Alpha Squad: Friends & Foes
by Lorelei Moone
Alpha Squad #2
Publication Date: April 7, 2017
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance, Shifters
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?
Felicity wasn’t sure what woke her up. It wasn’t a noise, but a sensation or a presence. She blinked a few times and stared at the ceiling.
There it was again.
A tug in her chest which told her she wasn’t alone.
It wasn’t a bad feeling; it was reassuring and warm, like a cozy blanket to keep the cold out. A smile formed on her lips. It was Adam.
Felicity got up and made her way through the living room straight to the front door.
There he was.
“Hi,” she said, and opened the door wide.
“I didn’t disturb you, did I?” he asked.
She shook her head. “You came just at the right time.”
Felicity stepped aside and watched him enter. There was something different about him now. He was a mess of feelings and thoughts, making it hard for Felicity to focus on any one of them.
“What’s going on?” she asked. How did you know where I live? Of course, she didn’t mind him turning up here, but that didn’t make her less curious.
Adam turned and fiddled with his vest, retrieving a familiar looking notepad and holding it up in her direction.
“I got this off the detective,” Adam said in a matter-of-fact tone.
Felicity took the notepad and studied it carefully. A rare glimpse into the inner workings of the mind of her main enemy on the police force. “You stole this?” she said. She wasn’t even sure she wanted to know the exact circumstances under which he obtained it.
Adam shrugged. “Borrowed it. I was hoping to get insight into the police investigation. They’re not exactly telling us anything.”
Felicity frowned. “No? I thought Alpha Squad was collaborating with the police.”
“Yeah, we thought so too. It’s a rather one-sided affair.”
If that was the case, then why was he here sharing the detective’s notes with her and not with his team mates…?
There’s something you’re not telling me.
Adam pressed his lips together. I’m sorry.
Felicity stepped up to him and rested her hand on his arm. What is it?
“I’m off the team. At least for now. The major wants to avoid any appearance of impropriety.”
Felicity sank down onto the sofa, her hands tightening around the notepad. Now what?
Adam sat down next to her and took her hand. A jolt of electricity passed from his skin into hers; at least that was the nearest description to how it felt.
I’m so sorry. But no matter what, we’ll figure things out together.
Felicity closed her eyes and tried to think. But all that achieved was to flood her mind with imagery of their kiss in the woods. How did shifter couples achieve anything at all, when the intense attraction between them overwhelmed everything else, even rational thought?
“It’ll be okay, right?” Felicity mumbled.
“I know it will.” Adam wrapped his arm around her and held her close.
She could hear his heartbeat so clearly. How it had sped up the moment they touched and continued to hammer away at a feverish pace now that she was safely tucked in his embrace. Perhaps this was the right thing to do. Perhaps they owed it to themselves as well as each other to blow off some steam, so that they could dive into the investigation with renewed vigor and focus.
That was her justification to satisfy her mind anyway. Her heart and body didn’t care to rationalize; they just wanted to act.
Adam sensed the change in her; of course he did. Such was their connection.
He scooped her up off the couch and carried her through the short hallway into the bedroom. It was a mess; the bed wasn’t made and laundry was piled up on the chair that stood by the wardrobe. Felicity might have felt awkward about the state of the room with anyone else, but not with Adam. He hadn’t even noticed it.
His eyes were fixed on hers.
DON’T MISS ALPHA SQUAD: BOOT CAMP!
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..
ABOUT LORELEI MOONE
Lorelei Moone is an up-and-coming author of paranormal romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.