Please say hello to Julia Talbot, who is visiting today to show off her new shifter romance Jaguar and Grizzly, the second book in her Apex Investigations series. Shifters aren’t my usual cup of tea, but I can never resist a good PI story… so guess what I’m reading this weekend?
I’m Julia Talbot, and I’m here to share an exclusive excerpt from my new release, Jaguar and Grizzly. It’s shifters and PIs and kind of a romp!
Hope y’all will check them out!
Jaguar and Grizzly
Length: 169 pages
Genre: Werewolf & Shifter Romance
Buy at: amazon
A client with a cheating wife, a warehouse of cult members, and someone with a deadly vendetta—just a day’s work for Apex Investigations. Or is it?
Bear shifter “Grizz” Locke is ex-military and ready for PI work, which if not exactly safe seems less likely to get him killed on a daily basis. The added bonus of teaming up with former lover, Brock, a jaguar shifter, is all the incentive Grizz needs.
Brock can be a grumpy kitty, but he’s found a home and family at Apex. And now as luck would have it, he has a chance to rekindle his romance with Grizz. They might even rebuild their mate bond, severed years ago—as long as they don’t manage to get killed first.
When an enemy targets the Apex team, Brock and Locke will fight with all they have to protect their own. To enjoy life and love as fate intended, they will have to find out who wants them dead before someone at the agency pays the ultimate price.
Excerpt from Jaguar and Grizzly by Julia Talbot
Paddy “Griz” Locke smoothed his hands down the front of his shirt. This was a job interview, after all. He’d compromised on the tie and jacket by wearing a pair of gray slacks instead of jeans. He was big and burly. Formality didn’t suit him, but he could clean up all right.
The little fox that they’d found after a kidnapping on the job he’d done for Apex was sitting in the new lobby, talking to a lovely young wolf, both of them animated and laughing.
Locke cleared his throat.
“Oh! You’re Locke, right?” The blonde stood, smiling at him. “I’m Carrie, Mick’s assistant.”
“Hey, Locke.” Rey waved. “Break a tie—what’s better, X-Files or Supernatural?”
“Oh, X-Files. It was the OG, man. Like Buffy trumps all the newer vamp shows.”
“Oh….” Carrie fluttered. “Buffy.”
Rey nodded sagely. “Buffy-thon. I’ll tell James and Kit.”
“Cool! You’re welcome here, Locke. Is it Locke, or is it P—”
“Locke.” He shook his head. He’d emailed his deets, so she’d seen his name. Lord. Paddy. Paddington. Just no.
“Yes, sir. Come on back. The boss is waiting.” Her heels clicked on the floor.
“Thanks.” Locke tried to think unsweaty thoughts. He’d never had an interview in his life. He’d been recruited out of the military to do wet work, but he wasn’t getting any younger, and black ops was a dead-man’s game anyway. PI work seemed, if not safer all the time, less likely to get him dead on every assignment. So… he could learn to sit and answer weird questions about his strengths and weaknesses.
Besides, working with his oldest friend, Brock, had… possibilities. Even the location seemed new and shiny. What better place than the Mile High City for a grizzly bear? Well, okay, ideally Alaska or something, but Denver worked.
Carrie led him to an office all the way in the back, the door kind of imposing, solid wood with Celtic carvings. Neat. Mick had good taste. She knocked, then opened the door. “Boss, your appointment.”
“Thanks. Come in and sit down,” Mick barked. “Why the hell didn’t you come in before now? I told you we would hire you.”
“People say things in a stressful situation.” He’d asked, sure, but he’d thought Mick was just being kind.
“Well, not me. I mean it. Now, I still had to look at all your shit, so bear with me.” Mick bared his teeth more than smiled. “Pun intended. Paddy? Really, man?”
“Not my fault. Mother has a terrible sense of humor.” Paddy Locke. Paddington Bear. He’d been teased for years. A lot. Until he got too big to tease.
About Julia Talbot
Julia Talbot lives in the great Southwest, where there is hot and cold running rodeo, cowboys, and everything from meat and potatoes to the best Tex-Mex. A full time author, Julia is a hybrid author, published by presses like Dreamspinner and Changeling, as well as indie. She believes that everyone deserves a happy ending, so she writes about love without limits, where boys love boys, girls love girls, and boys and girls get together to get wild, especially when her crazy paranormal characters are involved.
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