Sneak Peek of Dire Wolf Wanted (Ice Age Shifters Book 4)
The fourth book in the Ice Age Shifters series is available now, and I'm thrilled to share it with you. See below for a sneak peek of Dire Wolf Wanted.
This book took its time, largely because of my overactive muse, so it's longer than the first three books. I already knew that the heroine, Rayne Chekal, would need an extraordinary hero. She's a dire wolf shifter and an agent for the Shifter Tribunal, the shifter world's version of law and justice. Arvik Inuktan is a spy for the Wizard Imperium and a mythical shifter with centuries of experience and a dark past. Unbeknownst to each other, they have each been sent undercover to take down an underground auction house that sells shifters and other magical species as slaves. She is a prisoner; he works for the auction house as a healer and wizard.
In this excerpt, Rayne has been beaten by the guards and left for dead on Arvik's doorstep. This excerpt describes what Arvik learns:
In the course of the five days and the considerable magical energy it had taken to heal her, he’d made three impossible discoveries.
First, she had more free magic than most shifters, and he’d been able to direct it to help heal her without her shifting, which should have been impossible. All shifters had superb recuperative powers, but recovering from catastrophic injuries usually took shifting to their non-injured form to heal them.
Second, he couldn’t figure out her true animal form or her scent. Her records said maned wolf, with a bad photo of a tall, slender, stilt-legged wolf with a shoulder mane, but his magic said subtle illusion, which made no sense. The intake examiner had completely missed it. Her scent varied from one whiff to the next, which should be impossible. At that moment, she smelled of viburnum and granite. The auctioneer complained that customers wouldn’t buy her because she smelled like rot. Arvik had studied and practiced magic all over the world but had never come across anything like it.
Third, the usually dormant and thoroughly hidden parts of him had woken up to insist she belonged to him, and he to her.
Never mind that he’d been taught that his kind weren’t true shifters and couldn’t have true mates. Never mind that in nearly five hundred years of living, he’d never found reason to doubt it. Never mind that exposing his true nature would get him murdered, probably by her. True shifters hated his kind, with good reason.
Find out what happens next in Dire Wolf Wanted.
The magical world stands on the brink of war, unless two extraordinary shifters can bridge the gulf between them.
Dire wolf shifter and Shifter Tribunal agent Rayne Chekal poses as a prisoner to take down an illegal auction house that trafficks in shifters. Arvik Inuktan, agent for the Wizard Imperium and secret mythic shifter, infiltrated the auction staff with the same mission objective.
Rayne finds him sexy as hell, but confusing. Her inner wolf says they’re in the mating dance, but to her, it feels more like a flailing tumble down the stairs. Arvik finds her irresistible, smart, and gorgeous. His inner beasts say Rayne is their mate, but he realizes he must track down his dark, forgotten past if he hopes to have a future with her.
However, when the auction house falls, they open a whole new can of worms. War is coming. Separated, they must figure out what they can do to stop this, and hope the other can forgive them for the choices they’re forced to make.
When Rayne and Arvik meet on the battlefield, can they overcome their differences and work together to stop the evil, or will this war engulf the magical world?
Continue the enthralling paranormal romance with Dire Wolf Wanted, the fourth book in USA TODAY bestselling author Carol Van Natta's fun, action-filled, steamy-hot Ice Age Shifters™ series.
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Dire Wolf Wanted is a standalone story with an HEA and no cliffhanger, but your reading enjoyment will be enhanced if you've read the previous books in the series.