Trained to hunt rogues and protect the human race from the threat of shifters, Christa Baker is beginning to rethink her career choice. Especially when her niece and nephew—who she’s raised on her own—end up in the crossfire. Now she’s looking for a way out and disappear off Shield’s radar for good. She never thought her out would be a gorgeous wolf who kidnaps her after raiding Shield HQ.
Hayden Raines has always followed the rules. As the Ashwood Fall wolf Marshal, he has to set the example for those working under him. When he sets his sights on the beautiful human hunter things go downhill, fast. Fate has a funny way of turning things inside out—because the woman he kidnaps, the enemy he might need to protect his family from, just happens to be his mate.
Warning: Contains one woman on a path she’s not ready for, a man who thought things would be different, and a heated exchange that turns out to be the best thing ever.
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Reviews for Divided Loyalties
“I fall more in love with Ashwood Falls with every new story that unfolds. Lia Davis writes complex characters that you love and hate.” ~ 5/5 stars from Tamara Huffa with Smile Someone Loves You
“I really enjoyed this story and can’t wait for the next one, now I have my eye on Dane, I like that he is quirky and likes to be alone…” ~ 5/5 Stars from Theresa Esterline with I Heart Books
“What can I say? This book was well written. The plot was solid, with lots of intriguing twists and turns. Hayden and Christa were incredibly vibrant characters.” ~ 4/5 stars from Debra Taylor with The Romance Reviews
“This series just keeps getting better & better with each book. I love it.” ~ 5/5 stars from Tammy on Goodreads
He peered at her over his shoulder and smiled one of those smiles that held no humor or amusement. “If I didn’t know better, I’d say you were protecting the shifters.”
She narrowed her eyes and wished she had the gift of pyrokinesis so she could light his ass on fire. Okay so maybe that was a little extreme, but she didn’t trust or like him. The darkness he held around him put her on edge every time he was near. “I wouldn’t want to go in and destroy the wrong den when there could be a bigger threat out there. I just like to be sure.”
The truth was Vance had taken all the control of research and strategy from her when he took over the unit. That annoyed the hell out of her, and it also left her feeling as though she was going into an OP blind.
She swore he let out a low growl before he called the meeting to an end. Gathering her notebook and pen, she moved toward the door, only to stop when Vance stepped in her path. She fisted her free hand by her side and silently counted backward from ten. One corner of Vance’s lips lifted. She wanted so badly to punch that smirk right off his face.
Or just shoot him.
If there was a rogue, it was him for sure.
“What’s the rush?”
She stared into his dark brown eyes and squared her shoulders. “I skipped lunch.”
He moved to the side, and she stepped forward. He gripped her biceps and leaned in to whisper in her ear, “Tell the brats to stay safe.”
She jerked out of his grip and stormed down the hall to the lobby of Shield HQ, away from the bastard shifter-acting-human. Only then did she allow her heart to pound uncontrollably and let fear consume her.
Pulling out her phone, she sent a one-word text to an untraceable cell.
A few seconds later she got a reply.
Relief flooded her system and threatened to make her knees give out. She had to get a grip. The twins were safe and very smart. But still she insisted on the text codes for her own piece of mind.
Although Vance had just threatened her niece and nephew. At least that was what she took it for, a threat. Maybe he knew they were wolves. No. He’d never met—or even seen them.
She had to get out of Shield and disappear. Fall off the radar for good.
When she reached the lobby door, she jerked back as it flew open to reveal a large man with black hair and bright green eyes that bored into her as he moved forward. She sidestepped him, but he was too quick. He snaked one arm around her waist, drew her into the hard length of his side, while he held a gun straight out, and fired at everyone around them.
She screamed, but no one heard her over the gunfire. Shield soldiers came from the back offices, weapons drawn. Two more men stepped up beside her and her captor then rushed the wall of Shield soldiers, killing them with ease like trained assassins.
Christa twisted and kicked with no results. The man had a death grip around her waist. “Let me go. We don’t have money in here.”
He didn’t reply, which was no surprise to her. She didn’t expect him to. Think, Christa. She scanned the large lobby, and her heart ached for the men and women she’d worked with for the last eight years. They were giving it their all, but it wasn’t good enough. One by one, they fell.
And she was helpless, trapped in the arms of the murderer.
Lia Davis is a mother to two young adults and two very special kitties, a wife to her soul mate, a paranormal romance author, and co-owner to Fated Desires Publishing, LLC. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers. But it’s her home and she loves it!
An accounting major, Lia has always been a dreamer with a very activity imagination. The wheels in her head never stop. She ventured into the world of writing and publishing in 2008 and loves it more than she imagined. Writing is stress reliever that allows her to go off in her corner of the house and enter into another world that she created, leaving real life where it belongs.
Her favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties.
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Interview with Holly Hewson:
HH: Lia, thank you so much for talking with us at TRS. Your featured book is Divided Loyalties and is part of your Ashwood Falls series. What can you first tell us about this amazing series?
LD: Ashwood Falls is a shifter den made up of two Packs. But the Packs are two that you normally wouldn’t find living together: A wolf Pack and a leopard Pack. A series of rogue attacks and the up rise of a rogue Pack named Onyx had the new Alpha of the wolves turn to the leopard Pack to form an alliance. They decided to merge the Packs.
HH: What can you tell us about the first books that kick off the series?
LD: The series kicks off with the prequel, Winter Eve. Danica is the leopard healer who suffered an ancient that left her scared and unable to use her healing gifts to their full potential so she isolates herself from the Pack. Nevan is a human who grew up with a puma stepmother and four stepbrothers. The shifter world is not new to him.
Book 1 is A Tiger’s Claim and tells the story of Shayna, the leopard Alpha’s adopted daughter and the Pack princess. She’s a white tiger and finds a mate in the alpha wolf Travis.
Book 2 is A Mating Dance is the story of the Pack triad. Blaine, leopard Marshal, and Cameron, a black jaguar and a senior enforcer, meet the handsome beta male and one of Nevan’s stepbrothers, Graham.
Book 3 is Surrendering to the Alpha and the leopard Alpha’s story. The Pack hierarchy changes in this book. There is a new leopard Alpha announced.
Novella 3.5 is A Rebel’s Heart is Sarah’s (Nevan’s stepmother) story. The rebels groups are introduced.
HH: How does Divided Loyalties continue it?
LD: In Divided Loyalties, Hayden, the wolf Marshal, goes on a mission to hunt down the Onyx Pack’s Marshal who had taken over a human rebel group. Hayden meets Christa, a human hunter trained to hunt shifters, and kidnaps her when he realizes she’s is mate.
HH: What do you like about Christa and why will readers identify with her?
LD: She is strong and doesn’t back down from anyone, including Hayden. She’s also the guardian of her niece and nephew.
HH: What do you like best about Hayden and why will readers love him?
LD: Hayden is an alpha male to the core. He’s not use to taking orders or having people disobey him until he meets Christa. He’s also compassionate and playful, as most wolves are.
HH: Is there more to come in this series?
LD: Yes! I have 10 books planned for the series. Next is Misguided Path. It’s Ana and Kieran’s story and is about trust and rebuilding.
HH: What else do you have in store for lucky readers?
LD: I have two more series coming. March 4th is the release of book 1 in my Sons of War series. SoW follows five dragon shifters who are also the Greek god of war, Ares, sons.
Later in the spring I hope to release the first book in a new contemporary erotic series titled Pleasures of the Heart. Book 1 is titled Business Pleasures. I’ll be doing a cover and blurb reveal soon on my blog.
HH: What are you reading now?
LD: I’m reading Reaver by Larissa Ione.
HH: What appearances do you have coming up in 2014?
LD: Here’s my schedule.
February 6-9 – Coastal Magic in Daytona Beach, Fl.
February 20-23 – Wild Wicked Weekend (formally Naughty Sleepover) in San Antonio, TX
March 28-30– The Novel Experience in Atlanta, Ga.
April 10-13- Fated Desires Writers’ Retreat and reader lunch. Chicago, IL. The Reader lunch is on 4/12. Here’s the link to sign up: http://fateddesires.com/about-us/retreats/
May 14-18 – RT Booklover’s Convention in New Orleans, LA
June 20-22 – RomCon 2014 in Denver, CO.
HH: Where can readers find you online?
LD: Website: http://www.authorliadavis.com/
Book Blog: http://liasbookhaven.wordpress.com/
Facebook friend profile: https://www.facebook.com/lia.davis.52
Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Author-Lia-Davis/137761469629592