Thursday, 16 September 2010

Excerpt Day - The Soldier's Mate © Cooper McKenzie



Angel shifted impatiently as the first passengers from Nick’s flight entered the airport. The butterflies in her stomach suddenly multiplied and morphed into tap-dancing elephants. The queasy feeling threatened to send her racing sick for the restroom.


She was just a few minutes from meeting the man she’d spent more time talking to online over the past two months than she had during the entire year she’d dated her ex-husband. Nick knew her better than her ex did, too. But was she really ready to meet him face to face? What if he had changed his mind? What if he wasn’t on the plane? Turning so she couldn’t see the passengers as they entered the building, she forced herself to take several slow deep breaths to calm down. She blinked rapidly to clear sudden tears from her eyes as well.


Feeling steadier, Angel turned back to face the thick glass security wall that separated her from the passenger’s waiting lounge.


Then she saw him. Tall, tan and wearing the green dress uniform of an Army soldier. He entered the building with a carry-on and a duffle bag slung over one shoulder and a huge suitcase in his opposite hand. His uniform hung from his shoulders, too big for his too lean frame.


Had he missed too many meals while chatting with her? Or was it just from living in the desert for such a long period? She remembered Carly saying something about Peter losing twenty pounds during his last six-month contract job in the desert.


She took a step forward just as the soldier turned and scanned the room. He looked older than the few pictures he’d sent her, but that was Nick. Her Nick. The other half of her soul.


She stared at him until he met her gaze. When their eyes connected, the small smile he’d worn grew until it encompassed his entire being. Shifting his bags higher on his shoulder, he walked faster, his long legs quickly covering the distance between them.


A warm electric pulse began in Angel’s middle. It felt just like the excitement she felt every time she found an email from him in her inbox, or saw that he had come online for their daily chats. The pulse grew stronger with every accelerating beat of her heart.


She began to walk toward him as well. So lost in his sparkling brown eyes, she almost slammed into the thick glass partition separating them. At the last second, she stopped then took a step back.


As the distance between them lessened, she watched his smile grow brighter and brighter. Soon it encompassed his entire being. She could almost see a golden glow surrounding him and wondered if he saw a similar one around her as well. She certainly felt happy and bright enough to light up the night sky.


As soon as he passed through the opening in the security wall, he set down his bags before continuing forward unencumbered. He did not stop until only a foot of space remained between them. Their eyes remained locked, sparkling brown and glowing green, but neither said a word.


Finally Nick blinked, and his gaze dropped from her eyes to take in the rest of her face. Lifting one hand, he cradled her cheek in his palm as he leaned forward and took a deep breath. It was so deep she wondered if he was inhaling her essence. “Oh thank God, it is you. Hello, my mate,” he whispered so only she could hear him. His voice was deeper than she expected.


Angel wasn’t sure her smile could grow any bigger. “Hello, Nick,” she said before taking the last step to close the remaining space between them. “Welcome to New Bern. Welcome home.”


His hand slid down and around to cup the back of her neck as he leaned even closer. Angel closed her eyes as his lips brushed over hers before backing away again as he licked his.


“Mmmm, minty.” His breath warmed her lips.


Time slowed as the tip of his tongue eased a line across her plump lower lip then back across her upper one. A heart beat later, he took her lower lip between the two of his and massaged its fullness. He licked every inch of it before releasing it. Tilting his head to better fit their lips together, the kiss became a living thing, growing and expanding around them to create a cocoon that blocked out every sound except the staccato beat of their hearts and the soft whoosh of their breathing.


Heat spiraled through Angel, pooling deep in her belly, and she felt her panties growing wetter and wetter. Her mouth opened and she licked his lip, then the tip of his tongue. Her heart beat faster as their tongues intertwined and began to dance back and forth from her mouth to his. The light touch of his tongue against hers felt like butterflies licking at her. It sent ripples of reaction through her entire body until even her fingers and toes tingled from the simple kiss.


When Nick’s long, hard cock pressed into her belly she shifted against him, the action automatic. Electrical pulses shot from belly to cunt. Her juices ran hot and wet, overflowing her cunt and quickly soaking her new silk thong.


Finally she could take no more without stripping them both and taking him right here in the middle of the airport. Taking a deep breath for strength, she broke the kiss and dropped her head forward to rest her forehead on his chest. Wrapping her arms around his waist, she held on tight as her knees quivered and threatened to buckle.


She felt him brush kisses over the back of her head as one arm rested against the back of her waist and the other stroked up and down her spine.


“Wow,” he murmured hoarsely.

© Cooper McKenzie

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The Soldier's Mate

Author: Cooper McKenzie

Publisher: Siren Publishing


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When Angel Dugan agrees to befriend a deployed Army soldier who is getting ready to retire, she never expects to fall in love with him.

Nick knew from the first picture he saw that she was his mate. But how does he tell her that he is an alpha shapeshifter without a pack or home? Will she accept him in all his forms?

By the time they meet, two months into their relationship, each has fallen in love. Touching for the first time enhances the magic they’d shared via e-mails and web chats. But when Nick is called to meet the local pack council, will they deny him the right to settle with his new mate in New Bern? If they demand the soldier to move on, is his mate willing to go with him?

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