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The Lamb Who Cried Wolf (MM)

Mate or Meal 1

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Heat Rating: SCORCHING
Word Count: 36,464
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[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, bondage, sex toys]

Lunch or lover? That is the question that appears in werewolf Brody’s mind when he meets lamb shifter Carson. The answer is easy. Simply looking into Carson’s innocent blue eyes tells him that the lamb is his mate. If he’s going to eat Carson up, they’ll both enjoy it.

Carson has been isolated by his flock due to his inability to grow into a strong ram. When he is unexpectedly attacked by his half-brother, he does not expect being rescued by a wolf—let alone falling in love with him.

But in spite of Brody and Carson’s feelings, there are other forces at work, and people who don’t agree with Brody’s new plans and diet. If Brody can’t find a way to save their bond, Carson might become lunch, after all.

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User Reviews
great new series

- cwbylvr

It's a unique book with a tale to read on the edge of your seat at all times. It brings up the realities of the obstacles in real life and its unnecessary controversies. Besides all of these great qua...

- Amy E. Lambo

Professional Reviews
4 NYMPHS: "When Brody’s wolf meets lamb shifter Carson, instead of making him a meal, he wants to make the little lamb his own. It’s confusing to him because Carson should be prey but that doesn’t change the fact he’s Brody’s mate. For years,Carson’s felt isolated from his flock and the ridicule of not growing into a strong ram is only getting worse. He knows his half-brother and his friends don’t like him but Cason doesn’t expect to be attacked and then rescued by a wolf who claims to be his mate…or to fall in love. There are many people who don’t want Brody and Carson to be together and if Brody can’t find a way to save their bond, Carson could still end up as a wolf-snack. The Lamb Who Cried Wolf in the first release in Scarlet Hyacinth’s new and unusual paranormal series Mate or Meal. Okay. I admit it. The blurb for this one caught my attention and I just had to read it to discover whether a shifter story with such an odd pairing would be as interesting as the blurb sounded. The idea of writing a whole series with strange but believable pairings appears challenging but if this entertaining story is any indication, Ms. Hyacinth will manage it just fine. I look forward to the next one, The Wolf Who Hatched an Egg. I really like Carson and giving him an obnoxious brother, willing to hurt him so terribly, was an initial twist I didn’t expect. Caron’s a cute and kindhearted man who hasn’t had an easy life. Then there’s Brody. He’s a much bigger, more dominant and protective man who’s willing to go against his pack to be with his mate. Ms. Hyacinth also threw in some nice differences in how the two shifter races interacted, compared to other shifter stories. There are plenty of secondary characters…most not very nice…but they do add a lot of color and interest to the story. You have to wonder how Brody and Carson turned out to be such nice men with families as horrid as the ones Ms. Hyacinth created for them. So with that, she did a good job. Throughout the story, there are plenty of twists to keep you turning the pages and the action packed scenes at the end tie up the dangling threads, and the epilogue give our guys a satisfying happily-ever-after. Enjoy." -- Dragon Minx, Literary Nymphs Reviews

4 CUPS: "Carson and his flock are being forced out of their homes by the predator wolves. Before he can escape town, he is attacked and saved by his mate, a wolf? Brody was taught to never play with his food, but no one told him not to play with his mate. No matter, because his wolf wants to gobble his mate all up in a purely carnal way. Carson is forced to give up his family to have his mate. What is a lamb to do when his mate ignores the cries of a lamb for his wolf? I would never have put a lamb and a wolf together, but it turned into a wonderful story. Scarlet Hyacinth put a spin on the shifter story and offers an outstanding story of betrayal, heart break and love. The heat between Carson and Brody make it a steamy love story, which draws the reader into the emotions. The Lamb Who Cried Wolf is well worth the read and will thrill the heart of romance readers." -- Delane, Coffee Time Romance

"Knowing that he cannot change the fact of being the weakest male in the Ramston flock, Carson Williams spends his days caring for the young lambs, telling them stories, and staying away from the other rams who bully him, especially his brother Ray. A large wolf pack harassing the Ramston flock sends two wolf shifters on a reconnaissance run one evening never thinking that one glance – one look between two strangers – will change the lives of the pack and the flock forever. Coming across Carson as he’s being assaulted by Ray and his cohorts, Brody Wade is dumbfounded when he immediately knows that Carson is his true mate. Wolves always recognize their mates at first glance, but a lamb? Convincing others that a predator can live in peace, in love with prey will be an almost impossible task. Brody knows without a doubt that Carson is his. Getting others to accept them will take a miracle. The Lamb Who Cried Wolf introduces an inventive and exciting new series by talented author Scarlet Hyacinth. Opposites attracting is one thing, fated mates something much more profound apparently in the Mate or Meal series. What a great start to a refreshing new storyline. The main characters, Carso and Brody, immediately engage the reader’s heart. Through thick and thin this odd couple proves that love can conquer all." -- Lisa, Joyfully Reviewed

4.5 LIPS: "Carson Williams, a lamb shifter, is having the worst night of his life, his brother, Ray, and Ray’s friends have attacked him. He thinks they are about to beat him up because he still hasn’t developed his ram horns, but what they have in mind is much, much worse. If that wasn’t bad enough, thanks to Ray and his friends leaving their guard posts, a wolf has penetrated Ramston’s defenses and has his sight set on Carson. Carson doesn’t want to die but he’s too frightened and injured to leave. When Brody Wade and his best friend, Liam Denning, enter Ramston, it’s only supposed to be a reconnaissance mission. Word has it that the lambs are leaving Ramston to go live among the human’s and their Alpha has ordered them to find out if their food source may be leaving the area. What Brody doesn’t expect is to find and save a young lamb from a brutal attack or for that lamb to be his mate. As a wolf shifter, the little lamb is supposed to be his prey, not the person he’s going to spend the rest of his life with. What would any wolf in his position do? Why devour the little lamb, of course! I wanted to review The Lamb Who Cried Wolf because of the interesting premise behind the Mate or Meal series and I am so glad I did. Brody and Carson have found themselves in situations where their predator/prey instincts should have caused real problems; especially during the test that Brody’s dad devised for them. However, Brody’s need to protect and take care of his mate overrides any desire to make a snack out of Carson. Their greatest challenge is overcoming other shifter’s prejudices. I found it interesting that the fact that Brody and Carson were the same sex was not as big an issue as the fact that they were supposed to be natural enemies. The Lamb Who Cried Wolf is the first book I’ve read by Scarlet Hyacinth and it won’t be the last. I am interested in reading the other books in the Mate or Meal series. If you’re looking for a different spin on paranormal pairings, The Lamb Who Cried Wolf is definitely the book for you" -- Neka, TwoLips Reviews

Excerpt

ADULT EXCERPT

 

Brody clutched the bedspreads with his fists to keep himself from pulling his mate down and just burying himself inside of Carson. His urge to dominate awoke, stronger and more intense than ever. Brody had always enjoyed bondage and power play, even if he’d mostly kept it from his pack. Some would have seen his sexuality as a sign of him wanting to be the Alpha, and Brody couldn’t be bothered with politics, not to mention that he’d never want to fight against his brother. But now, he wanted to share his desire with Carson, and Carson seemed more than willing to accept it.

“Take the lubricant,” he instructed Carson. “Open the tube.”

Carson did as he’d been told, although Brody noticed his mate’s hands still trembled. As Carson uncapped the tube of slick, Brody continued to speak. “Pour a little on your fingers. Get them good and wet.”

Carson obeyed, pouring a generous amount of liquid from the bottle and somehow managing not to make a mess either. “Now reach behind you and thrust them into your ass, like I did yesterday.”

Carson abandoned his position on Brody’s lap and sat back. He lifted his legs into the air and exposed his pretty pink hole to Brody’s greedy gaze. Two slender fingers hesitantly rubbed around the rim, then slowly pushed inside.

Brody almost swallowed his tongue at the sight. Jesus Christ. His mate was going to kill him.

“Am I doing it right?” Carson panted out. His eyes widened and he let out a cry. Brody chuckled when he realized his mate must have accidentally hit his prostate.

“You’re doing great. Just don’t rush it.”

Carson moaned and continued to push his fingers in and out of his ass. He thrashed on the bed, tiny whimpers that sounded like Brody’s name escaping his lips. Brody would have loved to take his time and watch Carson finger-fuck himself, but alas, he was only a wolf, and he had his limits.

He pounced once again, snatching his lover and pushing him under him once more. His mate let out the adorable “baah” again, but this time, it didn’t seem frightened, only surprised, and maybe even a touch relieved. In a flash, Brody retrieved the handcuffs and tied his mate’s arms to the headboard. He was thankful he’d had the foresight to buy the padded type, as he didn’t want Carson to be hurt in any way.

Carson arched against him, his naked body already slick with perspiration. “Please, Brody. I need you now.”

Brody stole a kiss from Carson’s sweet lips, indulging himself just a bit. He then retrieved two of the toys that showed most promise. Moving faster than humanly possible, he went to the bathroom and cleaned the items using the sterilizer they’d also purchased. He then returned to the room, cock ring and anal beads in hand. Carson watched him, his beautiful blue eyes looking like a stormy sea now.

Hastily, Brody slipped the cock ring on Carson. He had a distant thought that perhaps he should’ve had one for himself but discarded it. Even if he did come before he got inside Carson, his recovery time would allow him to still fuck his mate. It would be the same for Carson, but the cock ring in this case had a different purpose. The buildup of pleasure was just as important as the moment of coupling. The night before, Brody had taken Carson in the heat of their first mating, but now, he wanted to spend as many hours as possible fucking the man, touching him, licking him, worshipping all that delicious skin. He wanted to show Carson how beautiful and special it could be between them.

Grinning down at his mate, he took the anal beads and slowly inserted them in Carson’s passage one by one. Carson’s cries increased in volume, encouraging him, but as much as they aroused Brody, he took his time. On occasion, he added more lube, just to make sure.

When the last bead penetrated Carson’s ass, Brody moved them around, all the while massaging Carson’s shaft with his fist. Soon, his mate grew wild and Carson knew it was time for them to couple. But first, he wanted to try something else, to see how Carson took to a bit of pain with his pleasure.

Leaving the beads in, Brody flipped his mate on all fours and slapped Carson’s ass hard. The handprint mark that appeared made his prick throb, more so when Carson screamed. Brody might have thought Carson hated the spanking, but their connection was flooded by Carson’s ecstasy. Growling, Brody applied two more blows, beautifully reddening his mate’s bottom. He couldn’t take it for much longer. He needed to be inside Carson.

Two more hits had Carson incoherent, the cute “baahs” appearing more and more. It seemed they happened in moments of extreme emotion. At last, Brody stopped trying to resist his mate’s allure. He pulled out the anal beads and then positioned his prick at Carson’s hole. In one single thrust, he slid home.

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