Happy middle of the week, guys. As ever thanks to the lovely Angelica Dawson, who organizes us every week. I'm teasing once again from my newest release Claiming his Human.
To set the scene, Holly is at Darius's house, and she's still assimilating who and what exactly he is... Darius is trying to explain what being his mate means, and that having her at his house is very much out of the ordinary for him.
“Is that what I am? A nice girl, as opposed to what? Do you normally bring floozies home then?”
That telltale tick under his eye was back at her irritated outburst, and Holly swallowed hard, as she looked into the eyes of his beast.
“Define floozies, girl.” He pulled back, crossed his arms over his massive chest and regarded her through hooded eyes. “Though in Mandy’s case you might have a point, had I ever brought her back here, which I haven’t. For the record, I don’t bring women back here. You’re the first, hence, Mrs. Peters will be beside herself with excitement when she cottons on to you being here.”
“You don’t?” There she went with the parrot impression again, and to save face she added.
Darius’s smile in answer didn’t reach his eyes.
“It’s easier to simply walk away in the morning when the female in question is not at my house. I don’t do emotional entanglements.”
That statement hung in the air between them, but before Holly could say anything to that he added. “Until now, that is.”
“Right.” Her voice came out far too high pitched and breathy to convey the sarcasm she was going for in her response, but he appeared to get it anyway. One eyebrow rose in the air, and he leaned in closer.
“Yes, right. I don’t expect you to believe me, but you’re my mate. That changes things. You matter to me, and to my bear. I need to be close to you or I can’t function. You are it, the one, whatever you humans call it. No other woman exists for me, but you.”
Holly couldn’t help it. A hysterical laugh bubbled up, and once she started she couldn’t stop. It didn’t matter one iota that Darius’s expression grew murderous, and she could almost see his bear prowl under his skin. This whole thing was simply too ridiculous. He couldn’t mean it, even if deep down she felt it, too. Had felt this strange connection between them from the first moment he’d touched her. That was just lust, that’s all. He couldn’t mean more than that to her. It was simply impossible and, besides, if he was only with her because he was in effect programmed to be, then … well, hell no.
She sobered, with some difficulty, and got off her stool.
“This is bullshit, and the worst pick up line I ever did hear. I want to go home now, and forget I ever met you.”
His bear’s growl shook the floor. Holly should have been terrified, but she forced herself to stand her ground and confront Darius as he rounded the breakfast bar and towered above her. He was a good head taller than she was, and she had to crane her neck to look up at him. At the same time, she had to fight the insane urge to simply lean into his overwhelming warmth and strength and let him take care of her. What the hell was that all about? She barely knew this man, and yet, she trusted him. Deep down, in her psyche, she knew he would never hurt her, and wasn’t that the oddest thing yet.
“That is not possible. Cole placed you under my protection, and even if you weren’t my mate, I’m duty bound to keep you with me.”
Holly barely resisted the childish urge to stamp her foot, preferably on his bare toes, but, no doubt she would only hurt herself. He was so much stronger and solid than she was, and that was in his human form. As his bear … yeah, don’t go there.
“Yeah, I know, I’m your mate, ha ha.” She took a step away when he glared down at her, but, of course, it was useless because he simply followed her. When her back made contact with the wall, she gasped and then Darius was on top of her, and conscious thought just wasn’t possible anymore. His gaze intensified as he put his hands either side of her head, while he pressed his body into hers. There was no mistaking how much she affected him because his cock was a hard, long ridge against her belly, and her traitorous body responded in kind. When he bent his head and inhaled deeply next to her ear, everything south clenched in need. His beard scratched the sensitive area under her ear, as he growled his reply into her neck.
“I’m just going to have to prove it to you, starting with this.” Darius bit down lightly on the fleshy part of her ear, and his groan trembled through her, as he licked along her pulse point. There was no way he would miss how much her heart was racing in response to his nearness. Her nipples formed into hard beacons of lust, which prodded against his chest, and she suddenly hated the thick fabric of his bathrobe. It chafed against the tips, and almost against her will, her hands snaked up his back to lodge in his hair. He’d left it loose, and another of those deep rumbly groans came from his chest when she tugged on the silky strands.
Heat and need consumed her, and before she could draw another breath into her lungs his warm lips connected with hers. Holly stopped thinking altogether. Nothing else mattered but the feel of him pressed up against her, his soft, yet firm lips caressing hers. His tongue flicked along her seam, wordlessly demanding entry, and when she let him in, time stood still. Darius took charge of the kiss, exploring every facet of her mouth with breathtaking intensity. Her toes curled under, and she strained to get closer. Their breaths mingled, became one, and his bear’s possessive roar trembled through her when she kissed him back. Teeth clashing, they fought for supremacy as their tongues dueled and connected, and she drank in his taste, his virility, his need.
Never before had a kiss marked her like this. It was as though Darius was branding her, making her his, and Holly reveled in his need for her. Here, in this moment, she believed his earlier conviction, and it brought forth her own possessive instincts.
She wanted him, come what may and fuck the consequences.
Shifters defend their mates to the death...
Bear shifter Darius Longton never expected to find his mate in his favorite coffee shop, but one sniff of her scent in the air is all it takes for his bear to know the truth. This delicious, sinfully curvy redhead is his.
Too bad she’s human and far too fragile for his volatile bear.
Holly Trent cannot understand the instant attraction she feels for this man. One look from his heavy-lidded eyes is all it takes to set her knickers aflame with lust. However, she will not be another notch on his bedpost, no matter how much his voice alone makes her want to sink to her knees.
But when a customer gets heavy with her, everything changes. Darius’s defense of her places them both in terrible danger. Thrown headfirst into shifter council politics, it falls to Holly to save her mate.
Be Warned: BDSM, anal sex, spanking
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