© Paige Tyler, 2009
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Animal Instinct
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she must have passed out. That was no surprise, though, not with the pain she was in. But
then her brow furrowed as she abruptly realized that her leg was no longer throbbing
nearly as badly. In fact, it barely hurt at all. That was a bad sign, wasn’t it? Maybe she was
going into shock. Or worse, bleeding to death.

Panicking at that thought, Heidi lifted her head from the man’s chest to tell him that he’d
better hurry and get her to a hospital when he surprised her by setting her down on her
feet. She stood leaning against him, thinking that he had set her down so he could open
the door to whatever it was he drove and get her inside. When he merely stood there gently
holding onto her upper arms, she looked up at him in confusion. Maybe he had parked at
the Eagle River entrance to the trail and didn’t have his car there.

“M-my car is over that way,” she said gesturing with her head. “We can take mine to the
hospital if yours isn’t parked here.”

But the man made no move to pick her up in his arms again, or even ask for her keys. “I
know you’re going to think I’m crazy when I tell you this, especially after what just
happened, but you’re not going to need to go to the hospital.”

His voice was deep and velvety, and at any other time, she would have thought it sounded
sexy as hell, but right then all Heidi could do was stare up at him in amazement. “What are
you talking about?” she demanded. “Of course, I have to go to the hospital. I’m bleeding to

“Actually,” he said. “You’re not.”

Her brow furrowed. What kind of idiot was he? “Yes, I am!” she snapped. “Look at my leg.”

As she spoke, she took away the shirt he had given her so that he could see for himself, but
when she looked down at her leg, all she could do was stare. He was right. She wasn’t
bleeding anymore. She gently rubbed the shirt over the bite marks, bracing herself for pain
that never came. As she wiped the blood away, she gasped. Where the skin had been ragged
and raw from the wolf’s bite just minutes earlier, it was now jagged, pink scar tissue that
looked days old.

She lifted her head to find her rescuer regarding her with the most unusual gold eyes. How
had she not noticed the color before? Because she’d been too busy thinking about other
things, like bleeding to death. She shook her head. “I…I don’t understand. I’m confused. I
must be in shock,” she said. “I was just bitten by a wolf. How can I already have a scar?”

“Because you weren’t bitten by an ordinary wolf.”

She frowned at him. “What the heck does that mean?”

He was silent for a moment, as if he were trying to think of what he wanted to say. Finally,
he ran his hand through his dark hair and let out a sigh. “Look, I know this is going to
sound bizarre,” he said. “But you were bitten by a werewolf.”

Heidi stared at him incredulously. A werewolf? She must be hallucinating or something
from all the blood she’d lost because there was no way she could have heard him right. “A

“A werewolf,” he said again.

Heidi blinked. Okay, so she wasn’t hallucinating. He was just a raving lunatic. Which was
really hard to believe, considering he looked so normal. Not to mention disappointing,
since he was so dang gorgeous. She took a step back, then another, her hands out in front
of her. “Listen, I don’t know what you’re on, but –”

He scowled. “I’m not on anything,” he said, taking a step toward her. “If you’d just give me
a chance to explain –”

“I think you’ve explained yourself quite enough,” Heidi told him. She quickly glanced over
her shoulder, then at him before she began backing toward her car. “Look, I’m really
grateful for what you did back there, but I need to get to the hospital.”

Her rescuer followed. “Okay, if you insist on going to the hospital, I’ll take you,” he said.
“But at least listen to what I have to say first.”

Right. Like she was going to go anywhere with him. She dug into the pocket of her khaki
shorts for her car keys and pressed the unlock button on the keyless entry, wondering if
she should hit the panic button, too. But who would hear it all the way out there?

“That’s okay,” she said as she opened the door. “I can drive myself.”

Heidi was half afraid that he would insist, and she was relieved when he nodded. “Okay,”
he said. “But take my card.”

She stood there watching him as he reached into his back pocket for his wallet, wondering
why she didn’t just get in her car and leave. He took a business card from his wallet and
held it out to her.

“Take it,” he said.

She did, but only because she thought he might get upset, or even worse, follow her to the
hospital if she didn’t.

“You’ve been bitten by a werewolf,” he continued, “Which means you’re going to become
one, too, and when your body starts changing, you’re going to need my help.”

Did he even know how crazy he sounded? Probably not, or he wouldn’t be saying such
bizarre things. “I have to go,” she said, turning back to her car.

He caught her arm, his expression earnest. “There’s a full moon in a few days,” he told her.
“You’ll need to call me before that.”

Right. Like she was ever going to call him
Despite the pain that was throbbing through her
entire leg, she knew how lucky she was. If the
man carrying her hadn’t gotten there when he
did…She tightened her arms around his neck and
pressed her face into his chest, forcing herself not
to think about it. The T-shirt he wore was soft
beneath her cheek, and she closed her eyes as she
breathed in his masculine scent. He had gotten
there in time, and that was all that mattered.

When she opened her eyes again, she was shocked
to see that they were already in the parking area.
Oh God, had she passed out? It seemed like only a
few minutes since she’d gotten attacked and it
should have taken at least an hour to get back to
the car. He had been moving a lot faster than she
ever could have on the trails, but it was still hard
to believe that they were there already. Okay, so
Romance Junkies Gives Animal Instinct 5 Blue Ribbons!
Ms. Tyler Just Keeps Getting Better and Better!

"ANIMAL INSTINCT was incredible! I loved the setting; Ms. Tyler did a fantastic
job describing it, she really makes the reader feel as if they are in the story.
The attraction between Heidi and Luke was great, and the way they came
together was just fantastic. The romantic scenes were all very well written, and
the chemistry between the two of them was phenomenal. The villain of the
story was a real twist, you never would guess that he was the bad guy! All in
all, ANIMAL INSTINCT was an excellent story. Ms. Tyler just keeps getting
better and better!"

                                                                       - Noelle
ParaNormal Romance Reviews Calls Animal Instinct and
Excellent Read!

"This story was excellent! I loved the setting, it totally made me want to go visit
Alaska, just to see it for myself, and maybe pick up a sexy Alaskan werewolf
like Luke. Heidi's character was also very well developed, and I loved that she
was not some wilting flower, she was capable of solving her own problems, but
she was also woman enough to realize when she was over her head, and
needed help. Luke's character was perfect-strong, able to take care of his
woman, but not overbearing about it. He was alpha, but not to any extreme.
He was able to control himself to let her go, and hope that she would come
back to him. All in all, this was an amazing story, with some very hot scenes
between Luke and Heidi. Excellent job!"

                                                                       - Beth  
4 Hearts from The Romance Studio!

"This is a searingly hot, yet sweet paranormal romance that I just loved. I
had been anxiously awaiting this book and was not disappointed. How could
I be when it had my two favorite elements: mystery and lycanthropy? I read
straight through, I just couldn't put it down. Overall the book was properly
thought out and the story flows well. As in the first book of the series, the
hero and heroine are wonderfully developed. I enjoyed the love scenes
when, even at the most erotic, they remained romantic. The secondary
characters are well written, Sukie is adorable. I can't wait to read more from
this author. I'm really looking forward to more Men of Alaska!"

                                                                                    - Theresa
5 Kisses from TwoLips Reviews!

"I love the emotional connection in this novel with Heidi and Luke. Luke is
a confirmed bachelor and he really isn't looking for a mate. When he
stumbles upon Heidi and feels the emotional connection he is surprised, to
say the least. Heidi is an artist and she is just in Alaska for the inspiration.
She isn't looking for a life-long commitment or to turn furry, but she gets
both. She does take everything in stride, she is much calmer about turning
furry than I would be. This is an exciting thrill ride for any romance reader.
The heat and the action will keep you reading and wanting more of Paige
Tyler and her Men of Alaska in the future."

                                                                       - TIna