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Peace Maker

Blackwood Pack - Book 3

by Mary Rundle

Enforcer Dylon Royd worked for the notorious Silver Point Pack until they accused him of disloyalty. Imprisoned and beaten to within an inch of his life, he's dumped at the side of a road and left for dead. Waking up in the Blackwood Pack's hospital, he's shocked to discover his Fated Mate is one of the pack's members he'd been ordered to kill.

Cody Blackwood is a seer and has grappled with visions all his life, but after most of his family is massacred they have intensified so fiercely he begins to make plans to escape his pain and suffering. Thinking no one wants a freak for a Fated Mate, he tries to reject Dylon until he realizes his salvation depends on accepting him.

A life or death situation for Cody, a rare gift to both from the Fates, a dangerous mission, and an unexpected surprise are some of the challenges they face. Together they begin a journey to save Cody's life while forging a partnership that requires absolute trust for both to survive.

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The glow had faded and Cody, once more in the real world, couldn't move. What he'd seen was so painful he wondered how he could take any more sessions like this. The whipping, beating, and abuse broke his heart. He knew he had no choice but what about his Fated Mate? Would he want to live with someone like me? Cody rose, still weak from his visions, as he heard footsteps along the path. Sitting down on a fallen tree, he waited to see who was coming.
Steel emerged from the woods and stopped short. He expected to see Cody meditating but instead found him staring up into the trees, apparently listening to the sounds of birds, squirrels, rabbits and probably a bear or two ambling nearby. But that wasn't what caught his attention, no, it was the look of sorrow and pain reflected in Cody's body. What the fuck is happening to Cody and why is he in pain? Oh, gods, please Fates, tell me Cody isn't going to die! Is that why he's rejecting his mate? Fuck!


Waiting to be acknowledged, Steel stood still while studying Cody. Here was a someone that looked haggard—it was the only word he could think of to describe him. In all his years, he'd never seen any shifter as young as Cody look so old and weary. Steel couldn't stay still any longer and approached him, reaching out to offer comfort. For what? He wasn't sure but if there was ever a man needing reassurance, the shifter in front of him did. He placed a hand on Cody's shoulder and gasped after Cody turned to look at him. For there, in the eyes staring back at him, was all the sorrow, heartbreak and pain found in the world. Cody's misery pulled Steel in and, wrapping his arms around him in an encompassing hug, he tried to relieve Cody of the burden he was carrying.
For what seemed like hours, Steel gave what comfort he could while Cody gratefully took it in an effort to block the visions from his mind. Finally, Cody pulled back, surreptitiously wiping tears away.
"Jackson wants to see me, huh?"
"Yes, he does," Steel said before adding, "Cody, is there anything I can do?"
"No. Yes, take care of Jackson and my brothers for me. I'll be leaving for awhile and I know they're going to worry."
"What do you mean, 'leaving for awhile'?"


About the Author

A few years ago, I wrote my first book, Dire Warning. Readers loved it and I was on my way to chronicle the Blackwood Pack, seven brothers who are gay wolf shifters in search of their fated mates—stories about love at first sight with twists and turns, angst and humor, romance and adventure and, of course, happy endings. Since then, the pack has expanded, allowing more stories to be told and different paranormals to be included. The series has become, as one reader described it…an “Epic Saga.”
Now, twelve books later, Lord Manetu has just been published. I love the M/M paranormal genre because it gives my imagination a lot of territory in which to roam. My mind can really run wild and come up with some amazing stuff when it doesn’t have to stay inside the box. My story ideas come to me as if they were being channeled by my characters, all of whom I love (except for a few villains). They are eager to recount their lives, loves and adventures, and are not reluctant to let it all out when it comes to revealing steamy details. My writing style is free-wheeling and uninhibited and my readers tell me they love it that way; that it makes them feel like they’re right in on the action and a member of the Blackwood Pack.
I live in the Northeast and love the beautiful change of seasons, my husband, and our quirky calico cat, though not necessarily in that order. I read a lot (good for the mind) and love gardening (good for the soul). And I’m always happy to hear from my readers and can be reached through Facebook, my private Facebook Group, Twitter, Instagram, or my website.