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New Addiction


by April Kelley

The first time Caerwyn meets his mate, it ends with rejection, growling, and bear shifters…oh, my!

After his parents die in a tragic car accident, dragon shifter Caerwyn Lewis doesn’t know how to grieve properly, not that he really has time. He has siblings that are relying on him to pay off the debt their parents incurred on the farm. Also, he has a brother who isn’t taking their parents’ death well. The last thing he needs is a distraction, but that’s what he gets when his Alpha calls him in to help another neighboring shifter town. The distraction comes in the form of a handsome but grumpy bear shifter named Rory.

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Caerwyn held his breath as the bear roared so loudly, the small room trapped the sound, deafening them all. Every thought he had fled his mind as the bear stalked towards Teagan. He knew he should do something, but the only thing he could think about was the fact his mate, who had just told him he didn’t want him, came to his defense when he thought there was a threat. Caerwyn counted it as a small step in the right direction.

If a dragon shifter could tame an untrusting horse than he could certainly get a bear shifter to trust him. Caerwyn just had to apply patience to the situation, just like he did when he attempted to win a horse over.


Rory went back down on all four paws again. He turned his big bear head, looking at Caerwyn, assessing him. Caerwyn held up his hands as if he were surrendering. He just wanted Rory to know he wasn’t a threat and he wouldn’t come any closer.

“Mate,” Caerwyn whispered.

Rory sighed, which came out as more of a humph sound in his bear form. Caerwyn held his breath at the predatory way Rory stalked him. He backed up until he felt the wall. When Rory stood up again, Caerwyn didn’t know what to expect.

Rory’s big paw came down on Caerwyn’s shoulder, and Rory pulled him close until his cheek pressed against Rory’s massive bear chest. The brown fur felt soft against his face, and he burrowed in for a second, which was what Rory seemed to want. Caerwyn shut his eyes and breathed in his mate’s scent. Rory surrounded him, which made Caerwyn’s body react once again.

He felt Rory’s upper body move, so Caerwyn pulled back just enough to see what he was doing. Rory turned his head, looking straight at Teagan and let out another roar. The gesture was possessive and it pissed Caerwyn off at the same time it gave him hope again.

“So this is you staking a claim, is that it?” Caerwyn asked at the same time he tried to pull away from Rory. His bear shifter mate held him firmly, though. “You don’t want me, but no one else can have me either. Am I getting it right?”


About the Author

April Kelley is an author of LGBT Romance. Her works include The Journey of Jimini Renn, which was a Rainbow Awards finalist, Whispers of Home, the Saint Lakes series, and over thirty more. She is a main contributor for Once & Books. If you'd like to become a patron sign up here: