Living in Shadows by Anna Volk
Living in Shadows
by Anna Volk
Four Powerful Couples, All Living In ShadowsWalking in Shadows - Dylan and Jilly have been rivals for years yet Dylan has always been attracted to Jilly. Will their new found love survive her secrets?Hiding in Shadows - Savannah has suffered betrayal and chooses withdraw from the world. Is Jimmy the man to drag her from her self-imposed prison?The Hunter - Cassandra and Michael are in love and can't wait to announce their engagement. But Michael’s brother Justin wants Cassandra for himself even if the result is Michael's death.Defender of Shadows - Marcus has spent years walking and hiding in shadows. Now he must learn to trust and accept help to get redemption and protect the woman he loves and, more importantly, who loves him despite the shadows that lurk within.
Living in Shadows
Dylan moved to stand behind her. “Come on, Jilly; give me a chance to prove I’m not the poacher you think I am.”
Jilly sighed, tired of fighting for everything and everyone, tired of being alone. Sable lived with her but she seldom left her bedroom. It might be nice to have a conversation with someone else and Dylan was right they did share a lot of the same interests.
“Okay, dinner and a movie. I have to work at the bait shop until seven. I’ll meet you at my place after I close.” she conceded and climbed onto the bench seat of her truck; the slamming of the door echoed in the now quiet back road.
“Great, I’ll see you then.”
Dylan looked to make sure her back was turned before fisting his hand and bringing his knee up “yes!” he mouthed while doing a little victory dance.
Jimmy watched the whole thing from the tailgate of his pickup and smiled before lifting another chip to his mouth. “Later, Jilly.” he waved as she pulled away.
Jilly winked as she threw a treat out the window which Jimmy caught one handed. “See that the old girl gets that, will ya?” Jimmy laughed and saluted her with his pop can. “You’re a trial, Jilly. You’ll drive him nuts,” he said to himself as she was already flying down the road with the dust trailing behind her.
He tipped the can to his mouth and swallowed the last drops of the cola. All was good; Dylan needed someone special in his life and he’d always had feelings for Jilly. Things were about to get very interesting. He dusted the crumbs from his Levis and jumped off the tailgate of the old pick-up and rubbed his hands together. Let the fireworks begin.
Marcus bowed his head. “I apologize for Becca’s action. She won’t bother you again. You have my word.”
He looked toward Sable and took a small step. The wolf whined and curled herself into a tighter ball. Marcus hesitated and shook his head. For a moment he slumped, mixed emotions crossed his face, then he took a deep breath and squared his shoulders.
“I’m truly sorry.” He turned and walked proudly out the door.
“Man, is he cute,” Carrie uttered, her hand on her chest.
“Isn’t he the guy that protects the wolves north of here?”
Jimmy stepped forward. “Don’t even think it, young lady.”
“He’s way too old for you,” Dylan and Jilly said simultaneously.
Carrie laughed. “Cool it you guys. I just said the guy was hot. Don’t have a cow.”
She put her hands on her hips. “I’m not a baby.”
Jimmy watched the door. “What was that all about?”
Dylan shook his head. “I have no idea but, girls, I want to personally apologize for all mankind if that’s the way you feel after a man gives you the once over.”
He shook his body and brushed his hands down the front of his shirt. “I feel unclean.”
Jilly walked over and gave his face a slight pat, lightly tweaking his dimple.
“Relax, big boy. It’s me she was trying to get a rise out of, although you are pretty darn cute.” she winked.
“Thanks, darlin’.” He gave her a quick peck on the lips. “I have something for you,” he whispered and reached into the front pocket of his jeans.
“Turn around.” He gently pushed on her shoulder to turn her back to his front. He lifted her hair as he slipped the chain around her neck and fastened the clasp in back.
“I know it can’t replace your friend, but I thought it would be a nice memory of her.” Jilly fingered the small charm and turned to face Dylan.
“Thank you so much, Dylan.” Tears slipped down her cheeks and she swallowed the lump in her throat. The replica was of a mother bear with a small cub sitting beside her.
“I’ll treasure it.” She reached up and wrapped her arms around his neck, her tears falling on the bare skin of his neck.
Dylan gently rubbed her back. “And I’ll treasure you darlin’.”
Anna's been an avid reader her whole life. When pregnant with her second child she decided to try my hand at writing. Twenty-one years later she's still doing what she loves. She's been married to the love of her life for twenty-nine years. They have two wonderful boys who have grown into remarkable young men and have found beautiful soulmates. She's been blessed with her first grandbaby and he keeps thgm all on their toes and fills their days with laughter.
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Dylan is an avid hunter be it raccoon, squirrel, bobcat or bear. He absolutely loves the sport. He and his faithful hounds give chase to enjoy the thrill of the hunt. The one animal Dylan can not abide is the wolf. Wolves are known killers; ask any hunter and they will tell you that "Wolves are Government Sponsored Terrorists." A pack of wolves will kill a hound in no time at all. Jilly owns a small bait shop, she is an avid outdoorsman and spends many hours working with her hounds. She has many friends among the forest and is more often than not fighting for animal rights. Dylan and Jilly have known each other for years and are often at odds over the sport of hunting. Dylan has secretly had feelings for Jilly for years but what will he do when he finds out that the woman he loves and cradles in his arms most nights has the ability to shift into a cold blooded killer? Jilly, once the Princess of the Wolf Pack, must protect her secret. The cost will be high and may cost her the one man that she will love, but not only is her life at stake, but the lives of the whole pack.
Savannah was violated in the worst way possible by someone she trusted. She now stays hidden safe within the body of her wolf. Can the love of a good man give her the strength to break out from her self-imposed exile from the human world?
Jimmy has always had a soft spot for Savannah. Will their new found love be strong enough to last when he discovers that the love of his life can shape shift into the one animal that he has always hated?
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Cassandra and Michael are in love and cannot wait to announce their engagement. But before the cougars can share the news, Michael’s brother Justin claims Cassandra as his mate and threatens Michael’s life.
Marcus has spent years walking in shadows and then hiding in shadows. It almost destroyed him and sent him into exile. Now in the final book of the Shadow Series, he must step up and defend those shadows. He must learn to trust and accept help to receive redemption. He also must protect the woman he loves who, seemingly against all odds, loves him despite the shadows that lurk within him.