Release Day: Saving Grace by Bianca D'Arc
Saving Grace Synopsis:
As Game Warden, Jack Chambers is responsible for the wildlife in and around Grizzly Cove, but he never expected to find a badly injured mermaid washed up on the shore near his house. He takes her in and helps her back to health, only to learn of the much greater danger held at bay, just off shore, and how it’s affecting the ocean-going shifter population. Jack’s immediate problem is the pull the leviathan still has over the woman he is fast coming to believe is his mate. He has to save her, but they also need to work through the problems of a land shifter and a mermaid getting together. Can they make the relationship work? Or is he going to end up broken hearted when she returns to her watery home? And who even knew there were mer people off shore? This is something the residents of Grizzly Cove are going to have to figure out, especially with the leviathan out there too, still posing a great threat to all creatures of the Light.
Jack was really happy with the outcome of the meeting. John had gone farther than Jack had expected, going out on a limb to offer sanctuary to any mer needing it. That was a big step, and showed John was willing to take a risk if it might help save innocent lives.
But then, John was a good guy. Half the reason they’d all chosen to follow him as Alpha was because they could count on him when times were tough. He’d never leave a man behind. And he wouldn’t turn his back on someone who needed help.
Jack returned to the kitchen to find his mermaid practically nodding off in her soup. Poor girl was tired. No. Tired wasn’t the word for it. She was exhausted. Running out of gas as he watched her.
“Probably time for you to go back to bed,” he said, stepping to her side.
She looked up at him, and he could see the dark circles under her pretty eyes.
“You’re right. I think I’ve been running on adrenaline for the past ten minutes. I was a little…uh…apprehensive about meeting your Alpha.” She sat back in her chair and brushed her hair back from her face. “I’m glad he turned out to be such a nice guy.”
Jack had to laugh. “Oh yeah, Big John’s a regular ol’ teddy bear. You should see him with a grenade launcher in his hands.”
She giggled, and he found the sound enchanting. His inner bear wanted to rub up against her and hear the sound again. The beast inside him was fast becoming attached to the mermaid, and Jack wasn’t sure whether to be overjoyed at finding a woman his finicky bear actually liked and wanted, or afraid that he was about to have his heart broken by a fickle fish who wouldn’t stay on land.
Wasn’t that the way all those old stories ended? The mermaid swims off, leaving her broken-hearted lover on the shore. Jack feared very much that’s how he was going to end up, but for the life of him, he couldn’t stop thinking about being with her—giving a relationship with her a try.
And Jack wasn’t the kind of guy who’d ever thought about having a relationship with a woman. He was very much a love ‘em and leave ‘em sort of bear, never sticking with one female for more than a few days or weeks at a time. The moment they started to get clingy, he was gone, his bear roaring to be free.
But not with Grace. Something about her made his inner bear want to be around her. She brought out his protective instincts, for sure. That was a given, considering how he’d found her.
There was more, though. A lot more. Every moment he was in her company, the attraction seemed to escalate, morphing into something a lot more complicated than simple attraction.
She lurched forward in her chair and then staggered to her feet. Jack put his hands out to steady her.
“Are you sure you can make it back to the bedroom?” he asked, truly concerned for her welfare. She didn’t look as strong as she had only a few minutes before, which was to say, she looked weak as a kitten.
“Uh…actually…I’m not too sure.”
That was all he had to hear. He stepped closer and scooped her into his arms.
“Hang on, honey,” he told her, loving the feel of her in his arms. She placed her arms around his neck, and something inside him roared in triumph. She was leaning against him, her head on his shoulder, and he didn’t ever want to let her go.
Whoa. Those were some heavy thoughts, right there. He tried not to think about what it might mean while he walked out of the kitchen and down the hall to the guest room he’d put at her disposal.
He placed her gently on the edge of the bed. He let her feet dangle off the side and sat next to her, his arm still around her shoulder, helping prop her up.
“Do you want to make a pit stop or shall we just tuck you in again?”
“I’m okay for now. How about we just sit and talk for a minute?” He was surprised by her request, but willing to do whatever she liked.
“I can do that.” He left his arm around her, and she didn’t object, which satisfied him on some primal level. “What’s on your mind?”
She tilted her head to look up at him. “I want to know more about your people. About you. I know very little about other kinds of shifters—especially the land-based ones.”
Was she flirting with him? Nah. That was probably just his wishful thinking.
Bianca D’Arc Bio:
Bianca D’Arc is the USA Today bestselling author of over 50 romance novels. She has twice won EPPIE Awards for her work, along with the Australian Romance Readers Favorite Erotic Romance eBook of 2008 for her first werewolf romance, Lords of the Were. She is a native New Yorker who worked as an executive on Wall Street during the summer of 2001. She changed careers after the tragic attacks of 9/11 and started seriously pursuing publication in 2005. She has a Bachelors degree in Biochemistry, a Masters in Library Science, and a Juris Doctor, but she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She loves her garden and plays the piano, ukulele and guitar.