Laithe Gatti needs a mate. With males outnumbering females ten to one, odds are poor that he will find her among the Felidae. Laithe's pride is depending upon him to find the woman who completes them. Rowan Brandt needs a change of pace, but she definitely isn't expecting a seven-foot-tall, fur-covered man to walk into her life. Not only does he get hair on everything, he also informs her that he will be sharing her with his pride.
Asad Gatti knows what he wants. Asad has lusted after Catan ever since the pride rescued the little Lynx from a brutal attack. Catan's dreams are filled with terror. The only man he has ever wanted is Asad, but he isn't sure if he can ever be what the big Leo needs.
Aaron Coleman has just been thrust into a world he didn't know existed. He's forced to adapt to life among alien beings. Despite his own serious misgivings, he can't stop thinking about both the fun-loving Lev and the wise-cracking Morgan.
Navin Citrakaya is in trouble. His brother Rajiv's rival is after Navin, and won't rest until he claims Navin. Navin needs a protector, fast. Isha Rajendra will protect Navin under one condition -- Navin must submit to Isha. Completely...
Felidae don't have anything remotely similar to Christmas, so Rowan's decided to go all out for Laithe and Fahd. Homemade presents, Christmas baking and a heck of a surprise are going to keep her men on their toes this year.
The Felidae collection contains the previously published novellas Laithe's Pride, Asad's Mate, Usama's Journey, Lev's Discovery, Navin's Master, and Rowan's Men.
The Felidae (Collection) Excerpt from Laithe's Pride
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Copyright ©2012 Jade Buchanan
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Rowan Brandt had never felt lower than at this particular moment in her life. Her day-to-day life consisted of trudging through the crowds, bypassing people who could care less if she lived or died, and she felt alone. Strange to feel alone while surrounded by people, but the truth was, she'd never really felt anything other than alone.
But this day in particular just happened to be worse than most. Like fate had decided to step in and give her a big kick in the ass.
This morning sucks big time.
Her day had started out well enough with the most fabulous dream. She couldn't remember much about her dream man, but she remembered his deep, penetrating, amber eyes. It was like he'd looked right into her soul with those eyes. He seemed so familiar for some reason -- like she knew him. He felt so familiar, so comfortable, she'd instantly relaxed in his presence.
She couldn't remember anything else because just at the moment she thought he would speak -- they were rudely separated by the sound of her telephone ringing.
A phone call telling her she was late for her dentist appointment sent her into a panicked frenzy. Twelve minutes later, after getting ready in record time, she was hurrying for her bus.
Running down the five flights of stairs in her apartment building -- she could never depend on the outdated elevator actually coming when it was called -- she was already out of breath.
Rounding the corner of her building, she realized that someone had cut out a section of the sidewalk ahead of her. Veering off the path, she squished down into the mud lining the side of the pavement. It looked like the landscapers hadn't finished laying the sod yet. Rowan fumed as the black muck oozed around her foot.
When she pulled up her foot, her left shoe remained firmly stuck in the mud. A fitting analogy for her life, but nevertheless, the last thing she needed this morning.
Grabbing the shoe, she quickly hopped back over to the sidewalk, managing to put on the mud-caked remains before continuing toward the bus stop a block over.
By the time Rowan was nearing the stop she could see her bus just coming up the road. Fearing that he'd go right past her, she began running to get to the stop in time.
Huffing, she frantically waved him down, gasping for breath as the bus pulled to a noisy stop beside her. Flashing her bus pass at the bored driver she began moving to the back of the bus.
Plopping down beside an older woman Rowan tried to calm her breathing, attempting to take in slower breaths. Holding her large bag on her lap, she leaned her head back and closed her eyes.
"You know, if you lost just a little weight, you wouldn't have trouble breathing, dear."
Her eyes popped open at the words coming from the woman beside her. Smiling tightly, Rowan did her good deed for the day and neglected to tell the woman to shut up and mind her own business.
Twenty minutes later, and exactly forty-two minutes late for her appointment, she entered the dentist's office.
"You're lucky we aren't going to charge you for your missed appointment."
"I'm so sorry, I don't know what happened. I know I set my alarm, so I'm no --"
"Right, I'm sure you did," the woman at the front desk said, interrupting her apology. "Please sit down and we'll get to you when we have an opening. It may take some time," she said with no apology and a hint of impatience in her voice.
God, what a wonderful way to start a Monday.