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Resisting His Irish Spitfire

The Shifters of Sanctuary
March 27, 2018
Prideless, Copper Creek Beginnings, Book 1 Events of our past will shape our future, if we allow them to dominate our present.  The only way to have a happily ever after is to let go of the past and embrace the present.
Even broken Lycans deserve happily ever after.

Dakoda Stone knew his PTSD and irreparably damaged body made him unworthy and condemned him to a mateless future. Resigned to his fate, Koda abandoned his pack choosing isolation over pity. Though not content, he’d mostly adapted to his new life. Then, Ella Quinn invaded Sanctuary turning his world upside down. The Irish spitfire was everything Koda wanted, but couldn’t have. He had to get rid of her.

Veterinarian Ella Quinn devoted her career to rehabilitating the injured, aggressive, and displaced. She never imagined her life’s calling would apply to the man who despised her on sight. Dakoda Stone’s wounded soul called to her. Despite his antagonistic attitude, she found herself falling for him. Ella had to decide if fighting for Koda was worth the heartache she’d suffer if she lost the battle.

Wolf was fed up with Koda’s obstinance and decided it was time the beast became the master. When the opportunity arose, Wolf seized it, determined to make Ella theirs. Unfortunately, the outcome he envisioned didn’t happen. Now, they may have lost her forever unless they found a way to gain Ella’s forgiveness. Or was it too little, too late?

NOTE: Intended for readers over the age of 18.

"This was my first read from this author. I loved this book, it was a nice quick read that packed so much in! Broody hurt man meets spunky and strong woman, what's not to love! I can't wait to read more from her!" Amazon Reviewer Liz D.

"Amazing story. Full of the emotional rollercoaster that Kasey Belle is known for along with being the Queen of snark. I was either crying or laughing all the way through. I loved it!" Amazon Reviewer Carrie

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Story Excerpt

Kandahar, Afghanistan

Koda blinked and tried to make sense of what just happened. He was on his back in the sand looking up at the cloudless blue. Scorching hot debris fell from the sky landed on and around him. The ringing in his ears distorted his world. He could make out the muffled bursts of gunfire, theirs and the enemy’s. Some men in his unit barked orders while others cried out for help. Black smoke billowed from what was once a Humvee. Chaos surrounded him and his entire body felt as if it were on fire.

He attempted to push himself up, but pain shot through him. Koda clamped his jaw together and held in his screams of agony as the excruciating pain threatened to pull him under. He closed his eyes taking measured breaths in and out through his nose as he fought sudden nausea.

“Koda!”

He couldn’t make out who called his name although the voice sounded familiar. Koda felt someone drop next to him on his right side and opened his eyes. Hendo, their medic and one of Koda’s best friends, leaned over him. “Hey Hendo,” he croaked.
“What happened?”

“IED. Hang in there, man.” Hendo gave him a reassuring smile, but he couldn’t hide the worry in his normally mischievous hazel eyes. “I’m gonna give you something for the pain. I’ll have you floating in a minute.”

Koda wished he could tell Hendo, he’d need a shit ton more morphine than the pre-measured syringes held to affect him due to Koda’s shifter metabolism. Sly, the Team’s engineer, joined Hendo and kneeled on Koda’s left. They both ran their hands over him assessing the damage. Koda wanted to growl at them. There was no need for their concern. He would be fine. Unfortunately, Koda couldn’t say a word. They didn’t know what he was. He’d play the game until he could figure out how to shift undetected and heal himself. Hopefully that would be soon because fuck he was in a shit-ton of pain.

“You still with me, Koda?”

Koda’s eyes popped open. He hadn’t realized he closed them.

“Good man.” Hendo patted his shoulder then began pulling supplies from his bag.

“Evac’s coming. You’re going home, Koda.”

His buddy’s words took him by surprise. Why the fuck would they send him home for a few burns and a bit of shrapnel? Yeah, his injuries hurt like a motherfucker. He had been blown from a Humvee by a roadside bomb for fuck’s sake. Pain was to be expected when something like that happened to a person, even a shifter like Koda. “Go help someone who needs it. I’m going to be fine. No need to go home.”

Hendo offered him a crooked grin that didn’t meet his eyes. “Of course you’ll be fine. I’m afraid the Army won’t agree with you about the not going home part, though. Sorry, man. Hey, just think, the nurses back in the states will be fawnin’ all over you.”

“And his pretty blue eyes.” Sly chuckled and batted his lashes. “They’ll fight over who gets to give you a sponge bath. Gotta love that. Fucking lucky bastard.”

Koda’s sluggish brain couldn’t keep up with Hendo and Sly’s conversation. So, he took a moment to study his closest friends. Tension lined their eyes and mouths. Hendo and Sly constantly exchanged worried glances as they continued to work on him. Sly looked damn near ready to cry. Hendo looked resigned. Why? What did they know that he didn’t? Dread filled Koda. “What aren’t you telling me, boys?”

“Nothing.” Hendo stated too quick for his liking. Koda’s wolf sensed the lie. “You’re gonna be fine.”

“You said that already. More than once.” He glanced at Sly. He wouldn’t meet Koda’s eyes. However, Koda noticed Sly’s eyes darted towards his feet. Koda went to push himself up onto his elbows.

Hendo pressed on his shoulder in an attempt to hold him down. “Just lay still. Let me work.”

“I want see what’s got Sly so interested down there.” He nodded at his feet. “Move your hand, Hendo.”

“Dude.” Hendo shook his head and stared at him with a pained expression. “Don’t. Trust me. Just… don’t.”

No. No. No. Koda pushed Hendo’s hand away and leaned up on his elbows looking down the length of his body. His heart stopped when he saw what had them so worried. His left boot was gone along with the foot that was in it. Koda dropped to his back and his wolf emitted a mournful howl.

“It’ll be alright, Koda.” Sly placed a comforting hand on his shoulder. It didn’t help.

Maybe if it had happened to Sly it would be okay, but not for Koda. “You don’t understand,” he gritted out between his teeth. The pain meds were wearing off and Koda felt Hendo doing something to what was left of his leg.

“You’re right. I don’t,” Sly stated. “But I know other guys who’ve gone home modified and live normal lives. You’re one of the strongest men I know, Dakoda Stone. You’re a fucking 18B. You won’t let one less foot stop you.”

Koda snorted and closed his eyes, effectively shutting out him out. There would be no normal life for him. Oh yeah, he could get a prosthetic and do most of the things he normally did on two legs, but not on four. A wolf couldn’t run and keep up with the pack on only three legs. His wolf’s sorrowful howl filled his mind. “I’m so sorry, Wolf.”

“Not your fault, Koda.”

But it was.
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