Running On Moonlight (Saint Lakes #2) Excerpt

Available February 10th!

They thought finding each other would heal them both, but life in Saint Lakes doesn’t make it that simple.

Sage Rickman changed the day vampire’s kidnapped him and decided to use him as their plaything. Now that he’s back in Saint Lakes he should feel safe, right? Hallucinations and the constant paranoia made daily life impossible at times. Peace of mind is an elusive creature. Finding out he has a mate that’s feral scares the crap out of him. His mate, Garridan, needs him to be normal, but he doesn’t even know what that looks like anymore.

“You came,” Sage said and looked astonished.
Garridan made another purring sound. He would always come to his mate. Garridan wanted to lift the window up and pluck him from it, fly him off so that no one would ever be able to take Sage away from him again. But Garridan could see by the red rims around Sage’s eyes that wasn’t what he needed from Garridan.
“Your dragon’s pretty. A dark red color,” Sage said.
Pretty. Garridan made a sound that indicated he didn’t like the use of the word.
Sage smiled and Garridan was so mesmerized by it that he took another step closer. And then another until there was only glass separating them. Garridan rubbed his face against the glass and made this purring sound, letting Sage know how much he wanted to be near him.
He felt the glass move and Garridan pulled back. He breathed in deeply when his mate’s smell became stronger. The warmth from inside the house hit him, made him want to crawl through the window. Garridan didn’t though. He didn’t even shifter to his human body, but he did move into Sage’s touch. Garridan chuffed and then started to make the purring sound again.
Sage chuckled and pulled his big dragon head closer to him. Garridan let Sage do whatever he wanted. Half his neck was inside the room and the side of his head was against Sage’s chest.
“Oh God. This is so not fair to you. I’m a fucking disaster on legs and you don’t need that right now,” Sage said. Sage ran a hand down his neck and then back up again. Garridan didn’t think Sage was even aware he was petting him. “I’m sorry I’m so fucked up that I have to keep us apart. I know you don’t understand. I’ll try to get better for you. I justI don’t feel like I can, ya know? It’s like this weight on my chest and I see those vampires that hurt me and I justI’m talking too much. I’ll shut up. I don’t know why I’m like this right now. I don’t feel like talking to anyone else.”
Garridan chuffed out, which moved the fabric of Sage’s shirt. Sage stayed silent for several seconds.
“I’m glad you came, though. Maybe you could come back in a couple days. Maybe we could talk. You can tell me what kind of stuff you like, so I know what to get you for Christmas.”
“I think I still need time. I hope that’s okay. I’m sorry I can’t give you what you need.”
He wasn’t sure what Sage thought he needed, but this was good enough for Garridan. He just wanted to be near his mate.

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