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Rugged Return (MFMM)

Rugged Savage Valley, Colorado 2

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Heat Rating: SEXTREME
Word Count: 56,916
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[Siren Ménage Everlasting: Erotic Paranormal Ménage a Quatre Romance, M/F/M/M, shape-shifters, light consensual BDSM, spanking, sex toys]

Michelle Andrews needs a break. After years of catering to her sister’s every whim, she’s lost herself. So she drags her sister away from the country music limelight and heads for Savage Valley, looking to catch some hard-earned R&R.

What she catches instead are the hearts of charming bear-shifters Elias, Thomas, and Franklin Ashley. The brothers recognize something beautiful and good in Michelle, but they know she’s fragile. As they help her stand up to her sister and rediscover her strength, land-hungry NormCorp plans to unsettle the peaceful town.

But will NormCorp’s violent scheme expose Savage Valley’s most treasured secret?

Note: There are two different series in the Savage Valley, Colorado collection. Rugged Savage Valley by Edith Dubois is bear-shifters. The Pride of Savage Valley series by Helena Ray is mountain lion-shifters. Each book features a different romantic trio or quartet. Even though the two series take place in the same setting with crossover characters and share an external story arc, each of the series can stand alone.

Note: There is no sexual relationship or touching for titillation between or among siblings.

A Siren Erotic Romance

 

Edith DuBois is a Siren-exclusive author.

User Reviews
Great read, the brothers have great personalities and the sister is completely annoying!

- AussieGirl

I really liked this book. I hope to see more on this series . I would love to find out more about the shifters. I love these kinds of stories.

- lpacker

Professional Reviews
4.5 NYMPHS: "After years of managing her sister’s career, Michelle decides the time has come to take care of herself. She meets three handsome doctors in Savage Valley that decide she is theirs. The second book in the Rugged Savage Valley, Colorado series, Rugged Return, is just as intense as the rest of the two concurrent series about Savage Valley. When siblings work together and one is extremely spoiled, jealousies and resentment is sure to follow. Michelle’s sister is a singer who is extremely manipulative and I know people just like her. As resentment on both parts comes to a head, Elias, Thomas and Franklin do their best to help Michelle realize she comes first to them. As Michelle struggles to understand her feelings for the three brothers, NormCorp plans to shatter the peace of the town by forcing Savage Valley to sell the land for development of a resort. The struggle that communities have trying to hold on their way of life, in light of developments, is not new and the author reflects on some of the more sordid practices we sometimes hear about. The relationship that Michelle has with Elias, Thomas, and Franklin is intense. The fact that there are people she can talk to, other than the brothers, bring characters from the lion-shifter series in as secondary characters, making it a must to read both series concurrently. I am waiting with baited breath to see if Michelle’s sister shows up in a future story as I wait for the next story about the bear-shifters." -- Amazon Nymph, Literary Nymphs Reviews

"Michelle Andrews has spent years catering to her country music superstar sister. But, this same sister now has so many issues that Michelle seems to becoming more of her enabler and parent than sister and manager. Michelle finds she needs a break more than her sister does. But will her sister continue to take advantage of her or will Michelle finally get the break she needs in Savage Valley? Michelle never expects to find the loves of her life. She never expected to love more than one man, let alone three, and then add the fact they are bear shifters to that recipe and it just might be more than Michelle can handle. But, will their love help her break away from her sister and find herself again? And will Michelle end up having to save her sister yet again? This time from NormCorps scheme to expose Savage Valley and its most treasured secret? More importantly will Michelle be able to accept a future with three bear shifters as her mates? Rugged Return can be easily read as a stand-alone story though I recommend the entire series. I thoroughly enjoyed how Michelle goes from being the “doormat” enabler to the person who is highly cherished, just through the love and appreciation of the Ashley brothers. Ms. DuBois also does a wonderful job in the interactions between the Ashley brothers and their very different personalities. I found Rugged Return to be a sweet and sexy bear shifter story." -- Tanya, Joyfully Reviewed

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Those rigid muscles began to shake. She saw his shoulder blades press together, and then his whole body exploded outward. First his skin split along its edges, and black fur exploded from within. Then his chest blew out. His legs transformed into great, muscled haunches, and his arms rolled upward into large outstretched paws, the edges glinting and sharp against the bright silver moon.

Michelle jumped back away from the window with a scream. Where Franklin had stood only moments before now was a huge, ferocious-looking black bear.

The bear whipped around, a snarl curling its lips, and trotted up to the glass. It looked back and forth, unable to see inside because of the bright floodlights glowing outside. The lights went out, and Michelle jumped, noticing that Thomas had left her side to turn them off.

“Don’t,” she said. “Turn them back on. It can see us!”

Elias put his big, warm hands on each of her shoulders. “Michelle, look closely. He’s not an ‘it.’ That’s Franklin, and he wants you to see him like this. Look.” He nudged her resisting body forward.

“Elias, I’m scared,” she whispered.

“Look in his eyes.”

Shaking, she stepped forward, fearing that the huge bear would somehow break through the glass with his huge paws and gobble her up. But Elias nudged her again from behind, urging her forward while hanging back.

The bear kept its eyes on her, and when she got close enough, she could see that they were the same unending depth of black as Franklin’s, as Elias’s, and as Thomas’s.

“Franklin?” she asked, not knowing if he could hear her or if he would understand her if he could. Taking for granted that he was, in fact, Franklin.

At her question, though, the bear’s head dipped once and then came back up. The bear’s—or Franklin’s, rather—breath cast a wide circle of foggy moisture on the glass, and Michelle placed her hand on the window.

Franklin licked the glass where her hand was, and she jumped back, laughing nervously. Franklin let out a couple short and stilted breaths on the glass.

“Are you…” Realizing he wouldn’t be able to hear her, she turned to Thomas and Elias. “Is he laughing?”

“Looks like it,” Thomas answered.

“Can he understand me? Or you? When we speak, does he know what we’re saying?”

“Yes, we all do, but nothing’s quite the same in bear form.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, when I’m a bear, when people speak to me, it’s like another language that I have to translate first before it makes sense in my head. Thoughts are more disjointed but in a way more free-flowing as well. The thoughts and actions are based more on instinct rather than the logical thinking that you and I are used to employing in our everyday interactions.”

“If I go out there, will he attack me? Wouldn’t that be a bear’s instinct?”

“Don’t go out there,” Elias said. “You won’t like what happens when Franklin gets a whiff.”

Michelle barked out a laugh. “Yeah right. You think I’m going out there with a bear?”

“Also,” Elias said, ignoring her question. “No, he wouldn’t attack you—”

“At least not in the way you’re thinking,” Thomas interjected. Michelle met his eyes, but he’d pressed his lips together despite the smile tugging at the corners.

“Michelle,” Elias said softly, taking both her hands in his. “We want you to be a part of this. I think I speak for all of us when I say that I’ve never wanted a woman the way I want you.” Thomas nodded. His eyes, joking and teasing a moment before, were now blazing, boring deep into hers. “But there are things you need to know about us—about this—before we can truly be together,” Elias continued. “Just hear us out, and if you decide that you don’t want to be a part of this, a part of us, we’ll leave you alone. We’ll never bring it up again, and you will be free of any unwanted attentions from us. Is this an acceptable proposition?”

She thought about it for a moment and then tersely nodded. “But Franklin should be here, too.”

“He’s coming,” Thomas said. Michelle looked out the window and saw that Franklin was back to human form and putting on his clothes again.

She pulled away from Elias. “This is crazy. This can’t be real. This is absolutely insane.” She paced back and forth, knowing what she saw but also unable to fully comprehend how it could ever be possible.

“Michelle, it’s okay to be scared at first,” Elias said in a matter-of-fact tone. “We’ll answer any questions you have.”

Franklin burst through the door. “Michelle! Wasn’t that incredible?” He strode over to her, oblivious to the tension in the room, and wrapped his arms around her shoulders, lifting her up and spinning her around a few times.

When he set her down, Michelle didn’t say anything, only glared up at him.

“What?”

“Michelle’s not buying the whole bear-shifter thing.”

“What?” Franklin asked, frowning at her. “I shifted in front of you. What’s not to buy?”

“It’s just…” Well, when she thought about it rationally, when she remembered the sight of Franklin shifting in front of her, she had to believe it. Then again, she was thinking about it rationally, and when she remembered that people transforming themselves into bears was completely and utterly impossible, she couldn’t fucking believe it. “It’s a lot to swallow,” she said with a helpless shrug.

 

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“Yes, my love. This might be cold.” He reached between her legs and smeared lube from the back of her cunt to the top of her ass. She shivered, automatically clenching around Franklin at the jarring sensation. No one had ever touched her there, and she felt a small bit of apprehension at the thought of one of them filling up that hole with his cock. She twisted around to look back at Elias. He smiled at her in reassurance. “Don’t worry. We’ll take this nice and slow. We won’t do anything you don’t want to.”

She nodded and then turned back to Franklin.

“But you want this, don’t you?” Franklin asked, his eyes knowing as he pushed up into her.

“Yes,” she said, and he thrust again. “Yes.”

Elias traced a finger around the edge of her back hole. Then he pushed his lubed-up thumb through its tightness. Michelle’s mouth fell open, and her hands fell to the side of Franklin’s face.

“You want more?” Elias asked. Franklin pushed her a little harder. His thrusting became a little more urgent, and Elias matched his rhythm with his thumb.

“Yes, I want more,” she whispered, her eyes locked with Franklin’s.

Elias took his thumb out and replaced it with two of his fingers. Michelle’s eyes squeezed shut.

“No,” Franklin said. “Stay here with me.” She forced her eyes open.

“I want to come,” she whispered, but Franklin kept his pumping, in and out, steady. He kept her body lit, but he didn’t burn her up as Elias rolled his fingers inside her ass, exploring and stretching. His thrusting slowed, and Michelle whimpered.

“Elias is putting lube on his cock.” Franklin kissed her softly. “He’s going to put his cock in your ass.” Moving his hands to cup each cheek, he gave her a squeeze. Tiny sensations rippled across her skin and sent delicate tingles to her pussy.

As Franklin had promised, Michelle felt Elias nudge the tip of his cock between her cheeks. It pressed against her hole, making the muscles there clench and then unclench in anticipation.

“Oh,” she said, struggling to remain relaxed. The pressure from Elias’s cock grew, and she jerked.

“You’re okay.” Michelle looked up at Thomas’s deep voice, not realizing he was in front of her.

Franklin touched her clit, massaging and whispering reassurances in her ear. Elias kept pushing, and a moment or two later, his tip moved through the tight outer muscles. He held still for a moment, and Franklin shifted inside her. He pushed his cock up then pulled out.

When he moved out, Elias shoved himself in a little further and then stopped. Franklin pushed in and then pulled out, and Elias moved deeper.

They kept it up, and Michelle’s muscles trembled, straining to maintain control of her body. “I’m almost in,” Elias said quietly behind her. She could hear the tense struggle in his voice, and she wanted to answer him, to tell him that she was okay, but there were too many sensations flying through her body and her mind to form coherent words.

Instead, she shoved herself back against him and was rewarded with a surprised, desire-ridden grunt. Elias pushed himself in, causing Michelle to shudder.

“That felt good,” Franklin said, smiling up at her. “You all right?”

She nodded, and the three began moving, Franklin and Elias rocking back and forth all around her. The orgasm that had been hovering out of reach floated closer and closer, but she felt like something was missing. She wanted Thomas to be a part of this, too.

Looking up at him, she realized he had been waiting for her to come to this realization. He stood looking down at her with his cock so near her face it was almost on her forehead. She smiled and then opened her mouth for him.

Sliding into her with a deep sigh, he wrapped his fingers in her hair and matched his rhythm in her mouth to Franklin’s in her cunt and Elias’s in her ass. She held on to Thomas, wrapping her arms around him, and she took in her three men. She couldn’t remember what the boundaries of her body felt like. Everything had dissolved into pleasure, which had no boundaries and knew nothing of restraint.

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