Viper’s Defiant Mate
Sarafin Warriors, Book 2
One Alien discovers not all missions are the same when he encounters his human mate.
Prince Viper d’Rojah, a warrior from the Sarafin cat shifter species, is not happy when he is sent on a special mission by his older brother Vox, King of the Sarafin. The mission is to deliver important documents to the human authorities before kidnapping the sister and grandmother of Vox’s mate, Riley. He has handled tougher assignments in his sleep and just wants to get back to finding the traitors trying to kill him and his family!
Tina St. Claire was finally happy with her life until her big sister, Riley, suddenly disappeared. Even Grandma Pearl suspected that Riley’s ex-employer was hiding something. Determined to find Riley, Tina’s research unwittingly leads the danger to her and Grandma Pearl. The unexpected arrival of a strange man causes things to go from bad to worse when he gives her and Grandma Pearl a packet of material he claims is from Riley.
Riley had warned Viper that neither her sister nor Grandma Pearl would willingly come with him. Viper could care less whether the females wanted to come or not, he had never failed a mission and wasn’t about to start now.
Viper soon discovers this mission has turned into the most important one of his life when both he and his cat recognize that Tina is their mate. Now, he has to keep Tina and her gun toting Grandmother alive. The question is, who is going to save him when both women discover his plans to kidnap them?
Drawing in a deep breath, she leaned forward and looked Viper in the eye. She couldn’t guarantee she could help him clean up the mess he had made, but she
would try. The first thing he would need to do is get close enough to apologize for being an idiot. The second thing would be to not to prove that he was still one. “Okay, I’m not making any promises, but if you try what I’m about to tell you, you have a fifty-fifty chance of at least telling them that they are invited to a wedding without getting shot again,” Carmen chuckled. “After that, you are on your own.” “Well,” Bahadur interrupted, holding up his drink toward Viper. “That means he has a hundred percent chance of messing up.”
Viper’s eyes narrowed on Bahadur. “If I do, I’ll be using you as a shield again,” he bit out before turning back to Carmen. “Now, what do I have to do?”
Viper shrugged and watched Carmen as she gracefully sank down into the chair next to Bahadur. She studied him for several long seconds before she shook her head and leaned back in her seat, folding her arms across her chest.
“What?” Viper demanded before he took a sip from his glass. “You said you could help, so help. Why are the females behaving irrationally? I can’t even get close to them without ending up with an ass full of salt.”
Carmen’s lips twitched at his disgruntled admission. The movement, combined with the amusement in her eyes and the exasperated expression didn’t help his disposition. If anything, his frustration grew.
“What did you tell them about Riley?” She inquired politely.
Viper shrugged again and looked down at his glass. He frowned as he tried to remember exactly what he had said. All he could think about what Tina’s soft lips against his, her sweet taste, and the silky feel of her skin against his palm.
“I told her that she had been kidnapped by a trader and sold to the Antrox and had to choose a mate. That she chose five, one of which was Vox,” he muttered. “I told her Vox had taken Riley as his mate and given her a cub.”
Carmen raised her slender hands and made a steeple with her fingers. She rested her chin on them as she listened to him. Viper reluctantly admitted he was thankful that she was at least listening to him.
“Did you tell Tina and Pearl that Riley loves Vox and wanted to be with him? Did you explain that she could now shift like Vox and you can?” She asked in a quiet voice. Viper frowned. “Of course not! Why would I say that? Of course Riley has feelings for my brother,” Viper said. “That is why she insists her family be brought back, so he can complete this human ceremony with her.”
Carmen raised an eyebrow and looked at Viper. “And did you happen to mention that they were getting married?” She asked pointedly.
“Married?” Viper asked, looking at Carmen with a blank expression before it cleared with understanding. “That is the word I could not remember. I told her they are mated. That Vox chose Riley and Riley had no choice, but to accept. That is like your human ceremony, yes?”
Carmen tilted her head back and burst out into laughter. It took several long minutes before she looked at Viper with a look of such pity, he could feel his face flush.