Taken For His Own

Promise Me - Book Four

by Tara Fox Hall

After learning Theo is alive, Sar immediately embarks on a mission to find him. Reunited, the lovers return to New York, Danial, Terian and Theo uneasily combining forces to protect Sar from Al's assassins who still seek her. But when Sar is taken prisoner in an all-out attack, only one man can save her—her old adversary, Devlin.

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“What are you talking about?” I screamed at Terian. My heart was beating a mile a minute, the breath tearing out of me as I tried to get enough oxygen to my brain to process his words.

“Theo is alive,” Terian said again.

I sobbed from sudden relief, my knees giving way. Terian grabbed me before I fell, then guided me over to a shady spot to sit down. A few minutes later when I got control of myself, I wiped my face with my sleeves and faced him. “Tell me everything you know.”

“Theo came back here in February—”

“February! Why didn’t you tell me?” I yelled at the top of my lungs.

Terian got to his feet, putting distance between us. “I’ll tell you everything I know, but not if you keep screaming at me. Calm down.”

I tried to breathe. I tried to be calm. I could do neither. Theo was alive. I ached for him already. The last two years seemed like a dream, and I wanted suddenly to go home to my house, where I crazily hoped he would be waiting for me.

“Where is he?” I demanded.

“Out west,” Terian said. “In a little town in Wyoming called Casper.”

I processed that, making plans at once. I could fly there in a day, most likely. Or I could drive there and take the dogs; I’d never travelled outside the state by myself. Ever. Maybe Elle would want to go. In any case, I was going, and I was going tomorrow. I wanted to leave tonight, but the day was already half gone, and I would need to pack and get maps and money... Hurriedly, I made a mental list.

“Walk back to the house with me,” I said calmly, “And tell me all you know.”

We began to move, I with a purposeful fast stride. Terian reluctantly matched my speed.

“I was out walking in the woods one night, doing guard duty. I came upon the tracks of a cougar and thought they had to be Elle’s. But after studying the size and depth of them, I concluded that they were from an adult, not a child, and so deep that likely a male had made them. I followed them and found Theo. He was huddled in one of the sheds, trying to get out of the cold.”

Theo had been so close to me, and I’d not even known it. “Go on.”

“I took him to my room and let him sleep in my bed. During the night he changed back to human.” Terian took a deep breath and looked into my eyes. “He was hurt badly. He could get around okay, but he was covered with scars. He said it had been a lot worse, but most of the damage had healed.”

I took a long shuddering breath, walked faster and motioned for Terian to continue.

“He asked me not to tell anyone he was here, especially you, Sar.”

“Why?” I got out, too hurt to elaborate.

“He had seen that you lived here with Danial and that Elle thought of Danial as her father. He knew you were pregnant.”

"Taken For His Own" by Tara Fox Hall


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