Happy Middle of the week to you, guys. Time to tease. As ever big thanks to Angelica Dawson who makes the tease possible every week.
We're just six days away from the release of the Owned by the Alpha anthologies, so, I had to give you a tease from my story The Hunt. Last time you met Raphael.
Today, I'm giving you a sneak peek into Aubrey's mind, who has just met and run away from Raphael.
She knew who he was, of course. The Alpha of the dominant wolf pack around these parts was something of a legend in shifter circles. Fifteen years her senior, he was way, way out of her league, no matter how much her inner animal lusted after him from afar. He’d brought peace to this corner of Northumberland, uniting the packs under his leadership, with the exception of the southern wolves who seemed intent on causing trouble.
A gang of them had caused untold havoc in the village square only last week. In their human forms, they’d driven their dirt bikes through the memorial garden, uprooting plants and turning over a bench. No one quite knew what to do with the gang of bikers in their midst, because they disappeared as quickly as they appeared, and Aubrey was certainly not going to tell what she knew. She liked the quiet, unassuming life, nestled away between the humans who had no idea what was going on.
At least, the humans didn’t judge her for her complete inability to be more deer like. She glared into the darkness surrounding her. She was not going to be some stag’s doormat, thank you very much. The best thing she ever did was move away from Scotland and take the job as school teacher in this tiny village. Her refusal to mate with the head stag had gotten her ostracized from the deer-shifting community. Her parents, in particular, her mother, had been the most disparaging.
“Why can’t you be more like your sisters?”
That comment still stung. Both her younger sisters were willow-like and thought the sun shone out of their mates’ hoofs and asses. They also didn’t have one original thought in their heads. Aubrey would rather shoot herself than be like them. She had a brain to go with the extra weight she carried, and she had every intention of using it.
Mind you, she mused to herself, as she shifted and cried out in agony, she seemed to have entirely misplaced her brain tonight. While the shift had stopped the bleeding on her thigh, her teeth were now chattering and she still had no idea where she was. She ought to move, but with the howls of angry wolves far too close by, she daren’t risk it.
As she shifted so rarely these days, she didn’t have the finely honed instincts needed to stay off their radar, which had gotten her into this mess in the first place. She didn’t even want to think what the big black wolf might have done to the trio who’d pursued her. The sounds of fighting had been utterly terrifying. No doubt he would be furious with her for putting him in the situation of defending her.
That moment she’d looked into his glowing eyes … the way he’d growled as though she meant something to him… Her deer had been all but ready to throw herself at his mercy and that was insane. Wolves ate deer, she had to remember. And it didn’t seem to matter one iota to them that she was indeed a shifter and thus not food, as so aptly illustrated by the terrible trio.
Aubrey pulled her knees to her chest and wrapped her arms around herself in a vain effort to retain some body heat. Thoughts of what else those three might have done to her when they finally realized she was a woman didn’t bear thinking about.
The shivers started in earnest now, and Aubrey swallowed down her rising panic when she couldn’t rouse her deer to shift back into animal form. While she didn’t have an inbuilt fur coat, like the wolves, she would be warmer as her deer.
It seemed her animal was too frightened to come out and play, however, and who could have blamed her? Aubrey suspected her shy deer half would take a very long time indeed to recover from this ordeal, if she ever did. Aubrey hadn’t exactly relished becoming part of the hunt herself. She needed to move or she would freeze right here.
A menacing growl just above her hiding place made her jump in fright. She banged her head on the trunk of the tree in the process and stuffed her hand in her mouth to stop herself from crying out in pain. As it was, she saw freaking stars. That was all she needed, to knock herself out. Dirt and stones dislodged from under her as the whole tree shifted, and the ground gave way.
This time Aubrey did scream as she tumbled down the frozen incline and into the ice-cold waters of the stream.
She fought to breathe as a heavyweight pinned her down before pain sliced up her neck, and her head was out of the water. A pair of glowing yellow eyes was her last view before her vision dimmed.
Not every night you’re hunted by wolves, meet your mate and then run out on him...
Everyone knows wolves eat deer, so when Aubrey Verene accidentally stumbles into their monthly hunt, she runs for her life.
Straight into the path of the biggest wolf of them all.
Raphael Taylor, Alpha of his pack, is enjoying the thrill of the chase. He certainly doesn’t expect to find his own mate, let alone see her being pursued by the rival pack on his territory.
His wolf’s revenge is as swift as it is deadly.
No one touches what’s his.
Convincing his mate that being eaten by this particular wolf is a good idea proves trickier, never mind the reluctance of his pack to accept a deer in their midst.
Can this unlikely mating stand up to the challenge, or are they doomed from the start?
Driven by instinct, an Alpha shifter recognizes his fated mate from one scent, one touch. He'll pursue his woman, regardless of the cost, and anyone else would be smart to get out of his way. He won't stop until he takes possession of his prize.
Although the hunter doesn't need convincing, his mate certainly does. The Alpha will have to prove himself as a lover and convince his woman that he plays for keeps.
Scent of Destiny by Rose Wulf
Taken Mate by Sam Crescent
Finders Keepers by Stacey Espino
The Hunt by Doris O’Connor
Alpha at Altitude by Lily Harlem
Fated to the Razorback Demon by Maia Dylan
Running Home by Michelle Graham
Alpha’s Sunshine by Elyzabeth M. VaLey
Checkmate by Wren Michaels
Frozen Heart by Beth D. Carter
Wolf Hunter by Elena Kincaid
Returning to the Coyote by Roberta Winchester
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