Thursday, September 15, 2011

Chance's Vindication

Raised in complete isolation—Raven shifter, Chance—knew little of the shifter world. While he realized that the Ravens were at war with feline shifters, he didn’t understand just how deep the hatred went until he took refuge with a coalition of felines—felines who sometimes seemed more likely to kill him than protect him from the Ravens hunting him. Living among his enemies, while being hated by his own kind, Chance withdraws into himself and begins to lose hope that he’ll ever be happy. To make things worse, Chance finds himself drawn to Thomas, a Lion shifter who despises all Ravens.

When Thomas is assigned to guard Chance, he’s not happy. His job is to kill Ravens, not babysit them. But as time passes, Thomas realizes he’s attracted to the shy, sweet man. But years of war against the Ravens, along with his own personal demons, lead Thomas to resist the draw he feels for Chance. Then Chance is taken captive and Thomas realizes how much his little Raven means to him. Will he find Chance in time, or will they both lose all hope of ever finding a happy ending?


He turned off the water and dried off, wrapping the thick, white towel around his waist. As he opened the curtain, he still felt a little bit self-conscious about his near nudity. Thomas may have said that Chance looked good, but it was still hard to be one hundred percent confident after so many others had thrown disparaging comments his way.

Thomas was leaning against the sink, looking sexy as hell. He wore the all black uniform of cargo pants and a long sleeved shirt, the fabric molding to the man’s hard body perfectly. His blond hair looked so soft and inviting that Chance’s fingers tingled with the need to caress it. Since he didn’t know if that kind of touch would be accepted, however, he just nervously toyed with the edge of his towel.

“Come here,” Thomas commanded with a crook of his finger.

Even before Chance’s brain could fully register the words, his feet were moving forward. He stopped about a foot away from Thomas. That didn’t satisfy the man though, he let out a sigh before he hooked his fingers in the top of the towel and pulled Chance closer.

Thomas didn’t say anything, he just stared down at Chance. The Lion’s eyes were so soft…so understanding…so caring, that Chance found himself wanting to pour his heart out.

“I hate that I was born a Raven,” he said, his voice a mere whisper. “Even as a kid, I wanted to be normal, instead of something that was despised by everybody.”

Thomas trailed the back of his knuckles against Chance’s jaw, his touch leaving behind a velvet heat. “But then you wouldn’t be my Chance.”

My Chance. Oh, what Chance would give for that to truly be the case. The knowledge that they’d never truly be a mated pair hurt ten times more than the wounds to his side, yet there was no denying the truth. Ravens and felines would never, could never fall in love.

Of course, Chance’s heart had other ideas. For at that moment, he realized just how important Thomas was to him. He also knew it would tear him to pieces when the Lion finally woke up and walked away forever.


  1. Loved Chance's Vindication!! I'm dying to know who's up next in the Lost Shifters series

  2. Most authors become repetitive or lose ideas after so many books but this series just gets better and better ... I beyond loved this book and can't wait for Daltons story (that's who's next I'm guessing right?) ... Wish this series came out monthly not every two months I love them more and more every time I read them oh and I can't wait for shanes series to start =]

  3. *Hugs* Thanks so much! Yes, Dalton is next, then Gage and then Colby.

  4. Laura Aleman StriplinSeptember 18, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    I agree with Anonymous. Monthly sounds like a good idea. Just out of curiosity - who is your favorite shifter and why (can't say Shane :) - okay, well - other than Shane :) )? For me, I have a hard time picking one. I normally don't have that problem picking one favorite out of a cast of characters. For example - in Harry Potter, Severus Snape is my all time fave - hands down. Molly Weasley is second. I won't name any other author's works and characters because they are in the m/m genre and I know this is your place. JK is okay because HP is just WOW and generally not for the same readers. Although, come to think of it, she COULD do a side series with the Adventures of Dumbledore in his younger days :)

  5. I love the whole lost shifters family.
    I am a big fan from the Netherlands.
    I love Brent, Shane and Chance very much.
    Would love a story where one of the couples would get a real tiny one (cub) to take care of and all the complications that would bring.

  6. I wouldn't be surprised if Dalton and Russel get a cub- remember Dalton was forced to have sex with a female when he was captured and drugged. Plus the way the awesome Mrs. Hecht has just kinda let that go and not mentioned it again in any of the successive books is suspicious to me.

  7. Laura-I have a hard time picking a favorite, too. LOL I love them all, although right now Colby and Dalton are speaking really loudly to me.

    Ann and avatarminx-There will be some little ones in the future for sure. As for who the daddies will be....we'll just have to see ;-)

  8. @avatarminx ahh that is a good one, just imagine, the default litter for a Lynx is 4 cubs.
    Just imagine what 4 little Daltons could do (havoc there) and all the big strong feline's running after them.
    Would love the interaction with Shane to, I can just imagine that he would have a soft spot for them ;-)
    @Mrs Hecht thank you for your reply, do not keep us waiting too long, it is about time the shifter family gets some little ones.