Cam’s Chance

by Lisa Oliver

Arrowtown Book 5

Can be read as a standalone

Camden "Cam" Stone had a long past and a hard life. For the past ten years he'd kept up the facade of a businessman, running the only bar in Arrowtown. The hours were long, but the people were friendly and if he didn't share much about himself, no one seemed to care. But all that changed when a new baker came to town - a baker with a flippant personality and skills the whole town were soon talking about. Nobody could be that perfect, could they?

"Fabulous" Fergus Ferdinand was a bull shifter, and yes, his momma did have a sense of humor, once. Having been away from his fold for years, he'd come to the shifter town, in the hopes of building a business that would be good enough to convince his momma to come and live with him. From the moment he opened his bakery doors, people flocked to buy from him, eager for the new sweet sensations his business offered. So, it was understandable, when the gruff bar owner seemed immune to his sweet things and his sunny personality, that Fergus was a bit surprised.

Unfortunately, Cam's suspicious nature, and his subsequent investigation into Fergus creates a whole stack of problems for the unlikely pair. Throw in a pair of pink unicorn pants, a momma in desperate need of saving, and a wolf with an eclair addiction and the couple are kept busy twenty-four seven. Just when they get to the point where the two men can take a breath, Fergus gets sick... and a whole stack of new challenges crop up.

This is an MM Mpreg Fated Mates story. Although, it can be read as a standalone, reading the previous books will give you more understanding of the secondary characters. There is snarky humor, some violence, and a lot of sweet treats. As this book is intended for adults only, please store your ebooks responsibly.

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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Protagonist 3 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Tropes: Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Mpreg
Setting: USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Excerpt:

Fergus was in the process of transferring a huge tray of buns from the oven to the bench top when the phone rang. Without missing a beat, he slid the bun tray onto the counter, and reached over to swipe up the phone. “Arrowtown Bakery. What delectable delights can the Fabulous Fergus send your way today?”

A cough sounded on the other end and then a deep chuckle sent shivers down Fergus’s spine. “Fabulous Fergus, ha?” The chuckle was still there. “Well this is the not-so-fabulous Cam, from the bar at the end of the main street. I don’t think we’ve met.”

“Er… Yes, no.” Fergus wanted to fan himself. That voice! Makes my insides all mushy. “I mean, I’ve seen the bar obviously, but I haven’t had a chance to call in and introduce myself yet. Bakery hours are the opposite of yours, I reckon.”

“Hmm, they probably are.”

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What is this man? He sounds better than a double chocolate chip cookie smothered in chocolate sauce.

“Anyhow, I wanted to talk to you about the delectable delights you’re promising,” Cam continued.

Me, on a platter, covered in chocolate and strawberries. “Yes.” Fergus’s voice squeaked and he cleared his throat and tried for a deeper tone. “I mean, yes, of course, how can we help you today? I was told you have a fully functioning kitchen.” Fergus knew, because Mrs Hooper, who’d rented him his space, told him the bar and the local diner were his only other competition in town and that they stuck to home-cooked basics instead of pastries and breads.

“We do have a kitchen, yes,” Cam seemed pleased Fergus knew that much. “But my bartender Darwin was suitably impressed with the smells coming from your establishment, he recommended you for the catering of a lunch we’re giving on Friday for one of our staff who’s leaving. You could think of it as a prelude to future business opportunities if it helps.”

Helps what? The bakery had only been open two weeks, but already Fergus was seeing a profit. However, he didn’t have it in him to alienate one of the longest running businesses in his new town. It just wasn’t in his nature. “That is very sweet of you to think of helping me. I’m sure we’ll have plenty to discuss after the luncheon. Can you tell me, how many people, shifter types expected, and so on?”

Fergus listened with half an ear, scribbling down details, his mind already planning what he’d have to do to fill such a large order, while still keeping his fledgling business stocked, all on such short notice. He was going to be working until midnight just to keep up. He only came out of his business mindset when Cam said, “I’ll look forward to meeting you on Friday.”

“What?” Fergus dropped his pencil. Bending down, he clipped the side of his head on the counter. Ouch. Fergus rubbed his head, before bending to retrieve his pencil. “No, no, I won’t be there. Someone has to keep the ovens burning here, you know. But you have my assurance, my staff will be there at eleven thirty on Friday. They will set up, serve, and clear everything away afterwards. Thank you so much for your business. Have a fantabulous day.”

Dropping the phone on the counter, Fergus sprawled across it, letting out a long sigh. His whole body thrummed, and that was just from hearing Cam’s voice. I am in so much trouble, he thought, vowing he would avoid the enigmatic Cam as much as possible. The last thing he wanted as a new business owner was to be seen as an easy lay.

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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 fifty 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 or out walking her Rotty pups. Her adult children and grandchildren have found the best way to get her off the computer is to offer her chocolate.

 


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