Though short, this shifter story has a depth not usually found in so few pages. The characters are well thought out and unique. A past, present and future is wrapped into the story making things feel more real. There is background given and a setting with more than a bare minimum description. Because there is so much interaction with the secondary characters, you even want to know more about them and hope there is a story coming. There were a few things that might have needed a bit more explanation but they were more things that my nosy self wanted more information about than really affecting the story. This is a fun sexy story that I really enjoyed.
Jim is in Vegas for an annual bet with his best friend. Both men are competitive and both are shifters. Jim is a big grizzly bear while his friend is a wolf. Jim isn’t wanting to take much time off from work and is wanting to get this bet on its way. However, he’s out of luck there as he needs to wait about 5 days. A young woman he spots in the casino captures his attention, which scares her into running. Jim finally does catch her, but is she adventurous enough to have fun with him?
Three things make billionaire Jim Halcyon’s to-do list: women, work…and more women. It’s a perfect agenda for a rich shifter who has no problem letting his inner grizzly out to play. From the bright lights of Vegas, to the sophisticated action of New York—he’s got the money and the power to do anything he wants.
Anything, except resist the lure of Lady Luck, an ancient copper coin he gambles yearly to possess. Jim is determined to regain control of the pretty penny, and damn if he’ll let any bit of eye candy distract him from his goal. Not even the mesmerizing woman in the middle of the casino floor with the shimmering hair and enormous green eyes.
With a life-changing move ahead of her, Lillie’s finagled a temporary layover en route to her future. She’s got five days to soak in new experiences, and while Vegas is too big and shiny and loud for her shy bear self, she’s eager to do this up right. It’s the last chance she’s got to let her hair down.
Until his challenge begins, Jim is more than willing to oblige Lillie’s wish for a final fling. Only Lady Luck has some twists of fate planned for them both…
**Previously published as a part of ALPHAS AFTER DARK, this is the stand alone novella. 35K words**