers then in the mirror. "I want you on the estate."

Lilly took a deep breath, trying to control her temper. "I need to get home. I have bills to pay and... plants to water." Plants to water? Yeah, real pressing issues!

King's lips cocked into a half-smile. "You don't have any plants, and all your bills are paid automatically through your account. Crow has continued to pay your salary while you've been recuperating. Your bills are taken care of."

Lilly dropped her eyes and whispered angrily, "He didn't have to do that."

"Yes, he did," King growled in response. Then his eyes found hers again in the mirror. "Any other compelling reason you don't want to stay on the estate?"

Lilly blushed. "I don't have anywhere to stay."

"It's been taken care of."

She dropped back against the seat cushion in resignation. "Do I have any say at all?"

King looked up to meet her eyes, "No."

Genre: Paranormal Romance

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Paperback Editions

November 2013 : USA Paperback
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Title: Skin Walkers: King
Author(s): Susan A Bliler
ISBN: 1-4942-5418-2 / 978-1-4942-5418-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Kindle Editions

October 2013 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: King (Skin Walkers Book 1)
Author(s): Susan Bliler
Publisher: Susan A. Bliler
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU