My legs wouldn’t stop shaking after another round, waiting for what came next. “Gamma.” Was called out, and Liam strode closer. My heart swelled when I saw the emotions flowing through his gaze, finally something other than disgust—he was proud. My hand slowly moved down where I had hidden my ace because I knew Liam wouldn’t let me win. My eyes drifted to his wrist, noticing the red line from the bracelet. The silver was burning his skin. He waited, moving around me, wanting me to make the first move, but I wouldn’t. However, I knew I had to step closer. I could only win this if he couldn’t use his full reach. Still, I remained on the spot, following his steps, until my gaze landed on the man behind Conner. Tall, dark, and handsome was an understatement, and I couldn’t peel my eyes away from him. There was something there, luring me closer, but why? His clenched jaw, the fire in his eyes, the anger….the pain behind it. The pain I recognized. He tilted his head up slightly, showi
-Isaac- I struggled more than I should, watching in awe how she fought her way through the ranks. Even though we changed the test for her because she was human, she still amazed me. Besides changing the test, I had ordered everyone not to use any titles. I wanted her to feel at home here, and I wondered why I did that. I didn’t know if Logan liked her, if it was a crush, or even just an interest because she was new. But I hoped I would soon find out. I struggled not to smile because it seemed she was searching for me, and the thought alone made this warmth grow inside me. A warmth I hadn’t felt in a very long time. And then she found me. Her eyes locked on mine, and the world around me faded. There was so much in her eyes, beauty, strength, but what lured me closer—heartbreak. Ever since my mate and pup were taken from me, I pushed everyone away, struggling with my anger toward the world and fighting with my wolf, and now, I wanted to be close to someone. Someone that could neve
The tension in the air almost made it hard to breathe, and I tried to figure out why Conner left and who Isaac was. My eyes drifted around his office, taking in the bookshelves lining the wall, the darkness that filled this place, and that heavenly scent.Wondering if Liam had an office, I asked Isaac. “Does Liam have an office?” I asked, trying to start a conversation. But he only huffed, not speaking a word. And then it hit me, crap. He has to be the Alpha. Why would Conner leave otherwise? Shit, shit, shit. I might not know much about pack life, but I remembered what Liam told me.“He is not someone you want to mess with.”That was what he told me before I went and crossed the border. “Don’t cross the border. The Alpha will feel it.”Shit, what was I sup—“Fuck,” I flinched, Isaac suddenly standing beside me, stopping my trail of thoughts. “Come, I’ll show you around.” He extended his hand, and I slowly glanced up, meeting his dark gaze.Should I fear him? Liam does, I think.
-Joanne-Liam said nothing when he hurried me upstairs, holding onto my wrist a little too tight, but it didn’t matter how much I squirmed, his grip wouldn’t falter. I thought he would be mad when he found me with Isaac, but it seemed he wasn’t. It seemed he was excited. “You should be glad I found you. No one is allowed to be there,” he whispered, fumbling with some keys in his other hand. I held my tongue, thinking it was better not to tell him Isaac had taken me there. Tell him how I felt about Isaac, how eager I was to go back. Desperate for his touch, his words. A shiver moved through my body, and my arousal rose further. However, I knew it was all me. I was ashamed Isaac could scent it; how could I ever meet his eyes again?Liam groaned; his grip on me tightened and he jerked me against his chest. “You have no idea what you’re doing to me,” he murmured while his other hand trailed a path over my spine, slowly moving down. “I’m not going to wait anymore.” His words sounded lik
I stood there, frozen in the hallway, wondering if I should head upstairs or find a restroom to hide in. How did my life become so messed up? I should never have given in to him, I should never have let my arousal get the better of me. However, could I have stopped him? Would this bond between us let me stop him, let me push him away? Because it didn’t matter how much I loathed him, my soul craved him—craved to be near him. “Tell me, and I will kill him,” Isaac said, startling me. I quickly wiped away the tears, but still, I didn’t dare to meet his gaze. Why would he care about how Liam treats me? Maybe the way Liam acted toward me was expected in a pack. The hairs on the back of my neck rose when the warmth of his body soothed mine while I repeated his words inside my mind, wondering if it was a figure of speech or if it was a test. “It’s fine,” I sighed. “Look at me,” he said, the harshness in his voice shuddered my spine, and I hesitantly turned. “I won’t kill him unle
-Joanne-I was grateful Liam never showed up last night, giving me the needed space from him. Especially since I had another attack. I wondered if Liam stayed away because of the howls I heard.Maybe Isaac did something to him? The thought alone made my heart swell, and something else rose. I quickly shook my head, knowing all too well my heat would start any day now. However, I couldn’t get Isaac out of my mind. How his arm moved around my waist, gently pulling me closer, just enough to feel his warmth but not enough to feel his body. God, I wanted to feel his body against mine. I wanted to feel everything about him. I rubbed my thighs together, trying to push back the throbbing need between them. “You have an appointment in an hour with the pack doctor,” Liam’s voice made me jump. I hadn’t even noticed he was back yet.“When did you get back?” I asked, pulling up the covers.His eyes wandered over the bed, and he sighed. “A few hours ago, I didn’t want to wake you.”“Oh, okay,”
TRIGGERS AHEADIsaac’s words resonated inside my mind while I paced in Liam’s room, hating that it was too late, dreading this heat that spread through my body, making my skin itch in need, a feeling that was too familiar—one I loved and hated. I tossed off my jacket and opened the window, hoping the chill breeze that passed me would help, but I already knew it wouldn’t. Sweat trickled down my back, and I staggered to the bathroom, ready to take a cold shower to soothe my aching body. I hoped I could have rejected Liam before this or that I had gotten my drugs. I still didn’t understand how William knew what to give me. Isaac or Agatha didn’t need to explain what wolfbane would do. Did this mean the attacks I was having were suppressed by it? And so was this heat that I was sure I had before. When the cold water cascaded down my body, I wondered if William knew more, but I didn’t have a way to contact him, and why keep it from me? Was he a wolf? With everything I know now, it did
-Isaac-This was all my fault, my doing. However, I would have done the same if I could go back. I stared out my window, watching Conner gathering our forces, readying them to fight Dale. I had no idea how he found out I lied; maybe I never will. “Are you ready?” I asked Logan, hating his sudden silence. He stirred, crawling out of reach, whimpering. And I knew why. We were both waiting to feel it, to feel Liam claiming his mate and her coming into our pack. After that, she would only have to say the words to me and drink some of my blood to join the mind link.I sighed when I knew it was time to step outside and lead my pack members in this battle as I did before.I strode silently toward them, keeping my emotions hidden because they had no use for them. They would see it as a weakness—an opening to challenge me as I did my father. “What did you do?” Conner asked through the mind link, staring at me, but I wouldn’t meet his gaze. He already knew what I did. He wasn’t stupid like