A Minor Shift

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The first in a brand new series from New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Tabitha Conall…

BBW shifter Eva Ross wants to climb the ranks at the FBI and she’s on her way. A romance could put a huge wrench in her plans, so she turns down lion shifter and Army Ranger Bowie Garrison by telling him she’s already got a date.

She didn’t expect to wake the lion. Now Bowie’s coming for her and it’ll be all she can do to resist him…and her traitorous heart.

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Excerpt from A Minor Shift:

Eva crossed a street and strode down the final block of her walk. Her building sat at the end, three stories of red brick. As she neared it, she saw two men standing at the foot of the steps. Two big, well-muscled, lethal-looking men.

Bowie and Kane.

Damn it. What part of ‘she had a date’ did he not get? He couldn’t possibly know she’d lied about it.

Eva slowed, wondering if she should turn around. She could go around the block and use the building’s back door instead.

Before she’d made up her mind, Bowie spotted her. He stalked toward her and she couldn’t stop the thrill that raced through her body at the sight. He looked like a predator going after his prey. And damn him, but he looked even better than she remembered, his strawberry blond crew cut just long enough so that his hair had started to curl, his skin tan, his body hard.

“Eva.”

And there was that voice, that warm, rumbly voice that touched her in ways it really shouldn’t. She’d forgotten how easily he could warm her up inside with just a word.

“Where’s your date?” His gaze intense, his words had slipped from rumbly to gravel. His lion was perilously close to the surface.

She didn’t want to lie to him again. “What are you doing here?”

He gripped her upper arm. Not too tight, just firmly enough that she’d have to struggle to get away. “Where is he?” His eyes turned from blue to a burnished gold.

This wasn’t like him. He was always so laid back. “Bowie? What’s wrong?”

He leaned his face closer to hers. From anyone else, it would have been an intimidating move but with him, it was intimate. “It makes me crazy to think about you with someone else.”

‘Crazy’ was the right word for it. She’d never seen that look in his eyes before. Should she tell him the truth?

“Where is he?” His hand tightened on her upper arm. “I’m going to fight him, show you that I’m the one you should be with.”

The air stuck in her chest until she coughed. She had to tell him. “There’s no date.”

“Don’t tell me that. Where is he?”

Her breathing sped up. “I lied, okay? There’s no date.”

His mouth opened but nothing came out. His hand relaxed around her arm but he didn’t let go.

Little ants crawled around in her stomach. “Bowie?”

“Why?” The whisper was barely a puff of air, but she heard him.

“I can’t date right now. I’m just getting started at the FBI and I have to focus on that. It’s everything to me. And you—you wouldn’t just be a one night stand or a friend with benefits. I know that. So I can’t. I can’t do this.” She took a step backward. She’d said far more than she’d meant to.

He shadowed her, his hand still holding her arm. “You feel this too.”

Eva backed up another step. “Bowie, stop.”

When he stepped into her, she felt the fence at her back. “Don’t fight it, sweetie,” he said. “You’ve got it all wrong. I won’t get in the way of your career. I’ll do everything I can to support you.”

Before she could argue with him further, he leaned down and pressed his mouth against hers.

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