Rebecca Allen thought Lilac Grove was a great place to start over, away from her abusive ex-husband. But people are going missing. There’re too many hunters around for everyone’s comfort and safety. Now the drop-dead gorgeous owner of The Wolf’s Den Bar, Robert Northgate, is missing. Rebecca was one of the last people to see him and the suspect. If that’s not bad enough for one day. On the way home, she finds an injured wolf at the side of the road. Lucky for that wolf, she’s the new town vet. Robert Northgate’s day isn’t going any better. He’s under pressure to keep the money flowing for his pack. Times are hard for everyone. Though the annoying hunters are at least spending some money but there are too many shoot first types around for Robert’s comfort as the Alpha of the Shadow Mists Pack. It gets worse when he finds rogue wolves in his territory. They leave him for dead at the side of a rural road. All on the same day, as he meets his very human mate. How does he explain the existence of werewolves to Rebecca? It’s Robert’s job to protect his people and be the best example of a werewolf. But his mate is a lowly human and prejudices run deep with the elders. Can he find love with his mate without losing his pack’s confidence? Can he stop the disappearances and find the missing people? Will he be able to stop the rogue wolves from taking his territory before some hunter shoots first and someone dies? Original Cover Design by Central CoversView More
“Hm… You really go for the jugular, don’t you? Fine, I could go for a little something.” Becky couldn’t believe these were words coming from her. Rob was herding her back toward the enormous bed now. Kissing her throat and collarbone, he went straight to taking her clothes off her body. Touching and caressing all of her skin, he revealed. She could feel the bed behind her as he knelt and removed her shoes and pants. Naked, she sat on the bed with him standing between her thighs, removing his own clothes. He took his boots off before he opened his pants and let them drop. Her eyes were glued to his straining shaft when she heard his belt buckle hit the floor and he stepped from his pants, then kicked them out of the way. Rob stood before her in his naked glory. Her face was level with his eager shaft. She couldn’t help herself. She reacted for him and when her fingers caressed the tip of him; he gasped and jerked as her finger wrapped around his glorious throbbin
Becky stood there and watched Rob at first. She thought he was joking but having sex once appeared to give him an idea of how far his liberties went with her. No, that wasn’t fair. He’d been talking about her being his mate before that. He’d been taking liberties for longer than that. Becky wouldn’t question his sanity now. She’d seen him turn or shift from one creature to another. There were strangers here that just set off too many warning bells. Too many threats against people which often led to unfortunate accidents and the people leaving town. Then her ex-husband’s blood connection to the company was just too much for her to believe there wasn’t something going on. But her practice was on hold, which meant it would suffer and if it suffered, she’d lose the house and maybe the building she worked out of. Worse, would she have to run again? “Are you sure? Is this something you magically know?” “Honey, I am trying not to jump you and have my way a
Grace followed Bart into his apartment. “Can you explain why my apartment is connected to your?” He’d walked into hers while looking for the bathroom. It turned out they’d be sharing it. “We have the visitors’ apartments. Often this is how a visiting alpha, and his entourage would stay. Your space would be for the Beta and mine would be for the Alpha. Across the hall is where his enforcers would stay when they weren’t guarding him.” Bart was unusually free with his information now. Why couldn’t he be like that earlier? “Are you saying these are state rooms? For dignitaries and the like?” Grace wasn’t expecting much more than a bed or sofa somewhere. A state room with a shared bathroom was not what she was expecting. “I guess that would be a valid description. Anyone else would stay in a guest cottage. This is where the highest security is and the safest location in Rob’s territory.” How big was this place to have a building like this, plus cabins? How many
Becky didn’t know what to expect, but it wasn’t the enormous house or the cozy cottages by the lake. It was beautiful in its rustic quality. The barns and other outbuildings in among the trees and natural vegetation gave the place a natural beauty. “This is all so beautiful and not what I expected after the front gates and walls. It’s all so calming and peaceful.” Becky couldn’t take her eyes off the shifting scenery. The blending of people, buildings, and natural surroundings was just so seamless. “We want to keep it that way. That’s why.” Rob assured her of the logical reasons for the dichotomy of the area. There were people and wolves moving about the place, added to the otherworldly aspect. Seeing a mother chasing a wolf pup had Becky marvelling at the calm composure Rob had picked up the pup and demanding it shift. Then having a small toddler in his arms. He calmly passed the toddler to the mother, and they went on their way. “Wow, just wow.” Be
Grace watched as their vehicles entered the gates of the pack territory. “Why do we look like we’re entering a war zone?” There were guards with guns and what she’d once assumed were giant attack dogs, but now knew were shifters in their animal forms. This was unreal to her. She felt like she was slipping into another world through some sort of magical quick sands. Unreal and yet too real. “I’m afraid it’s a Cold War right now with a high probability of it becoming very active soon.” Bart informed her. “Why, what do you mean?” Grace couldn’t believe much of anything she’d been told even though it all seemed in an over done production for just her benefit. She wanted to believe, but the investigator in her wanted independent proof to back this all up. “It was my job to keep you away from the police station and away from Hectric so that we can deal it with.” Bart was getting sick of Grace asking the same questions as if she expected a different answer each ti
Rob stood in the clinic after John let them in. “They are still in the office talking. I never thought I’d fear women laughing, but they’ve done it. They won’t let me in. Maybe you’ll have better luck?” John said, walking back toward the office. They followed him. “They are probably waiting for the star of this show. Now, remember you are both my guests on my property and if she argues, make sure she understands it’s not something she can refuse. Blame me if you have to just to smooth this over. I want to get back into my territory where Becky can be properly guarded.” “I appreciate this. It was feeling a little dicey when she showed me the dead rat.” Bart still wasn’t sure if he wanted to kill someone or hunker down and wait this out in a decently defensible location. “They don’t realize how many wolves are here because most never leave the territory, but it’s getting harder to keep them off our lands. I’ve ordered several of their people sent to the counc
Bart couldn’t believe the humiliation of having the local Alpha pick him up and then lecture him on what he could and couldn’t say. Then, to add further insult to injury, he told Bart exactly what he would do and his Alpha, the Justiciar of the region, knew. He’d never live this down. “Alpha, I didn’t tell her anything. That’s why she ran. She’s pissed because I didn’t admit she was correct. I just couldn’t sit there and lie to her. Though I said werewolves didn’t actually exist.” Bart knew he was rambling. “This was your way of breaking it to your mate?” Rob asked. “How did you break it to your mate?” Bart tried to switch the direction of the conversation. “We’re talking about you and not me.” “I promise not to tell anyone how many rules you broke if you tell me.” “I haven’t yet. She knows and understands enough to accept my help, but I don’t believe she fully understands the danger she’s in from Hectric.” “Great. Fine.
“Just tell me what is going on. Straight up, no frills or pleasantries.” Rob was about to get the girls, pack them into his vehicle when he was forced to take a call from John. Then he’s stumbling over his words and Rob didn’t understand a single thing he meant. “Grace is here with Becky and Janie. She’s asking about werewolves, and she’s convinced Bart and us are too. She’s Bart’s mate. Wait, I think you know that. Anyway, two suits were here. I couldn’t get a scent off them bugging Becky about picking up an injured wolf at the side of the road. They wouldn’t name themselves or answer questions. She got them to leave. Now they’ve locked me out of the office, and I don’t know wants to go on.” “I’m coming to get everyone right now.” “No, you need to get Bart. He’s at his home. Grace took his car. He’s stuck there. Bart must come deal with his mate. It’s not our job.” “I’ll get him and call the Justiciar about this. I’ll be an hour tops. Gods, how did this happen
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