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Solid Ground

Wingspan #3

by April Kelley

What do a dragon shifter, a vampire, and a cute bobcat shifter have in common? All three are fated mates who have a very powerful politician trying to kill them.

Teagan Ryers has always only been a congressman’s son. Campaigning for his father becomes second nature. That changes one night when a psychic warlock implicates his future mates, who he hasn’t met yet, in his father’s demise. The race is on to find a bobcat shifter and a vampire before his murderous father does.

Leaf Burkhart works hard to keep a roof over his head and food in his stomach. Life is a struggle for him and his brother, two bobcat shifters in the city, but they have each other. Everything changes when vampires kidnap them.

Etienne Mercer has coasted along for years, hoping things between him and his coven leader would rectify themselves, and they find some common ground. When his coven leader makes a bargain with a congressman, Etienne has had enough. He must do something to save lives and the little bobcat shifter who ends up in his care.

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Pairings: M-M-M
Heat Level: 4
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay
Tropes: Fated Mates / Soul Mates, Menage, Rescue, Trapped Together
Word Count: 67000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters

As soon as he entered the station, Gretchen grinned and stood from her desk chair. “Missed you, Leaf.” She hugged him, not caring about his dirty, greasy state and that he smelled of oil.

Leaf grinned, hugging her back. “Me too.”

“The shit is hitting the fan, right?” She let him go and sat back down.

Leaf chuckled. “Probably. About time, though.” He walked further into the room, his gaze turning to Teagan, who sat in a chair against the right wall with Rory beside him.

Mercury sat at his desk, not saying a word or taking his eyes off Leaf. He lifted an eyebrow when Leaf met his gaze. Leaf nodded, letting him know he had everything under control. Their silent conversation was the only one they’d have unless Leaf brought it up later because Mercury wouldn’t.


Teagan stood almost as soon as he turned in Leaf’s direction. His eyes widened and, as Leaf came closer. He tried to close the distance between them, but Leaf held up a hand.

His chest ached at the sight of Teagan in the daylight. Teagan left everything on his face. No cool charm and smooth words. Whatever haunted him took over his world and changed him to the point, Leaf wondered if he imagined how Teagan had been during their first interaction.

Teagan drew his eyebrows together and he opened his mouth to speak, but nothing came out.

Leaf looked at Mercury one more time, meeting his gaze. Mercury lifted an eyebrow when Leaf held out a hand and took the few steps in his direction. “Cell key. Can I have it?”

The corners of Mercury’s mouth turned up, and he opened the top drawer of his desk. The cool metal of the key pressed into his palm. Leaf closed his hand around it.

He made his way passed Teagan toward the cells but stopped when Teagan gripped his arm. He looked from Teagan’s hand to his face and back again. Teagan let go without Leaf saying a word.

Leaf turned and made his way over to the cell. Teagan sucked in a breath when Leaf closed the door.

Leaf backed up when Teagan growled and just about ran to the door, trying to catch it when it closed. When he realized Leaf locked the door, he reached his arm through the bars and held out his hand. “Give me the key, little cat.”

Rory snorted out a laugh but otherwise didn’t look up from the magazine he read. The magazine had something to do with food, but Leaf hadn’t paid much attention to it even when he first walked inside the station.

Leaf sat on the familiar cot with his back to the wall and his legs folded.

Teagan sighed. “Please, give me the key.”

“This is where you wanted me, right?”

Teagan gripped the bars, his muscles growing taut. “No. I only wanted you to stay safe.” He hung his head, pressing his forehead to the bars and closing his eyes.


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: