LAUNCH THE HUNT (Grizzly Rim #1)
Novella (30,000 wds) ⋅ Paranormal ⋅ LGBTQ
Eagle shifter John Tillman can almost taste freedom.
He never expected to raise his kid sister. She’s worth the sacrifices he’s made—education, career, lovers—but the empty nest is calling his name.
To save her college fund, John’s taking every run his plane can handle and doing his best to keep his shifting under the radar.
Then his latest job walks into the bar with a strange gait and velvety Southern drawl.
Army veteran Logan Maddox has given a lot for freedom.
He’s no hero, just a guy trying to adapt to new parameters. If he isn’t fully living the gay identity he’s finally accepted…well, it’s not top priority.
After three tours, two new legs, and one long-overdue divorce, Logan has zeroed in on a single objective: a trip into Alaska’s back country, no distractions.
But fate has its own tactics, and the only pilot available to guide him looks like a recruitment ad for Alaska’s hottest unit.
Author’s Note: Launch the Hunt underwent light revisions in April 2016. The revised edition is available through the links above.
What Readers Are Saying…
“It’s not all steamy hookups as the men lay out their baggage and develop a connection among the trees. For readers interested in something a bit more explicit, this paranormal romance will do the trick.” – Library Journal
“[West] immediately drew me in to Logan and John’s story, and I had to know more from the very beginning! I’m eager to see where she goes next with this series.” – Jenn Burke, co-author of Chaos Station
“[West’s] world building is excellent and the characters are complex … I highly recommend this new series with 5 of 5 hearts!” – Morgan, The Kimi-chan Experience
“Ms. West did it again… and I’m beyond thrilled! … If you enjoy strong men, hot lovin’, with a sprinkling of paranormal – I can promise you that this story will not disappoint you.” – Mary, Goodreads
“Both John and Logan have interesting backstories, and I particularly liked how Logan’s disability was realistically featured in all aspects of his journey into the Alaskan wilderness as well as how it impacted his sexual self. … 5 stars for a sexy and very entertaining read!” – Maria Rose, Goodreads
“I loved loved loved this book!! Logan and John were so sweet and sexy too. I read a lot of shifter books but this one was not the usual fare. It had a unique feel to it that I loved. I’m always thrilled to find a new author as well. Absolutely can’t wait for the next book in this series.” – KarrieJax, Goodreads
“A fascinating story of m/m attraction and falling in love…” – Dodie, Amazon
“This gets my vote as the most heartwarming read for me this year.” – Elizabeth Young, Goodreads
“Grizzly Rim is an outstanding new addition to shifter series.” – Bookobsessed, Goodreads
John tried not to look at Maddox’s legs as he got everyone settled in. No wonder the guy had a strange gait. One prosthesis would have been enough of a challenge, but this guy had two. They were going to make the bush pretty interesting.
He gave Maddox’s straps a tug, then handed him a headset. “You a good flier?”
“Better at flying than walking,” Maddox said, giving him a rueful smile that did something to John’s gut. He climbed into his seat and strapped in. Did his checks. Flipped on the headsets.
“Testing. You can hear me?”
“Yes, sir,” the man said. His soft voice in John’s ear cranked the twist in his gut another turn.
Lucky for him, it was too loud in flight to carry on much of a conversation, even with the headsets. Maddox turned a few times to look back at his son, sending him a thumbs-up. John wondered if the boy gave him anything back. He couldn’t tell if the kid was a regular kind of mopey or if he had a specific ax to grind. He supposed he’d see plenty of it over the next few days.
He hoped the kid was a dick. Cora didn’t put up with assholes.
John’s respite from Maddox’s voice ended when they began to cross the small range that bounded the area. “May I ask you a question?”
“You see many eagles up here?”
John almost laughed out loud. “All the time.”
“You think we’ll see some?”
John could feel Maddox looking at him. He glanced over. “Guaranteed.”
“That’d be something.” Maddox smiled. It pressed a line into his cheek, and John imagined skimming it with his tongue.
He turned back to the console in a hurry. Take it easy, man. It’d been a while. A long while. But getting ideas like that would only lead to trouble in the bush. He fiddled with some knobs and hoped Maddox wasn’t a pilot. He hadn’t thought to ask. Was that how he’d lost his legs? Shit, he needed to think less and fly more. Really fly.
Two hours later, he set them down on a relatively flat stretch near a spot he knew. He was pretty proud of his landing, felt a stupid need to make it as smooth as possible. Who was he trying to impress?
“Good one, brother!” Cora called from one of the rear seats.
He gave a small wave, then flinched as Maddox’s voice dripped over his skin. “Like butter.”
He needed to fly fucking now.