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The minute the scent of her arousal hit him, Cullen felt his wolf surge like nothing he'd ever experienced. No battle or woman before now had ever summoned his spirit like this. He wanted her and there was nothing else in the world right at that moment. Just this enigmatic female standing proudly in front of him, challenging him, and drawing him in. He still couldn't place her scent. It wasn't lycan, was it? But it wasn't completely human either. Could he even be drawn like this to something that was neither human or lycan? Was she fey? Maybe a druid? But he thought he knew those scents as well. Cullen felt his wolf taking too much control. He forced himself to pull his hand away from her and step back. It wasn't until he wrenched himself back into the moment that he realized his eyes had shifted. She was just standing there staring. He could smell her arousal, hear her breathing, he could almost feel her heart beat thudding in time with his own. When he felt the stirring in his pants he knew that things had gone way too far. His brain was screaming, You don't even know what she is! But his heart, soul, and wolf were insisting, Take her. **** This book also contains a compilation of steamy and erotic werewolf stories stories that you will love. You can be sure of getting the best collection here.
Smoke thickened as the night wore on.
The bar was crowded and Aislinn moved from one person to the next along the bar, filling drink orders.
She had taken the job a month ago when she had come into town. Her scummy boss, Derrick, had been more than happy to hire her.
He had recently lost a bar tender and Aislinn was above average in appearance even if she didn't think so.
When Aislinn had applied to the job he hadn't even asked if she could mix drinks. He figured that he could teach that.
She wasn't a super model but she was attractive in a strange way and she was better than the nothing that he had.
Derrick was at the far end of the bar talking with some regulars. Aislinn had learned relatively quickly to keep space between herself and Derrick.
At the moment she also had Luke tending bar in between them and that definitely helped.
Aislinn hated the place.
Derrick was an ass.
He was always grabbing her and making lewd comments.
He had even attacked her once. But she had slugged him and gotten away. She needed the job. She needed the money.
The other people she worked with were mostly nice. Kelly was really the only bitch and that was because Aislinn had gotten the job Kelly had wanted.
In this place the best spot to be in was behind the bar where the only person who could grab you was Derrick.
Anywhere else and you were fair game for all the jerks who came in the place.
Kelly's main problem with Aislinn had to do with the fact that she figured she had been there longer, had done her time and deserved the bartender job. When Derrick gave it Aislinn he had made Kelly a permanent enemy for her.
Aislinn approached the new guy who had sat down at the bar near the wall. He was impressive.
His approach had resulted in most of the other patrons making more than enough room for him, resulting in an unnatural amount of space at that end of the bar.
Aislinn was perfectly happy to have a short lull in the number of people she had to deal with. The man was pretty big, even sitting on the stool.
He had black hair and brown-black eyes and was tanned. He looked hard muscled even under the black leather duster he was wearing. But the strangest thing was this ageless appearance to him.
At first look she might have said he was in his late twenties/early thirties. But at second glance he looked almost 100.
Whether that was normal for him or was the fact that he looked as though he'd had the worst day of his life was up for grabs. "What can I get you?"
The guy looked up at her as if he only just realized that he was in a bar. Aislinn waited and when he didn't respond she asked again. "What can I get you?"
Cullen stared at the girl speaking to him appraisingly.
She had an odd scent. It was hard to make out between the rancid smell of the bar, the smoke from the people around him soaking into everything, and some awful perfume she seemed to have bathed in.
But there was something to it that caught his attention. She was attractive but she wasn't remarkable in any way. She had brown hair, blue eyes, pale skin, and medium build. She wasn't his type. I would probably break her, he thought and grinned at himself. Besides she wasn't what he was here for. The last thing he wanted was a woman tonight. No matter how intriguing her scent was.
"If you're not ready to order I can come back in a couple," Aislinn offered at his silence and the annoyed, confused look on his face as he stared at her.
Aislinn nodded, poured the beer and placed it in front of him. No sooner had she waited on the next person but he was pushing his glass toward her. She gave him another. Then another. At first she was concerned.
He didn't look very friendly and adding drunk to not very friendly usually didn't end well. But he kept himself to himself, paid for each glass as he indicated his need for a refill, and didn't do anything to bother her or anyone else. He just stared at his glass and drank. Something about him that she couldn't quite put her finger on kept everyone else away.
Aislinn really wasn't sure what kept drawing her attention back to him.
The smell of him disturbed her. Since she had escaped her last job she'd had a sharper sense of smell.
But after everything she'd been through to this point she kept herself to herself and that included telling anyone that she could tell who she was talking to with her eyes closed. Smells always got to her very easily.
When she got out into the big wide world she had started layering on perfumes just to mask the smells around her.
But tonight his smell was getting through her defenses. He smelled foul or dead.
At least that was the only way she could describe it. She didn't know what could possibly make that odor.
But every time the air shifted she nearly flinched at the awful reek that overpowered even the smell of rancid beer in this place.
God why did I decide bartending was a good idea, she thought to herself.
Cullen was still sitting there drinking as the place was getting ready to close.
The girl who had been serving him all night walked up to him as she was clearing the bar. "Hey, buddy, do you need me to call you a cab or something?"
"Cullen," he said before he knew that he had said it.
"What?" Aislinn stopped what she was doing and started reaching for a phone. "Is there someone I can call for you?" she reiterated.
"My name. Cullen. Not 'buddy'. And no, I don't need a ride. I'll walk." He started to get up and then realized that he had drank more than he originally thought. It's been a long time since I managed to get drunk, he thought with a measure of amusement. Well that's what I came here to do wasn't it? He sat back down on the bar stool.
Aislinn sighed and looked over at one of the other girls. Nikki just shrugged. "Alright, Cullen," she said haltingly. "Look, we're closing, you're too drunk to move. You've got to have a friend somewhere who'll come get you."
He looked up at her and grinned with wry amusement. "Yhea," he said, "a whole pack."
Normally a guy who said something like that and looked at her that way would have scared the crap out of her. But there was just something about the smelly guy that told her he wasn't a threat to her. If there was one thing she had always been pretty good at, it was reading people. That was half the reason Derrick didn't really bother her. She had known what he was like the minute she took the job. So, obviously it was her own fault she had to put up with him. Aislinn picked up the phone. "Give me a number."
Cullen rattled off a number and she dialed. It rang twice and then a gruff, sleepy voice picked up. "Hello?"
"Yhea hi, sorry to wake you," Aislinn said.
"Yhea, who is this?" the voice said.
"Um, I tend bar. Do you know some guy named Cullen?"
A shocked, "huh?" came from the sleepy voice. Cullen was watching Aislinn with amusement. His eyes sparkled a bit and he had a grin that rem
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