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Cassie Alexander

Blood of the Pack: Dark Ink Tattoo Book 1 (Ebook)

Blood of the Pack: Dark Ink Tattoo Book 1 (Ebook)

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True Blood meets Sons of Anarchy

Menage, MM, MF, FF, etc

Vampire Romance

Werewolf romance

Fast burn, high heat, BĎSM

Las Vegas and everything that comes with it ;)

HEAs all around!

Synopsis

Angela: I know fear well. It’s had me looking over my shoulder since the day I ran from The Pack, Nevada’s most dangerous werewolf motorcycle gang. I’ve had seven years to build a life and my tattoo parlor with the help of my best artist, Jack. But I’m living on borrowed time. My ex-boyfriend may still be in prison, but that won’t stop him from getting what he wants — our son.

Jack: I want her, I crave her, but I can never have her. So I wait and watch from the shadows. But when a friend is murdered by the same gang that’s threatening Angela, I vow that they will never touch her. Their blood will be mine first. She’s a wolf backed into a corner. He’s a vampire on a tight leash. Welcome to Dark Ink Tattoo, where needles aren't the only things that bite.

Blood of the Pack is the first book in the Dark Ink Tattoo series -- it's a scorching paranormal in the vein of Sons of Anarchy, with strong sexual situations and bisexual MCs.

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I heard an engine turn the corner, startled, and the MMA fighter I was touching up a truly regrettable tribal tattoo on yelped.

“Sorry. Spine,” I apologized, peeking over his hulking shoulder to see Jack Stone arrive on time for work, possibly for the first time ever while in my employ. His black 1963 Lincoln Continental swooped through Dark Ink’s parking lot like a hearse.

Just Jack

I knew what his car sounded like. Even though our shifts didn’t overlap often—I’d heard it often enough to know it wasn’t a bike. And still….

I sprayed my client’s shoulder with cool water and wiped the blood away, trying to ignore the slight jitter in my hand. This was my job—this was my tattoo-shop—and I’d been doing tats for the past seven years in peace. I breathed deep and willed myself calm. I wasn’t scared and I hadn’t lost control, and if I kept telling myself that long enough eventually I might believe it.

I put the heel of my hand on the fighter’s back to steady it and stepped on the pedal to get the gun roaring again, starting where I’d left off, cleaning up some cheaper artist’s shoddy job. In no other profession was the phrase ‘you get what you pay for’ so true. 

This time, the fighter twitched, not me. No way not to hit nerves when you were tattooing someone over bone. Tattoos on top of bone felt like you were getting stabbed.

A lot like getting menacing letters from your ex in prison. 

* * *

Five minutes later, Jack was leaning over from the wrong side of the counter, purring my name. “Angela.”

I didn’t turn around. I knew where he was, of course, I’d just made it a habit to ignore him. Mostly. 

“Hey, boss-lady, I’m on time, just like you asked,” he tried again. I snorted, stopped working, and looked up.

A gaggle of barely-old-enough-to-be-in-the-shop girls flocked behind him, flipping through flash displays, clearly whispering to themselves about him. He was stare-worthy. If you were into tall, lean but muscular men, black hair, brown eyes, and full sleeve tattoos, Jack was your kind of guy. When our shifts overlapped I had to remind myself he was off limits the same way that ex-smokers have to remind themselves to forget about cigarettes. I knew it was for my own good—I’d quit men that were bad for me a long time ago—but that didn’t make it any less hard. 

It was also why I tried to ignore him. It was good for him sometimes. 

“On time for once,” I corrected him. 

“It’s winter,” he said, like that was an explanation.

I saw the post office truck pull into the parking lot behind him and my stomach clenched. “Yeah, of course,” I said without thinking, standing and pulling my gloves off. “Wrap him up, will you?” I said, sidling towards the hip-high swinging saloon door that divided our half of the shop from the client’s. 

“My pleasure,” Jack said, setting his ass down on the piercing display case and spinning his legs over to switch sides. Normally I’d yell at him about that, but—I reached the door just as the postman did, opening it up to take our letters from him.

Junk mail, tattoo convention flyers, the electricity bill and—something stamped ‘Approved by the LVMPD’.

Goddammit. 

I bit my lips and ran for the office. I stopped myself from slamming the door, just barely, instead whirling to place my back against it, like that would help keep all the monsters at bay, and slowly sank to the floor. 

I threw the rest of the mail to the ground and opened up Gray’s letter.

Visit me.

Funny how it only took two words to blow my life apart. I bit the side of my hand to stop from screaming—but somewhere on the inside, a hidden part of me howled. 

I tore his letter up—same as I’d torn the other three I’d gotten, starting two weeks ago, and threw the pieces of it into the trash. If only escaping Gray were so easy. I should’ve left years ago—given myself and Rabbit a head start—but then what? Keep running forever? When I knew Gray and the Pack would always be able to find us? No, instead I’d pretended that I’d had a normal life—that I was normal. I’d rolled the dice, praying that someone meaner and nastier than Gray would take him out in prison. 

I should’ve known that no such person existed.

I’d lived in Vegas my whole life—you’d think by now I’d be a better gambler.

There was a quiet knock on the door behind me. “Boss-lady?” Jack’s voice, full of concern. 

I stood and straightened myself out, opening the door a crack. “I, uh, didn’t know what to charge him—so I asked for two-fifty. That enough?” Jack asked.

It was way more than I’d have asked for. It was only a touch up, hadn’t even taken an hour. “He paid that?”

“I can be very convincing,” he said, and shrugged, searching what he could see of me with his expressive eyes. 

“Stop that. If I wanted to tell you about it, I would.” 

He leaned forward and pressed the door open. I could’ve fought back—could’ve closed the door—but I didn’t want to make a scene. But my office was meant for only one person, one desk, one chair, there was no way for us be in here and not be in one another’s space. In other circumstances I’d thought about doing things to Jack in here that’d make even the most jaded local blush, but now—I’d much rather he hold me and lie to me that everything was going to be all right.

“What was that?” he said, jerking his chin at the other mail still littering the floor. 

“Nothing.”

He stared me down. Could he really read me? Or was he just one of those guys who made you think they could? The kind you had relationships with where you filled all the silences with too much hope?

“Seriously, Ang,” he said, his voice low.

I gestured to include the entire parlor. “It all says it’s for me.”

“Even the one from the Las Vegas Metropolitan police department?” he asked. “Don’t ask me how I know what stamped mail from prison looks like.” 

Damn, Jack being Jack. Too smart for his own good. “It’s none of your business,” I said, as boss-like as I could, shutting down the conversation. 

Jack took his cue. “All right, all right,”

“And I need to go.”

“Yeah, to your date, I know.” 

I hadn’t told him I was going on a date tonight, that that was why I needed him to really-I-mean-it be on time for once. And he’d said it with almost precisely flat inflection, so I couldn’t really tell if he was jealous or whatever—and it didn’t matter, because I was with Mark now, anyhow. But some deep and secret part of me bared its teeth and wagged its tail.   

He glanced down at the letters. “If anything bad comes of that, you let me know, okay?”

“Sure,” I lied, and pushed past him, out the door.

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