Authors: Cristina Rayne
TEMPTED BY THE JAGUAR #2: REVELATION
A Riverford Shifters
The characters and events
portrayed in this book are fictitious. Any similarity to real persons, living
or dead, is coincidental and not intended by the author.
Copyright © 2015 Cristina
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Kylie sat shaking on the floor of an
unfamiliar shower, her eyes squeezed shut as she hugged her knees tightly to
her chest. Already, the ice streams cascading down her body were beginning to
feel not quite so biting and painful and still the fires of arousal within her
core burned just as hotly as before she had drenched herself in this ice
How long had she been forcing this
frigid hell on herself? Thirty minutes? An hour? However long, it was definitely
long past the time to admit defeat. Groaning in frustration, Kylie released her
knees and moved to shut the water off. Just that small action made the burning
within her increase.
She collapsed back onto her butt and
wrapped her arms around herself, dripping wet and shivering. What the hell was
she going to do now? For one desperate moment, she considered trying
masturbation again even though doing so earlier had not brought her any relief
but only seemed to stoke the flames within her higher. Did she dare chance
another attempt? Maybe if she massaged herself longer this time…
A jaguar’s heat cycle wasn’t exactly
something she’d ever studied, and even if she had, there were no guarantees
that a jaguar
would follow the same patterns. Kylie couldn’t
believe that every jaguar female had to endure this hell every heat cycle. Just
this first time was enough to nearly drive her mad. There
to be a
way to end this other than doing the deed because there was no way she would be
able to handle this torturous arousal for another hour, much less for the full
Kylie hugged herself more tightly as a
very uncomfortable realization suddenly occurred to her. Yes—at this point, she
had very few viable choices. She could try masturbating again with the very big,
very likely risk of just making things worse. She could call Hunter and beg him
to come back and finish what they had started. It was something that should
really be a last resort no matter how much her body was screaming for it. Even
if they were safe about it, having sex with a guy she had known for only a
couple of days would be just plain stupid.
However, if she was being completely
honest with herself, it was not only the choice she most needed but the choice
. After all, he did say that he would try to find a
female jaguar shifter to come help her, but for all she knew, it could take
…or she could just get over the
embarrassment of the whole situation and call Paul to send over her mother’s
old bracelet, a choice that could very well be the riskiest of them all.
“To hell with it,” she muttered. “I’m
screwed no matter what I do.”
She climbed unsteadily to her feet and
slowly, carefully, rung out her hair and stepped out of the shower, trying not
to allow the inside of her thighs to rub together. Her eyes flickered briefly
to the jeans and panties lying crumbled on the small bath rug, and she scowled.
There was no way in hell that she would be able to put them back on in her
condition, and as far as she knew, the only other items of clothing in the
apartment were the blouse Hunter had ripped from her body and her equally
A wave of heat washed through her body
as her mind filled with the memory of Hunter’s hands and tongue caressing her
flesh, making her shudder and curse harshly as she hastily put a halt to that
line of thinking. Clothes—yes, she needed to concentrate on solving that
Kylie doubted any of her things had been
delivered yet, which meant no towels either. She vaguely recalled stumbling
past the outline of a couch in the darkness as she searched frantically for the
bathroom without bothering to find a light switch until she had located the
A couch pointed towards this apartment
being already furnished, so there was a slim chance Hunter or someone had
already prepared the bed for her. She was really starting to feel the chill in
the air and needed to get dry. Sheets or even her ruined blouse would be better
She paused only long enough to tug her
cell phone out of the pocket of her jeans. Then she hurried to the first closed
door down the hall from the bathroom. Kylie nearly wept when a fully-made bed,
including comforter, was revealed. The room had only a bed, nightstand, and a
small three-drawer dresser, as sparsely furnished as a hotel room.
After tossing her phone on the bed, she
went to inspect the closet. To her disappointment, there were only a couple of
empty plastic hangers hanging along the clothes bar.
Shivering from both the fever within and
the wet chill against her skin, Kylie proceeded to draw down the comforter and
strip off the plain white top sheet from the bed. She then dried herself off as
best she could with one end, blotting at her skin instead of rubbing so as not
to aggravate her condition. Once finished, the dry end of the sheet went around
her shoulders to keep her wet hair from dripping down her back.
Only then did Kylie sit gingerly on the
edge of the bed and reach for her phone again. Paul always worked an evening
shift at one of the hospitals on Fridays, so she prayed that he wasn’t
unavailable at the moment.
“Paul!” she cried the moment the call
connected, unable to keep the desperation from her voice.
“Kylie, what’s wrong? Did someone hurt
you?” Paul demanded.
Kylie drew in a huge breath and blurted,
“I went into jaguar heat, Paul! Hunter was introducing me to one of his tiger
friends and it just hit me. It’s pretty bad. I caused a brawl in the middle of
Southern Glacier because I couldn’t control my mating pheromones!”
“Whoa, whoa! Slow down, sweetie!” Paul
soothed, but Kylie could still hear the tension in his voice. He was probably
thinking the worst and trying not to scare her by freaking out about it. “Where
are you now?”
“I’m in the apartment Hunter gave me.”
She wrapped her free arm around her waist in a one-armed hug and hunched over the
phone as a sudden surge of heat inundated her entire body. “I’m
here, Paul!” she moaned. “I feel like my whole body is about to burn up from
within! Hunter says that I’ll be in heat for the next twelve days, and there’s
no way I’ll be able to come out of this still sane! I don’t have anything of
yours here in this apartment, so I need you to bring something you’ve used
recently. A glass, your toothbrush, a fork,
, and—mom’s bracelet.”
Silence, then he asked in a voice barely
above a whisper, “Is Hunter there with you?”
Kylie let out a hysterical laugh. “If he
was, then I wouldn’t be calling you. It was all he could do to keep from pouncing
on me.” Like hell she was going to tell him how far it had really gone. “He
made sure I got into the apartment safely and ran for the hills. He’s trying to
find a female jaguar shifter that might be able to help me, but for all I know,
it could be hours before that happens, and I really can’t stand this torture
“Kylie—you do realize that it may not
work?” Paul said worriedly.
Remembering her mother, Kylie squeezed
her eyes tightly shut in despair. “Yes, but…”
“Okay. I’ll need to run home to grab the
bracelet from the safe, but from what your father and Karen have told me, it would
be a thousand times worse for a human like me to go anywhere near you when
you’re in such a state. I’d send Karen, but they’re short-staffed in the ER
Another wave of fire abruptly surged
through her body, making her groin throb twice as badly as before, and Kylie
gritted her teeth tightly to keep from moaning. She squeezed her knees more
tightly together, but that did little to relieve her increasing arousal.
“Then call Molly and have her meet you
at the hospital,” she instructed roughly through her teeth. “Tell her I have a
really bad case of the stomach flu and you can’t get away from the hospital to
bring me medicine. My friends thought I looked sick today anyway, and I used
that as an excuse to beg off going out with them tonight. I haven’t had the
chance to give any of them the address to this apartment, so you’ll need to let
Molly know I’ve moved. Just feed her the busted sewage line excuse, and send
“Are you sure you want to bring Molly
into this, Kylie?” Paul asked. “Being so mentally and physically unstable right
now—you could accidentally shift. I don’t need to tell you what could happen if
the Elders found out that you had unintentionally revealed yourself to another
human within only a couple of days. It wouldn’t only be the lions we would have
to run from.”
This time the wave of emotion that
washed through her was of dread rather than arousal. “I know. God how I know,
but I’m seriously only minutes away from calling Hunter back here and just
letting nature take its course because I’m really scared that the jaguar will
take over again and just force me to go find what I need anyway.”
Kylie shuddered. “Remember what I almost
did to that teenager! I’m still myself right now, but I can’t honestly say
that’ll be true if I have to endure even just another couple of hours of this
torment! I don’t want to involve Molly, but with you and Karen unable to come…
If I can’t trust my oldest friend, then who else can we?”
Her scent was so strong within his
nostrils that Hunter half-expected to turn around and see Kylie sneaking up
behind him again ready to pounce. He closed his eyes tightly and groaned
frustratingly into his hands as he sat on his couch trying unsuccessfully to
will away the painful erection straining for freedom against his zipper. Just
the thought of her tumbling them both to the ground again had him on the verge
of springing to his feet to go finish what they had started, consequences be
Hell, he could still taste her on his
tongue, an utterly unique flavor of salt and a sweet, honey-like musk that all
jaguar shifter females possessed. Only Kylie’s flavor was at least three times
as potent as any other jaguar he’d had the pleasure of sampling over the years.
His mouth watered at the thought of licking and sucking on that soft, pale skin
and those pert, pink nipples again.
Hunter growled and shook his head
violently. Damn it! Now was
the time to become fixated on a woman,
no matter how good she smelled, how tasty, or how well his body had seemed to
fit between her legs…
“Fuck!” he hissed and started to yank
hard at his hair on both sides of his head, the sharp pain finally clearing the
cloud of lust from his head a little.
He seriously needed to get out of the
apartment building, to get as far away from the sexy kitty cat only a meager
floor below him that had to be some sort of sex goddess sent to torment him if
her pheromones were still affecting him when he was this far away from her.
And that was the problem.
At the moment, he didn’t trust himself
not to run straight back to Kylie’s apartment instead of out the building once
he set foot outside his door. That was also the very reason why he needed to
drag his head out of his cock and his ass to his truck. If her pheromones were
affecting him so strongly, there was no telling if it was because his exposure
to them had been so long, or if she had already managed to inadvertently flood
part of the building with them while he had sat on his couch trying to pull
While there were a few shifter males
living in his building, the majority were humans. One whiff of Kylie’s
pheromones could potentially cause a repeat of the brawl she had accidentally
ignited back at Southern Glacier. Given that she was likely a Returner, Hunter
had no idea what to expect from here on out.
He needed to enlist the help of a female
—one that he could utterly trust to be discreet. The last
thing Kylie needed was to be thought somehow damaged in these first days of
integrating into the clan. He needed someone who could teach Kylie how to—
Hunter jerked his head up. Of course!
Who better to teach Kylie control of her own instincts than a
Jennifer Graham to be exact.
Unfortunately, he didn’t have her
number. He would have to pay her a visit. Hopefully she and her mate were at
home and not out on the town or hunting out in the forest. He didn’t want to
have to track them down. He needed to get Kylie taken care of, and then he
really needed to get back to Southern Glacier and resume his discussion with
If Maxim’s intel turned out to be legit,
and there really were Sniffers spotted
the city limits…
It was that thought that finally had
Hunter on his feet and heading towards the door. He’d be damned before he let
his baser instincts keep him from what he needed to do any longer. Kylie wasn’t
the only one depending on him right now.
An image of his brother flashed in his
mind, immensely helping to keep the cloud of lust from screwing with his mind
again as he held his breath and dashed towards the door to the stairs rather
than the elevator. Kylie’s scent no doubt still saturated the interior. He
would definitely need to shut it down and stick an “out of order” sign on that
potential powder keg once he reached the bottom floor. The last thing he needed
was more trouble.
Hunter raced down the stairs, taking
only short, shallow breaths even though he didn’t
he could smell
any of her pheromones in the surrounding air. Thankfully, he made it to the
ground floor without incident. He hurriedly shut down the elevator and then
headed for the parking lot.
However, when he opened the driver’s
side door to his truck, Hunter was almost brought to his knees as a wave of
lust abruptly thundered through his entire being. He automatically raised his
head to scent the air, looking for the female who was emitting such a delicious
smell—and then promptly cursed and backed away from the vehicle as though it
were filled with vipers. He was such an idiot! He had completely forgotten
about the pheromones still trapped within!
He would need to air it out for at least
an hour. He’d had the smell of her heat in his head for too long. Being
surrounded by it once again could very well drive him feral.
He had no choice. He was already risking
too much as it was leaving Kylie alone in the building and hoping her blast of
pheromones stayed within her apartment while he went to retrieve Jennifer.
Adding another hour or so to the mix could quite possibly be disastrous. He
needed Jennifer to come to him.
Baring his teeth in frustration, Hunter
dug out his cell phone from his pocket and selected Donald Gaither from his
contacts. Before the first ring could even finish, the Elder answered.
“I was beginning to think you planned on
trying to sweep what happened tonight completely under the rug,” he said dryly
before Hunter could utter a word.
Hunter stilled. “It’s already gotten
out?” he asked slowly.
Gaither snorted. “You two caused such a
huge ruckus in one of the most public places in the city. I would be shocked if
they didn’t already know about it in the next town over.”
“It’s not like she could help it,”
Hunter retorted. “How was I supposed to know that she would suddenly go into
heat? Or for that matter, her? Kylie’s only lived as a shifter for a couple of
days for God’s sake!”
Gaither sighed. “Given that it’s taken
you almost an hour after the incident to call me, I hope that means you’ve
properly taken care of her?”
An image of Kylie stretched out
half-naked beneath him, cobalt eyes wild with yearning, filled in his mind, and
a fresh, hot wave of desire washed through him. He shuddered and gritted his
teeth against the urge to dash back into the building straight to her soft,
“She’s safe,” he replied roughly. “I
managed to get her into my guest apartment before anything else happened. I was
on my way to Jennifer Graham’s when I realized it would be impossible to drive,
and I hardly think her mate would appreciate me showing up naked on her
doorstep, so shifting is also out of the question.”
“Wait! You’re not with Kylie at the
moment?” Gaither scolded.
Hunter growled. “You know damned well
why I can’t go anywhere near her right now! With the amount of pheromones she’s
putting out right now, not even a saint would be able to resist her. It’s
already a damned miracle I was able to resist her long enough to get her into
the apartment. She can’t control it
. That’s why I called you. I
need Jennifer’s cell number.”
“From what I heard, she had half the
club patrons enthralled and fighting over her,” Gaither said thoughtfully, his
tone making Hunter’s back stiffen straighter than a marble column. That tone
only meant trouble.
“I know what you’re going to say, Gaither,
and you can just let that thought leak right out of your ears because it’ll be
a cold day in hell before I’ll mate anybody!”
“No one said anything about mating,” the
Elder replied calmly, making Hunter growl into the phone again.
Sometimes Hunter just wanted to punch
that meddling bastard right between the eyes just to see
“Are you going to give me Jennifer’s
phone number or what?” he demanded impatiently.
Gaither paused for a moment, likely
searching through his contacts, before he rattled off the number.
“And Hunter,” the Elder said before
Hunter could hang up on him, “if Mrs. Graham cannot help Kylie with her
control, call me
. I don’t need to tell you how important she
is to the clan, and we, the Elders, will not allow any harm to come to her if
it can be avoided.”
“Understood,” Hunter said shortly.
It was going to be a long night, he just