One Night with a Snifter…of Whiskey

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Sunshine Derby comes from a long line of powerful witches mated with shape-shifters. Her mother had married a werewolf, Sunshine’s father, and after his death, became the queen consort of the king of the most powerful pride in California. Her step-father was a fair and righteous male, if not a kind one, and since her sire had died when Sunshine was a youngling, had served as a father figure and advisor to her and her four sisters, all of whom are now married, to key members of the lion king’s cabinet. Her sisters appear to be content with their lot in life, two of them with younglings of their own and Katana, their youngest, is expecting her own cub and barely able to contain her excitement.

At twenty-eight, Sunshine is older than most unmarried witches who usually marry before the age of twenty-five. Since her mother has been making more incessant noise about her choosing a mate, Sunshine knows she must soon make a decision. She is also aware that her step-father means to marry her to the viceroy of the Throne Rock Pride of Arizona in order to cement their alliances. She is more pragmatic and practical than her other sisters, so she realizes it is a good union. The young were-lion is handsome, strong, intelligent, and would make a good mate. Sunshine is satisfied with the match.

She did not expect to meet the man of her dreams…

Damien Harris is the owner of a successful chain of sports bar slash restaurants along the west coast and the east coast. At the death of his parents at an early age, he became the patriarch of his rather large family, a heavy burden to shoulder for a boy of seventeen. Since his father was also the King of the were-rats, Damien had to take over the throne and fight to keep it. His father had been a good, fair king respected by his subjects and Damien means to follow in his footsteps.

His father had not trusted other were-animals and did not involve himself in their politics. He did his best to keep his rats out of the squabbles and political intrigue. Damien suspected it was why he was killed. His father was a member of the One True Council and his refusal to make a choice one way or the other had made him somebody’s target.

Damien has always known that it was the Lion King who had his father killed. ..

He never wanted to fall in love…

He knew who she was when she walked into his bar. Sunshine Derby, the treasured step-daughter of the Lion King and the integral piece he needed to once again strengthen his flagging power base. Damien couldn’t allow it to happen. He needed to strike when the Lion King was at his weakest and to do that, he had to get the beautiful witch out of the way.

Her touch ignited his long dormant emotions…

In order to become an effective ruler, Damien had to bury certain needs and feelings, so he could prioritize the needs of his rats above his own. But one glance from the witch’s whiskey-colored eyes and Damien finds himself uncertain of his motivations and actions for once in his life…

Falling in love could mean a death sentence for the both of them…

Sunshine never expected to fall in love, much less with the King of Rats, one of her step-father’s arch enemies. But their first meeting seals her fate. Damien’s touch alone sends her body aflame and when his mouth covers her own, Sunshine realizes she has finally found the missing half of her soul…

But was Damien’s need for vengeance stronger than his desire for Sunshine? Could he truly walk away from this chance to avenge his father in order to pursue his own chance of happiness?

One night may be all they have to find out…

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