Shifting Sands is released today! Siren have it on offer until April 3rd with a 15% new-release discount.
The visit to Elk Ridge is supposed to be just another assignment for Tom Barrington. Then he encounters Bryce Reynolds, a generous, warmhearted cowboy who has the easiest smile he’s ever seen. It doesn’t take long for Tom to break all his rules and end up in Bryce’s bed.
Bryce Reynolds believes there’s no such thing as a hot politician, right up until he meets Tom Barrington. Tall, dark, and principled, Tom overturns all of Bryce’s prejudices, and Bryce starts to forget that he doesn’t do serious and he doesn’t do commitment.
As Bryce and Tom struggle to make sense of what’s happening between them, they’re drawn into a political battle—one which could affect the future of every shifter. And when long-buried secrets start coming to light, things turn deadly. Nothing will ever be the same again for the Elk Ridge pack.
And to celebrate release day, an excerpt featuring Tom’s appalling decision-making abilities:
“Does every visit by a councilor get this sort of attention?” Bryce asked. “Not to knock your job, but it’s pretty over the top.”
“This is a little different from usual,” Tom admitted. “You’ve got the most powerful shifters in the country about to visit somewhere that has no security in place. All it would take is some anti-shifter nutcase with an agenda, and half the shifter national government could be wiped out. It makes me wonder why they didn’t invite Jesse to Washington instead, where there’d be a controlled environment.” He knew damn well that they had, but was hoping for a clue as to why the invitation had been turned down.
“They did,” Bryce said, a laugh in his voice. “Jesse’s response, if I remember rightly, was I ain’t no goddamn freak show to be paraded around and stared at. Matt wouldn’t have it, either. He figured that if the Council are so keen on meeting Jesse, they do so on Jesse’s terms.”
“You agree with that?”
“Hell yes. The knowledge that Argents still exist is going to be a big thing to all shifters, but it’s Jesse’s life we’re talking about. No one has any right to interfere in it just because of his bloodline.”
Damn it. It was bad enough Bryce was so engaging. He didn’t need to throw ethical into the mix. Maybe it was because of Tom’s job and the people it had him mixing with, but Tom found Bryce’s principles nearly as hot as the way he was slinking across the room toward him right now. His long stride was graceful and easy and promised so very much, and the open invitation on his face was made irresistible by the smile in his eyes.
“So, Tom ‘I’m just the muscle’ Barrington, please tell me you’re off the clock now.” Bryce was standing in front of him. “No strings, no regrets, just a bit of fun,” he said. “If you want.”
Tom didn’t do this. He didn’t do easy hookups, and never when he was working. But he was more tempted than he’d ever been and it wasn’t just Bryce’s body that had him that way. It was the openness, the frank invitation that was so very different from how things had been with Zack, where every word had been wrapped in multiple meanings and fraught with layers Tom still didn’t understand.
He shook his head, regret twisting deep inside him. “I can’t, not while I’m working this detail.”
Disappointment tugged Bryce’s mouth down in an expression that looked so wrong and unnatural for him that Tom’s regret intensified. But then he smiled again and took a step back. “Fair enough,” he said. “Guess it would distract you if you were always watching my ass rather than your councilor. If you change your mind, though….”
“You’ll be the first to know,” Tom agreed swiftly, and meant every word.
Bryce saw him to the front door and stood leaning against the doorframe, his long body an easy, graceful curve as he watched Tom turn the car around and head down the drive. Tom glanced in his rearview more times than was strictly necessary, and regret was sharp in his chest when he finally rounded a bend that took Bryce out of his sight.