If You Can’t Stand The Heat

by Lisa Oliver

This story was PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED in the SuMMer Heat Anthology in August of last year (which is now out of publication). This is a re-edited and lightly added to version of the same story and nothing in the story line has changed. Please do not purchase if you already own a copy of the anthology, thank you.

Stone, an alpha wolf and tracker for the council, was on an unusual but easily completed job; all he had to do was pick up a runaway omega and return him to his home pack. It sounded simple enough when he took the assignment, but when Stone catches sight of Wyatt, living in a derelict cabin in the middle of nowhere, he knows his life is about to change.

Wyatt, omega wolf, has been on the run from a forced mating for three years; living hand to mouth, doing his best to raise his four-year-old sister, Maddie. Always watching over his shoulder, scared to interact with anyone, he has no idea how much his life will change when a stranger knocks on his door during a summer storm.

But Wyatt’s past isn’t about to let him go and when the council gets involved, Stone must do his best to protect the man who stole his heart and the sweet little girl who calls him Uncle. After all, if you can’t stand the heat….

This is a short standalone story in my Alpha and Omega universe. 21,700 words. References to intended rape (didn't happen and is off page) may be a trigger for some. M/M true mates shifter story.

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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 2 Age: Ageless/Immortal
Tropes: Fated Mates / Soul Mates
Setting: USA
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Excerpt:

Damn, now he won’t even look at me. “Wyatt, what do you know about fated mates?”

 

“Nothing. I’m mean, I remember mom…mom used to tell me stories when I was little about how she met dad and she just knew he was the one for her. But I’ve never heard of fated mates before. The alpha decides who is going to mate with whom. I thought all wolves were paired like that.”

 

“In some packs maybe, but that’s not the way it has to be. Come here, please, Wyatt.” Stone’s arms ached to hold his precious mate again. He held them out, waiting, barely breathing, until Wyatt stepped into his embrace. “What do you feel when you’re close to me like this?”

 

“Safe.” Wyatt inhaled sharply and then clambered onto Stone’s lap. “Safe and horny and my wolf’s in a tizzy.” His slender arms wrapped around Stone’s neck. “I feel as though I’ve known you for a million lifetimes. Why is that?”

 

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His last words ended on a whisper, his breath brushing Stone’s face. “Because we’re fated mates. Fated mates trump bonded mates, alpha orders and everything else. Fated mates are what every shifter dreams of,” Stone growled. “I promise you, right here, right now, I’m never letting you go.” Wyatt’s whimper tugged at every protective instinct Stone ever had. Pulling his mate closer, Stone gave into the desire he’d had since he first saw Wyatt on the floor. He nudged their noses together, rubbing his cheek against the softness of Wyatt’s skin before gently brushing their lips together.

 

“Oh wow, I never knew….” Wyatt’s arms were like a vice around Stone’s neck and he pressed his lips harder, his tongue gently caressing the seam of Wyatt’s mouth.

 

“Open for me.”

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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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