(Cloverleah Pack Series 9)
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“My, my, my, don’t you move well my lovely,” Vassago whispered as he watched Adair in the crowd below. This wasn’t the first time he’d spied on his soon-to-be mate, but this was the first time he’d seen the man doing anything other than working or sleeping. After he’d spirited away from the cell three months before, he’d lasted a week before he headed back to Cloverleah, just wanting a glimpse of the man fate paired him with. After that first look Vassago was hooked and he found himself zeroing in on his mate’s scent more often than probably healthy. He’d yet to find his potestatem, and he was getting increasingly anxious about it. It should’ve been in Atlanta, but every lead he followed turned up empty. His search was hampered by the fact he couldn’t stay away from his mate, no matter how often he tried.READ MORE
His lips curled into a snarl as he watched some young thing rub up against his mate. Admittedly, Adair moved away but the young blond was persistent and common sense told Vassago that his mate could only withstand so much. There’d been many a time Vassago spirited himself within range of Adair, worried the man would have someone sharing his bed. It hadn’t happened so far, but….
What if he’s got sick of waiting for you, the insidious voice inside of Vassago’s head prompted? He knows you exist, but he’s a wolf shifter. An alpha. They’re made for sex. Vassago knew that only too well. He spent more than a century learning about all types of paranormals, fascinated by wolf shifters well before he’d ever met one. Key things separated wolf shifters from others – their loyalty, devotion to pack and their Alpha, and a sex drive which was well documented in ancient lore. The stronger the wolf, the higher the drive, and Adair was a very strong wolf.
The blond was making a move again, and from what Vassago could see Adair’s brothers were encouraging him. Fuck it. Vassago scanned the surroundings for a dark corner. There, that would do it. He didn’t want to cause uproar in a pack, especially with humans around. Encasing himself in a wall of magic, a handy thing to have when he didn’t want unknown shifters pawing him, Vassago materialized and nimbly edged his way closer to his mate. The blond had his arms wrapped around Adair’s waist and it took all of Vassago’s energies not to zap the little shit. Instead he pushed his way to the blond’s side, and smiled. “It’s time for you to go now,” he said, pouring on his charm. There were very few creatures that could resist his voice if he put his mind to it.
The blond looked startled, but then dutifully slipped away into the crowd and for the first time Vassago had his mate’s full attention. Standing at least six foot five, with huge shoulders and a mass of long wavy hair, Adair was dressed in a bright green shirt that matched his emerald eyes, and tight black pants that clearly showed which way he was dressing. Vassago grinned and slid into the same position he’d removed the blond from.
“You don’t have a problem dancing with me, do you?” From the way Adair’s arms came around him, and the two men fell into a slow rhythm, Vassago got the answer he was looking for.
Fingers working quickly, Vassago made short work of the button and zipper. But instead of the expected flesh he hoped to find, Vassago was confronted by a blue silken bulge. “Oh, baby, this is one hell of a welcome surprise. You wear things like this all the time?”
Vassago looked up to see Adair’s sharp cheekbones were tinged with red. “I like how they feel on my skin,” he said gruffly.
“Believe me sweetheart, I like how they feel on your skin too, and how they look clinging to your sexy package. Hmm, I am a lucky, lucky djinn.” Vassago gave into temptation and leaned forward burying his nose along the shaft clearly evident in the satin. He allowed himself an open mouthed groan, as his fingers fumbled to remove Adair’s boots. Damn man would have big feet, and Vassago knew he should be watching what he was doing, but oh, the smell, the heat around his face was driving Vassago insane.
“You have magic; use it. It’s not as though you’re going to shock someone like me.” His mate had a good point. Vassago hadn’t been with a shifter or another paranormal in decades; thinking as others of his kind did, that his mate would be human. He felt a definite sense of relief at not having to explain the concepts of paranormal to a human. Whisking Adair’s jeans and boots off with a mere thought, Vassago ran his nose up and down the length of flesh that was threatening the bounds of the silken boy shorts.
Oh fuck. Amazing. Adair epitomized everything he’d been missing and so much more. Vassago had been with wolf shifters before, a long time ago. But in comparison to his mate they were nothing more than puppies. The sheer power emanating from Adair’s body was making him drunk, and Vassago found himself sniffing and licking through the satin, eager for a taste. Adair’s balls weren’t as constrained by the sexy shorts he was wearing, and Vassago found his desire for flesh there, in the heavy globes that escaped the material.
A steady hand threaded through the longer locks of his hair. Someone was enjoying his efforts and for some reason that caused Vassago’s heart to flutter. He licked and sucked the wrinkled skin he found, his nose nudging more of the material aside with every pass. Adair moaned and his hips gave a thrust, as though longing for friction on his dick. Vassago was happy to give it to him.
With careful hands, Vassago peeled back the cloth holding Adair’s cock hostage, unwilling to let such a defining moment be reduced to magic. Adair’s cock fell forward, slapping him lightly on his face, and Vassago was quick to encase one of the biggest cockheads he’d ever seen.
Adair wasn’t cut, indicating he was probably a lot older than he looked, but Vassago didn’t mind at all. Resting one hand on a thick thigh muscle, he wrapped the other around the base of Adair’s cock, feeling the vitality of his mate’s sex through his fingers. His tongue buried inside the copious foreskin, eager for more of Adair’s sweet/salty taste combination. When he’d cleaned all he could find, Vassago hollowed his cheeks and sunk his head, taking in as much of Adair’s length as he could. He didn’t think he’d get the whole lot in, not this first time round. But by the Fates he would devote a lifetime to trying.COLLAPSE
Leigh on amazon.com wrote:
Adair (alpha wolf shifter) is one of the few single guys left in the pack. He never meets his mate but is told about him when the Djinn, Vassago, was released from Jake Poindexter's body. All this was outlined in the last Cloverleah book and this story opens with that event. So three months have passed and Adair is getting frantic. He wants his mate.
Vassago has searched for his potestatem, the stone which anchors / holds his soul. Eventually this is resolved and in a spectacular way. His mating is unusual and different and Adair has no idea what he's letting himself in for. He finds out Vassago is a prince of his people and even as a second son, he has commitments. Family stuff. Which leads to an interesting twist and more threats disappearing one by one. Funny how that small world keep shrinking. By the way. . . What happened to all the Fae wanting to come to earth and find their mates? Because that's what's happening all over again but with the Djinn. Anyway.. .
A big part of this story is explaining the Djinn, not just to Adair but to the Cloverleah Pack. And because Kane was helping Damien in San Antonio, the pack was split, leaving Griff and Diablo in charge. Now. To date Griff and Diablo were strong alpha males that were in the military. Decisive. But when in control of the pack all they did was sit around, discuss, and it seemed each meeting got out of hand. Their leadership was lacking. All they seemed to be fixed on was how Vassago slipped past their security. When Vassago explained they still weren't satisfied. Then others in the pack would bring up that same topic and frankly, it was discussed to death. It was Adair that stepped up and lead. He pushed and got results and while he did it for his mate, in doing so, he stepped up and showed us the alpha he is.
Nit Picks: We never learn why someone's wolf would 'disappear' or fade and how a demon was put in it's place. And it was done remotely because the guy was in prison and under guard. Or was he?
I wanted to know how technology from earth can function in another realm. I'm talking about the ear mike that Adair wore to stay in touch. I don't care if it's Fae tech. How do they know it'll work when it's never been tested? Yet it does. Now. That requires some explanation yet is skipped from all those sit down meetings and discussions.
Overall the story was good, a nice addition to the series. Adair and Vassago were wonderful characters. I do hope in the next one we hear more about that little 4 year old bear because baby bears are just too cute. I'm also curious to see what happens to Luke and his powers. There's a lot foretold there. It's fun to have a Djinn in the pack, I can see Vass bringing humor with his magic - Something the pack needs. - Dan's Wife
Jaime_Alpha Book Club on amazon.com wrote:
I loved the relationship between Adair and Vassago. Each one is strong in their own right and for different reasons. There are misunderstanding between them that forces them to be open and talk to each other to come to terms and make their mating work for them both. But damn they are hot together 🙂
I have to say each book in the series on my re-read list and this one has been added to it. The story and the overall story arc of the relationships and the pack itself is always interesting and entertaining. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series
This series will keep you flipping through pages as fast as you can to see what happens next! Lisa Oliver continues to amaze me with her creativity and all the different paranormal characters she creates. Their stories are never dull, or repetitive - which can be an issue in some series that are as long as The Cloverleah Pack Series..you don't have to worry about that at all with this series. I love how we always get to learn about new characters and watch them find their mates, yet at the same time we get to catch up with all the characters from previous books. I am eager for the next book and Ms. Oliver has mentioned a spin-off which I will be looking for enthusiastically! If you love shifters, can think outside the box, and love HEA - this series is for you. 5 stars!