An Alpha's Path(3)

By: Carrie Ann Ryan

His body towered over six feet with wide shoulders and a trim waist. The kind of guy displayed on one of those silly romance novel covers. Dark brown, almost black hair, that barely reached his shoulders begged for her hands to tangle in those silky looking strands. A few luscious locks fell into his eyes.

Those eyes.

Deep green eyes set under dark lashes. Pools of jade, swallowing her whole. They were piercing and shifted throughout the room, taking in his surroundings. Yet it felt as though he never let his eyes leave her. Oh my. Mel fanned her face before blushing when she realized what she was doing. Damn he was beautiful.

He practically prowled through the room drawing the attention of almost every woman and even some of the men. An almost animalistic wave of seduction ebbed from him.


Please, if there was a God, let this be the mysterious Kade Jamenson. Please. Larissa didn’t give her a picture or description of his looks as she said it would ruin the moment of first meeting. Melanie hadn’t agreed when she read that, but if this were Kade she would take back anything bad she ever thought about her best friend.

His nostrils flared as if he were taking in a deep breath, then he smiled a truly feral and triumphant smile as he came to the head of her table.



The both laughed quietly at the sound of them talking at once.

“Would you like to take a seat?” She was the one who spoke first. Well, the alcohol must have gone straight to her head because that never happened with men. Especially drop dead gorgeous men.

He smiled again and sat down gracefully in the seat across from her. She could’ve melted on the spot under the intensity of his gaze.

“Yes, I am Kade Jamenson. It is good to meet you Melanie Cross.” The way her name roughly rasped through his sensuous lips sent shivers through her. “May I order you another drink?”

It took her a moment to drag her eyes from his lips to answer. “No. No, I’m fine at one drink. It seems to have gone straight to my head.” She could feel the heat creeping toward her cheeks as she shyly bowed her head. Gawd, why not just tell him you are a light-weight before he takes you up to have wild and steamy sex?

Well, she guessed that didn’t sound so horrible. Exciting, but not horrible.

He laughed at her remark. “Sounds reasonable, water it is. Then how about we order something to eat while we talk and get to know one another. I don’t know about you but I was nervous as hell before I walked into the bar and saw you across the tables.” He shook his head and chuckled under his breath “I know I shouldn’t say that because now you think I am some loser, but I can honestly say I’m not nervous anymore. I’m happy I said yes to this date.” He smiled at her just as the waiter came to take their order. “Ladies first.”

“Um. Okay.” She stumbled a bit as she opened her menu. Try as she might, she couldn’t get her hands to stop shaking. It’s been so long since she’s been out. But none of those other dates could have prepared her for the example of sexiness sitting across from her. She sighed inwardly. He is knock-dead gorgeous.

Melanie quickly glanced down at the menu and chose the first thing that seemed edible. “I will have the Glazed Apricot Chicken with sautéed green beans and a side salad with balsamic vinaigrette dressing please. Oh, and another glass of water please.” The waiter nodded while he took her order and menu before turning his attention to Kade.

“I will have the porterhouse – rare.” Kade smiled at himself, as if what he said was funny. “Also a baked potato with the works. Thank you.” He gave the waiter his menu. “Would you like to start off with an appetizer, Melanie?” His eyes implored her to do whatever he wanted. She shook her head to rid it of that odd and irritable notion.

“No, I think my dinner will suffice. I suppose you’re a meat and potato type of guy since you didn’t even bother with a vegetable.” She shut her mouth quickly with an audible snap.

“Sorry. That isn’t any of my business. Eat what you want. I’m going to shut up now.” Her face was so warm that if her cheeks were any redder she would be a tomato.

Kade just threw his head back and laughed loudly, drawing the attention of a few of the nearby tables.

“Don’t worry. Say whatever is on your mind. I don’t think we need to keep secrets from each other.” An odd flash of something passed over his eyes, but he quickly hid it. “But yes, I seem to be a meat and potatoes kind of guy. I’m not a huge fan of rabbit food and tend not to order it if I don’t have to. It just seems like such a waste.”

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