Alicia: Where did you go? Come back and drink with me? Both of the guys left. No one wants to have fun tonight. I shoved my phone back into the depths of my pocket, and ignored Alicia's rant. I loved the girl, but there was more to life than drinking and partying every weekend. I'd spent my afternoon paying my landlord back rent, and eating Ben and Jerry's while being depressed that over half of my check was gone. At least I had somewhere to be depressed. Then Alicia showed up with Jory, and Axel to make matters worse. I told her I wasn't in the mood, but being Alicia, she persuaded me to let them in for a while. Which made me uncomfortable. The way Axel stared at me made my spine stiffen, and I was a laidback person. If someone made me uncomfortable, they were freaking weird. What were the chances of Jory hitting it off with Alicia of all people, and Axel tagging along? It was conspicuous, and I had no one to call but Luther, who showed up within minutes with his fury in tow. "Th
"Control yourself," I hissed to my wolf. He'd become nearly incontrollable when Blaire followed me into my bedroom. The simple scent of her skin had me undone. I'd told her the truth, because I knew she wouldn't move across the hallway if I didn't. Besides pissing herself, she took it—okay-ish. I wasn't sure if this was a façade yet, and she waited for me to turn my head so she could run for it. She knew she wouldn't make it far. Blaire stopped at the bathroom door, her gaze transfixed on my lavish bathroom with the overhanging showerhead and expensive granite countertops. I slipped up behind her, skimming my hot mouth against the smooth path of her neck. "I never knew a mate would make me feel like this?" Blaire chuckled, clutching the granite countertop in front of her, our gazes locked in the mirror. "You didn't look for me?" I didn't want to put my foot in my mouth, but she deserved the truth. I gripped her hips, and lifted her to the cabinet. "Honestly, no. I didn't want a
By the look on Luther's face, I figured it would be bad. His shoulders tensed, and his grip tightened around my wrist. "Stay by me," he hissed. I gave him an are you okay look before stepping out of the car. The ranch style house was beautiful, with a wraparound porch, overflowing ferns, and magnolia trees in the yard. Who I assumed was his mother, met him halfway, her smile reached her blue eyes, and her graying hair was pulled into a stylish bun. "Darling, I'm so glad to see you," she said, pinching his cheeks as if he wasn't this powerful alpha of their pack. I loved it. Her steely gaze shifted to mine, and her smile brightened. "I'm so sorry that I'm not more prepared for your arrival. Luther didn't tell me that you were coming," she said, giving him an eye roll. "What's your name, Lovely?" "I'm Blaire Summers. It's nice to meet you …" "I'm Barbara—you can call me Barbie. I'm so thrilled Luther has found his mate," he gaze dropped to my neck. "I see you haven't been marked
My body hummed with adrenaline, my wolf paced back and forth in anticipation of beating the hell out of Marcus. We'd never been close growing up. When I was deemed the next Alpha of our pack, Marcus grew cold and distant.When I walked into the room, I'd feel his gaze on me, haunting and pissed as if I purposefully took the position out from underneath him.The smug look on his face as I jacked him up, sent shivers up my spine due to the lack of emotion in his eyes. The fact he brought Emily here was a definite stab in the back. I didn't dare look over at her, because it'd be too much to handle. I never meant for it to happen. We were just kids. Still figuring out our strength and our abilities. But Marcus didn't see it that way. To him, I was a killer. The reason his mate died. "Boys!" Momma said. "You two knock it off right now. We're trying to have a nice dinner."Marcus put his palms up in surrender, his shirt still bunched in my grasp. "You're right, Momma. I think Luther shoul
What a night. I pulled off my clothes, and slipped into a silk pair of pajamas and a T-shirt. What was that saying? You can't choose your family. I couldn't believe the look of anger on Luther's face when Marcus brought that girl to dinner. I wanted to know who she was, but I didn't want to pry. Each of us had lives before the other. It wouldn't be fair to judge him when Thomas showed up my first day at work. My stomach growled, and I glanced at the door, hoping Luther brought something filling. After the unwanted girl gave me dirty glances, I'd lost my appetite. But being outside, riding on Luther's wolf, I got it back. I'd never experienced anything like that before. It'd sucked the breath from my lungs, and gave me the best adrenaline rush I'd ever experienced. The smell of the night, and the soft feeling of his fur … it felt like I'd stepped into a fairytale. Call me Little Red Riding Hood. Only the wolf doesn't eat me … yet. I chuckled to myself. "What are you laughing at?
Blaire's lean body was stretched out in the passenger side of my car, her breathing relaxed and content.I didn't want to ruin that.I wanted her to feel safe enough to sleep and be comfortable all the time. This wasn't how I wanted to introduced my human mate to being a part of the werewolf universe. I pictured shifting for the first time, her being frightened, but us running off into the sunset together.I didn't want Axel or Marcus anywhere in the picture. Nor did I picture shewolves and people being attacked by lycans so close to home.It terrified me to think of someone putting their hands on her. The only hands I wanted touching Blaire Summers were my own. I debated—my finger twitched—to reach over and run my palm up the span of her thigh, but I didn't want to wake her. The sun was setting as I pulled into the parking garage of the penthouse.Truth be told, I didn't want her to stay in the apartment across from me. I wanted her in my bed, where I could keep a better watch on her
Leo Young stood there in all his glory, that dimpled smile on his handsome face. His arms outstretched, bringing back memories from my freshman year of college. The easy going guy that I met at a club downtown one wild Saturday night. I’d briefly dated him, more or less, a friend with benefits for a couple of semesters. Nothing serious, but by the way Luther reacted, I didn’t dare hug him. I didn’t dare breathe, or move a muscle.He stepped in front of him, blocking our eye contact. “Wow, Luther Reed, you found your mate, I see.”Luther’s shoulders were tense, the room quiet and the atmosphere heavy. “How do you know her?” he asked.Leo took a step to the side, briefly meeting my gaze, before Luther blocked him again. “Don’t look at her. Look at me. How do you know my mate?”Leo chuckled and tilted his head to the side. “I met her years ago. We … were friends.”I sensed the smug smile on Leo’s face without seeing him. If he was anything like the guy I remembered, the smug smile was t
I watched Marcus as he studied my penthouse, his hands behind his back, and a looming umbrella of darkness that hung over him.He'd never been to my place before, and I wasn't sure how I felt about it just yet. Blaire, on the other hand, sat at the bar eating a plate of food I ordered, her legs swinging off the barstool.I felt her need for talking, and not long after, she asked, "So, Marcus, what do you do for a living?"It was almost comical, but I did my best not to laugh at her. Marcus' dark gaze, that matched our father's shifted toward Blaire, and his eyebrow curved toward his hairline. "I'm a werewolf. I'm the lead hunter in our pack. That's what I do."She gave him a snarky look, and went back to her food. "You didn't have to get a tude about it," she mumbled.Marcus smirked, and it slid underneath my skin. My wolf didn't like him chatting with my mate, or even looking at her, but he'd come in and found Bree's scent right away. He was the best hunter no matter how hard it was