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Blackwing Defender (Kane's Mountains #1)(14)
Author: T.S. Joyce

“You want me to kill him?” he asked in a low snarl.

“What? No!”

“Then why are you telling me this?”

“Because you said I stole from you and didn’t give anything in return.” Winter shrugged. “Now we both know each other’s dark secrets.”

Logan sat there, staring, silver eyes so bright they were hard to look at. Winter clutched her purse closer.

Logan sighed. “You’re scary,” he muttered as he looked behind him and backed out of a tight space between two cars.

Winter laughed—just one shocked sound before she asked, “Are you serious? I’m bottom-of-the-Red-Havoc-Crew submissive, can’t even claim a mate right, and I’m about half your weight. You on the other hand…”

“I told you I’m not a danger to you.”

“Hmm,” she said noncommittally as he drove down the gravel road and away from the safety of the others.

Even if she wasn’t one of his assassination targets, she hadn’t been this excited and on-edge around a man…well…ever. That felt dangerous enough. And to top that off, he had no plans of sticking around. He was on a mission to get himself snuffed out of existence by a she-dragon. Just the thought of him dying like that unfurled poignant pain inside of her chest, and she barely knew him.

She shouldn’t care. It was his life, his choice, but here she was, going weak over the someday-absence of a stranger.

Logan Furrow was the most terrifying man she’d ever met.

Chapter Six

Logan finished paying for his food along with Beast’s and the dragons’.

“Money-bags McGee,” Winter muttered coyly, then took a sip of her to-go iced tea. “I guess you won’t have trouble paying for your trailer if you get in the crew.”

“Nope.” He grabbed his ice water and pressed his fingers gently onto her lower back, leading her to a wall of stools that faced a long bench table in front of the window. The eatery was one of those hole-in-the-wall restaurants called Buff’s Burgers. It was small, but tidy, and a couple groups of locals were laughing heartily on the other side of the room. Dark wood graced the floors, and black ink covered the white walls where people had written their names and drawn pictures all over it. Where she sat, there was a black marker, as though the owner encouraged the artwork. Huh. She liked this place.

“They’re hiring,” Logan said low as he pointed to the front window with a handwritten sign advertising such.

“You must have some mighty big confidence in my ability to get past group interviews if you’re already looking at jobs for me.”

He took the stool next to hers. “Why did they ask who you think would be good for the crew?”

Winter watched an old copper GMC truck coast by the front window. “No idea.”

“They already trust your opinion to an extent. Well, until you threw my name into the ring. Rookie mistake. Don’t pick the bad bet.” He spun his Styrofoam cup in his hands with a faraway look. “Why did you say that?” he asked quieter.

“Why did I give them your name?”

“Yeah, that.”

“Uuuuh.” She sighed. There were a lot of reasons she wouldn’t admit, and some of them had to do with how her nipples perked up like little tongue-seeking marbles around him. She could give him something, though. “You moved away from me when you figured out I was uncomfortable with your dominance.”


“So, an asshole would’ve just sat there and made me uncomfortable. Dustin would’ve. And you offered to get us all applications so we wouldn’t have to fight the fray. And you rushed to Kane’s aid to make it a fair fight.”

“That’s not why I rushed to his aid. Too many shifters coming at Kane, and you know what he’d do? What he’d have to do because his animal is the fucking apocalypse?”

“End them all,” she uttered on a breath.

“Exactly. I want to die, but not like that. Not with everyone screaming and running and Kane getting locked up in some shifter prison for mass murder.”

“I don’t like you saying that.”

“What, about shifter prison? It exists.”

“No, about wanting to die.” Anger rippled through her. “Don’t say that again. Not in front of me.”

Logan’s dark eyes tightened at the corners, but he nodded and muttered, “Fine. We’ll pretend everything’s okay.”

“That’s all I ask,” she said sarcastically.

“Red Havoc Crew, huh?”

She gave a private smile at his attempt at small talk. She sucked at this stuff, too. “Six-hour drive away from here, up in the woods, mostly dudes except for me and the alpha’s mate. And Lynn.” She said the skank’s name like curse.

“Was the alpha a good one?”

“Yeah,” she said softly. “Ben was amazing when I came to him. I was a mess, and he cleaned me up.”

“Yet, here you are.”

“Here I am. Brody messed up everything. I can’t stay in the crew and watch him build a life with Lynn and be okay, you know?”

“No. I don’t.” Logan poured a pile of salt onto the table and drew a question mark in it. “I’ve never had a mate.”

“Ever get close?”

Logan snorted. “What female is going to settle down with a man like me?”

“You mean a murderer?”

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