About Wolf Maneuvers
Author: Julia Talbot
Word Count: 57000
Page Count (pdf): 240
Series: Nose to Tail Inc
Date Published: 031620221
Publisher: Turtlehat Creatives
Heat Rating: 3 rainbows
File Types available: pdf mobi epub
This title has been moved to KU
Gunnar is pretty happy to be a mostly retired black ops soldier, working security for the Marcon pack in the Colorado mountains. He loves the whole crazy pack of alpha and kids, but sometimes he gets a little envious of the loving relationships he sees all around him. So when new teacher Kai shows up unexpectedly, he has his worries about the guy, but he also wants to get to know Kai. Intimately.
Kai isn’t just at the Marcon pack home to teach the many children they’ve adopted. He’s been hired by Nose to Tail as added security, because of a threat to the children’s safety. He’s supposed to be there on the downlow, so even though he wants to tell Gunnar why he’s arrived, he knows he has to keep it to himself. He’s never met anyone like Gunnar, though, never been part of a pack, so he has no idea what he’s in for.
Kai and Gunnar have to navigate a growing mate bond, a danger to the pack that might just end their relationship before it starts, and find trust in each other. Can they do all that before it’s too late?
The boom shook the floor under Gunnar’s feet, and for a very brief moment, he thought he was in the Middle East, the sound of a bomb ringing in his ears. Then he blinked at the pitcher of iced tea in his hand.
He was standing in the kitchen of the Marcon pack house in Aspen.
The earpiece he wore squawked, Security Chief Nadine’s voice cracking across the airwaves. “What the hell? Check in!”
“Not the kitchen.” His feet moved, and he left the tea on the counter. “Heading to the classrooms.”
“I’m upstairs with Miles. I’m coming down.” That was Kenneth, the pack alpha. “Miles is staying with the pups.”
Gunnar raced toward the kids’ classrooms, and when he got there, the door flew open. Jack staggered out, coughing. He grabbed Gunnar’s shirtfront. “Don’t—” He wheezed. “Don’t go in there.”
“Where are the kids?”
“Joe and Jim are still in the car. I hope Ally and Ginny are too.”
“Monie and Thomas?”
Jack pointed at the two teenagers, gently steaming on the grass outside the schoolhouse.
“Holy shit.” He looked around wildly. “Minks! Check in.” Bodyguard and mink shifter Hank should have been keeping an eye on the older two. He took a deep breath, then ducked into the—oh. The carnage. Red and orange goo sizzled everywhere he looked, and it was like a scene from Gremlins.
“Hiram and Henry are with their primaries in the vehicle,” Nadine said. “Goddamn it, Hiram, you keep those girls in there! Hank? Hank, you check in. Oh, he’s jumping on Thomas’s head.”
That was the hazard of having a mink bodyguard. When they got mad, they could gnaw on you.
“Shit.” Gunnar breathed in some smoke and immediately started hacking up a lung. “Keep everyone out. Toxic fart gas.” He staggered back out the door. “What on earth were they doing?”
“Science. They had instructions. They swore they’d be good!”
“I was!” Monie—who had lost a chunk of dyed-black bangs from the explosion—was red-faced and crying. “Thomas said he knew what to do!”
Gunnar tried not to roll his eyes. He would bet Thomas had sort of inserted himself without really asking. That kid’s body moved faster than his brain. All those video games.
“Thomas. You can’t just go mixing chemicals, man.”
“I was trying to get our homework done faster! Monie’s slow!”