Jaxon Flores has finally come home. After leaving his hometown and pack of Shore Point, Jax has finally returned to undertake training from his father, to become the next Pack Alpha. Unsure and unprepared, he faces even more challenges when he arrives home the day before Christmas Eve.
Nick Ashby co-owns and runs a small cafe, his only grief being his abusive human father, the town Reverend. However, his life is turned upside down the moment Jax walks into his cafe, and he realizes the man he used to follow around as a child, is his mate.
When these two finally collide, secrets are revealed and Nick finally has a chance at a happy future with his mate. But will Nick run from Jax in fear, or accept his Christmas Wish?
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Publisher: Independently Published
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 5
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Pansexual
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Alpha Character, Badass Hero, Biological Urge to Mate, Coming Home, Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Hurt / Comfort, InstaLove / Love at First Sight, Second Chances
Languages Available: English
Out of the corner of his eyes, Jax noticed the girl behind the counter tense and take a step in their direction. The move was almost…protective.
“Nick, is everything okay?” She asked.
Nick. So that was his mate’s name.
Nick’s eyes darted around wildly as if searching for something...or someone. Shit! Was his mate already in a relationship with someone else? Was he looking for that person right now?
Jealousy surged through him at the thought of anyone else thinking they could lay claim to what was his. This was his mate.
He growled. “Looking for someone?”
Nick’s eyes widened for a moment before he took a step back, shaking his head. “I’m sorry.”READ MORE
“Nothing to be sorry for, sweetheart,” he crooned, attempting to move closer. When the younger man stumbled back again, Jax halted his movements. He didn’t want to scare his mate. “Why don’t we sit down and talk for a bit? Get to know each other.”
He’d be willing to take things slow if that’s what Nick needed, though every part of him was aching to reach out and drag the other man to the closest secluded area. His Panther perked up at the idea of ravishing their mate. What would he sound like? Taste like? Damn, he really wanted to find out.
“I can’t. I don’t know who you are, and I can’t.” Nick’s face had grown pale, his voice shaking as much as his body.
Jax narrowed his eyes. “Can’t, or won’t?”
Nick bit down on his bottom lip and shook his head again. “Does it matter?”
“That isn’t an answer, cub.”
“Cub?” Nick gasped, eyeing him over as though really seeing him for the first time. “Wait…Jaxon?”
“You know me?” He asked, confused because he couldn’t recall ever meeting the man in front of him.
“Oh God. This is not good. So not good.” Nick mumbled.
“You’re going to have to let me in on the secret, sweetheart.” Jaxon growled when he tried again to move closer, only to have Nick skittle further away. “And you’re going to have to stop doing that. I’m your mate. Talk to me.”
Nick looked panicked and Jaxon didn’t know for the life of him what was going on. “I’m sorry.”
Growing more frustrated, Nick took Jaxon by surprise by stepping forward and wrapping his arms around Jaxon’s neck. Startled at the younger man’s change in attitude all he could do was go with it as Nick tugged him down, bringing their lips together. Soft and gentle, more sweet than honey, Jaxon groaned at the light pressure. However, it all ended too soon as Nick abruptly pulled away, taking a few steps back again. Jaxon growled at the sudden loss.
“I’m sorry. I can’t be your mate,” Nick whispered, spinning on his heel and headed for the staff only door quicker than a cheetah.COLLAPSE
Lisa on MM Good Book Reviews wrote:
Jaxon returns home from Australia to take over Short Point Pack as Alpha from his father. What he doesn't expect is to find his mate the very first day back. Nick is having difficult life living with his dad. Can Nick trust Jaxon to help him with his problems?
I love this short story. It is fast pacing, love the instant attraction between Nick snd Jaxon. Oh and the sex scene was so hot hot hot!!! Great start to new series, I cannot wait to read book 2. If you are a fan of mm as much as I am, you will love this book.
Now I have found another favorite book, the only problem I found was it wasn’t long enough. I can understand the pain of losing a love one, but for a father to hurt his son I cannot understand.
Nick had promised his mother and had followed through with it up until he meets his mate. He was so scared of everything. He wanted his wishes to come true, especially a special one of having his mate.
Jaxon’s father and mother had ended their relationship when his father had found his mate. He had moved to Australia with his mother only to come back when his father wanted to train him to take his place as the next Alpha. What he had not expected, when he arrived and decided to get some coffee, was his mate being there. Also, that his mate would deny him. He had to find away to help his mate see that they were meant to be together. He also had to help his mate forgive himself for breaking his promise, but to understand that this was a promise he should never had to deal with in the first place. Could he get his mate to understand that he was there for him in every way?
This was not only a beautiful story, but a heart breaking one also. I felt like beating the tar out of Nick’s father and holding Nick close. He has the ability to overcome all the pain from his life but he has to trust in himself and his mate. I would have loved to see where this goes. It would have made an excellent story if it had been longer. I would recommend reading this story and checking out the rest of Jess’s books. It will make you cry out in outrage for Nick and wish you could help Jaxon with his mate’s pain.