Black Hills Wolves Book 8
It’s a good thing Stephen Dorsett is a patient Wolf—especially since his stubborn mate refuses to accept the bond between them. Though she’s run from him for years, he’s determined to show her she belongs at his side. Nothing will stand between him and his sexy, spitfire she-Wolf.Kate Matthews lives with a horrible secret. And though she’s loved Stephen for as long as she can remember, she could never be the mate he wants or deserves—especially if he ever learned the truth about her.
When hunters threaten the safety of the Black Hill’s Wolves pack, Kate overcomes her fears and lays her life on the line. Will Stephen and the rest of the pack accept her once her life-long plight is at last revealed?
Human hunters have been plaguing the Black Hills wolves, now Stephen has scented them near the pack borders. As is a somewhat usual routine for him he goes to try to tempt his mate into bonding with him. Trying desperately to wear down her resistance. He just wishes he knew why she keeps pushing him away.Kate has problem, she can’t shift. No one knows not even her family, she stays away from pack runs and her Alpha for this reason. She is petrified of the recriminations of not being able to shift, even though Magnum is dead. She loves Stephen, knows he is her mate but she can’t let him become tied for live to a shifter who damaged in this way.
This is a favorite scene when Stephen is giving her the warning about the hunters.
His grip tightened, and he fought the urge to shake her into submission. Christ, she infuriated the shit out of him. “I don’t need you to be someone else. I just need you to be you. The exact way you are. That’s all I’ve ever wanted.”
Kate slumped and dropped her hands to her sides. “It won’t work, Stephen. You’re wasting your time with me.”
Brushing off his hold, she faced the forest once more and grasped the wood railing in front of her.
Still, she refused to give him a reason.
An unrelenting determination goaded him to push for more. He crowded into her personal space, plastering his bare chest to her stiff back. He dipped his head to the curve of her neck, the same delectable neck he’d dreamt of marking for years, and inhaled her scent. The sweet tinge of honeysuckle wrapped around his senses, driving the Wolf inside him nuts. She attempted to move away, but he slid an arm around her stomach, holding her in place. He ran his lips along the column of her throat while his body absorbed the tremble passing through her frame.
“Why, Kate? Why do you keep denying me?”
For one flicker of a moment, he thought she might give him a straight answer. Instead, she choked out, “It’s not meant to be. Please, leave me alone. I’m begging you.”
Fuck, she always pushed him away. Always kept to herself. Never trusted him enough to speak of her reservations. No matter how hard he tried to convince her she could open up to him, she ran.
Did she have any clue how much her denials affected him? His heart could only withstand so many jabs before it shattered into pieces, and she didn’t seem to care one damn bit.
“Fine. I’m going home.” Stephen heaved a frustrated sigh and dropped his arm. For once, he was too tired to chase her. He’d just tell her what he’d come to say and be on his way.
He stalked to the edge of the porch and paused on the last step. “Some hunters from Collins have been snooping around after Marston. I found traces of a human trail near the pack’s territory earlier tonight when I ran the borders. Be sure to keep your doors locked and don’t venture into the woods alone until this shit is sorted out.”
With his warning delivered, he stepped off the porch onto the dewy grass, the dampness tickling between his toes. Her faint sniffle reached his ears, and he forced himself not to race back to comfort her. Instead, he worked on steadying his thrumming pulse. Pushing past low-hanging branches, he slipped into a dense copse of trees behind her house and halted long enough to hear the slam of her screen door. Tilting his head to the side, he waited for the flip of her backdoor lock. At the low click, he continued on his way home to another morning spent in his lonely bed without his mate.
Taming His Mate (Black Hills Wolves Book 8) (Kindle Locations 107-129). Decadent Publishing. Kindle Edition.
Not your typical mating tale and one with angst caused by the human hunters. A fast paced enjoyable read.
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