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Brutus’s Surprise

by Lisa Oliver

Brutus had found his groove in Arrowtown. Having traveled with Ra and his friends for years, he was now content to help out Fergus at the local bakery and spend his free time as an uncle to his friend's children. Finding a mate was one of those "it might be nice one day" scenarios, that Brutus wasn't chasing too hard. Until he got home one day and was greeted with the alluring scent of strawberries and cream. The man coming down the stairs to greet him was exactly Brutus's type, but the big bear shifter had never considered having a human as a mate.

Heath's bad day had been going on for weeks. Escaping his dray was just the first step in a string of bad luck experiences that looked like they were finally turning around when he met up with some friendly shifters in Arrowtown. Being taken to a huge house and quite literally meeting his mate that same day, was amazing. Was it too much to hope that Heath's luck had finally changed?

But Heath's ex-alpha was not a forgiving type, and biker squirrels were no joke. Add in a squirrel desperate to shift, and a little girl Fae with a love of all things pink and purple, and Heath and Brutus's mating seems to be one surprise after another. But even surprises can out live their usefulness and maybe the last surprise is the one that breaks Heath and Brutus both.

Brutus's Surprise is an MM Paranormal Romance story that can be read as a standalone, although a deeper appreciation of the secondary characters and the world rules can be had, if you read the previous books in the series. As always, some bad language, a spot of violence and intimate situations between adults are included. Please store your ebooks responsibly.

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Brutus opened the front door as three youngsters ran past him. Annabelle stopped. “Daddy brought home a squirrel.” Then she ran after her brothers.

A squirrel? A squirrel shifter? Brutus sniffed. Huh? Human and honey with fresh berries and... he sniffed again... cream? So, tantalizing... He took a couple steps searching for more. Mate? He had a mate? Where? Brutus looked around. A squirrel shifter maybe?

But Brutus didn’t smell squirrel. All he could smell was human and that wonderful scent of berries and cream. Oh, gods, don’t let the squirrel be bonded to a human. That would be so messy.

Reaching the bottom of the steps, Brutus looked up and saw Seth with someone by his side. The stranger was no bigger than Seth. His squirrel? If it was, his mate was hungry. Brutus could hear the squirrel’s stomach growling from where he was.


“We have a guest. This is Heath.” Seth led the way down the steps. Brutus found himself staring into huge dark eyes. His bear wanted out to claim his little mate – a quick switch from indifference to obsessive need - and his bear wasn’t going to put up with any arguments about it. Brutus took a deep sniff and realized he wasn’t looking at the squirrel, he was looking at the human. His mate was human? But none of his sleuth were mated to humans… Brutus couldn’t remember anyone ever being involved with one. But then he decided he didn’t really care. He had no problem being unique, especially not when faced with… This is my mate. Brutus reached out and took the hand the little man extended to him when Seth said, “this is Brutus. “

Instead of shaking the hand, Brutus simply held it, staring at his tiny human. Seth stared at him and then at Heath who didn’t seem to notice. He was staring back, studying Brutus’s face. Brutus smiled. “Hello, mate.”

And then the human’s stomach growled again.

“You’re hungry. Let me make you something to eat. There are things in the refrigerator that you can nibble on while you wait, my mate.” Brutus fought down his bear’s urge to run out and hunt something for his mate to eat. Instead, he led the way to the kitchen holding his mate’s hand, leaving a stunned Seth standing, staring after them. “I’m a shifter. Do you know what mates are?”

“Yes.” The soft voice was like music.

“You are mine. I will always take care of you, love you, treasure you, and protect you. Everything I have is yours. I’m not rich, but I have a good job as a baker and can take care of you. That’s if you want me.” Brutus opened the refrigerator door. “Here’s some salad I made for lunch and… I don’t know what you like...”

Brutus was at a loss. He felt as if he was rambling. His bear was growling at him. I’m trying to feed our mate. He’s hungry. That shut his bear up. But his bear still thought shifting and hunting would solve the problem. Gods... what did one do with a human?

“I’m not fussy. I’ll eat anything.”

Turning to his mate, Brutus wanted to melt all over the floor. Huge dark eyes seemed to swallow him up. His mate. Nothing else mattered. No one else mattered. He would protect his little human.

Putting the salad on the table, Brutus pulled out a bottle of dressing. “I made this. It’s honey pecan. If you don’t like it, I can...”

“I love pecans.” The man’s small smile trembled, but it was a start.

Brutus fixed a plate of food and put it in front of his mate with some of the fresh bread he had baked.

The little man gave a moan as he took a bite. “This is so very good.”



About the Author

Lisa Oliver's first fiction book was The Reluctant Wolf, book one in the Cloverleah series. Since then she's written more than ninety other titles spanning a number of different series including Bound and Bonded, Stockton Wolves, Balance, The God's Made Me Do it, City Dragons, The Necromancer's Smile, and the Alpha and Omega series. A huge fan of the true mate trope, Lisa's books are all paranormal, all M/M (although a few M/M/M have crept in too) and all have an HEA.

When not writing, Lisa can be found with her nose in a book. Her adult children and grandchildren have found the best way to get her off the computer is to offer her chocolate.