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Man and wolf. Sworn enemies in the battle for Askara. Can hate and betrayal ever lead to love?
Caleb Harken has spent six years wrongfully imprisoned for his father’s treachery. Tortured and reviled by the very wolf pack he should have been leading as Alpha, he is not surprised to learn he’s finally to meet his death at the hands of the human rebel leader, Taegan Callan.
Taegan gave up his dreams of a life-mate and a family after seeing too many humans butchered at the hands of the wolves—even if Caleb doesn’t seem to be the bloodthirsty savage he expects, and even if he starts to long for a different kind of future with the wolf.
Can Caleb become the Alpha he was always meant to be and lead his pack, or will he finally realize that winning his freedom means nothing when he has already lost his heart?
Taegan stood, the only way he could stop his hands from reaching for the blanket to tuck it around Caleb. He was sickened. Sickened at himself and sickened at the life Caleb had been forced into. He couldn’t imagine the horror of his miserable existence. He had to ask. “The day of the challenge. You were supposed to die?”
Caleb nodded but remained looking at the floor, and Taegan wished he had eaten more soup. He was gaunt and pale, but his eyes were beautiful, his skin soft, and his lips perfect. Eating properly and being cared for, he would be stunning. Taegan made a noise in the back of his throat in frustration. It had been so long since he had thoughts like this. Now, at thirty he had the occasional bed companion. Females mostly, but there had been a couple of men. He never stayed the night and he never saw them again. After getting involved with one of the rebels and quickly realizing that wasn’t a good idea, he also now only ever fucked strangers. The working girls and boys in the coastal towns were the best. Used to transient fishermen and never expected anyone to hang around.
Maybe it had been too long. Maybe that was why he was having all these ridiculous thoughts. Caleb was fragile. He wasn’t a quick lay — a quick anything — and getting involved with someone who, for what all intents and purposes, was an Alpha-heir would be a dangerous mistake. Besides which he had a rebellion to run. Taegan glanced at Silas and regretted it instantly. The wolf was looking at him expectantly as if he was waiting for Taegan to make a decision. What was he going to do? Caleb was right. They couldn’t bargain for him as he had no value, but it was incredibly risky him being here. Unlike Silas, who was a nomad for want of a better word; he had no pack allegiance and there were no Alphas going to come looking for him. Caleb was something completely different. He was painting a target on them all just by being here.
Renee stepped into the cave with two of the kids. One was Tobias, Jenner’s little brother and the other his friend Savon. Judging from the rash that covered both their arms and faces they had fallen into an Azgara bush. The seeds would need washing off before they inflamed their skin further. Renee glanced at Caleb and her face softened. “I need the bed,” she whispered. Puzzled, Taegan followed her gaze.
Caleb was asleep. While Taegan had been silent working out his decision, Caleb had let his exhaustion take him again. It was a symptom of the neglect he had suffered. He needed to move Caleb so his mom could have the room and see to the kids. Taegan bent to pick him up without thinking. He needed to keep an eye on him, but he couldn’t do what would amount to a death sentence and lock him in the cage. He nodded to Silas. “I will take him to my room while we work out what to do with him.”
Silas brightened with approval. “I will help Renee. There is some tea they can drink to reduce the inflammation, and then I will come and dress his wrists.” Taegan smiled — of course there was — and gently settled Caleb into his arms. The wolf sighed and curled into his chest. Taegan paused, stiffening slightly.
Silas lifted his chin towards the bundle in Taegan’s arms. “He desperately needs the touch.”
“But I’m not a wolf,” Taegan protested.
Silas’s smile turned into a calculating one. “Very true, but his wolf has made no attempt to get closer to me at all.”
“What you said about him being on his own. You’re on your own,” Taegan said uncomfortably. He didn’t like the thought of his friend suffering.
“And I am over two hundred years old. My own companionship is no longer a punishment.”
“Do you know of any wolves that would take him in?”
“I thought you were going to ransom him?”
Taegan stiffened. “If what he says is true, his uncle will not bargain for him.”
“Is that the only reason?”
“Of course,” Taegan muttered walking out to his own room. He clutched the wolf tighter as if to shelter him from the cold passages between the caves. Carrying Caleb seemed to be becoming a habit.
Wrote her first book on a dare from her hubby three years ago. Loves writing about gorgeous boys loving each other the best, and especially with either a paranormal or a historical twist. Had a try at writing contemporary but failed spectacularly when it grew four legs and a tail.
Is an English northern lass but is currently serving twenty to life in Florida – unfortunately, she spends more time chained at her computer than on a beach.
Loves to hear from her readers and can be found most days lurking on facebook.
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