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Laurann Dohner
Book 13 in the New Species series. It is advisable to read the books in order to get the most
enjoyment from the series.
Vanni is furious when her fiancé tricks her into attending a conference where his father’s church is
protesting the New Species Organization. She hates everything those vile bigots stand for. Vanni goes
to the bar to cool off and ends up seated next to a handsome New Species. Things heat up fast when
they are both drugged.
Smiley doesn’t want to believe the sweet human would dose them with the breeding drug. He’s
willing to trust her and determined to save her life. He’ll hold her. Protect her. Offer up his body to
distract them both from the pain. She is
female, even if she doesn’t realize it yet.
A Romantica®
paranormal erotic romance
from Ellora’s Cave
Laurann Dohner
As always, I have to thank my amazing husband. MrLaurann is my rock, my inspiration, and he
makes life a pretty fantastic experience to share. On Christmas 2013, I suffered a stroke. Life can be
full of surprises, some wonderful…some not. I want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone for being
so supportive. It was a very scary time at first but the many wonderful messages motivated me to keep
my sense of humor and to push to get my life back on track. You guys rock!
I’d also like to say a very special thank you to Kele Moon. She’s an awesome best friend and the
best critique partner I could ask for. To my mother, Donna, who pitched in to help with the kids after
my stroke—thank you! My editor, Pamela Campbell, is worth her weight in gold. Thank you. Last but
not least, I want to extend my gratitude to Ellora’s Cave. Five years ago you took a chance on me by
offering a housewife with a dream of getting her stories published a book contract. I’m so glad that
you did!
Chapter One
“Stop embarrassing me.” Carl hissed the words, glancing around to make sure he couldn’t be
overheard by anyone except his target. “My father said you’re surly. It reflects badly on him. I just got
my ass chewed out. Keep smiling and nod, Vanni. He also said you were rude to a journalist.”
“Did you hear what he preached up there?” She was angry too. “I agreed to put on this long skirt
because your father has a problem with women wearing pants. I didn’t say I’d talk with reporters and
repeat the hatred he spews.”
“You’re not supposed to talk at all. I know he’s old school but he is my father. We’re here to
represent him.”
“Old school? I’d use way harsher words for what he is. No, I only came because I thought we
were having a romantic weekend at a nice hotel. Instead, I discover you’re sharing a suite with your
father and I’m stuck rooming with his insane assistant. You waited to spring this on me once we
arrived because we both know I wouldn’t have come otherwise.”
He stepped closer and wrapped his fingers around her upper arm, glancing around again. “This is
important to him. It’s two more days. Just smile and keep your lips sealed. That’s all.”
“You told me you have nothing to do with your father’s church. Why are we even here, Carl? I
don’t understand.”
“He never asks me for anything but some of the press have been questioning his family values. He
needed us here to show support. It’s only two days. Please, Vanni. I know this is a lot to ask but he is
my father. That makes him family to you.”
She was tempted to remind him they weren’t married yet. Her mind went over her options. She
was two hours from home, without a car. Her roommate could come get her but she’d only ask a favor
that big in an emergency. It hadn’t quite reached that point but it was getting close.
Carl softened his tone. “This is important to my father and he really needs me to be here. He asks
for so little, Vanni.”
She stared into his eyes and hated the way her resolve caved under that pleading look. “I don’t
like his church members or what they stand for.”
“I don’t either but I couldn’t say no. You’re going to be my wife. I wanted you here with me.”
“They are bigots and I didn’t exactly wave that reporter down or ask to have a microphone
shoved in my face. I just said two words, Carl—no comment. Be thankful I didn’t tell him that dinner
was an hour of my life I’ll never get back and how pissed I was, hearing that bullshit.”
His normally handsome expression twisted into something less appealing. “My father and his
followers just have different views. You’re not being fair.”
“Fair?” Her temper flared again. “Don’t even say that word to me. You swore we’d never have to
deal with this church business and then you lied to get me here. That was underhanded and low.”
“It’s one damn weekend.” He hissed the words. “Don’t be selfish.”
“Who the hell are you and where did the man I know go? You hate the things your father stands for
as much as I do or was that just bullshit to get me to marry you?”
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