Hello folks! You'll find me bouncing like a loon for mid week tease today, because it's also Release Day.
Yep, Maria's story, The Mating Project is here.
*does the shimmy*
You can read the official excerpt here.
However for the Mid week tease, I thought I would share the moment Malachi turns back up in Maria's life.
Malachi's wolf growled his fury, and he had the devil of a job reining the fucker back in. He scented her the minute he'd stepped up to the front door, but he hadn’t wanted to believe it. After all this time, his fucking mate was here, and with his best friend draped all over her.
Silas stiffened and turned around slowly, but he didn’t relinquish his hold on Maria, and Malachi's wolf growled low in his throat. Maria's scent was all over his friend, and the just healed mark on his neck proclaimed his status as loudly as possible.
"Calm down now, Malachi. I haven't got the foggiest what the hell you're talking about, but you need to calm down."
Silas's voice held an edge of steel, and half shifted Malachi bared his teeth at the other man. Behind him Maria shook off Silas's hand, and her cat snarled and growled in much the same manner as his wolf did.
"You!" The chill in her voice served like a cold shower, and Malachi looked into her cat's eyes when she spoke. "How fucking dare you. After all this time, you turn up here, and claim I'm yours. If I'm yours then why the fuck did you stay away for ten years, tell me that, mutt boy."
Silas whistled through his teeth, and Malachi knew the minute the human connected the dots in his mind. He took a step away from Maria and ran a hand through his hair.
"Fuck, she's your girl?" he asked. "I had no idea."
Maria's growl of annoyance shook the windows, and despite his fury Malachi had to admire the fire in her eyes. The slender young girl he'd known had grown into a beautiful, confident woman, and her anger just got his wolf more excited. He hardened instantly, and by the way both the man and woman in front of him reacted he knew they were all too aware of his predicament.
Silas's eyes drifted to his groin, and he groaned slightly, causing Maria to throw him an astonished look. She glanced from Silas to Malachi, and back again, and even though she mumbled the words, Malachi heard them loud and clear.
"I don't fucking believe it."
Her animal whined as her anger deflated, to be replaced by hurt disbelief, and she pulled at the hemline of Silas's favorite jumper in a futile attempt to cover up more. The human's item of clothing fell back down one shoulder, exposing acres of creamy flesh, and one well rounded shoulder, that bore Silas's faint finger marks. The visible reminder of the fact that Silas had gotten to her first, taken what should have been rightfully his, should have made his wolf clamber to be released, and to rip the other man's throat out, but the regret and silent determination in Silas's eyes stopped him.
"I never would have … I mean … fuck!" Silas stalked over to the fridge, and it was testament to his state of mind that he grabbed two beer bottles and threw one at Malachi. He caught it easily and slugged half of it down, noticing that Silas did the same. Silas never drank this early in the morning, but then again this was an unusual situation to say the least.
"Yeah. Some fucking homecoming this has turned out to be."
Belatedly Malachi turned and slammed the front door shut, on the curious face of one of the neighbors. Great, that was all they needed. Miss Busybody announcing his return to all and sundry. Malachi liked to stay under the radar—of the council, in particular—and here was Councilor Anderson's daughter, his daughter, in his damn flat and having been fucked six ways from Sunday by Silas. The daughter of the man who ordered Malachi's execution, should he ever be found.
Not only that they'd mated. The connection between them was palpable. You didn't need to be a shifter to see that, but now his wolf had calmed down a bit, he could smell their emotions. Maria's hurt cut through him like a knife, and Silas's worry was equally hard to take.
An uneasy silence fell among them all, only broken by the sound of Silas slamming his now empty beer bottle on the kitchen work top. Maria jumped, and then Silas surprised them all by kissing her. One hand cupped behind her head, the other settled on her ass, as he devoured her mouth like a man starved of sustenance. The little hell cat Malachi remembered from before simply melted against Silas in an act of silent surrender, which made his wolf whine his distress.
Malachi barely resisted the urge to free his throbbing dick and seek the relief he so desperately wanted. Hungry, dirty, and pissed off as he was at the fact that his nemesis had escaped him again, all he'd wanted to do was come back to the one man he could call home. Maybe even climb in his bed and let Silas help him forget the burden he carried for those few precious minutes, when they sought pleasure in each other's bodies.
Instead he came home to this.
He shook his head and glared, just as Silas broke the kiss and Maria had to grab the counter for support. Silas steadied her and then walked across to where Malachi stood, still frozen in time, and mirroring his earlier actions with Maria, yanked Malachi's head down to kiss him.
Malachi's grunt of surprise gave Silas access, and pleasure surged through Malachi's tired body as the man he loved most in this godforsaken world fucked his mouth with his tongue, as though the woman he was mated to wasn’t standing mere feet away, watching their every move. Malachi could taste her mixed in with the familiar musk of his lover, and instinct took over. The beer bottle clanged to the floor and burying his hands in Silas's hair he kissed him back with all the rage and hurt inside of him. They slammed into the wall, hips grinding against each other, in a grapple for dominance that had their hard cocks sliding against each other. Still, it wasn't enough. Malachi wanted nothing more than to rip the other man's clothes off and lick every trace of Maria's scent off his lover's body.
That thought made him come up for air, and they broke the kiss. Foreheads resting together they held on to each other, until their breathing regulated and Silas smiled grimly.
"I take it you didn't get the bastard then?"
Malachi grunted his agreement, and Silas stroked his tense shoulders before he drew back.
"I missed you," he said, and Malachi snorted and looked across to Maria. She hadn't moved. Just stood there watching them with wide eyes. It wasn't disgust that he scented from her, though. It was arousal, so intense that his wolf panted and Malachi's jaws ached to sink his teeth into her throat and mark her as his. Which would be as good as a death sentence for him. Anderson hadn't looked for him, but Malachi knew that the councilor wouldn't stop until Malachi was dead and buried this time, if Malachi actually mated with his precious pure blood princess of a daughter.
He forced himself to step away from Silas, and he couldn't keep the bitterness out of his voice.
"Looks like it." He jabbed his head toward Maria, and Silas's eyes clouded over.
"It's complicated," Silas said.
Maria growled low in her throat, and despite the situation Malachi grinned. That was more like it.
"You do know that's Anderson's princess daughter, don't you?"
Silas nodded just once, and Malachi swore.
"I do, but I had no idea she was your particular princess. You never told me her name." Silas didn’t look at him but at a spot far above his shoulder, and tension emanated off the human in palpable ways.
"To be fair, I don't think it would have made much difference had you told me." He glanced at Maria, and a faint smile played around his lips. "It is what it is."
He shrugged his shoulders and finally raised his amber gaze to Malachi.
"It's fucked up, that’s what this is."
Being together could mean death to them all, but walking away is not an option…
Bloodlines need to be protected at all costs and as a true-blood cougar Maria is expected to mate with a council-approved shifter. Too bad the one chosen makes her skin crawl for all the wrong reasons.
But running away already landed her in hot water once before. Wolf shifter Malachi Luca saved her life ten years ago, and then promptly disappeared with her heart. So much for true love.
Now time is running out and Maria is feeling the strain. Seducing Professor Silas Deacon should be a welcome distraction except the human turns out to be her mate, too.
And that damn wolf—yeah he's back and determined to claim both his cat and his human. What's a girl to do? Fight for love and enjoy the awesome sex, of course.
Be Warned: menage sex (MMF), m/m sex, bondage, spanking, anal sex
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Now excuse me while I go back to scaring the kids with my bad dancing!