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The Great Wolves of Passion, Alaska 5

Rand's Craving
Eve hasnt spent much time with Rand outside of the bedroom. And definitely not alone. But, with the violence against the wolf population growing, they investigate the issues together. With each day out, they grow closer, but she knows Rand is holding something back. Rand has wanted Eve since the first moment he scented her. He has held back some of his true sexual nature because he worries she might freak out. Spending more time with her is making it hard to ignore his baser needs. And he has to keep his head screwed on straight. He has to protect her not only from himself, but from the violent villain who now seems focused on destroying her. Genre: Mnage a Trois/Quatre, Paranormal, Vampires/Werewolves Length: 19,270 words

RANDS CRAVING
The Great Wolves of Passion, Alaska 5

Kiera West

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To my husband and girls for their support through all the craziness of my writing career.

RANDS CRAVING
The Great Wolves of Passion, Alaska 5 KIERA WEST
Copyright 2011

Chapter One
I need some action, Eve announced to the room at large. None of the cousins said a word as she glanced around. She stood at the top of the stairs that led into the living room, her hands on her hips, and waited. Noah kept tapping on his laptop while Ethan, Max, and Randwho were scattered around the room on the couch and easy chairall gave her looks of pity. Something itched under her skin. It was as if she knew she had some task to complete. For the life of her, she couldnt figure out what it was. The feeling that she had forgotten something was driving her batty. She hated the feeling. Her emotions were out of control, and that was something she could not handle. A strange mixture of sexual need and rage boiled inside of her. It took all her strength to keep it contained. Her entire life she had been a placid kind of woman, but right now, she felt ready to scream. And, all because the men she was involved with didnt acknowledge her declaration. I mean it, she growled. Lord, she was growling like she was some kind of beast. She didnt growl. MacMillians didnt even raise their voices. Her parents and her colleagues would be appalled. Heck, she was horrified she was contemplating picking up a book sitting on

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the table and beaning one of the cousins in the head. It was their fault. They had brought her to this point. Shane walked in behind her. I heard you all the way in my room, babe. You know Im always ready and willing for any kind of action you want to dole out. He wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her back against him. She could feel his growing erection against her bottom, and her body responded as it always did. Heat flared low in her tummy, and a need so great took hold. But she wasnt allowing him to distract her. Again. In the last month since Shanes mother had been killed, the Dillons had gotten worse. They had forbidden her more than an hour or two out of the house a week, and she was going stir-crazy. Every day she felt rage and impotence building inside of her. Her safety was important. She wasnt stupid. She understood that Marianna had not done this on her own, knew there was no doubt that the woman had help. It didnt mean they could keep her a prisonerat least in her opinion. She wiggled away from Shane and marched down the stairs. He followed on her heels, but she refused to be swayed. Something was going to change or she would stab someone in the forehead with a fork. No, not that kind of action. I have to keep myself busy, and Im bored. I need to work. I need to do something. Even she heard the whining in her voice, but Eve couldnt help it. She needed them to understand she felt as if she were dying each day she was trapped in the house. All of the cousins except Noah shared a look. He was watching her with a thoughtful expression. The others were going to fight her on it. She just knew it. Damn if that didnt piss her off. She was not a person who could sit around and do nothing. I bet there is something in the lab we can work on, Ethan offered as he stood. She held out her hand to hold him off. She could

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tell from the smile on his face he had more in mind than just lab work. While her body was once again responding to the idea, she didnt want that. She needed to escape. No. Either it is the same stuff we just went over or youre just trying to get me away so you can get my clothes off me. No. I need to do something else, or I might just start killing people. Max snorted, and she shot him a look that had his smile fading. She settled her hands on her hips. You think I cant do it? Believe me, I can. No one discounts you want to, but there is a good chance if you come after us, youll end up in bed. Of course, that is a good result, too, so maybe we need to have us a little fight, Rand offered. She opened her mouth to tell him what he could do with his offer when Noah interrupted. Eve is right. She needs to get out. The weather is breaking a bit now that spring is coming. She smiled at Noah, who didnt notice as he was still typing on the laptop. E-mails and IMs were constantly going on with the council these days. He spent the majority of his days on the phone or on the computer. She wanted him to get away from work, but knowing how important it was, she didnt say anything. Eve had never been a clinging type of woman, and she understood duties. But, at the moment, she wouldnt let it bother her. She was going to get a little freedom. She glanced out the window and saw snow. Lots of it, but she said nothing. Spring in Alaska had a different meaning than spring in the lower forty-eight. Even if she was only out for fifteen minutes, she would relish every second. I dont think thats a good idea, Shane said as he shook his head, his frown becoming fierce. You know that crazy bitch had a partner. Until we find out who it is, we have to be careful. Noah stopped typing and looked up at his cousin. Eve could see the compassion on the Alphas face. They all knew it had been very hard to face down his mother a month ago, but Shane seemed to be

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healing. Still, those wounds were old and deep. Every now and then, she detected a note of melancholy in his tone. If she takes a couple of you, Im sure shell be okay. Rand huffed out a breath, which was odd. He normally had no problem going along with what Noah said. Most of them did, but lately everyone had been on edge waiting for the next incident to come. Each day that went by without one ratcheted up the pressure. She glanced at Rand and found him studying her then looking at Noah. Still not a good idea. Eve saw Noahs frown and knew a fight was about to break out. She could feel it in the air. Tension vibrated, and she wanted to scream. It added to her irritation that seemed to be growing by the second. What if we never catch this man, or thing, or whatever? she asked. Rand looked at her. What do you mean? What if we never find him? Am I supposed to spend the rest of my time here trapped in the house? I cant do that. You can if we say so. His rigid stance took her back a few steps. Rand was usually very gentle, easygoing. The last few weeks, though, he had gotten snarly with her more than once. All of them were in nasty moods from time to time, but Rand seemed to be getting worse. As the outdoorsman of the group, it might be that he was as irritated she. It wasnt uncommon for him to spend all day outside working. Eves right, Ethan said, stepping up beside her and facing Rand as he stood by her side. She cannot spend the rest of her life here, trapped in the house. Well, just the time I have left. Whatever, Ethan said. Again, there were secrets. She knew they were all holding on to some kind of secret. I went out with Shane a month ago with no problem. There is actually a bit of sun, so I can do some field checking.

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Ethan can do it. No, he cant. Hes been doing it, but I need to do some of it. Plus, I need to check on things in my cabin, double-check to make sure there are no problems there. I might be literally living here, but I do have things to take care of. He wanted to argue. She could see it there, but there was one thing she learned. Men would try to roll right over her without a problem. They saw their opinions as more important in general and discounted hers. She might have several PhDs at the end of her name, but that didnt seem to matter. I need to get out. Noah said it was okay. Im getting my stuff, and Im going. You want to be there with me, get your butt in gear and get ready. She turned on her heel, raised her chin, and marched out of the room. These Dillons would just have to learn she wouldnt put up with their tendency to take over. **** Utter silence filled the living room after Eve left them. Rand looked around, still irritated with the little tiff. None of them could ever really fight with Eve because they couldnt deal with her pain. Empathy toward their mate would make it too much for all of them. But, he didnt think he was being too much out of line by insisting that they keep the extra precautions in place. Well, that was interesting, Shane said with a smile. Rand studied his brother and realized that the burden of his memories were lifted. He sometimes looked sad, but Shane no longer had that dark shadow he had seen from time to time. He was truly happy for the first time in years. Damn, she sounds more and more like Mom every day, Ethan said, admiration in his voice. I dont know how I feel about that. I really dont want to ever think of Mom in the bedroom.

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Noah laughed and closed his laptop. Of course she had the goodand badqualities of an Alpha mate. The problem we have is keeping a lid on her. Still irritated, Rand turned on Noah as he rose from the chair. So, letting Eve run around is a good idea? She has her limits. She needs to get out, not just because of what she has to get done. I understand that aspect of her. From the time she was little, Eve has been goal oriented. I wont go into how I feel about her parents because I think we are all on the same page with that one. Rand nodded and tried to ignore the churning of his gut. Eve had been raised as a virtual test subject for her parents. Just thinking about a little Eve, bright-red hair and blue eyes, being ignored by the two people who she cherished, made him want to beat them to a pulp. But we have another issue that some of you still refuse to recognize. What? Rand asked, his irritation growing. Shes changing, Ethan said. Her body is starting to acclimate to the change it believes is coming. She knows it needs activity. The call of the wild, excuse my clich, is overwhelming her better senses. If we dont let her get out, she might just go crazy. So, its our job to keep her safe but allow her to get out, Noah said. She has to learn to listen to her body if she is going to have an easy change. Has any human ever had an easy change to wolf? Rand asked. Shes predestined to be our mate, Noah said, his frown deepening. From what Ethan has said, it will be easier than most. Her body is genetically made up for the change. And, since she is the mate for us, and only once every few generations do we have a pack like us who takes one mate, she might have an easier time of it. Her body is stronger, the need to change even more so. But she needs this. She doesnt understand it any more than we do, Rand, Ethan said. Its instinct. Sex will only take the edge off so much, but

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she does need to get outside. She needs to be with nature. Consider how you would feel cooped up for days at a time. He knew what they were saying, but he still didnt like it. Something in his gut told him that this wasnt going to be good. There was still a threat out there, and until they knew who it was, she was in danger. Ive got to make some phone calls, and dont you have first shift tonight, Ethan? And I have a shift at the Emergency Center, Max said, the EMT of the group. His brother had been spending a lot of extra time training the various shifters of the area on basic lifesaving techniques. The need was growing as the attacks on their kind and their natural wolf cousins continued to get attacked. They all shuffled out, leaving Shane and Rand alone. Are you really bothered by the fact that she would be outside? Shane asked. We dont know who this bastard is. I just have a really bad feeling things are about to crack open. Shane nodded. If I know Marianna, she had someone working for her, probably male. She always had a way with men until they saw how bat-shit crazy she was. At least the sane ones did. But, Noahs right. Eve needs to get out. She needs some air and some communing with nature. Shane clapped him on the shoulder. Well just make sure shes as safe as she is here. Rand nodded and sighed. I know there isnt much I can do about it, and I know it is all part of our genetic makeup to protect her, but this feels different. It feels to me, and dont ask me why, that whoever is doing this is hell-bent on hurting her. Shane cocked his head and studied him for a second. Have you always had this feeling during the attacks? Rand nodded. Now you know why I dont want her out. Understood. But, as I said, we have no choice. Lets just get her out and back into the house as soon as possible.

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Im ready, Eve announced as she walked down the stairs. The scent of her hit him first. It was always like that with her. Clean, fresh, with a bit of spice, her scent was something that called to him on regular basis. Now, though, seeing her glowing face and the excitement for the trip, he felt his cock twitch. Damn it, his need for her was getting out of control. He would just have to keep it in check. He looked outside thinking that shouldnt be a problem in thirtydegree weather. Lets get out of here, he said. As Shane said, the sooner she got out and then back to safety, the better.

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Chapter Two
I need to get my eyes checked. They seem to be getting worse. They had arrived just over the ridge ten minutes earlier. While Eve checked on a few wolves, Rand kept watch. Rand and Shane shared a glance, and not for the first time, Rand felt a quiver of guilt. As a scientist, Eve had accepted she might have some changes in her body because she had gotten sexually involved with them. The nature of her work explained that to her. Living organisms were going to adapt or die, just a basic law of nature. What no one had explained to her was that she would start turning into a wolf, even before they claimed her completely. That was something Noah should have done already, but with everything going on, nothing had been discussed. It was like they were all walking around on eggshells about the subject. She smiled at him. I think we might have some babies soon. He felt the air back up in his lungs when she smiled at him. A vision formed in his head. Her pregnant, full with child, her face glowing with maternal happiness. His body went hot even though they were standing outside in temperatures hovering just above freezing. What? he asked, and he thought he heard his brother chuckle. Rand didnt care. All he cared about was the image that was now stuck in his head. Eve, having their babies, happy as a clam. It looks like we might be having some cubs born this spring. With everything that has been going on, I havent been able to check, but from what I can see, it looks like we have a few females pregnant. That is a good thing, considering how many weve lost.

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He liked it when she used terms that included all of them. She was starting to refer to the Passion Preserve as hers and that was a good thing. From the moment she had arrived Eve had been one of them. Granted, all of the Dillons had known she was their mate before she arrived. If they had any doubts, meeting her had dissolved those. Her unique scent blended with theirs so well, it was hard to deny she was theirs. How many tours do you usually do in the summer? I didnt notice when I got here because I was so busy setting things up. Depends. Theyre exclusive tours, set up in advance. People cant just show up in Passion. Sometimes I only do one a month, long treks through the entire preserve. Others are short day trips. She nodded in understanding. I can see that. It would take several weeks just to get a small glimpse at the beauty. Her voice had turned sad at the end, and there was a part of him that couldnt stand it. But, before he could say something, she turned away and started working on some figures, noting things down. So many lost. I hope we dont lose any more. Even if they werent endangered, one death was one too many. He shared another look with his brother. Shanes solemn face told him what Rand already suspected. There would be more. Many more. Whoever had been in league with Marianna would not disappear. Those killings had been done by a man, a strong man. I hope that both of you are on my side about going out daily. Im still not sure its a good idea, Shane said. It seems quiet. Almost too quiet. She sighed. I know, but I did get a grant to study here. I need to fulfill the grant duties, or I have to pay back the money. That wont happen, Rand commented. She shot him that smile that always had his cock standing at attention. Hell, she didnt have to do anything to have his cock standing at attention, but that smileit was hard to resist.

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You can bet your butt I wont. I havent ever failed at anything. I am not about to start now. He wanted her right now. Needed her so badly he had to curl his fingers into the palms of his hands. He loved so much about her, but he loved her spirit the best. Women were always attractive to him, all shapes and sizes, but when a woman showed tenacity, he couldnt help but respond. Glancing at his brother, he realized he was fighting the rising need to take their mate. They only had to wait until they made it back to the cabin. Then, they could calm the need that scratched at the door to be let loose. He only hoped it didnt take her too much longer. **** Eve tried not to smirk as she walked up to her cabin. Shane was in front, Rand behind her, all for her own safety. But, as she had predicted, nothing had happened. She had taken stock of some of the wolves she had been following since she arrived in Alaska, and those who appeared to be nesting. If her predictions were right, there would be more beautiful wolves this summer. It was good to know there would be birth instead of death. Shane unlocked the door to her cabin and tossed a look in her direction. Rands hand slipped over her shoulder. Even through all the layers of clothing, she could feel his heat. It was odd how her senses just seemed to be going into overdrive. But then, she was in uncharted territory. Who knew how her body would react to being involved with six lusty wolves, not to mention what would happen when she left? She shook that thought away. There were times when even thinking of leaving the preserve made her sick to her stomach. She could not think about it now. Shane appeared at the door. All clear.

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She smiled and walked up the stairs. Shane didnt move but stayed standing in the doorway. Rand had followed her up the steps. For one long minute, she stood trapped between the brothers and found her need for them rising. It was an odd thing to have her sexual needs hit her so fast and hard and at the most inopportune times. I thought maybe you all wanted to get me inside as soon as possible. All that danger you were worried about. Shanes lips twitched, and he stepped back. Rand followed her in, and his hands were already on her parka. The need that had risen just a short time ago hit her with the force of a large tsunami. Eve found her body literally shaking by the time he had stripped her of the thick coat. If she thought about it, she would have been embarrassed. She was sure of it. But right now, with these two men, she didnt care. All that mattered was filling the need that seemed to take hold over her. Rand closed the door behind him as Shane grabbed the bottom of her shirt and yanked it off her. The growl he emitted when he saw yet another shirt beneath it pulled a chuckle from her. I have to wear layered clothing, she said. Im not a wolf. He growled again, and he ripped it off her. She should be appalled, but she wasnt. In fact, the desperate actions had her arousal racing out of control. It was getting worse, this need she felt for all the Dillons, but something deep down in her soul thrived on the wildness that sometimes overtook them. She was kicking off her boots by the time her shirt was on the floor. Shanes mouth went straight to her already aching nipple. He bit gently, sending heat racing through her veins. Rand moved behind her. He tugged off her cap, then brushed aside her hair so he could set his mouth to her neck. Little licks of fire filled her belly as his teeth grazed over her pulse point. Her appetite for these men seemed to have no boundaries. She slipped an arm around Shane as he kissed a path from one nipple to the other. She arched against him and then curled her free arm behind

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her to touch Rand. The need to touch, to be close to each of the Dillons, was like a driving force behind her every day actions. Shane was already working her pants and socks off her a moment later. Even she could smell her pungent arousal fill the kitchen. She was so aroused, she was almost in pain. For years she had thought herself a nonsexual person, frigid even. But the Dillons had taught her otherwise. Once she was nude, Shane spread her legs, causing her to lose her balance a little. She leaned back against Rand, feeling his jean-clad erection against her rear. Shane used no finesse, and she didnt want him to. She wanted it fast, hard, and wanted it untamed. The brothers apparently read her needs. Shanes mouth latched on to her pussy. He thrust his tongue into her cunt, and she moaned. Again and again, in and out, he at her, sliding his tongue up and over her clit. She felt her orgasm coming, just right on the edge, and she wanted it so badly. It shimmered, just out of reach. Shane moved away from her. I gotta let my little brother get a taste of the fine, little pussy, he said with a smile. Rand didnt need any further urging. Without missing a beat, he backed her up to the kitchen chair. Sit down, Eve, he said as he dropped to his knees in front of her. She did as ordered, her body shaking with the lust they had brought on her so quickly and violently. He spread her legs wide and attacked her pussy. She was embarrassingly wet with her need, but he apparently didnt care. None of them ever did. He hummed against her, his hot breath filling her cunt and causing her to cry out. Fuck, yeah, she likes that, Rand, Shane said. She opened her eyes and found the older brother standing next to the chair, naked, his cock out for her. Pre-cum dripped from the tip, and she licked her lips. He stroked himself, and she almost came right there and then. The Dillons were so free with their sensuality, their needs, that she couldnt help but be turned on by it.

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Open that talented mouth, babe, he said. Eagerly, she did, her mouth already watering from the idea of his taste. A second later, it was there, rich and spicy like Shane himself. He slipped his hands through her hair, his fingers molding to the back of her head as he thrust himself in and out of her mouth. Fuck yeah, he ground out when she felt the tip of his cock bump the back of her throat. Damn, so good. Rand was teasing her clit with his tongue and his mouth, causing her to moan against Shanes cock. Pressure built in her stomach, then slipped to her pussy. Tingles rose up from the soles of her feet, through her legs, and then the tension exploded. Her clit throbbed, and she cried out against Shanes cock as she came, shuddering with her release. Shane pulled his cock from her mouth. He was still hard, but the brothers apparently had a lot planned for the afternoon. He leaned down, cupped her face, and kissed her. Now, we are going to make you beg, he warned.

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Chapter Three
Rand could feel his own need clawing at his stomach as he tugged off his clothes. Shane lifted Eve out of the chair, her body limp after her release, and carried her to the bedroom. Anticipation had his body humming, almost screaming with the need to make her submit, but he fought it back. He was not the Alpha. That was Noah. Rand knew he was definitely not a Dom. There could only be one in every group. He shook away those worries and followed his brother. Shane was placing her on the bed by the time Rand stepped into the room. It was a small room, and a small bed. I think we need to have a little fun, Shane said. Eve smiled the same smile that had Rand panting earlier. I thought we already were. Tsk, tsk, Rand said. I think again, our Eve is being a naughty girl. Shane chuckled but said nothing. Instead he flipped her over on her stomach. Have at her, Rand. He wanted to. He wanted to spank that ass of hers red with a need so great he almost choked on it. She was giggling when she rose to her elbows and looked behind her. Her hair was a mess, her face flushed with her previous release, and she said, Im not sure he has it in him. That challenge was a little too much for Rand to ignore. The urge had him moving before he could talk himself out of it. He pulled her closer to the edge, and then, without any words, he raised his hand and brought his palm down on her ass. The sound was rather loud in

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the quiet room. She gasped, sounding surprised and aroused at the same time. It fed into the need he had been ignoring. He needed to dominate her, make her bend to his will. He smacked her again and again, turning her ass so red he worried it was hurting her. Dont look guilty, bro. Our little Eve likes a good spanking. Shes probably creaming right now, Shane said. Rand glanced down and noticed she was squirming. He slipped his hand between her legs and found her even wetter than before. His cock twitched as he lifted his fingers to his mouth and slipped them in. Fuck, she always tasted so damn good. She wiggled on the bed, and Shane groaned. Now, Rand. I dont think shes suffered enough, he said, giving her another swat. I know I have, Shane murmured, but Rand ignored him. He motioned for his brother to get up on the bed, and he readily complied. He easily flipped Eve onto her back and then looked at his brother. They shared a grin and then attacked her. Rand moved to her pussy, needing that taste of her again while Shane moved to her breasts. Rand spared no time. He latched on to her hardened clit and loved the way she gasped at the invasion. He was relentless in his ministrations, teasing the tiny bundle of nerves until he felt her orgasm approaching. Rand pulled back immediately, not allowing her the release he knew she craved. Her moan of aggravation was muffled. He looked up and found his brother shoving his cock deep into her mouth again. Rand rose to his knees and pulled Eves legs up to his shoulders and with one hard, long thrust, entered her. She moaned again, and his brother shuddered. Rand knew Shane could feel the vibrations through his body. She had a talented mouth that drove all of them crazy.

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They kept her like that, moving in and out of her. When he felt her orgasm approaching, Rand changed the angle of his thrusts slightly, teasing her more, driving her close to the edge but not allowing that free fall. By the time he pulled out of her, she was shaking so violently, he thought she might come right there. His brother pulled out of her mouth with a pop, and then she scowled at both of them. She opened her mouth to blast them, but he stopped her with a warning. We can make you wait longer if youre naughty. Before she could say anything in retaliation, Shane grabbed Eve and pulled her on top of him. She sat up and stretched. For someone who had been almost shy in sexuality when they had first taken her to bed, Eve had blossomed. Rand had loved watching her confidence grow. There was nothing as beautiful as a woman who understood her own worth. Take Shane in, Eve, Rand said as he climbed on the bed. She looked at him, rose to her knees, then sank down on his brother. The sight was so erotic it left him shaking with need. Shane rose up and pulled a nipple into his mouth and started to thrust in and out of Eve. She shivered as Rand drew close, and before he even asked, she opened her mouth for him. Shane fell back on the bed with a groan. Eve slipped her mouth over Rands cock, but he took control immediately. He started to move in and out, enjoying the way her tongue glided over him, but soon, it wasnt enough. He yanked back, not wanting to come in her mouth. Instead, he moved behind her, need coursing through his veins as he rose to his knees, planting his hand on her back and pushing her forward onto his brother. He wanted to be in her, wanted to feel her come again, to have that tight little ass of hers clinging to his cock. Shane stilled, his hands going to Eves ass, pulling her cheeks apart for Rand. Biting back on the need to just thrust into her, Rand eased his way in slowly and passed the tight ring of muscles in her

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ass. He groaned in appreciation of the way her muscles clamped down on him. Rand watched Shane kiss her as he started to move. They worked in rhythm, their bodies joined in a mating so elemental, so basic, that Rand was sure none of them even thought. They just performed, felt the union as if it touched their souls. She came in a flash, her body shuddering between theirs. But that wasnt enough. Twice more they pushed her to the edge and over, and on that third time, the followed her. Her muscles clamped down, pulling them both deep within her heated body, and both he and Shane joined her in bliss. **** He watched the leopard walk through the woods, knowing the place he picked would conceal them both. Youre late, he said. The leopard allowed one eyebrow to raise at his tone but said nothing else. Why did his mother think they needed these rat chasers, he didnt know. She had said that they were needed. Knowing his mother, it had everything to do about sex. I had to be careful. Alejandro is suspicious of us all. He studied Simon for a moment, trying to determine if he was telling the truth or not. Your brother doesnt trust you? Simon shrugged. Never has, with good reason. I am sorry to hear about your mother. I thought after that, I would not hear from you again. His bit back the growl that threatened to erupt. He hated that every living person thought his mother made or broke him. He would avenge her death, even if it was the last thing he did. Thank you for your condolences, he said with a sneer. Your mother was a wonderful woman.

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The way the creature smacked his lips made him want to beat the bastard. But not yet, not until he knew exactly what he could do for him and his cause. What did my mother have you working on? Again, that eyebrow rose. So, your family doesnt trust you either. His gut churned. He had known his mother was keeping secrets from him, but he had no idea what. But he would not let the cat see it. At this point, he needed to know exactly what was going on. With a shrug, he turned to leave Simon. Okay, your mother had me ferreting out for followers. You know the cats arent happy with their station. Station. They always thought they should be in charge, even though wolves had taken them in years ago. He glanced back over his shoulder. Mother promised you the lead? That he did not believe, and Simon confirmed that with a shake of his head. No. But, we would have equal power. She was going to get more of us on the council, and she said that you would grant us our land to use as we wish. Ah, so that had been his mothers plan. Very well. You find the followers, and I will do what I can to make the Dillons concede. The look the leopard gave him made him want to kill the bastard. It will take a lot. Of course it will. Theyve been lording over all the shifters in the area for generations. He offered the lowly cat a sarcastic smile. Dont worry, I have a plan. One that, he was sure, would leave them reeling and in shambles, because who could handle the loss of their mate?

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Chapter Four
Eve hummed as she put the pan of brownies in the oven to bake. She didnt get to bake that often, and she wasnt that good at it, but she did like to putter in the kitchen for awhile. It had been a week since Noah had decreed she should have some time out every day, and it had been exhilarating. She hadnt had any of her outbursts and again had control over her emotions. She needed normalcy, and her trips out had given her that. She closed the door on the oven and started to clean up the dishes. As she had thought before, she was not that great of a cook. It took too much effort for her to remember to get things out of the oven. Plus, she had always had issues with recipes that did not always go right. She knew in the back of her mind that measuring things to the exact amount did not always result in the perfect result. And she always made a mess. She smiled. She couldnt be irritated. Usually she was, but not after getting time out of the house. There was something that spoke to her when she walked outside. And, thanks to the Dillons, she had seen more of the preserve than she had in all the months since she arrived. She rinsed off the mixing bowl and placed it in the drying rack. Of course, when all of them realized how invigorated she was after going outside, they were all fighting for different ways to lure her outside. She should be embarrassed by her lack of inhibitions, but she just couldnt be. Being out in the land, feeling the hum of life beneath her feet, in the air around her, made everything right.

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Even before she heard his footsteps, she knew Rand was coming down the hall. She scented him, the unique wild aroma that arrived before him. I heard you already went out, he said as he stepped up behind her. He slid his hand around her waist and nuzzled her neck. She nodded and placed the spatula in the drying rack. I went out early this morning. And worked up even more of an appetite when she returned. Hmm. Id gotten used to going out with you. She dried her hands. Maybe we could go out now? Im sure you can convince Noah to let us go out, just a short trip. I want to check on a pack. He placed his hands on her hips and spun her around to face him. Before she could say anything, he gave her a loud, smacking kiss. Be right back. He ran off in the direction of Noahs office, and she couldnt help but chuckle. It was odd that all of the men were Alpha to their core but acted like little boys with a new prize when she said she would spend time with them. They always made her feel special, something of value. That thought brought her up short. Did she realize before the Dillons that she wasnt considered special by anyone? Oh, she knew she was something different, a geek. Her intellect put her on an adult level before she was ready. She was revered in the science community. But no one close to her ever saw her as special. Her parents never did. They saw her as a project, one to be tested and refined. Somehow, though, she never measured up. Since they were both scientists themselves, they expected everything to go their way. With the Dillons, from the men themselves to their extended family and the residents of the town, she felt special. Needed. It wasnt until now she realized how much she had needed that. In a few months she would be gone, and she would hold these memories close

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to her heart. Before she could get too maudlin, Rand returned with a smile on his face. Noah gave the okay, and I think hes planning on going with us. He said we can check on the group you wanted to, then head out to the south side of the preserve. Hes got to meet with Gabe. Bigfoot? Rand laughed. Just make sure that he doesnt hear you call him that. Hes a little touchy on the subject. She smiled, forgetting her earlier morbid thoughts. The delight of the new world she had discovered would never cease to amaze her. A touchy bear. I cant wait to meet him. **** So, this Redfoot is a loner? Eve asked, the curiosity in her voice hard to miss. Rand tried not to growl. He knew her interest in the bear was completely scientific, but he couldnt stop the green-eyed monster from clawing at his throat. Yeah. He prefers not to be around anyone, including his family, Noah said. And he can be a bit of an ass. Hes worse right now because hes been hanging around for at least six weeks. Thats a long time for him to be in the company of other people. It just seems odd. Bears usually are more communal than that. Gabes a little different. He has always been a loner and hes gotten worse over the last few years. So, what does he do for a living? I know that his cousins take people up in that little plane of theirs, and you all have jobs. I have no idea, Noah said. Theres been rumors, but since I doubt any of them are true, I figured Id leave him alone. Noah turned into the drive of the Redfoots home, and Rand felt his hackles rising. He wasnt in the mood to deal with the Redfoots and their damned flirty nature when it came to Eve. If Vic even

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thought of touching her, he was going to rip the damned bear a new asshole. Did you say something? Eve asked. She was studying him with wide eyes. He thought he heard Noah chuckle, but Rand ignored him. Had he said that out loud? There was a very good chance he did. Rand felt his control slipping more and more around Eve. Just like any other red-blooded American male, he decided to deny. I didnt say anything. She didnt look like she believed him. She rolled her eyes as Noah parked the SUV, but she said nothing else. Looks like they were expecting us, Noah said. When Rand followed his cousins line of vision he wanted to curse. The Redfoots were out in force. Damn, every fucking one of them was hanging out on the front porch. He didnt fight back the growl this time. You will not embarrass me, Rand, Eve ordered. He slanted her a look. Yeah? She nodded. I dont know why you all have to be so embarrassing in front of other shifters. He hadnt been that bad. Noah had been as bad as Shane and Ethan, but Rand had always been even tempered. But this last month, his need to stake his claim had grown by leaps and bounds. Rand couldnt explain it, but he knew that for once, there was a good chance he would come to blows over Eve tonight. We dont like them sniffing around you. Eve huffed out a breath and frowned. They are not sniffing around me. They are, but cuz here just realized he is more territorial than he thought, Noah said. The amusement in his voice told Rand his cousin was loving every minute of his discomfort. He shot his cousin a nasty look but said nothing. Mainly because Rand knew it was true. Each one of them would go through this at

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different times. Unfortunately, it was worse for all of them because of the situation they were dealing with. The need to protect what they saw as theirs grew each day. The attacks made that compulsion sharper. Rand didnt want to explain it right now to Eve. She was already studying him with that same little frown that told him she was trying to figure out what was going on. Noah slipped out of the SUV and left them alone. Ignore Noah. He doesnt know what hes talking about. She opened her mouth, so he decided to shut her up the best way he knew how. He kissed her. He laid his lips against hers. Soft, easy, lovingly. But soon, his unquenched desire went from simmering to boiling from one second to the next. Everything in his being told him to take her then. He needed her, needed to stake his claim before she was exposed to the Redfoots. He had his hands on the zipper of her jacket when the hoots and hollers got to him. He pulled back slightly with a grimace. He was beyond aroused, and it wasnt going to be easy to calm his runaway libido. And now, he knew his territorial feelings were just going to get worse. He shifted, and his jeans rubbed against his hardened cock, and he groaned. Eve was looked at him, her eyes glazed with arousal, her lips red from his kisses. Eve, honey, we better get inside before we freeze. She shook her head as if trying to clear her head. Then she glanced at the Redfoots, and even in the darkness of the SUV, Rand saw the blush crawl into her cheeks. Oh, good lord, now they think I am some kind of hussy. No, they just think youre ours. He slipped out of the SUV and held open the door. She didnt move. She just stared at him, her eyes wide with astonishment. What did you say? I said, they will know youre ours. Her mouth opened and closed twice before she found her voice. That is the most barbaric thing I have heard.

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He shrugged. Youre a playmate for six wolves. We can always be barbaric, especially concerning our women. She huffed, then climbed out of the vehicle. She tossed him a look of disdain and then stomped off. He shut the door and followed her, enjoying the way her hips swayed in her anger. He liked that she was becoming easier with her emotions around them. When they had first met her, she had been so quiet. After a few months with the Dillons, she was definitely letting them see her emotions. When they reached the steps, Noah was waiting. Rand expected that Noah would guide her in, but he waited for Eve to pass, and then motioned for Rand to follow her. He wasnt given time to wonder about his cousins behavior. Redfoots were moving in on her the moment she walked through the front door. Vic was there offering her that damned smile of his. Eve, it is so good to see you again. Vic reached out to her, but a growl rumbled in Rands chest. He couldnt help it. Something in his inner wolf balked at the idea of having him even shaking her hand. In fact, there was a part of him that wanted to just take her home, away from them, away from anyone. It was instinctive, this need to make sure that every Redfoot in the area knew she was his. Vics smile widened. I thought you might want a nice cup of tea or coffee to warm you up. She gave Rand a look that told him to behave, and then she turned back to the host. Of course. I would love a nice cup of tea. At least Eve knew better than to take Vics offered hand. If she had, there was a good chance Rand would tear his arm out of its socket. He followed her through the house and ignored the murmurs that rose as they worked their way to the kitchen. When they got there, he saw two older women. One was Vics mother. Her straight white hair reached her waist, and she left it free of any bindings.

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Rand Dillon, you come over here and give your Aunt Ginger a kiss. His mother and Ginger had been friends for years, and he could never get out of the room without kissing the woman. Just as with his mother and aunt, he felt the need to show his respect and did as she ordered. She pulled back from him and smiled at Eve. And this is your Eve, this is Ginger Redfoot. Ginger, this is Eve. Ginger gave him a look that she knew he was trying to keep something from Eve. Of course, everyone would notice that they hadnt introduced her as their mate. He immediately regretted it, of course. The fact that he didnt call her their mate would be noted. She was theirsthat was for sure. Still it didnt mean that some of the bears wouldnt try to gain her attention. And then he would have to kill someone. Its so wonderful to meet you, Eve. I understand you have an interest in wolves. It was then that he remembered Ginger had a particular interest in the wolves, too. As subjects. One of the best-known Alaskan artists, she had done oils of wolves, bears, and many of the creatures of Passion. Eve, do you know who youre talking to? he asked before she could answer Ginger. He already saw the blush creeping into the older womans face. You said one time that you liked that picture of us over the mantel. She nodded. Ginger here did it. Shes the GR that is so famous. Eves eyes widened, and she smiled. Oh, Mrs. Redfoot, I love your work. I saw an exhibition down in Seattle. Ginger gave him a look that told him she knew what he was up to, but she still smiled at Eve. Please call me Ginger. They have council politics to talk about. Why dont we go into a corner, and we can talk art and wolves.

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She slipped her arm around Eves shoulders and steered her to the corner. Rand couldnt stop the smirk that curled his lips. Very crafty, Dillon, Vic said from beside him. He didnt take his attention from Eve and Ginger. Not like you had a chance with her, but I think Noah would get pissed if I had to kill you. Plus, I like your mama. She would be sad if you were dead. Vic laughed and clapped him on the shoulder. You can be pretty funny. Like you had a chance at killing me. I would, you know. He said it in a genial manner, but there was no doubt Vic picked up on the threat beneath it. Id rip your heart out of your fucking chest. Just remember that. Vic stilled beside him. I do believe you mean it. He shrugged. When you find your mate, youll understand. When Vic didnt say anything, he glanced at him. What makes you think Im looking for a mate? You might not be, but your mother is probably ready for some grandbabies. Vic rolled his eyes. God, yes. My cousin Lenny just mated, and shes already expecting. My mother will not shut up about it. Rand nodded in the direction of his cousin and Gabe. I guess we have other things to talk about. **** Eve settled on the comfortable kitchen chair and sighed. There was something so warm and welcoming in the Redfoot home, much like the Dillons. The dcor was close to the same thing, although there was much more blue. It resembled a skiing lodge with light beams overhead and the open floor plan. When she looked at the woman pouring water over her tea bag, Eve thought just like with the Dillons, though, it had more to do with the people who resided in the home rather than the design or dcor.

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Who are your people? I understand you come from the lower forty-eight? Ginger asked between blowing on her tea to cool it. The flavor of the South intertwined her words. It was slight, but Eve heard it. Eve had liked her immediately, just as she had liked the matriarchs of the Dillon family. Unlike the older women in Eves family, Ginger was open, welcoming. Most of the aunts she had met in Gingers age group were tight-lipped biddies. My people? The MacMillians. Ah, a good stock, Scottish, she said as if it meant something, but she didnt explain. So you study wolves. She shrugged. Sometimes. Ive always been intrigued by them. Before I knewwell, about shifters. Ginger nodded knowingly. I was the same way. Not to do scientific studies, but I was drawn to Alaska from very early on in my childhood. I would dream about bears even before I understood what they were. I cant remember a time when I didnt. Eve thought about her childhood dreams and realized that some of this was making sense. She had been interested in wolves and all things canine from an early age. Her parents had been appalled when she begged for a dog years earlier. They had said no, of course, saying their traveling made it hard to have a dog. She had learned then that their studies took precedence over everything else. She shook away those thoughts and turned her attention back to the Great Bear matriarch. So you think people like us were drawn here? She nodded. I can remember having dreams of polar bears as long as Ive been alive. I really didnt know what they were. I just understood they lived far away in the north. Did you talk to your family about it? She cocked her head and studied Eve in a way that told her that the older woman had detected the interest in her voice. When Eve had

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approached her parents about her wolf dreams earlier in her life, they had been appalled. I cant see that my family would have understood why I was having dreams about a place I had never been. My people are from Georgia. Eve smiled. I can hear it in your voice. How do you handle being a human with all these shifters? Im a shifter now. I made the choice when I married Sam. You made the choice? she asked, completely confused now. I allowed myself to be claimed. Claimed? Yes, the ceremony can be quite a pain, but it was worth it to stay here with Sam and have his cubs. Her blue eyes sparkled over her teacup. Eve had a feeling that Ginger understood that Eve didnt know much about the way of the shifters, and she was willing to divulge in the secrets. Before Eve could ask what that was about, a loud roar filled the house. Alarmed, she looked up and through the door. The biggest man she had ever seen in her life stood in front of Noah. He was impressive in size and height, at least three inches taller than Noah, and he probably outweighed him by fifty pounds. His hair was the same white-blonde as the rest of the bears, and hung down to his waist. A beard covered his face as wellHe looked like some kind of mountain man. I did not kill any wolves, he shouted. His voice bounced off the high rafters of the house. Ginger shook her head. Oh, dear, Gabe always was so loud. But, thats because of the way he was raised, Ginger said as if it wasnt that strange to have a huge man shouting at the Alpha of the entire preserve. She stepped past Eve and into the living area. Gabe Redfoot, you will not use that tone of voice in my house. Gabe glanced at his aunt, then past her to Eve. His nostrils flared. Human.

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He said it with such disdain that Eve wanted the floor to open up and swallow her. She wanted to disappear as everyone turned their heads to look at her. Before she could slink back into the kitchen, Rand stepped in front of Noah and bumped his chest against Gabes. Rand was a big man, but Gabe was a virtual mountain of muscle. Dial it down and show Eve the respect she deserves. If not, Ill teach you how to do that properly. For a horrible second, nobody said anything. Silence filled the air. Then, the giants lips curved. Then, he laughed. His eyes danced with merriment as he glanced at her. For a moment, she was held transfixed. The man was gorgeous when he smiled. It softened his features andgood Godrevealed dimples. Can we get down to business? Noah asked, his irritation easy to hear. Noah didnt like these things any more than anyone else, but Eve understood that Noah had a duty. Gabes smile faded and was replaced by a sneer. Sure, but I didnt kill any damned wolves. I wouldnt waste my time. No, but the tip we got was trying to set you up, Noah said. We need to figure out who has a hard-on for you. And I have information from that FBI agent I know. Noah nodded and glanced over his shoulder to give her a smile. Why dont you come along, Eve? Youve been doing some research on serial killers and it might help if you hear Gabes information firsthand. She nodded and walked forward. Rand stepped up and waited for her then followed her into the office. As they walked there, she saw a man who stood out. She knew from his coloring he wasnt a bear. He had to be a wolf. Rand slowed and stopped in front of him. Tibius, this is Eve. Tibius is the man who is responsible for the website and getting more info out about the preserve. For a moment, he stared at her. Then he shook himself out of his stupor and smiled at her. Again, that shifter magic was undeniable. He

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was tall, lean, with the most gorgeous blue eyes shed seen on one of the wolf-shifters. Eve, nice to meet you. He blushed a bit, and she tried hard not to laugh. She wasnt used to men being so shy around her after months with the Dillons. Its nice to meet you. I really love the website. I have some pictures of wildlife I can send you if youre interested in showing a little more of the preserve. That would be wonderful. But Noah would have to approve it, he said, glancing in the Alphas direction. Before she could respond, Noah was calling them in to the meeting. Rand. Eve. Come on, Noah ordered. Are you coming? Rand asked the other wolf. He shook his head. I cant handle talk of the killings. Too upsetting. No. I want to talk to Ginger about some of the designs for the website. We are going to try a different look, and shes been playing with graphic art. It was really nice to meet you, Eve. She smiled and opened her mouth to respond, but he hurried away. Rand chuckled as he slipped his hand in the small of her back. I think you almost made him faint, Eve. She shot him a look. Dont make fun of him. Is he a cousin? Rand shook his head, and his smile faded. Hed been cast out by his family in the lower forty-eight. He refused an arranged marriage. He showed up here about twelve or thirteen years ago. She looked back at the young man now talking with Ginger, looking much more relaxed. He isnt that old. Hm, yes, he was about fifteen when he got here. Thats horrible. Arranged marriages? Rand stopped at the threshold of the office. Not a lot of shifters are as lucky as we are. They have to consolidate power through unions. We have all our land. In the lower forty-eight, there is always a chance of losing land if too many wolves are found. Humans dont

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take to too many wolves. They think we eat their cattle. He said it with such a sneer, she didnt have to ask how he felt about it. Come in here and shut the door, Noah said. His voice was brusque. She glanced at him and saw the worry in his expression. Most people wouldnt see it, but she could sense it. The last few months had weighed heavily on his shoulders and his heart. But he did everything to make sure that no one knew. She did though. Vic chuckled, breaking through her thoughts. Gee, Dillon, you act like its your office. Noah ignored him, his expression solemn. We dont have time to fuck around. Gabe has some very disturbing news. Everyone turned to him, and the big bear looked very uncomfortable. He waited until the door closed. Tell them, Noah said. I talked to Tara, the FBI agent I know. She recognized the attacks, or the nature of them. Seems our guy has been killing all over Alaska and the Northwest US for the last year or so. Well, at first, he just maimed the wolves. Now though, from what she could tell from Noahs reports, this guy has a taste for killing. He isnt going to go away just because Marianna is gone. Which means hell keep killing until we catch him, Vic said with a frown. Vics sure tone sent ice racing through Eves veins. Yes, and because of what happened, she is sure that he will completely fixate on the Dillons. He already has, Rand said. Eve nodded. He might be trying to frame the bears and the leopards, but he is already concentrating on us. Gabe nodded. The violence is going to escalate, and she thinks since you are their woman, he will do everything in his power to kill you.

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Chapter Five
Eve rested her head on Rands shoulder as he parked the SUV. Noah had stayed behind to discuss things with Gabe and Vic, but the moment Rand had seen Eve yawn, he had insisted on taking her home. She stretched, raising her arms above her head. I could sleep a week after today. Two trips out is a banner day for me. He chuckled as he first got out of the vehicle, then reached for her and pulled her into his arms. He kicked the door shut and continued to carry Eve up to the house. I can walk, you know. He chuckled. Yeah, I know. But I like carrying you around. She didnt object as she slid her arms around his neck. I guess you dont want to talk about what we talked about at the Redfoots house? He shook his head. He didnt want to think about that tonight. Eve needed a break from it all. It was one thing to discuss it, but obsessing over it wouldnt be goodfor any of them. Need was crawling through his system, tugging away his best intentions. Being around the Redfoots had brought out his predatory Alpha-type instincts. He walked up the stairs, and Max opened the front door. Howd it go? he asked. Not bad, Rand said as he carried Eve to his room. Gabe only yelled once. Damn, he might be mellowing in his old age, Max said as he followed them down the hall.

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Shane stuck his head out of his door. Who is mellowing in his old age? Gabe. Excuse me, Eve said as he carried her through his door. I do not need to be carried down the hall like some weak woman. Rand stopped just inside his room and looked at her. We dont see you as weak, Eve. But we do like to baby you a bit. You deserve it. She looked at him, her green eyes studying him as if she were trying to figure out what was going on in his head. He hid a lot from her. The baser needs that had been clawing at him still gave him trouble. He wanted to dominate her, to be the Dom she needed when they were alone. But, he could not fill that role, and he was happy to be with her this way. To make her happy, bring her pleasure, to cherish her. Then, an instant later, she smiled so bright he blinked. Well, I think I could probably take a little babying. She glanced over his shoulder at his brothers. In fact, I could take a lot of babying. Heat raced over his nerve endings. Arousal had been thrumming through his blood from the time hed taken Eve out into the open. Sharing the love for their land with her was the best aphrodisiac. He walked her over to his bed and laid her on it gently. He knew the horror they had been dealing with, the things they had been discussing, had bothered her. He wanted her to forget, even just for a little while. He pulled off her parka while Max worked on her boots and socks. Shane came up beside the bed already stripped down to his underwear. Soon, Eve was naked as she leaned back on the bed. Hey, Jason interrupted from the doorway. Got room for one more? He tossed a smile over his shoulder. Its up to Eve. Eve looked at Jason and smiled herself, holding out her hand as a sign. He moved in with the other three, and Rand felt the rightness of

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the situation move over him. She was theirs, had been since shed arrived. Even before. And now, sharing her with his brothers and cousin just seemed right. Shane was settling onto his knees in front of her on the floor. He pushed her legs apart and buried his face there. Jason was urging her back. Rand watched the scene, pulling off his clothes completely ready to join his brothers. He might have to hold back, he might have to keep control of the monster he felt growing beneath his skin, but it was worth it. The most important thing was that Eve knew she was cherished, that she was loved. **** Eve moaned the moment she felt Shane pull her clit between his teeth. Pressure built low in her belly, the need almost too great for her to stand. She reclined back on the mattress as Jason bent over her to take a nipple in his mouth. Heat sizzled as she opened her mouth for Maxs cock. It was already flush, hard, and she couldnt wait to taste the drop of pre-cum that wet the head. She leaned up, wrapped her hand around his cock, barely able to get her hand around the width of it. As she took him in her mouth, she found Rand watching them. It was arousing knowing that he was watching, that he was aroused by watching her being pleasured. Without breaking eye contact, she took Max into her mouth. The taste of him danced over her taste buds. God, it was almost too much to take. Every one of the Dillons was sexy, beautiful. But here in bed, they loved her. They made her feel beautiful, wanted, for the first time in her life. She continued to take Max into her mouth, his fingers going to her hair as she slipped her hand to his balls. She caressed them and smiled when he groaned. Jason kissed his way down her stomach to her pussy, and she felt her muscles clench. They were forcing so much pleasure on her she

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didnt think she would be able to stand it. Shane slipped two fingers into her cunt, stroking her inner walls. Jason slipped his tongue across her belly button then down to her clit. As Shane continued to finger her, Jason teased her clit. Rand watched her, his blue gaze taking in the scene, his hand on his cock. She arched as the pressure became too much to bear. It broke free of her belly, sending waves of pleasure coursing over her entire body. She convulsed and moaned against Maxs cock. He started moving faster, holding her head still as he thrust in and out of her mouth over and over. His brothers did not stop though. They started pushing her up to the edge once again, and she fell. She bucked against Jason and Shane as she came. Fuck, yes, thats it, Eve, suck me, Max groaned as he shoved into her mouth one last time, the tip of his cock bumping the back of her throat. She gagged a bit, but she ignored it as she enjoyed the taste of him as his semen slid down her throat. When he was done, he pulled his cock out of her mouth and leaned down to kiss her. Both Shane and Jason had moved away, and the kiss should have been erotic. Instead, it was more sweet and loving than anything to arouse. He brushed his thumb over her mouth when he was done and moved away. She looked up and found Rand standing in front of her. His cock was hard, curved up against his belly. She licked her lips, and he huffed out a laugh. Dont tempt me, Eve. She raised her gaze to his, taking in the sculpted chest, the long dark hair, and then, his face. He might have laughed, but he wasnt smiling. From the flush in his cheeks to the way his jaw flexed, it was easy for Eve to see how close he was to the edge. He took her hand and pulled her up and off the bed. He lifted her. Wrap your legs around my waist. She readily complied as she bent her head and kissed him. He thrust his tongue into her mouth, tangling with hers. She could feel his cock against her pussy, and amazingly, she felt her arousal start to rise

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again. The Dillons had turned her into some kind of a nympho, she thought, not for the first time. She had two hard orgasms, but she was ready for more. Wanted more, needed it so strongly, it scared her. He walked them to the bed and eased her back onto the mattress. Then, he rolled them so she was on top of him. She laughed, and he stilled. I love that sound, he said. Shane slipped his hand down her spine. I do, too. I dont think we hear it enough. Rand leaned up to take a nipple into his mouth. She felt Jason move closer, and she turned to her right. She opened her mouth and took him in. As she started to suck Jasons cock, Rand slipped his hands down her back to her rear end, holding her cheeks apart for his brother. Jason held her still as Shane entered her back entrance. Even though she was used to it by now, there was always the bit of trepidation. By the time Shane was deeply seated in her ass, Rand eased his way into her pussy. She was wet, dripping with her previous orgasms and the arousal they were now building. It was still a tight fit. She pulled back from Jason and took a deep breath as Rand filled her cunt. Each of them took her. It was almost overwhelming, but she craved it. She needed it on some level she still didnt understand. Being with them this way always made her feel complete. Once they were both in her to the hilt, she took a deep breath, then let it go. As they started to move, she took Jason back into her mouth. The brothers all seemed to work in tandem, moving in and out of her, building her arousal one more time. Soon, she was near the pinnacle. It didnt take Jason that long to come. He thrust into her mouth, once, twiceand a third time, he moaned her name, shooting his semen down her throat. Then, she was trapped between the last two brothers, a victim of their pleasure. Their moves were not so measured now. Shane

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pounded into her, the pleasure and pain entwined. His fingers dug into her skin as he came. Oh, fuck, yeah, thats it. She looked down at Rand. Sweat rolled down his temples as he thrust into her. He strained, and she could tell he was close. Eve leaned down and brushed her mouth over his. Come with me, Rand. Be with me. The tension had been building to the point. When he opened his eyes, she felt his attention down to her soul. In that next moment, she shuddered, her orgasm surprising her. He followed her with his next thrust. She collapsed on top of him, his heart beating in time with hers, and she thought she might never have been so happy.

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Chapter Six
Hours later, Eve was still snuggled close to Rand. The others had all left, their duties calling them away. She was happy to lounge about in bed, enjoy the sounds of the Alaskan night. Months before she had thought it too still, too quiet, but now, it brought about a sense of peace in her that she never felt before. A connection she didnt think she would ever feel again. Rand stretched much like the wolf he was and settled down deeper in the mattress. She smiled as she brushed her lips against his jaw as she placed her hand on his chest, tangling her fingers in his chest hair. Hey, watch it. I dont want to lose any hair there. His amused tone told her he was joking. She leaned up, resting her weight on her elbow. His hair was long, longer than the rest of the Dillons. She often forgot about it because he wore it tied behind his head. Now, though, it was spread out over the ivory linens. She slipped her fingers through it, enjoying the silk sliding against her palm. You can definitely spare it with all of this. He chuckled. There is that. Why do you keep it so long? I would think in your career it would get in the way. He shrugged and lifted his hand to brush the back of his knuckles against her cheek. The sweet gesture had her heart flip-flopping at the same time her libido started to brew. I tie it back, it doesnt give me any issues. Feeling the need for him increasing, she slipped over his body and straddled him. She was happy to feel his cock harden against her

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pussy. She splayed her hands against his chest and gyrated against him. Eve, he said, his voice low, filled with need. It touched something deep in her soul. She leaned down and kissed him. She loved the taste of him, the way he reminded her of the wildness beneath the human veneer. Tearing her mouth away, she kissed a path down his neck, to his chest, and down his hardened abs. Without a word, she wrapped her hand around his erection and pumped him. His legs moved restlessly beside her but she ignored it. She wanted to push him, test him. Something within her told her that she needed to do this. She took him in her mouth again and again. His groans grew, his fingers tangled in her hair. She slipped her fingers against his sac, teasing him, pushing him closer. Then, in the next instant, he groaned, pulling her away from him and reversing their positions by rolling them over the mattress. He rose to his knees, his eyes bright in the night, almost feral with his need for her. For her. Grabbing her hips, he pulled her up to his mouth. Eve felt his breath just before his tongue thrust into her cunt. She was already wet, already aroused, but this had her appetite for Rand soaring to new heights. Again and again, he teased her, tasted her, hummed against her pussy lips. She squirmed, trying to get closer, to change the rhythm. Rand lifted his head and looked down at her. You are not in control of this. He ground out every word. Without breaking eye contact, he pulled her back to his mouth. He tortured her, tonguing her clit, easily bringing her up to the brink of her orgasm and then pulling back. By the time he set her back on the mattress, she was shaking with her need for a release. He turned her over onto her stomach, pulled her up to her knees, then mounted her from behind. Slowly, he thrust into her, displaying his dominance, taking her as if they were two wild animals. She tried to push up to her hands, but Rand stopped her. He pulled them behind her back,

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allowing her no purchase. He rode her hard, torturing her with pleasure. Come now, Eve. Fuck yeah, baby, come. She could do nothing but obey his command. Her body shuddered violently as she came with such intensity she almost threw him off her. Damn, yes, he groaned. Again. She did come again. She wasnt even completely done with her last orgasm before he threw her into the next one. The scream that erupted from her throat was one filled with pleasure. He followed her then, shouting as he thrust into her, filling her with his seed. **** Hours later, Rand stared up at the ceiling, worrying over his reaction to Eve. It had been a very close thing, earlier. Hed barely controlled his need to bend her to his will. And there wasnt that much that he did. It was the most he could have done without completely losing her. He was amazed that she seemed okay with it. In fact, she had thanked him. He brushed his mouth against her temple. She didnt understand just what the hell was wrong with his behavior, but he did. His role in the family wasnt to control her, to be the one in charge. He was happy to leave that to Noah. With Eve, though, when they were alone, he couldnt seem to control himself. The only thing he could do was make sure that their lovemaking was never one-on-one. If he hurt her or made her afraid of his baser needs, he would never forgive himself. He realized lately how important she was to him. She was everything to him, to the pack. If something happened to her, they would not be able to survive it. So, from now on, he would just keep his distance. Even if it killed him.

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Chapter Seven
It still bothered her, Eve thought. Three days later, Eve was drinking her morning coffee, thinking of that late-night tryst. She was sure Rand had held back during their lovemaking. She has sensed something running beneath the surface. And, since then, he had avoided being alone with her. He had been very good at hiding it. But, more than once, shed tried to get him alone, and he had avoided it. She sighed and took a sip of coffee. I heard that, Noah said as he slipped his arm around her waist and pulled her against him. Whats bothering you, baby? She sighed again. Rand. Hes avoiding me. He nodded in understanding. She turned to face him, and he took her coffee from her. After taking a sip, he asked, You didnt have a fight, did you? She shook her head. No. I She looked away, and he slipped his finger under her chin to force her to look at him. You can talk to me about it, Eve. I feel odd talking about it with you. Ah. So, this has something to do with sex. Yes, she said, feeling heat filling her cheeks. She knew that it wasnt something that bothered the Dillons, and she had never been in a situation where she discussed one lover with another lover. He settled his hands on either side of her on the counter. You can talk to me about anything, I told you that. The last time we made love alone, Rand showed some Dom-like tendency.

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He pursed his lips and nodded. Yeah, I sensed that was something Rand had in him. She blinked. Really. Thatsokay, thats weird. He chuckled. We arent the most normal of families. But, I have sensed with you, Rand has some domineering tendencies. We all do. But, his came out in a flash, like he couldnt control it. His expression turned solemn. Did he scare you? She laughed. No, it was a little scary but the exciting kind of scary. It just made me very, very hot. He nodded. Youre going to have to get him to expose his true self to you. She nodded, but before she could ask how, she caught the whiff of danger in the air. She didnt know how she knew it, but she knew there was something wrong. There was a tiny part of her that really didnt want to face it. It had been such a lovely few weeks with no problems, no deaths. It made her feel guilty, but she couldnt deny the need to have some normalcy in her life again. Before she was ready, there was a knock at the door. She stood to go answer it, but Noah was already striding toward the side door. She followed him. Stand back, Eve. The worry in his voice was easy to hear. So, he felt it, too. There was something in the air, something that made her know there was danger surrounding them. She couldnt see who it was, but he cursed when he recognized the person. He threw the door open, and Vic stumbled in, half carrying and half dragging his cousin. Gabe had blood spattered on his shirt. She gasped the moment she saw him. Behind the bears, the wolf she had met the other night staggered in. Blood poured out of a cut on his head. What the hell happened? Noah shouted as he moved to help Vic. We found Tibius. Hed been knocked unconscious. Im so sorry, Tibius said.

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She rushed to help him as he weaved as if he were going to fall down. Rand slipped around her though and helped the injured wolf into the kitchen. Ethan appeared in the doorway, alarm moving over his features. No one was killed, Vic said when he saw him. But we need some first aid. Ethan turned and left them while Eve grabbed a towel and to press against Tibiuss forehead. Hold it against his wound, she told Rand. Head wounds bleed a lot, so it might not be that bad. But the metallic smell of blood assaulted her senses along with something else, something she couldnt figure out what it was. It was a mixture of fear and something off, something just wrong. Ethan returned with Max and his bag. He immediately moved to Gabe, who had a slash across his chest. His jacket was ripped to shreds. As Max worked on him, Ethan came over to help her with Tibius. She pulled up the towel and noticed that the wound wasnt all that bad. I dont know what happened. I was walking up to my house, heard something behind me. When I turned, someone hit me from behind. She dabbed it, but Ethan motioned to Max, working on Gabe. Help Max. Gabe looks worse. She nodded and hurried over. Max was pouring antiseptic over the wounds. They werent deep, and mostly superficial, especially if the bears had the recuperative powers of the wolves. But, he almost came off the chair the moment the medicine hit the wound. Goddamn it, Max, what the fuck? Oh, sit down, you big bear. We dont have time for you to cry like a little baby, she said. He eyed her, his ice-blue eyes taking in her face and then her fisted hands. Then, after a long moment, he settled into the chair. So what happened after you found Tibius?

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I came up on him when I was heading back up, Gabe said, wincing when Max dabbed at his wound. Then, something hit me over the head. When I tried to stand up, something attacked him. Then I was on my way over here and saw them, Vic said. I didnt see a damn thing. There were some prints, but hard to make out, and there was a mingled scent of leopard, bear, and wolf in the air. That caught Noahs attention. Leopard? Vic nodded. But, things were crazy. Rand and Noah shared a look. Eve saw it and knew exactly what it meant. Vic had been too upset seeing his cousin hurt that they hadnt done a lot of investigating. Plus, it wouldnt have been smart to be out there on his own. What I want to know is why all three of you were on your own? Noah asked with a growl. I was going home, Gabe said. I want you to stick around. You head up to that mountain of yours, I wont hear from you for weeks. Youre the one with the FBI agent connection. Gabe opened his mouth to argue, but Rand stepped in. We dont have time for this shit. Not right now. We need to figure out just what the hell is happening, and we need to go back to the scene. Im going. They all turned toward her. No. That came from Noah. She bristled, irritated by the tone of his voice. I know its very dangerous right now, but I might be able to sense something, see something you all might not. Ethan can vouch for me. With a sigh, he nodded. Shes right, and if you, he said, nodding toward Noah, me, Vic, and a couple others go, I think shell be safe. I think coming up against Gabe would scare away anyone.

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Noah studied her, and she crossed her arms beneath her breasts. His lips twitched. Okay, but you do as I say. First sign of danger, youre gone. **** The moment she stepped out of the SUV, she felt the wrongness of the area. The smell of blood, of hate, of the utter sickness that prevailed the area almost overwhelmed her. She took a step back from it, and Ethan caught her in his arms. Are you okay? he asked. She swallowed. Yes. The scents are a little too much for me to take. He nodded as he steadied her. Youre gaining our senses. I understand that. But why am I? He didnt say anything, and she looked at him, but he wouldnt make eye contact. Uh, its because youre involved with us. She knew it was more than that, and she wanted to press him for a real answer, but this wasnt the time. Why do I sense them better than you? I think because they are new to you, you just arent used to them. Weve lived with it our whole lives. So, we know when to dial it down. She nodded and then followed him to the area of the attack. All the while, she was trying not to miss Rand. He had objected to taking her. She could tell by the way he acted he wasnt happy with her. Or Noah. But she could see things they may not. All of the shifters viewed things differently than she did. Just as she approached the blood-stained snow, she scented something else in the air. Rand. She looked over and saw him come out of the trees. God, they were always gorgeous in wolf and human form, it didnt matter. They

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were bigger than the regular wolves, and she could see how they would dominate the area. Gray-coated, although darker than any of the other cousins, Rand padded his way across the clearing. I knew he wouldnt stay home without you there. She glanced at Ethan. What does that mean? He smiled at her. Just another of the Dillons taking the fall. Rand came up to her and sniffed, pushing his head under her gloved hand. She didnt want to be charmed, but he looked up at her with those blue eyes of his, and she felt herself melt. She scratched him behind his ears. You know, it was stupid because now you dont have any clothes. His tongue hung out of his mouth as he sighed in pleasure. I brought extra gear, Ethan said. She glanced at him. You did? Told you, he cant be away from you. He leaned closer and whispered loud enough for her to hear. Hes dealing with being in love, and Rand isnt all that good at it. She smiled and looked down at Rand. You want some clothes or are you going to run around as a wolf? He glanced over at the scene, then at her. She knew he wanted to go over and look, but he wanted her with him. She followed him as he sniffed the ground. She figured the best person to follow would be the shifter in full wolf. Later though, they were going to have a talk. **** He was breathing in and out of his mouth, trying to keep his meal in his stomach. Again, it had been so close, too close. Gabe could have split him in two if he had given him the chance. He thought there was a good chance he had escaped without detection. At least for now.

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What the fuck was that? The leopard came out of the shadows, his face contorted in rage. It was a plan I had, which I will say you fucked up nicely. The leopard growled and stalked closer. He tossed the feline a look that stopped him in his tracks. Good. The little bastard needed to understand who was in charge. You didnt tell me. Why didnt you? Did my mother tell you everything she had planned? Irritation moved over his features. I thought not. Make sure you understand who is in charge, who has always been in charge. Involving the bears, especially Gabe Redfoot, is a mistake. A big one. That is one bastard who will hunt you until your dying day now. Remember, youre in this with me. He will come after you, too. Besides, I thought you had some other shifters, a bear or two, who wanted a seat on the new council. The leopard paced away. He studied his partner and realized he would have to kill him. And soon. Oh, he would use him to his fullest extent, but when it was over he would die. Yes, I have some who are disgruntled. Noah Dillon doesnt realize how many shifters are fed up with things the way they are. He knew that was a lie. Most were perfectly happy to live out their lives this way, allow the Dillons to do all the hard work. But, he wasnt. He wanted the power, the power that should be his. His mother had understood that, had known he was made to lead. Good. We need to start gathering forces. We need to strike at the one thing that will splinter the Dillons. He snorted. Yes, but how? They never leave her alone. I have a plan. I always have a plan.

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Chapter Eight
It wasnt until later that week that she could hunt up Rand. It was time they had their confrontation. He had been avoiding her, avoiding the subject that she knew was important. He always made sure they were around people. And just like weeks before, she felt like crawling the walls. She had enough of his evasions. Have you seen Rand? she asked Shane. Hes in the shower. She nodded and headed off in the direction of Rands room. Hey, babe, Shane said, grabbing her hand and giving it a squeeze. Be gentle with him. He was smiling, but she heard the worry in his voice. Good lord, they apparently all knew of the issue she had with Rand. Well, it was hard to keep secrets in a house where she was sleeping with all six of the men. She nodded, and he let her go. She walked determinedly down the hallway. When she reached his door, she drew in a deep breath and twisted the handle of the door. It was unlocked, like all the doors in the house. Quietly, she slipped through the doorway and closed the door behind her. She could still hear the water running, so she headed to the bathroom. He was still in the shower. It was a glass-enclosed freestanding shower, and she took a moment to enjoy the scene in front of her. God, how did she get so lucky? Water streamed over the rippling muscle encased in golden skin. Steam filled the air around him, giving it a feel of a dream.

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Then, she shook herself out of her stupor and reminded herself what she was doing there. She cleared her throat. He glanced behind him and smiled when he saw her. It irritated her that he looked beyond her to the room to see if they were alone. Did you want to join me? he asked with a smile. She shook her head. No, we need to talk. He suddenly looked wary. Well, good. He turned off the water and dried himself off with one of their oversized towels. She had to count backwards from tentwo times to keep from touching him. She had her fingers curled into the palms of her hands by the time he was done. He was already semihard and she could just imagine it wouldnt take much to get him fully erect. Is there something you wanted? I need to talk to you. He nodded and pulled on a pair of knit boxers. What about? The last time we made love. She saw something move over his expression, but she wasnt sure what it was. He hid it before she could figure it out. Last night. Of course, he was going to avoid any discussion. He had been doing it for days now. No. The last time we made love alone. Just the two of us. He looked away then but not before she could see the shame on his face. He swallowed. Why do you want to talk about it? Youve been avoiding me. He snorted then walked out of the bathroom. Youre imagining things. She followed hard on his heels. Really? Is that why youre running away from me? He stopped, and she was so close she ran into him. He turned and had to catch her by the arms to steady her as she stumbled back. Once he set her right, he said, Im not running away from you.

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She rolled her eyes. Ive tried to talk to you three times since that night, and you have avoided me and the subject. The morning after, you left me, and I have yet to get you alone again. He dropped his hands and shook his head. I dont know what youre talking about. She would have been pissed, but she detected a hint of vulnerability in his gaze. We shared something so wonderful, and you walked away from me the next morning like it meant nothing to you. His face turned to stone. Thats not true. You could have fooled me. She snorted. You act like Im carrying the plague unless one of your brothers or cousins is around. How am I supposed to feel? Youre imagining things. He was sounding less sure of himself, and that made her feel good. She shouldnt feel so powerful because of it, and part of her knew it was wrong, but she needed an acknowledgement of her feelings. Men. She snorted. I sometimes worry that you arent worth the effort. I tell you that your actions are hurting me, and you tell me that Im imagining things. His face softened. Baby, I didnt know I hurt you. Well, you did. He moved closer to her, and she held out her hand against him. How am I supposed to feel when one of the men I love is avoiding me at all costs? That you act as if I have some kind of disease whenever I am near? He said nothing for a moment, and the silence stretched. You love me? She rolled her eyes and then thrust her hands through her hair. She would pull on it, but there was a good chance if she started doing that, she would be bald by summer. They were all going to drive her demented. You need to dominate during sex.

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She stated it boldly, because there was no way around it. And, she wanted to shock him. From the nonplussed look on his face, she did. I dont. Noahs the Dom. She shook her head. When you are together, yes, but when it is just the two of us, you feel a need to dominate me. He frowned at her but said nothing. You cant say that its bad. You see Noah, you know he needs it, so why is it wrong for you to want to do it when we are alone? She could tell from the expression on his face that he was trying to deal with it. Rand? Im not the Alpha. Its not right. He said it as if it were some kind of dirty secret. When she reached out to him, cupping his face, he flinched, but she ignored the action. She knew it had more to do with the way he saw himself. I understand that. But, when were alone, it is just us. He looked at her then. It is never just us. The pack is always important. Yes. I understand that. But, what we share, you and I, that is important, too. I know that when we are alone, it is just us, our needs, our bodiesour hearts. He stared at her with such hunger that she felt every drop of moisture dry up in her mouth. With only faith and love to guide her, she took his hand and led him to the bed. Then, she opened the nightstand drawer. She released his hand to pull out the toys shed placed there. Without a word, she placed the restraints and some other toys on the bed. I have something to ask you, she said as she turned around. Rand wasnt looking at her. His gaze was fixed on the items on the mattress. Rand? He slowly raised his gaze to hers. I need to you to dominate me.

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Chapter Nine
A need so strong it almost knocked him breathless coursed through Rand. The force of it had him going from aroused to barely able to contain himself. Eve was staring at him as if she were waiting for him to speak coherently. Rand? she asked. Will you? He wanted to. Nothing in his life had ever been so tempting. His fingers itched with the need to take control. Her expression turned more determined, and he knew that no matter what he said, she was going to do everything in her power to get him to admit his baser needs. Without a word, she grabbed the bottom of her shirt and pulled it over her head. Jesus God, she was gorgeous. The bra she was wearing was simple, but it was dark purple and showed off her ivory skin. Her dark red curls dripped over her shoulders. She moved to remove the bra, but it was too much. He wanted to touch her, he wanted to have her, he wanted to have her submit to him. Stop. She had her hands behind her, causing her breasts to thrust out. She wasnt big, but he loved her breasts. They were perfect for him, like the woman herself. He stepped forward and slid his finger over the delicate flesh just above the silky material of the bra. Do you know what youre asking me? Ive submitted to Noah. I know what being a sub is about. He raised his gaze from her breasts. But will you be able to do what I say to do? Will you be able to bend to my will?

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She said nothing for a moment, and then her lips curled. Do you think you have it in you? He couldnt ignore the challenge. The Dom in him wouldnt allow it. Take off your bra and panties. She didnt move fast enough. Do it now or I will punish you for it later. She dropped the bra then shimmied out of her panties. Again, he was struck by just how perfect she was for him. Physically, she was just what he needed. Fragile, yet strong, and tied up in a delectable package. He barely kept himself from licking his lips. Get on the bed. She opened her mouth, but he shook his head. Do not talk unless I give you permission or ask you a direct question. You disobey and I will make sure you pay for it. She frowned at him but said nothing as she did what he ordered. It was hard not to smile at her. She lay back on the bed, placing one foot on the mattress and keeping her legs apart enough for him to see. Lord, the woman was a delight. She had been such an innocent when they took her as their mate just months earlier, but now look at her. She lay back in wild abandon, her pussy lips wet with her need, and she was daring him to make her submit to him. Was it any wonder he loved her so much? On your hands and knees, pet. She gave him a look that told him he she didnt like the name he gave her. He held her stare, trying not to let his lips twitch. She was going to learn that not every Dom was like his cousin, and that she challenged him to make her submit. Now it was time to pay the piper. She finally complied, albeit slowly. Once she was there, he felt safe smiling. She couldnt see him. He looked over the toys and picked up the paddle first. It was pink, one of her favorites, if memory served him well. He tapped it against the palm of his hand. Noah always says you like to be spanked.

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She shifted her weight, causing some of the toys to roll back and forth. He saw the anal plug and lubricant. He set the paddle down and picked them up. After coating the plug he stepped up behind her and slipped it between her cheeks. She moaned, but it was muffled. Moaning is okay. But remember, no coming unless I give you the right. I am in charge of your pleasure, the only one who can give it to you at the moment. Do you understand? She nodded. She looked so pretty on his bed, on all fours, a plug in her ass. He picked up the paddle, and he felt the familiar thrum of arousal pumping through his blood. But this time, it was different, more intense. The love he had felt for her increased tenfold today. He wasnt sure if this was a good idea, but he wanted to do it. Wanted to see her surrender, mind, body, and soul. And it would be for him. Anticipation unfurled in his gut. He pulled his hand back and smacked her left cheek hard. She gasped. He knew with the plug in her ass, it added another element to the pleasure and pain he was giving her. He pulled back and slapped her right cheek hard. She sighed, the sound of it filled with such pleasure that he almost came then and there. Eve was a woman who was made for submission. He just hoped he was up to the task of being her Dom. He settled his hand on the small of her back and spanked her several times with the paddle. Her skin turned an angry red, and he was sure it burned. His own arousal soared with each smack of the paddle. By the time he stopped they were both breathing heavily. He set the paddle down as he spread his hand over her ass. The flesh was hot beneath his palm, but the only sound he got from her was another sigh of pleasure. He walked around to the other side of the bed. Her face was flushed and her eyes slightly glazed. He had seen this before when Noah had worked her over, and it had always been arousing to see. But it was another whole level now he knew he was the one who had done this to her.

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He left her there on her hands and knees as he pulled off his knit boxers. Her gaze went right to his cock as it bobbed up against his stomach. Her tongue darted out over her lips, and his cock twitched. Eve, come here. She moved to scoot over, but he stopped her. No. On your hands and knees. She hesitated, but complied. He was stroking his cock, watching the way her breasts swayed as she crawled across the massive bed. He held his penis out to her. Open up, Eve, I want that naughty mouth on my cock. But, nothing else, just your mouth. She leaned forward and opened her mouth. The first feel of her tongue on his hot flesh, he almost came. He curled his toes as he moved in and out of her mouth. As he continued, he slipped one hand into her hair, grabbing hold of it as he thrust deep into her hot mouth. God, each time he pulled back, she swiped her tongue over the tip, grazing over his hole. He kept getting closer and closer to his orgasm. He got right up to the edge and pulled out of her mouth. His cock was wet with her saliva and his pre-cum. On your back. He barely got the words out of his mouth. She did as he ordered. Spread your legs. Let me see that pretty little pussy. He walked around to the other side of the bed and grabbed the restraints. He liked the ones she picked out. They were a set of soft cuffs with another restraint to tie her to the bed. He ordered her to the top of the bed, and he slipped the cuffs over her wrists. The connection to her expanded, strengthened. He had always felt close to her. All of them did. Their mate was the one who would fulfill their every need and want. But now, he felt as if they had an unbreakable link. He threaded the restraint through the slats of his headboard, and then he joined her on the bed. He rose to his knees and looked down at her. With her arms back, she arched slightly off the bed, her nipples begging him to taste. And

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that was the thrill of it. At the moment, he could have her to himself, have her submit, have her surrender. That shot an extra spurt of heat racing through his blood as he bent his head and took her nipple in his mouth. Her skin was sweet. He loved the way her breath caught when he grazed the tip of it with his teeth. As he moved to her other nipple, he slipped his hand down her stomach to her pussy. Shit, she was wet. He slid two fingers into her and groaned against her breast at the feel of her inner muscles clamping down on his digit. He pulled back but continued to finger her. Eve, he said. Her eyelids fluttered then opened. You cannot come. Not until I tell you. She pulled her lower lip between her teeth and nodded. Her easy compliance shot straight to his dick. He slid down her body, then pulled his leg over so he straddled her face. He lowered his pelvis and slipped his cock into her mouth once again. As she started to eat him again, he gave in to the need and set his mouth on her cunt. Fuck, he thought, nothing ever tasted as good as her sweet pussy. He thrust his tongue into her pussy over and over as she took his cock into her mouth. Soon, though, he knew both of them were almost too close. He was close to losing himself in the hot warmth of her mouth. He pulled up but gave her pussy one long lick, tonguing her clit a couple times for good measure. He turned and faced her. She was shivering, her body fairly begging for her release. He couldnt wait any longer. He wanted to extend their lovemaking, her first surrender to him, but he was too fucking close to losing it. With fast movements, he rose to his knees, grabbed hold of her hips, and entered her with a swift thrust. She moaned at the intrusion. She was tight as a fist with the plug up her ass. Bending down, he kissed her, taking her bottom lip into his mouth. Can you taste yourself, baby?

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She sighed as he thrust his tongue in her mouth again. He started moving then, in and out. With each thrust, he felt her muscles cling to his dick, harder and harder. Soon, he wanted to come, wanted to feel those muscles of her ripple over his cock. Come, Eve, now. She did as ordered as he pressed his thumb against her clit. She came apart then, her orgasm pulling him deeper into her hot cunt. But, when she lay beneath him, still quivering from her release, he pressed against her clit again. It was just that little movement that had her coming again. This time, he couldnt hold back. Fuck, yes, baby. Thats it. He came, groaning as he felt another orgasm take hold of her before she was even done with the last one. He collapsed on top of her, his body feeling as if he ran a 5K. His muscles were tired, his body fulfilled. He leaned up and released the restraint tied to the headboard then released her cuffs. I love you, Eve. The smile she gave made his heart turn over in his chest. Her acceptance of him, so easy and free, humbled him. Tears were in her eyes. Oh, Eve, Im sorry. I didnt mean to make you cry. She laughed and shook her head. Leaning up, she gave him a kiss. No, you silly old wolf. Theyre tears of happiness. I am so glad you love me, because I love you, too. She wrapped her arms around him and squeezed him tight. Oh, I am so happy. He rolled off her, then pulled her close to him. She settled against him, her head on his shoulder and hand over his heart.

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Chapter Ten
Eve sighed with relief, happy to be out with Rand. There had been a break in the weather, and after a few days, she had convinced them that the attack was an act of desperation, and their assailant was in hiding. It had never been broad daylight when one of them had been attacked, so she had convinced them she needed to check on some of the pack. Did you see that, Eve? Rand asked. She smiled at him, happy that they had declared their love for each other. It had taken a lot that day to get him to do it, but since then, he had been open. He had finally come to terms with his need to dominate, understanding that it was something they shared together. Which, for her, made it that much more special. What? I think I just saw another of your pack pregnant. She gasped and grabbed his binoculars. Oh, there are more of them than I thought. I thought we had lost more than this. I told you everything is okay. They seem to be thriving now that we fought the helicopter hunting, Jason said. He shook his head. Still cant believe they allow that here. They had been out only forty minutes, but the sun was starting to fade already. We have to get back or Noah will be pissy. Rand laughed. I want to see his face when we tell him that you called him pissy. She chuckled and opened her mouth to reply, but both brothers had gone on alert. They were scanning the area with their gazes, and Rand pulled out his gun. She smelled it then, something odd, a

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mixture again, one that none of them could figure out. Then there was a screech that sounded like something between a growl and a hiss. She glanced over and saw a massive leopard jump toward them. Fear held her immobile for a moment. The fangs were huge. She could do nothing as he launched himself toward her. Jason jumped in front of her and pulled out his weapon. But before he could unload it, Rand did, shooting the leopard through the throat. The big cat fell to the ground, blood pouring out of its neck and darkening the snow beneath him. There was more howling from the approaching leopards. This is wrong. This isnt sanctioned by them, I am sure of it, Rand said. Yeah, well, we arent waiting around to ask, Jason said. Rand nodded and grabbed her. When they reached the SUV, he practically threw her in. He climbed in, but when Jason rounded the hood, another leopard pounced, knocking Jason against the hood of the car with such a force, she heard his head crack against the metal. She gasped as Rand slipped out of the truck, shooting the second leopard. He grabbed his brother, and she moved over so Rand could put him in the truck beside her. Jason? He didnt answer, and her fear escalated, her heart almost stopping at the thought of him being beyond help. Hes fine, Rand ground out as he threw the vehicle into drive and sped away. He was just knocked unconscious. Eve drew in a deep breath and felt for Jasons pulse. She released the breath when she found it strong and steady. Those were shifters, the leopards? she asked. He hesitated, then nodded. Of course they were. There were no snow leopards in Alaska, and no regular leopard was that big. The implications of the attack had her heart thumping against her ribcage. What the hell is going on? she asked, her voice barely above a whisper.

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Im not sure, but now that the leopards are involved, I know Noah is going to be pissed as hell. **** Rand watched as Eve talked to Jason. She kept her voice low, and he could barely hear the words, mainly because he didnt try. He knew that she had been frightened and needed to reassure herself that Jason was okay. It had been five hours since the attack, and his brother was a little out of it, but he seemed to be fine. Eve leaned over to kiss Jason. She brushed his bangs out of his eyes. The gesture was sweet and told Rand of her love for Jason. Rand felt the love he had for her expand. She was so giving, so loving, was it any wonder they all loved her? Ethan came in, murmured something, and gave her a kiss then sat in the chair she just vacated. She walked toward Rand, and worry took hold. She was tired, the dark smudges under her eyes a testament to the past few months. He slipped an arm around her waist and led her out the door. You need rest, he said. She nodded. I agree. That worried him even more. Eve never admitted that she needed to take a break. You can sleep in my room. Its right next door so you can be close to Jason. She offered him a weary smile. Youre so sweet. She raised up to her tiptoes and brushed her mouth over his. The brief touch had his entire body heating, but he knew it wasnt the time. Instead, he relished the sweetness of the gesture, of the small touches that still turned his heart to mush. But I need a little bit to eat before I do. My blood sugar is really low.

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He nodded then led her to the kitchen and found Vic Redfoot having an intense conversation with his cousin. He had known the bear had shown up within an hour of the attack. From the look of aggravation on Noahs face, Rand knew their conversation wasnt going over well. They both turned their heads at the same time to look at Eve and Rand. Hows Jason? Noah asked as he came forward to give Eve a kiss and a hug. He has a slight concussion, but I think otherwise okay, Eve said. Did you talk to the leopards? I did, Vic said. We have a bigger problem than we thought. Most of their group was out of the area. Some kind of cat celebration. The way he said it told Rand that Vic didnt think much of it. Rand didnt either. In the middle of these attacks, things like that shouldnt be done. But then, he had been out frolicking with his brother and their mate. So he couldnt throw stones. Whats the problem then? Eve asked. There are a few of their members missing, including Alejandros brother. The Alphas brother, not good. He was a whiner, one who always thought he should be in charge and not his brother. And, there seems to be a growing sentiment that there are more than just one or two people involved, Noah said, his voice grave. There was a beat of silence as they all took in the implications. Stop talking in circles and tell me what is going on, Eve demanded. Noah and Vic said nothing as the silence lengthened. Well? she asked. Rand heard the aggravationbut also the weariness. She was tired, and she had been through a lot in the last few months. All of them had, but Eve had been thrust into a world that was completely foreign to her.

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He took her hand. It means it isnt just some crazy bastard killing us off, Rand said. We might have a full-scale war among the shifters about to explode.

End of Book 5: Rands Craving


To be continued in Book 6: Jasons Salvation
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR


Kiera West spends her days writing about shape-shifters and her nights dreaming about them. She is married with two children. She also writes under her real name Melissa Schroeder.

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