This week has been a blast, and we’re nowhere near done with stories from the Alpha’s Claim Manlove Anthology!
Today’s guest is not only a fellow Evernight author, but she’s also a fellow Texan who just so happens live just a hop, skip, and a jump down the road a piece from me, on the other side of Houston. (did that sound southern enough for ya'?) J
Luckily for us, Eileen’s brought along a tasty treat from her contribution to the antho, “Claiming Ayden.”
I won’t keep you waiting, so let’s dig in…
Thane, Alpha of his pack of shifter wolves, is running out of time. Drake, Alpha of a rival pack and Thane’s enemy, has stolen into Thane’s camp to capture three of his youngest members, including his intended mate Ayden. Although he is injured, Thane and his two most trusted sentries head out to reclaim their three pack mates before Drake moves them to his winter hunting grounds. As the miles and hours pass by, Thane wonders if waiting to focus on his position as an Alpha instead of taking Ayden and claiming him immediately is decision that will cost him his mate forever.
Drake needs numbers to increase the size of his pack and he does not care how he accomplishes that feat. When Thane challenges him for his Alpha status to reclaim Ayden and the other two young shifters, Drake readily accepts knowing he won’t be defeated. Will Drake succeed and not only increase the number of his pack but eliminate Thane as well? Or will Thane’s need for his mate and desire to have him at any cost be the tipping point that will help him overthrow Drake and claim Ayden once and for all?
Thane looked down at Ayden’s white blond hair and felt his chest tighten. He lifted his hand and settled it in the pup’s hair. He had to hold back a moan when he felt a tremor go through the pup’s body the moment his fingers brushed along Ayden’s scalp. Thane tightened his fingers in Ayden’s hair and pulled the younger man’s face to his. Crystal blue eyes stared back at him. Nowhere in them was there any fear or pain. Instead, Thane saw the same expression of surety and desire Ayden had worn when he’d wandered into their camp almost two and a half years ago.
“Thank you for the food, pup. But that’s not the sustenance I need tonight.”
The tremor Thane had felt turned into a shudder as Ayden placed the food and water on the ground. Then in a show of true submission he gently leaned his head into the grasp Thane had on his hair, leaving his neck exposed.
Thane’s cock filled with blood and hardened against his body. His eyes roamed over the battered body of his true mate to check for damage that would prevent him from taking the action he should have completed before they had begun their journey to the winter lands. Roane approached Thane’s side and slid the leather thong from his neck, pressing it into his leader’s free hand before backing away.
Eileen Griffin lives in Texas, but loves to travel and has spent many summers crossing Europe with nothing but a backpack on her back. She enjoys TexMex, lives for good wine, and has a certain penchant for purple unicorns. She loves reading all genres of books, but her current obsession is writing M/M romance. She currently has three works out, Chasing Matt, a M/M novella co-authored with Nikka Michaels, Dinner For Two, a M/F romance novella, and “Claiming Ayden”, a M/M shifter romance that is part of a M/M anthology of short stories. Eileen is currently at work with co-author on two M/M foodie romance novels, set to be released summer/fall 2014.