Nina S. Gooden | The Big Bad
Romance, Author, Paranormal Romance, Steampunk Romance, Nina Gooden
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The Big Bad


Book 1, Riding Hood Tales

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Heat Level: 2
Word Count: 25,250
Romance Sub-Genre(s): Paranormal


What’s a girl to do when her daily delivery ends in a vortex of passion and gunfire?

All Roux wanted was to bring Grandma her goodies and get out of there before the old lady planted a slug in her back. Unfortunately, her simple routine gets blown sky high when she stumbles onto a crime scene. To make matters worse, the only suspect is a very hunky and very naked Wolf who has decided to claim her as his mate.

Aldrich may be the most overbearing man Roux has ever met, but something about him warms her heart. No one who touches her as gently as he does could be a cold-blooded killer. Roux is determined to prove that, but the closer she gets to the truth the more she’ll wish she hadn’t. There are secrets in the town of Harmony, secrets that could tear her world apart.




The ground beneath my feet decided it was a good time to shift. My eyes fluttered closed, and I felt my body drop backwards. I expected to feel the full force of gravity when my skull bounced, but instead I was cradled gently against a plane of warm muscle. He caught me. Those familiar hairs brushing my shaking body reassuringly were all that kept me from bolting when I opened my eyes.

I hadn’t gotten a very good look at much more than his eyes while we were in the bed or during our escape, but now I did. Staring down at me, the big bad wolf bared those long teeth in a twisted grimace. Dangerously cunning eyes watched me carefully and caused little pricks of light to dance before my gaze. The face of a man meshed with that of a wolf and managed to appear much more intimidating than the body. Wolf ears twitched under a tumble of silver-purple hair while a soft, normal looking mouth housed long wolf fangs.

“I-I have to get out of here.” I struggled against the hold of the wolf-man hybrid, but he didn’t so much as flinch. Again.

“Don’t,” he whispered. “I can’t let you leave the cave while the Hunters are still tracking us.”

“Can’t or won’t?” I all but screamed.

His eyes continued to move over me for several seconds before they narrowed. “Both.”

I knew I couldn’t fight him off, but surety didn’t stop me from trying. I wouldn’t be held captive nor would I let him eat me without a fight! Wrenching free, I realized the entrance of the cave was impossibly far away when I watched him move. He caught me effortlessly and still I struggled. I tripped and slammed against one of his upholstered footstools, only to be in his arms before I hit the floor.

“Stop fighting me!” He growled.

“Stop scaring me!” I screamed back.