Golden: The Pride of Panthers 1
Trace da Costa is determined to unite the nomadic and unsocial panther shifters of the Americas in order to add their voiceâas a prideâto that of the rest of the worldâs shifters. Humans are aware shifters exist which has led to innumerable problems, especially threatening the survival of the solitary big cats.
His followers have already embraced the idea of mating and staying together to raise their cubs and when he finds his mate he must convince her of the rationale behind the change in tradition.
Aura Maas has no interest in males, aside from the occasional one night stand and even if Trace da Costa is her mate she isnât willing to give up her lonely lifestyle, having become inured to it at an early age. She is well aware of the risks with no one to have her back and resistant to the idea of being responsible for anotherâespecially a cub or two.
But sheâs impossibly drawn to Trace and when danger strikes they make a formidable team. Not to mention how great the sex is. She agrees to commit for a month, against her better judgment because her cat has already accepted him and her human side is fighting a losing battle.
But there are other forces at work, from traditionalists to hunters and itâs only when she flees on instinct and Trace follows her that she accepts her fate. She is claimed by himâand him by her.
âWhere is she?â The tension in his voice betrayed his need.
Rock Gideon spoke from the side of his mouth. âSecured in the back room.â
His gut clenched as his entire body went on alert. âWhat do you mean, secured?â
âTied, wrapped, and gagged. Secured. She should be waking up from the injection right about now.â
âYou drugged and secured my mate.â A stupid man might have missed the dire warning in Traceâs tone. Rock was anything but.
Easing up on his elbows, the big male shook his hair from his eyes. Trace held his stare, their beasts close to the surface. The wolf broke first and dropped his gaze for an instant. âIt took five of my pack to subdue her. Shade and Blaze are still recoveringâin wolf form! It was a fucking bloodbath. Without the injection, youâd still be looking for her, and how I managed to administer that is a mystery.â
Despite the damage to Rockâs people, Trace couldnât help but feel a frisson of arrogance and satisfaction. Aura Maas was worthy of him and his pride. Not that his loosely knit group of panthers were actually a pride, but they were still connected. And he required a mate to help bind them together before their kind faded into the mist. It was his lifelong ambition and one within his grasp.
Heâd outlived his parents, and his sisterâ¦ Well, he hadnât given up hope for Ariana, not yet, but most everyone else had, and it was as if he was the last of his line. And so he was determined to build a larger family, both for safety and longevity of their species.
âI apologize for your trouble and offer my regards to your pack. Iâll also increase the prize money.â
With a huff, Rock turned back to his beer. His tone was admiring, if grudging. âWhoever tames that cat will have a lifetime ofââ
Whatever the wolf thought Trace would have with Aura was clearly beyond his ability to describe. Trace hid a smug smile and said, âIâll see her now.â
âHelp yourself. Just keep between her and the fucking door once you cut her free.â Rock fished a key out of his shirt pocket. âNew deadbolt. And the window is barred. Weâve kept â¦ guests before.â
The information gave him pause but for a moment. Whomever Rock kept prisoner or in a way station wasnât his business. The alpha wolf had a reputation of being on the up and up. Regardless, he didnât have time to ponder. His mate awaited him.
About the Author:
Allyson Young aka Peri Elizabeth Scott lives in cottage country, Manitoba, Canada where she and her husband pretend to work well together in their seasonal business.
She has always enjoyed the written word, and after reading an erotic romance, quite by mistake, decided to try her hand at writing one. That effort was followed by a mix of spicy (Ally) and (sweet) Peribeth romances in various genres as well as a post apocalyptic adventure without a lick of romance by Peribeth.
A best selling Amazon author, a hybrid and a co-author, as of October 2018 she has published seven series and several standalones-all available on Amazon-with others in the works.
I'm a crazy zany author who loves to fish and listen to loud music. I love car restorations show as well as baseball, old game shows, and HGTV and DIY networks.