Seth Carmichael never did anything wrong, but instead of working at the local library, he was running for his life. His herd was hunting him and with few resources, Seth’s options were fading fast. Until, that is, he heard the rumble of a motorcycle. Peeking through the tree he was hiding in, he couldn’t believe his eyes. Had salvation come in the form of a badass biker?
Ra (no last name and proud of it) was a tiger on a mission. He’d scented his mate and then the little rabbit ran away before his teeth could engage. Ra heard the gossip around Arrowtown; he knew his mate was a hunted man. But if the sweet man was on the run, he needed someone to look after him; Ra figured he was the right man for the job.
A meeting, a mating and yet another meeting. What should have been a straight forward relationship turned into so much more on their very first outing as a mated couple. Now Ra has to count on the strength of his mate and the help of his friends, if he and Seth are ever to have the HEA they’d planned for. And what was with all these Fae turning up out of the blue?
Warning: Contains a tiger who keeps putting his foot in it; a tiny lop-eared rabbit who is stronger than he looks and a bunch of friends who’ll hide a body, no questions asked.
This story was lovely. I adored Seth and Ra, both individually and together. Plus their friends and the townspeople were wonderful additions to the story. Ms. Oliver creates wonderful worlds where paranormals have their own rules and things are at play beyond people shifting into animals and falling in love. It’s intricate and thought out and you can tell that as you’re reading the story. I couldn’t put the book down and pretty much read it straight through from start to finish.
Seth was so sweet. He had a tough time at the beginning of the book and watching him overcome the obstacles in his path was so nice. I loved when he stood up for himself despite being scared. I adored his outlook on his parents and mates. He had a wonderful role model in his parents on how to make mating work. I loved how he handled the pregnancy. All the hormones, ups and downs, and crazy rush to get ready came across clearly.
Ra was a badass with a secret mushy side. He struggled with love languages but he was so in love with Seth and was so sweet about it. Ra worshiped Seth and would have done anything for him. You can feel those emotions in the story and his struggle with them as well. I loved how Ra grew and became just a tiny bit softer and more open by the end of the book. But his core strength and general badassery doesn’t change. I enjoyed seeing him stand up for Seth and let everyone around know he’d do anything for his mate.
The pregnancy aspect of the story was wonderful. It was explained in a way that was totally believable and had me wanting to know how Seth and Ra will handle it in the future. I truly enjoyed the town with all the shifters and the greater world with paranormal beings “out” and known to all. I would love to read more in this series. I want to see more of the characters in the town receive happily ever afters. Plus I want to know more about the politics and how they affect the town and the people in it.
Seth and Ra together were wonderful. Normally I’m not a fan of miscommunication within a relationship as a plot device. However it worked really well here. These two were struggling to connect and communicate at first. Sometimes it was over the top how badly they weren’t talking. But it was that much sweeter when they did come together as the story progressed. Once they were on the same page they were so dang good together. You could feel their love pouring out of the page. Their happily ever after was beautiful. I loved seeing how they’re going to be together forever and will tackle any obstacle in their path.
Four and a half
Ra wanted to sing and roar and dance and shout to the heavens. He finally had his mate where he was meant to be. But as he didn’t want to scare his little darling now he’d got him, he restrained himself, watching with delight as Seth polished off two salads and nibbled on some bread. Seth was so dainty with his pale skin and his white hair. His eyes were such a washed out blue they were almost gray, yet Ra had seen them sparkle when his mate laughed. He wanted to see that every day.
“So, my little sweetness, I have to ask, and you don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to, but it’s just….”
“Is this about my running away when you grabbed me?” Seth met his eyes easily, a small smile creating dimples in his cheeks.
Ra nodded. Truth be told, he was easily distracted and now he’d seen them, his tiger wanted to lick those dimples.
“I knew you were my mate from the scent, of course,” Seth explained looking down at his hands. “I don’t know if you remember but you’d come into town with the other members of your gang, club, or whatever you call your group of friends.”
“We’re a club, not a gang; a group of lone shifters who simply like riding motorcycles. We’re not harmful.”
“Oh, I know,” Seth peeked up at him. “I’ve er…seen you around town. I’d always look for you when I heard the bikes.”
Ra beamed. It was a good sign his mate had been attracted to him before they even met. Then he frowned. “Why did you run then?”
“Have you seen your reflection lately?” Seth chuckled and Ra stopped frowning. “You’re huge and you stomp around town in your badass leathers, with chains hanging off your belt loops. You wore your skull bandana and your black fingerless leather gloves. Do you remember?”
Ra hadn’t given any thought to the way he was dressed. “My outfit bothered you?”
“No, you looked like my ultimate fantasy,” Seth’s head was bowed again. “But then you growled and roared and your teeth shifted and I don’t know. We were in the middle of town; your friends were laughing and I thought they were laughing at me and my body went into stress. When a tiger roars, a rabbit runs for the nearest hiding place.”
Ra frowned and he found himself rubbing Seth’s back softly. He could feel every knob of his mate’s spine. “I was really excited to meet you,” he offered even though he knew it was a lame-ass excuse. Thinking back, he probably did get a little overexcited.
“I know that now, and I was going to come to the clubhouse to see you…but….” Seth trailed off, his voice sad.
“What happened, sweetness,” Ra rocked Seth gently in his arms, trying to soothe his mate’s tension-filled body.
Lisa Oliver had been writing non-fiction books for years when visions of half dressed, buff men started invading her dreams. Unable to resist the lure of her stories, Lisa decided to switch to fiction books, and now stories about her men clamor to get out from under her fingertips.
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