After waking up in a hotel room in Vegas married to waitress Belle Vaughn instead of wolf heiress Maribella DeVaughn, Parker knows he’s made a mistake of epic proportions. One that his family, money and position can’t fix for anyone involved. There will be no annulment or divorce. Not only because wolves mate for life, but because of Woolven Industries. They can’t afford another scandal. Belle doesn’t understand why it’s such a big deal until the full moon Parker tries to turn her and fails—because she’s a vampire. They aren’t even the same species, but somewhere along the way, the show they put on for human society became real and that mistake became something not only worth dying for, but worth living for, too.
Parker the wild child has done it again, only this time he royally screwed up. Marrying Belle, was a somewhat honest mistake, but now there are a lot of fires to put out. Not only the business ones, but a huge one caused by his relationship with Belle.
Belle has been running from her father for years refusing to take on the mantle he wishes her to take. Now she fears she will bring his wrath down on the Woolvens. In her opinion she can’t afford this mating and neither can Parker.
This is a favorite scene as Parker tries to convince Belle to stay married to him.
“Of course.” He called the hotel desk and first, complained about the violation of his privacy, which the staff obviously took very seriously and then proceeded to give them the room service order. He paused to turn to her. “Would you like a change of clothes or anything? All things Woolven are at your disposal.”
“Really? Actually, I’d like someone to go to my apartment and retrieve my bug out bag. Can you make that happen?”
“I can.” Parker hung up the hotel phone and pulled out his cell again and started texting. “Address?”
She took the phone from him and typed in the address of the apartment building and added “under the floorboard in the maintenance shed.”
“They must be some bad motherfuckers you’re running from.” He pursed his lips. “What if I told you that Woolven could shield you from whoever you’re running from? We could fix it so they never bother you again.”
It would be so easy to believe him. To lean on him and let him take care of her, but that certainly wasn’t fair. He didn’t know who she was, not really. So he didn’t know what he was promising.
He must’ve seen the doubt on her face. “You may think I’m a soft, little rich boy who can just throw money at a problem. My family is— well, let’s just say we can be bad motherfuckers, too. We didn’t get to be where we are by eating someone else’s shit sundae with a spoon.”
Her heart twisted on itself just a bit. “What if I told you I recognized the name you spoke earlier and the people after me are just as bad. That they’re…” She struggled to find the right description. “… the same.”
Belle should’ve just come out said she was a vampire, but she needed to know how he was going to react. He didn’t seem like the type to sell her out, but he didn’t know her. Why should he put his whole family at risk for someone he barely knew? She didn’t expect him to be a saint. After all, she’d do what she had to do to protect herself and anyone she loved.
Even sell him out. She’d feel bad about it, and it would keep her up nights— days— whatever. The point being, she’d do it.
“I don’t know, Parker. We barely know each other and—”
He held up his hand. “Look, I know all of that. But necessity makes for strange bedfellows. I know I’m totally fucking up this negotiation by showing you all my cards, but I prefer honesty. It’s easier.”
His words made her feel like the lowest piece of slime. Like she’d already been obliterated and she was just what was left on the bottom of someone’s shoe. She tried not to shrink in her chair.
Parker continued, “I need you. My family needs you. We can’t afford the scandal. Or to insult the DeVaughns. If we present this like some kind of whirlwind romance, it keeps our board happy. It keeps the DeVaughns…” He held his hands out like they were the mighty scales of justice weighing their sins. “… Maybe not happy, but understanding. And maybe this can do something for you, too.”
“Well, you already put neon on the target on my back.” She sighed. “Not you, specifically. I mean, you did tell me who you were. I just didn’t believe you.”
He peered at her. “Whyever not?”
“Come on. Really? Feature the headline. Billionaire Dines At Greasy Lamb. Marries Waitress.” She rolled her eyes. “It’s like some stupid rom-com.”
“Well, it did happen. And here we are. Also, what’s wrong with rom-coms? People have to fall in love somehow.”
DeWylde, Saranna. The Mate Mistake (The Woolven Secret Book 3) (Kindle Locations 254-281). Corvus Corax. Kindle Edition.
Falling in love is never easy and with all that’s going on in Parker’s family this is quite the twist.
Her family, his family, the emotions and pain, I cried and laughed and held my breath more than a few times.
Some really tough battle scenes, lots of snark and plenty of hot sex.
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Saranna De Wylde has always been fascinated by things better left in the dark. She wrote her first story after watching The Exorcist at a slumber party. Since then, she’s published horror, romance and narrative nonfiction. Like all writers, Saranna has held a variety of jobs, from operations supervisor for an airline, to an assistant for a call girl, to a corrections officer. But like Hemingway said, “Once writing has become your major vice and greatest pleasure, only death can stop it.” So she traded in her cuffs for a full-time keyboard. She loves to hear from her readers.