Psychic Moon

The Shifter Chronicles 1

by M.D. Grimm

(Beginnings Book One)

Animal Control Officer Derek Williams is a wolf shifter and not one inclined to long-lasting relationships. Not only does he take animal abuse personally, he has a temper and isn’t afraid to show it. However, he changes his tune when the newest veterinarian starts working for the Animal Services Center.

Recovering from an abusive relationship and hiding supernatural abilities of his own, Brian O’Donogue wants a fresh start and a new place to call home. Quickly dubbed the “animal shrink” by co-workers, Brian doesn’t know what to make of Derek at first. Then he manages to confront Derek during one of his rages, and they both see each other in a new light.

Eventually they take a chance on their feelings and the ensuing relationship is better than either of them could have hoped—until a rogue wolf shifter attacks Brian. The abrupt attack forces Derek and Brian to confront their secrets and whether their relationship can weather the storm heading their way.

The rogue shifter is out there, and he’s hunting them.

BONUS STORY: Celtic Warrior and Wolf Spirit

Derek and Brian are celebrating their first Christmas together, and Brian is determined to show Derek a Christmas like those he shared with his family back east. A wolf shifter, Derek has never celebrated a traditional Christmas before—his pack would usually shift on Yule and hunt down prey. But the unexpected appearance of Brian’s abusive ex-boyfriend on Christmas Eve threatens not only Brian’s holiday plans but his future with Derek.

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Pairings: M-M
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Tropes: Friends to Lovers, Slow Burning Love
Word Count: 45645
Setting: Seattle, Washington
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Excerpt:

Derek pulled up to the Animal Services Center and got out of the car, slamming the door harder than he needed to. He walked around to the back and opened the door. The cat hissed, but Derek knew she had to be in pain, and her terror wasn’t helping.

“Easy there, girl. I’m only doing what’s best for you. Easy.” Derek continued to talk to her as he grabbed a small portable carrier and opened the cage door. He set the carrier on the floor and threw a cat treat into it. The cat, despite her terror, wanted food. She lifted her nose in the air and sniffed before she heaved herself off the floor and waddled to the carrier. Derek closed the small door and gently lifted her. She was much too light for a cat carrying a litter.

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After shutting all the doors and locking the car, Derek walked quickly to the main doors of the center. The clinic was in the back, and he hurried past the waiting room and behind the counter through a door that read “Employees Only.”

Derek had been employed with the center for about four years now, beginning right after he finished his certification with the academy for law enforcement and animal handling. This was the only job he had ever wanted to do. The rest of his family either worked in the government to save the environment, or were rangers in wildlife preserves. He’d wanted to do something different, something that would help pets, not wild animals. In his opinion, pets were often the most in danger of human cruelty.

His anger flared once more, and Derek growled.

“I agree,” a voice behind him said.

Without knowing it, Derek had stomped passed the clinic doors. He turned around, and his bad mood vanished almost instantly.

Here, Derek thought. Here is the one exception to the human species. Here is the one human who could restore the honor of the human species with a single gesture.

In his opinion, Brian O’Donogue was the best veterinarian the world had ever seen. Brian had joined the center only two years before, and his presence made a marked improvement in how many animals survived when brought in. He had a gift—it was that simple. The staff had also dubbed him the “animal shrink” because, since he joined, they hadn’t put an animal down for bad temperament. He was somehow able to get into their heads and knew how to heal them, mind and body. Of all the good and dedicated people that worked at the center, Derek considered Brian in a league of his own.

“What have we got here?” Brian came over and took the carrier from Derek.

“Female cat. Pregnant. Abandoned.”

Brian clucked his tongue and gestured for Derek to follow him into the clinic. They walked back to Brian’s workstation, and he put the carrier on the long operating table in the center of the room. He bent down until he was eye-level with the opening of the cage door. The cat hissed.

“Poor thing,” Brian said, so many emotions riding on those two words.

Derek leaned against the wall as Brian tried to coax the cat out of the carrier.

Brian was a cutie. He was older than Derek, but Derek didn’t know by how much. His blond hair was long, coming down to the middle of his back. He wore it either in a braid or a ponytail. He had a thin beard that didn’t do much to detract from his boyish face. Derek figured he grew it to at least look old enough to drink. His eyes were a startling green, and he was fit, and the long white coat didn’t detract much from his rather impressive figure. Derek also couldn’t help noticing his perky butt when the coat was off. He also had a faint, adorable accent that Derek enjoyed.

Despite being fond of Brian for nearly two years, it was only in the last six months that he’d started to desire something more. He’d held back because he wanted more than just a night of pleasure with Brian. He wanted a serious relationship, which was a first. He’d accumulated a few shifter fuck-buddies over the years but they all knew what to expect—no promises. And yet Derek knew, to his core, that if he sought something long-term with Brian that he couldn’t keep the other half of himself secret. He wanted to share all. He wanted Brian to see his wolf, to accept him. But could a normal man do that?

At least he wasn’t in doubt of Brian’s sexuality. While Brian wasn’t exactly “out,” most of the staff knew. And there was no denying the faint scent of arousal when Brian was in his presence. Derek had even caught Brian checking out his ass a dozen or so times since he started working at the center. At least the attraction was mutual.

Brian finally coaxed the cat out of the carrier and gently checked her over.

“Well?” Derek pushed away from the wall.

“She’ll be due soon. We need to get some food and water down her. Not much, though. Too much will make her sick.”

“Right.”

“That pup you brought in this morning is looking well.”

“The Lab from the storm drain? He’s going to live?”

Brian grinned and patted his arm. “I guarantee it. He’s a bit timid with a bump on his head but he’s doing fine. The staff’s already fallen in love with him.”

Derek took a deep breath of relief. “Good. Good.”

Brian considered him a moment before speaking. “You were in a mood when you came back. Wanna talk about it?”

Not only was Brian the animal shrink, he was also the staff’s shrink. If anyone had any problems, personal or professional, he would be the one they went to first. His quiet and nonjudgmental nature made people want to open up to him.

“I hate people,” Derek blurted.

“I know,” Brian said, nodding. He rubbed his hand up and down Derek’s back. It sent shivers of pleasure shooting to his groin.

It’s amazing, Derek thought. This is the only person who can get me out of my bad mood just by looking at me. No one has ever done that.

He eyed Brian when he removed his hand. Derek regretted the loss of contact.

“You should get back out there. I’ll take care of her now.”

“I know you will.”

“Don’t hate everyone, Derek. You only see them at their worst. They have a best. Remember that.”

Derek nodded mutely and walked out of the room.

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Reviews:Pixie on MM Good Book Reviews wrote:

I found this book a refreshing change from other books in this Genre, Derek Williams and Brian O’Donogue have worked side by side for two years both of them secretly wanting the other, neither has dared as they both have secrets. Both these men love animals dearly with Derek rescuing them and feeling anger and pain at the cruelty of humans to the defenseless animals. Wishing that he could treat the humans who did the cruelty, the same as they treated the animals. Brian handling them with love, care and gentle hands as he treats them.

You can see the great respect that these two men have for each other and how it has built up over time into love. These two men seem to be perfect for each other and I’d have to say that this is a genuine romance with a little bit of danger thrown in.

If you want a shifter story where it’s not insta mates, insta love and insta sex then this is the book for you, it has a good solid storyline throughout (although I would have liked to know why the rogue’s scent was familiar to Derek) and the sex is hot.

I genuinely liked this book and would recommend it to all my friends.


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About the Author

M.D. Grimm has wanted to write stories since second grade (kind of young to make life decisions, but whatever) and nothing has changed since then (well, plenty of things actually, but not that!). Thankfully, she has indulgent parents who let her dream, but also made sure she understood she’d need a steady job to pay the bills (they never let her forget it!). After graduating from the University of Oregon and majoring in English, (let’s be honest: useless degree, what else was she going to do with it?) she started on her writing career and couldn’t be happier. Working by day and writing by night (or any spare time she can carve out), she enjoys embarking on romantic quests and daring adventures (living vicariously, you could say) and creating characters that always triumph against the villain, (or else what’s the point?) finding their soul mate in the process.


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