This is my first time participating in the Mid Week Tease, hosted by the fantabulous Sandra Bunino! Thanks Sandra! Here’s my contribution, a little teaser from my latest release, Angel’s Shield:
Charmeine stood at her back garden, watering her tomatoes in the dark when two men strolled into her yard. She froze, water still pouring from her hose.
“Easy miss,” one of them said gently. “Sorry to startle you.”
She frowned. Where have I heard that voice before?
“We’re just here for the trail shelter,” the second one explained, moving closer.
She squinted, telling her stupid heart to stop banging on her ribs. People come all the time to use the shelter, you ninny. She turned off the hose and backed up. “Hang on. I’m going to turn on the porch light,” she said. She should’ve done that when she’d first gotten home, but there had still been enough light to see the garden. The sun had set while she stood there, staring into the dirt. Sweat trickled down between her breasts and she resisted the urge to rub. The last thing she needed was for some strangers to see her touching herself. She stepped onto the step and reached for the light. The two men waited, like perfect gentlemen. When she flicked the switch, she gasped. The guys she’d served in the diner stood at the edge of her property. “Oh,” she said, like an idiot.
The dark-haired one grinned. “It’s our lovely server, from the restaurant.”
She blushed at the ‘lovely,’ but didn’t let it rattle her. “You’re here to use the shelter?”
The blonde— his name is Haniel, she reminded herself—nodded wearily.
“We’re pretty tired.” He looked around, then shrugged off his dusty backpack. “We won’t bother you. We just want to get some sleep.”
Charmeine bit the inside of her cheek, then made a split-second decision. The kind that drove her parents crazy before they’d died when she was eight. Her mother used to tell her that some day her luck would run out, but she couldn’t help it. She just knew things. Her grandmother always, always, understood. The old lady had told her it was part of her heritage, to follow her instincts and have her hunches proven right. And she was so lonely these days.
“You can stay in the house,” she said, stooping to coil up the hose. She smiled as they stared at her, dumbfounded. “I even brought your burgers home, if you’re still hungry.”
“Miss, we couldn’t impose like that,” Haniel said hurriedly.
“My name is Charmeine,” she replied.
The men exchanged looks. The dark-haired one stepped forward, holding out his hand. “I’m Jeremiel.”
She cocked her head. “That’s an angel’s name.” Her gaze flicked down to his arm where tattoos sprawled over his skin. A bandage marred the smooth lines, making her forget all about her suspicions. “Oh my God, are you okay?”
His hand didn’t waver. “I’m fine. It’s just a little cut.”
It didn’t look all that small to her. She glanced at his face. He was still smiling calmly. She slipped her hand into his, strangely uncertain, but the moment her fingers touched his skin all her worry fled. He felt good. Familiar. She didn’t want to let him go. Arousal slid through her, hot and strange, and she could tell he felt it, too, from the startled look on his face. He felt like… home. Which made no sense. She was already home. The other man had moved closer while they stood there. He smiled at her, too, but his held more teeth than kindness. She wasn’t sure if he knew how intimidating he looked.
“I’m Haniel.” He held out his hand.
She forced herself to let go of Jeremiel and put her palm against his friend’s. A jolt of heat shot through her, like she’d touched a live wire. She tried to pull away, but his fingers closed around hers, almost too tightly. Suddenly, she didn’t want him to let go. She didn’t want to move. She grabbed onto him just as hard as he held onto her and stared at his eyes, the hazel looking more brown than green in the dark. He felt like a promise already sealed, or the bit of excitement you feel when you step in for a kiss. He felt dangerous. Alluring.
She had no idea what the hell was happening.
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