Alpha Squad: Friends & Foes
by Lorelei Moone Alpha Squad #2 Publication Date: April 7, 2017 Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Shifters
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Alpha Squad has received its very first assignment and recruit Adam King is excited to jump head-first into the action. When the team arrive in the shifter refugee camp in Sevenoaks to investigate some attacks on the local population, the evidence seems clear: the attacker they are looking for is a shifter. And one in particular keeps popping up in suspicious circumstances; Felicity Weir, who works in the camp. There’s just one catch: Adam’s inner bear insists that Felicity is his mate. Now, he’s torn. How can he help make Alpha Squad’s first mission a success, when he can’t endanger the woman who appears to be their prime suspect? Bear shifter Felicity Weir has been looking after the shifter refugees camping near Sevenoaks ever since they started streaming in from Europe some months ago. She is determined to serve, to help these displaced people build a new home and future for themselves. Then the attacks began and the mood in Sevenoaks grew more and more hostile toward these newcomers, and by proxy, against her. First it was livestock that turned up dead in the local villages, soon after, human victims started to turn up. All the evidence points toward the refugees, but Felicity cannot accept that one of her kind would be capable of such violence. She has no choice but to take matters into her hands and investigate the deaths herself. With Alpha Squad and the local police hot on their heels, Felicity and Adam must join forces. Will they be able to prove her innocence before public opinion is irreparably poisoned against the shifters, and their chances for a happy future together are destroyed?
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It has only been a few months since humanity has found out about the shifters that live in their midst. When the New Alliance leadership asks Eric King to join Alpha Squad, a joint taskforce supposed to promote cooperation between the shifters and human authorities, his loyalty to the cause doesn’t give him any choice but to agree. But is the squad actually supposed to be relevant, or is it just an eyewash, set up by the new Secretary for Shifter Affairs to make himself look good? And how is he going to concentrate on his training, when his inner bear is insisting that the squad leader is his true mate? Major Janine Williams is not at all pleased when she is ordered to set up Alpha Squad. The initiative is just a gimmick, meant to pacify the shifter community, plus none of her male colleagues had wanted the job. But when she starts getting to know her team, especially tough East London bear shifter, Eric, she starts to wonder if perhaps it will be possible to make this task force a success, so long as everyone works together. And so long as she can manage to keep her relationship with Eric strictly professional..
Memories of their first kiss flooded her mind again. Imagery of their lovemaking followed immediately after.
She turned slightly to face him again. They were in perfect sync; there he was already, looking at her. Waiting. His lips were slightly parted, as were hers.
She wanted him again. To feel the ultimate bond.
They were so close. Each breath of his caressed her lips.
Felicity closed her eyes and waited.
But the kiss never happened.
Instead, a loud bang on the door ruined the mood. Followed by the very last phrase either one of them wanted to hear right now.
"Open up! Police!"
Shit. Adam's thoughts started to race. I'm pretty sure nobody saw me; why the hell are they here now?
It's that horrible detective, I recognize his voice, Felicity thought.
Adam got up to answer the door, but Felicity grabbed his arm at the very last moment.
No, this is my house. I should do it.
It would be too easy to freak out now. To assume that their fact-finding mission into the police station had been discovered somehow. But what if it was just a coincidence? They had to play it cool until they knew what this was really about.
"Just a second, please!" Felicity called out.
Felicity piled all the files they'd stolen into Adam's arms and herded him toward the back of the house. Stay out of view. I'll handle it. We don't need him finding us here together.
Adam hesitated for a moment, but then he did as told.
Only then did Felicity open the front door.
It was Detective Nye sporting one of his sinister grins.
"Felicity Weir, I have a warrant for your arrest."
Felicity took a step back in shock. They were here just for her? Perhaps it wasn't related to the break-in at all, then.
"What on earth for?" she stammered.
Please! Stay out of sight or they'll get you too! she thought.
I'll get you out. I promise, Adam responded.
Detective Nye held up a sheet of paper.
"Four counts of animal cruelty, tampering with evidence, obstruction, and… murder!"
Felicity had no words.
So they were going to pin all of this on her. After Adam and she had tried so hard and come so close to discovering the truth. Unbelievable.
"You're not serious! Next you'll tell me I set the fire at the shifter camp also."
"We can't prove that," Nye countered. "Yet."
"That doesn't even make any sense."
"I'm sure you'll explain how it all fits together back at the station during your interrogation."
"I don't believe it," Felicity mumbled, as Detective Nye grabbed her by the wrists and secured her in cuffs. Then he patted her down, taking his own sweet time. As if she needed any weapon if she really wanted to hurt the man. It would take just one focused shift on her part and her instincts would do the rest.
If he hurts you, I'll kill him! Adam's thoughts entered her mind from across the house. Their connection was intensifying; earlier, she wouldn't have been able to hear him from more than a couple of feet away.
Please, Adam. Stay back! Felicity thought. If he saw this guy with his hands all over her, who knew what might happen. He'd get arrested too, and for good reason. At least one of them should be out to continue the investigation to clear her name. The Sevenoaks police department couldn't be trusted with the task, clearly.
They couldn't even look beyond their own prejudices, it seemed.
Who the hell had signed off on her arrest anyway? Based on what evidence? Adam had gathered all he could from the station and at first glance, nothing seemed to point at her. It didn't make any sense.
She could do nothing but shake her head as the detective pushed her through her front door and down to the pavement, where a police car waited, flashing lights and all.
"Mind your head," Detective Nye spoke in a low growl, as he shoved her into the backseat.
It was surreal, being driven through the town where she had lived all her life in the back of a police car. In cuffs, no less. If her parents could see her now, they'd die of embarrassment. She'd get through this, with Adam's help. She hadn't even done anything, well, except driving the getaway car after the police station break-in.
Sooner or later, the police had to see that too. Unless…
No, that was too devious. She stared at the two men in the front cab of the car. One in uniform; she had never seen him before. And the other was Detective Nye…
Surely the cops in this town weren't so crooked that they'd pin this on her with false evidence?
Felicity took a deep breath. She'd get to the station and demand legal representation. And then, this whole mess would have to work itself out somehow. Plus, there was always Adam, who wouldn't rest until she was in the clear. She wasn't on her own anymore. Everything would be okay…