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Rebecca Morgan thinks she knows what she wants out of life, until her life plan goes to hell in a handbasket. Now she is out looking for adventure. She just doesn’t expect to discover a shifter-only town and one six-foot-eight, grumpy, bear-shifting sheriff named Aleksander Arkadion.
Aleksander Arkadion only wants to date shifter females after working a brutal homicide case that has him returning to the shifter-only town of his youth. Which is why is he curious to discover a human in town and shocked when he realizes the tiny woman is his mate.
As the attraction between them grows, Aleks realizes that he can’t stay away from the petite female, but the realization may come too late. Although her body was never in any danger, he may have destroyed her heart by pushing her away. Now he has to convince his mate he really does want her while keeping her safe from rogue hyenas bent on taking her.
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“Aleks, hey, buddy,” Liam said lazily.
“Hey, asshole,” Aleks replied sounding distracted.
“I just wanted to call and let you know that you’ll be picking up Rebecca at my house for your date.” Liam waited. Three, two, one and… He held the phone away from his ear at the roar.
“What the hell is she doing at your house, cat!” Aleks roared. Liam smiled. He was making this too easy.
“Well at the moment her luscious little self is in my shower and wait, yes, I smell coconuts. She’s bathing.” He held the phone away from his ear again at the roar, unaware that everyone had stopped what they were doing to listen.
“If you so much as lay one finger on her, cat, I will rip you apart.” Aleks growled.
“What was that, Rebecca, you need help getting into your dress? Don’t worry, kitten, I’m coming. Sorry, Aleks, have to run. Toodles.” He stayed on the line long enough for one last roar to come through before disconnecting the line.
He turned around whistling and saw everyone staring.
“What?” he asked
“Aleks Arkadion is going to kill you,” Ashby said, white as a sheet.
“No he isn’t. If he didn’t kill me for wrecking his Charger, he won’t kill me now,” he said sitting down on the sofa. He reached over and grabbed a magazine and started to flip through the pages.
“That was you?” Rian asked, his eyes wide.
Liam just chuckled.
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“Aleks. Can’t. Breathe,” Liam said as Aleks’s hand squeezed his throat. Aleks was surprised at the lack of interference he was getting from the pride. They just shrugged their shoulders.
“Ashby told him you were going to kill him,” Rian said.
“Where is Ashby?” Aleks asked, his hand still around Liam’s throat.
“He’s upstairs finishing Rebecca’s hair. Nicholas did her makeup. She put in a lot of effort for you, bear, so you better not fuck this up,” Rian said, his arms crossed.
Aleks raised an eyebrow. The pride seemed to be more protective of Rebecca than their Alpha, whom he had pinned to the wall by the throat.
“Oh for God’s sake, Aleks, let him go! You’ll upset Rebecca and ruin your evening before it begins,” Kate said, coming down the stairs. Aleks immediately dropped Liam.
“Kate, why are you here?” he asked.
“Why would I miss the opportunity for actual girl time? We don’t have much of that at the pack,” she said, swiping a piece of chocolate.
Aleks opened his mouth to say something when the door upstairs opened and Rebecca appeared at the top of the stairs. Her scent hit his nose, and he felt his chest constrict. How could he have possibly thought he could stay away from her? She made her way down the stairs with Nicholas and Ashby following behind her. She moved gracefully, and when she got to the bottom of the stairs, he got the full effect of the dress. It had tiny spaghetti straps that seemed to accent her shoulders. The black dress only seemed to display her creamy skin to its every advantage. The lone slit up one side was nearly his undoing. He didn’t realize he was growling until Liam hit him in the ribs. Rebecca just blushed and smiled at him.
“Ready?” he asked, holding out a slightly trembling hand. She nodded and moved forward, taking his hand.
“Goodnight, everyone, thank you, for everything,” she said, smiling at the room.
“Have her back before midnight, young man,” Liam said, standing in front of the pair.
“Out of the way, cat,” Aleks muttered. Rebecca stepped forward and gave him a hug.
Aleks growled. She ignored him.
“Goodnight, Liam.” She kissed his cheek. Aleks growled again.
“I’m serious though, if you don’t want to go back to the bed-and-breakfast we made up a guest room for you. That’s where Sebastian has been hiding. I let Leona know you may be staying here,” Liam said, smiling down at her.
“Watch him for me?” she asked. Liam nodded.
“Who’s Sebastain?” Aleks asked. Rebecca waved.
“Goodnight, everyone.” She started walking toward the door.
“Who’s Sebastian?” Aleks asked again walking out the door with his arm around her waist.
He stalked closer to her his eyes dark. He nonchalantly removed his shirt. She nearly swallowed her tongue. Her imagination in no way prepared her for him. His shoulders were broad and his chest and abs perfectly defined. His skin looked golden, and he had a dusting of dark hairs over his chest in a trail down his stomach. Subconsciously she licked her lips. When his hands reached for his pants, she stepped back and pulled her shirt over her head. He froze. She stood there, her slender shoulders bare except for the thin satin straps of her bra. Her full breasts were encased in pink lace. She took advantage of his immobility and one-upped him by quickly removing her jeans. She stood before him in her pink lace bra and boy shorts, her sex-kitten act fading in the face of the reality that she was nearly naked before him. He watched as her body flushed pink with embarrassment.
He stepped forward and ran a finger down her neck and shoulder. She shivered again. He picked her up and carried her upstairs to his room. Gently he set her on her feet next to the bed. He moved his hands over her shoulders and pushed the straps down her arms. He reached behind her and released the clasp. The bra fell to the floor. He drank in the sight of her perfect breasts. He took both in his hands and kneaded them gently as her head fell back. He leaned forward and took one nipple that was begging for attention into his mouth. He rolled his tongue over it and pulled on it with harder suction. He released it and then blew a breath of cool air over it.
He breathed in and clearly smelled the sweet scent of her arousal. He dropped to his knees and pulled her lace boy shorts down over her rounded hips. She carefully stepped out of them. He lightly touched her soft curls. Her hands came down to his shoulders in an effort to stay upright. He leaned forward and pressed a soft kiss on her mound. He stood and scooped her up and tossed her into the middle of his oversized king bed. He removed his jeans. She laughed as she bounced, but it was cut short at the sight of him crawling toward her. Her eyes widened as she saw his huge cock for the first time. She swallowed hard and licked her lips. The thought of the huge prick stretching her for the first time made her pussy gush.
She lay there and watched him advance, her knees pressed tightly together.
He smiled and shook his head.
“You are keeping your honey from me, baby girl, and you know how bears are about their honey.” He placed a hand on each knee and parted her thighs. When he looked down, his eyes hooded. He saw her pink folds dripping with wetness. She squirmed under his gaze. He raised an eyebrow and decided to push her boundaries. He placed his hands on her inner thighs and spread her thighs until she lay completely exposed. She gasped and tried to close her legs.
“Aleks!” she said, and he chuckled
“Easy, baby girl. I need to get acquainted with what is now mine,” he said and lowered his head and kissed her rounded belly. He slowly kissed his way down her mound. Using his thumbs, he spread her folds wide, exposing a tiny nub that seemed to be winking at him. He flattened his tongue and ran it from the bottom of her slit to her clit then stopped. Her essence exploded in his mouth as his canines dropped.
“Mine!” he growled.
“Yours,” she breathed.
He returned to run his tongue up and down, drinking her down. He nibbled on her small nub, and she went wild above him. Her hands found his hair and she held on. He wrapped his lips around her clit and pulled as he eased a finger in her tight channel. She screamed and clamped down on his finger. He felt her shake as she came hard.
“That’s one,” he said before nipping the inside of her thighs.
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