Book 2 is here!
Back in November, I was here and talked about Soul Eater. A story about a werewolf who’d been turned into a ghost and the wizard who brought him back to the land of the living.
Mind Scrambler is the second story taking place in Rockshade’s Paranormal Investigations Department. It’s about Captain Kol Jaecar, who we got to know a little in Soul Eater, and Elijah Long. Elora Long works in the department, and Elijah is her brother.
Since everyone got their vacation time cancelled in Soul Eater, we start the story with most of the detectives working in Rockshade’s PID being off work.
When Elora can’t get hold of Eli, she asks Jaecar to help her find him.
Together, they search for Eli, and Jaecar doesn’t know why, but he has this clawing need to find him.
Jaecar never believed he’d find his mate, and it isn’t until he’s within touching distance he realises what Elijah is to him. The only problem is that instead of throwing himself in Jaecar’s arms, Eli flinches away and avoids his touch. He doesn’t want to be in the same room as Jaecar, and he refuses to believe they’re meant for each other.
Elijah being an empath and getting overwhelmed as soon as he’s around people doesn’t help the situation.
We have bad guys, abductions, and growling mates!
EXCERPT FROM Mind Scrambler
Eli wanted to sleep. He was exhausted, and the quiet of the office was lulling him into a false sense of safety. There was a scent in there that had his muscles unclench, a spicy, masculine scent. He didn’t think it was cologne, and he couldn’t remember having smelled it on Jaecar in the car, but there had been too much going on for him to notice.
When too many emotions were around him, his other senses took a step back even if he didn’t try to block everything out. He couldn’t remember what he’d seen or smelled if he had to battle the onslaught of too many reactions.
The stacks of papers were neatly sorted on the sturdy desk, a painting of a misty forest hung on the wall. Eli sat on the office chair, kicked off his shoes, and curled up with his legs against his chest.
It didn’t take long before his eyelids were drooping. He wanted everything to be over with, wanted to be home on his island — but Elora was right, he couldn’t go back there. Sadness formed a lump in his throat. He’d always be on the run, would always have to hide, unless he gave up and went back to Varg.
He’d promised both himself and Elora he never would.
He pictured a life where he didn’t have to be afraid all the time, a place where he could live without double-checking the lock on the front door thirty times a day despite knowing it wouldn’t save him if Varg wanted to come inside.
Pictures of his lake replaced each other in his mind — sunny days, stormy days, cold wintry days — the lake was always alive.
A low mumble woke him. He was suffocating in a roaring storm of lust and frustration and curled into a tight ball as he waited for the first blow to hit.
“I understand,” came the low voice. “I’ll send a team to talk to your forensics.” A quiet, barely-there sound, of someone putting something, most likely a phone, down on the desk all too close to him had him tensing more.
“Are you awake?” The low whisper had him opening his eyes. Jaecar’s eyes shifted in yellow as they swept over his curled-up form. “The Ashork department has a forensic team going through your house right now. They’ll fine-comb it for fingerprints and see if they can find something else to clue us in to who’s behind this. You were drugged, right?”
Drugged? Yeah, right. He couldn’t think in this ocean of lust and frustration, but yes, he’d been drugged. “Can you back off a little?” Eli winced and moved his arm to shield his face in case Jaecar would hit him. He was a shifter after all.
When nothing happened, Eli glanced at him again and took in the widened eyes. The lust was momentarily pushed aside by anger and hurt. “How much distance do you need?” Jaecar walked over to the two-seat sofa against the far wall. It was a good twenty feet away, and Eli breathed out as his muscles unclenched.
“That bad, huh?” The smile Jaecar gave him was sad. What was he sad about? Was he sad or did it only look as if he was? As much as he hated knowing everyone’s feelings, it also bothered him not knowing.
“It’s … You’re … intense.”
Jaecar’s eyes widened. “Oh …” He ran a hand through his longish, black hair. “Sorry.”
Eli nodded, not sure what he should say.
Jaecar cleared his throat. “So drugged?”
Eli nodded again. “I can’t remember. The last thing I have any memory of is walking around the house, turning off the lamps, and getting ready for bed.”
“Were you in the laundry room?”
A shiver went through him. “Yes, there was something in the laundry room.” His pulse sped up. He couldn’t remember, but something had made him go into the laundry room.
Years ago, empath Elijah Long made a bad decision, and he is still paying for it. He’s kept hidden from his abusive werewolf ex for years, but when he wakes in a dark room, cuffed to a wall, he knows he’s out of luck. Elora, his psychic sister, will come for him, he just has to endure long enough to give her a chance to find him.
Captain Kol Jaecar of Rockshade’s Paranormal Investigations Department detests slow times at work, so when Elora wants time off to search for her brother, Kol treats it as if it’s a real case and starts an investigation. What he assumed was a brother not picking up when his sister called turns out to be something else.
Elijah experiences people’s emotions so strongly, it prohibits him from living a normal life. Spending time in the city is out of the question, yet it’s where Elora takes him once she finds him. Elijah does his best to keep his distance, especially from the growling man Elora brought to his rescue. Elijah will never make the mistake of getting close to a shifter again.
The moment Kol smells Elijah, he knows he’s his mate, but how to get close to someone who doesn’t want to be near you? The man who abused Elijah is still on the loose, and Kol calls in the entire team to hunt him down. But how are they to keep Elijah safe when he can’t be around people? And how will Kol stay sane if he can’t touch his mate?
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