Casey Scott grew up being told he’d never amount to anything, and despite the unwavering love and support from his best friend, Jake, the idea sticks in the back of Casey’s mind. When he discovers he has a unique destiny in an enclave where shifters and humans live together, he seizes the chance, wanting for once in his life to be someone special.
Tsvetok Yerokhin lost his parents to the evil ruler of the enclave when he was a boy. The responsibilities of raising his two younger brothers nearly overwhelmed him and self-doubt took over. When the new Alpha and his Protector arrive in time to save his life, Sev is grateful, but he’s even more shocked when he scents his mate with them.
Casey isn’t prepared for the feelings that sweep over him when he meets Sev, but he refuses to act on them because he’s straight. Still, there is something so alluring about Sev that Casey can’t help being drawn to him.
As the two explore the edges of their new discovery, an evil returns, determined to control the enclave or destroy it. The Alpha and Protector are powerless to stop it, but Casey holds the key to victory. If he can discover what it is, he has a chance to save them all. To be the hero.
Unfortunately, the hero has to be willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, and for Casey that means losing his heart.
Such a wonderful story. I love how Sev and Casey have to figure out how to be with guys since neither of them had been with a man before. But also, how ultimately it didn’t matter to either of them. Love was more important than what was between their legs. I was kept on the edge of my seat the whole time to see what Elizar would do next and if he would win. The way Sev and Casey worked together to save the enclave was amazing. They are so well suited. They both want to protect each other, but they bring different things to the relationship. I loved the ending and how Sev and Casey are going to be together for many decades to come. But oh my gosh that epilogue! I so didn’t see that coming. I can’t wait until book three comes out!
Four and a half
I asked Will to share a look at how things are going a little bit in the future after the end of the book. I absolutely LOVE what he sent. I hope you do as well. Read and enjoy!
“But why can’t I learn to use fire?” Vadim whined yet again.
Casey sighed rubbed the bridge of his nose. “I told you already, you need to learn the things from the books before you start putting them to practical use.”
“Is that how you learned?” Vadim challenged.
“Well…no, but it was different for me. I needed to know everything before walked into the enclave.”
“So you knew how to use the elements before you got here? I just recently got a handle on it.”
“Then why is it okay for you, but not for me?”
There was tension running along the back of Casey’s neck. Vadim was right, but Casey had to learn because there was a threat to everyone, not just because it was fun.
“I had no choice. I had to learn everything alone because of Elizar. I had no mentor to guide me, and if I did, I think they’d want me to learn basics before I rush ahead into something advanced where I might get hurt. If you can show me you’re learning your lessons well, I’ll teach you to move air, but fire is dangerous. It can destroy if you’re not careful.”
“And you have to admit,” Sev added, “you’re not the most focused of people.”
Vadim glared at his brother. “I take offense at that.”
“Because it’s true?” Sev asked.
Vadim flushed and turned away. “What can I do with wind anyway?”
“Seriously? Come outside. Let me show you.”
They walked to the beach where Sev and Casey had been joined. It was chilly, but not too bad. Casey took Vadim to a spot where several small rocks, about the size of a bowling ball, sat along the edge of the beach.
“No element is unimportant,” Casey started. “None of them is more powerful than another, just in a different way. Do you see these rocks?”
“They were once likely part of a much larger boulder that, over time, was worn down by wind and water. It’s how valleys are formed, how canyons are created. I want you to watch this closely, and then tell me what you’ve learned.”
Casey drew energy into his body, and the air crackled around him. Jagged sparks snapped in the air, striking the ground with enough intensity to move sand. When he thrust his hands out in front of him, the wind blew forth and slammed into one of the rocks, throwing it high into the air where it swirled in a funnel, and split asunder, small pieces falling back to earth.
“Where I came from, fast swirling winds were something we called tornadoes. They destroyed entire towns, killed many people. They can be devastating, but they can also calm.”
Casey again raised his hands and a gentle breeze issued forth, stroking over Vadim and Casey, ruffling their hair. He strode over to where his mate and brother-in-law stood, and grinned at Vadim’s wide eyes.
“What have you learned, apprentice?”
“Can you teach me those things?”
“And more, but you have to know the simple things before you can advance.”
“Okay, I’m going to go study.”
He turned and trotted back toward the enclave, leaving Casey and Sev alone. Sev took his hand and stroked it through Casey’s hair. “You know that by tomorrow he’ll want to know more.”
“Yes, but he’s learning so much already. He’s incredible. But then again, he comes from damn good stock.”
Sev leaned in and kissed Casey, who allowed a small portion of his power to flow through his body and into Sev. When the kiss broke, Sev smiled. “I love how you do that,” he admitted.
“So you love me for my power?”
“And so much more, my mate. Come, let me take you back to the house and I will show you a few of the things I’ve learned from you as well.”
Casey waggled his brows. “Aw, yeah, who’s gonna get some tonight?”
Sev sighed and tugged Casey’s arm, dragging him back to their home, where they would once again show each other that the spirits did not make a mistake when they decided Casey and Sev were right for one another.
“This night is shot,” Casey mumbled. “Hakii, if you’re there, I’m sorry. I need to find him. I’ll try to be back as soon as I can. Oh, and if you’re not there, I hope you’re getting a damn good laugh at me talking to myself.”
The night air had chilled considerably. Casey threw on a sweater and hurried to the Alpha’s house. Before he could pound on the door, it swung open. Jake stood there wearing nothing at all.
“Oh god, my eyes.”
Jake sighed. “You’ve seen me before. A lot, if I recall correctly.”
“And every time I do, I remember that I need to create eye bleach.”
Jake faked a laugh. “Yeah, you’re hilarious. What do you want?”
“A guy came to my house tonight. His name is Sev, and I think he’s in trouble.”
All humor fled from Jake’s face. “What happened?”
Casey told him about the visit. “He…called me his mate. What the hell is that about?”
“Later. We’ve got to find him.”
In an instant, Jake transformed into a beautiful black jaguar. Zak came rushing to the door. “What is wrong?”
Before Casey could answer, Zak grabbed a heavy coat and squirmed into it. “Jake will track him. You will come with us.”
“Zak, he called me his mate. Why would he do that?”
“You worry about this now? I do not see where this matters. If you prefer, you may stay behind.”
Casey sobered immediately. “No, you’re right. I’m sorry.”
They tracked Jake as he hurried to the woods. When they heard him roar, Zak and Casey ran to the edge of the forest. Jake had transformed back to his human form and, man, was he pissed.
“Come out here, now,” he demanded.
There was no movement, but Casey heard a clicking noise, followed by the familiar stamping of feet.
“You spray me and I swear to the gods I will neuter you. Put your damn tail down and face us as a man, Sev.”
Parker Williams believes that true love exists, but it always comes with a price. No happily ever after can ever be had without work, sweat, and tears that come with melding lives together.
Living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Parker held his job for nearly 28 years before he decided to retire and try new things. He enjoys his new life as a stay-at-home author and also working on Pride-Promotions, an LGBT author promotion service.
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