expects is to find a lost human asleep in his storage building. As soon as he
sets eyes on Pete, Tobias knows they are destined mates. But he cannot act on
his attraction, no matter how much he feels compelled. Exposure to the human
world could mean the end of their way of life, so he decides to help Pete get a room until he can reunite with the tour group he separated from. But Tobias’s disgraced half-brother, Zev, has other ideas. He takes a liking to Pete and decides he wants what Tobias has—both his position as pack leader and his mate. Tobias can’t let that happen, but protecting Pete means keeping him close, which only increases the mounting tensions between them.
Duty, protection, desire, and secrecy clash as the darkness within Zev rises to the surface, and only Tobias can save his mate—even if he never plans to tell Pete that’s what they are.
Pete looked back and forth between Tobias and Zev, wondering what in the hell was going on. Tobias was as rigid as a board and looked like he was going to eat this Zev guy for lunch. Not that Pete wanted anything to do with Zev. He was rather creepy and had these really dark eyes that made Pete wonder what kind of person he was. Not that anyone could help their eye color, but…. Jesus, he was rambling when talking to himself. I really need to get a grip.
“Do I need to get the ruler?” Pete asked when neither of them backed down.
Tobias stepped closer to Zev, who finally flinched a little. “No. There’s no contest,” Tobias said. “And Zev was just leaving.” Tobias was obviously following Zev’s moves with his gaze, and the intensity in Tobias’s eyes and the way he kept stepping between Pete and Zev to shield him were pretty hot. Pete wondered if Tobias was protecting him. Not that Pete needed someone’s protection. He could take care of himself under most circumstances that didn’t involve being lost in the woods, hiking, basically the great outdoors… well, except for scaring off cougars. Apparently he was good at that. Shit, he was doing it again.
Pete watched Tobias, taking a few seconds to drink in the amazing man in front of him. Damn, Tobias was hot—really hot. Pete had always liked big guys, and Tobias fit the bill perfectly. He had muscles in all the right places. His eyes were an odd color and seemed almost yellow, but they looked amazing on him.
“If you don’t mind, I think I’ll take you back to the compound. Zev has a tendency to be impulsive and doesn’t know when to back off.”
“Are you coming to my rescue?” Pete liked that thought. He’d spent most of the morning afraid of Tobias but now realized that fear had dropped away when Tobias stood up for him.
“No. But you don’t have to be back to the airport for a few days, so I can probably take you home with me, and you can spend your time doing something more interesting than waiting for the bus. That is, if you want to. You’re welcome to stay here if you like.”
From the way Tobias’s eyes flashed, that clearly wasn’t the option he wanted Pete to choose. And if he were honest, he’d been nervous at the compound, but everyone was kind enough, just reserved, except for Tobias’s mother. On top of that, he wasn’t really looking forward to sitting here until tomorrow and then taking an hours-long bus ride. But he definitely wasn’t sure what to do.
“You don’t have to do that.”
“You’re more than welcome.” Tobias didn’t step closer or pressure him, but instead flashed a brilliant, warm smile. “I’d like you to stay with us.”
Pete hesitated until he looked across the small parking lot and saw that Zev guy staring at him like he was some sort of snack. The feral heat in his eyes gave Pete chills, and thinking about how it would be once Tobias left…. The chills grew. He leaned closer and lowered his voice. “How do you know him?”
“We’re brothers,” Zev answered from about three car lengths away.