"Book number six in this very entertaining series is the first one where one of the alpha wolves falls for a human. I enjoyed Maddox, the grumpy alpha, falling for one of the owners of the town's diner – despite the fact he has no plans to ever do more than one-night stands. Daren isn’t just your average human, and he's definitely not submissive – but he is ready to have some fun! And that is where the next twist on existing werewolf lore comes in: when Daren ends up bitten by one of the enemy wolves, his body rejects the change. What follows is a creative and interesting exploration of the consequences. Daren is overworked, stressed out, and ready to hire more help for the diner. He is also shocked when Maddox comes onto him, but since he's quite impressed with the guy, he more than goes along with the gruff-looking biker type. Unfortunately, that alerts the rival packs to his presence, and when he gets bitten as they attempt to kidnap him, he is in deep trouble. Seeing him reject the transformation, then learning to deal with being a wolf, was definitely filled with tension and, I thought, very interesting. And Daren, true to character, does not just take it lying down!Maddox is a fun character, and I'm happy he finally got his own story. He looks like a biker, has a couple of piercings, and likes to project a rather grumpy image. This quote says it all: "He didn’t consider himself to be a people person, which suited him just fine since most individuals who entered the shop he worked at part-time weren’t interested in being chatty. The ones who did want to talk could usually either be ignored or glared at until they went away." Yeah, I can well imagine! Deep down he's a great guy though, and would do anything to protect Daren. He has a little trouble with the fact that Daren ends up saving him, but deals with it rather well. The alphas from the rival packs, idiots one and all, are turning into a real nuisance. Ross, one of the omegas, even ends up kidnapped – and I'm going to have to wait for the next volume to find out what happens to him. Not fair! Luckily, the wait won’t be too long. If you're looking for another shifter story with a slight twist, if you enjoy reading about mates who immediately fall into lust then have to learn how to live together, and if you like books with some hot and heavy man-on-shifter action, then you will probably like this novella." -- Serena Yates, Rainbow Book Reviews
“Private for—” Warren seemed to realize what Maddox was getting at, and his green eyes flew wide as he shook his head. “Maddox, you seriously can’t. That’s my boss. He’s going to hate me when you don’t call him after.”
“I never said I wasn’t going to call him after,” Maddox defended. Sure, that was what he did back when he was still a lone wolf and looking for some ass, but Daren seemed like the kind of guy who Maddox would enjoy taking out a time or two after the fact.
Warren didn’t look at all convinced. “Maddox, please,” he started, but that was when Daren chose to come back and see what was going on.
“Do you need some help, Warren?” Daren asked, and even though that was usually what people said whenever they were trying to get rid of Maddox. At the moment, he got the impression that it was asked really for the intent of helping out.
“No, I’m almost done, Daren,” Warren said.
Maddox wasn’t. “Warren’s my roommate. I’m going to be walking him home,” he said.
“Oh, that’s nice of you,” Daren said.
That was Maddox. Nice guy all around.
“Yeah, anyway, he was telling me about how much he loved working here, and how you and your brother run this place all by yourselves?”
“Yeah. Gets kind of exhausting,” Daren admitted. “I thought bringing in one extra set of hands would be enough, but Zack and I are thinking about hiring a few more people.”
“That would probably give you a lot more free time. You might even meet some people and get to socialize a little.”
Christ, how tacky and terrible did that sound? But Daren wasn’t offended or creeped out. In fact, he smiled.
“Yeah, it’s hard to get out and see new people when you’re here all the time.”
Maddox had something that was hard for him all right. God, he was acting like a jerk but he couldn’t stop.
“Maddox,” Warren said, but Maddox ignored him.
“If you have a couple of minutes to spare, you and I could get to know each other,” he said. “I’m Maddox, by the way.”
“Daren Bluestone,” Daren said, and they shook hands.
An electric charge surged up Maddox’s arm when Daren touched him, and it made his cock swell even more so than before. If it wasn’t for the denim he was wearing, it might’ve been a little too obvious to the guy what he was really after, but Warren could smell it, and he chose that moment to leave them alone, apparently deciding that he wasn’t going to manage to keep Maddox away from his boss.
“I’ll be doing the dishes if you wanted to hang out for a bit,” he mumbled as he walked away.
“Thanks, Warren,” Daren said, never taking those blue eyes away from Maddox. This was totally coming on strong, and he knew it, but he also didn’t care either. Just talking to the man, to Daren, was making his dick throb like he was still a virgin or something.
“Uh, why don’t we go somewhere and talk?” Daren said. “There’s a picnic table in the back that hardly ever gets used because we don’t take too many breaks,” he said.
Maddox only hoped that no one would be able to see where that picnic table was so he could bend Daren over it.
Daren led Maddox through a hallway down back, past where the bathrooms were, and then through another set of doors with a big red exit sign above them.
He was pleasantly surprised. Maddox was half worried that the picnic table would be right next to a Dumpster or something. Not that he was overly picky or anything, but something about this guy made him not want to fuck him next to trash.
No, there was no sign or smell of any garbage chutes at all. And now that he was out of the diner, his nose wasn’t so clogged with the scent of fried foods, sugar, and all sorts of other things. It was just pure fresh air out here. It was a nice little enclosed space with a wooden picnic table that really did look like it was brand-new from a lack of use. And the tall fence that squared them in would keep anyone walking or driving by from seeing them.
The little hanging flower pots were also a nice touch.
“I guess we thought we’d be taking more breaks when Zack and I put this together. It’s a good thing that we’re not, mind you, but it seems like such a shame that this little space goes to waste for the most part.”
“Yeah,” Maddox agreed, and then he looked back over at Daren right when a little gust of warm air floated toward him.
It was too perfect. The sun even came out when it happened, and now that the man’s scent was no longer being hidden by all the food that he was serving, Maddox’s heart and blood rate went into high overdrive.
His dick nearly burst in his pants, and his breathing picked up like he’d just finished a run or something.
At least now it suddenly made sense as to why he wanted the guy so badly, and why Daren was so eager to comply with a virtual stranger. Hell, he was a stranger.
Mate. This was his mate. His blood and cock and balls were calling out for him, eager to touch and lick and kiss and be inside of him, fucking him hard and fast and never stopping until they were both satisfied.
Then he remembered. This was a human. Maddox was so fucked.
Daren only seemed to notice his lust, and his own body responded to it. Maddox could clearly smell the man’s want for him, and Daren was quick to remove the apron he was wearing and toss it away.
Maddox’s free hand left his hip—when had he put it there?—and his fingers were removed from his asshole. Daren could hear more lube being squeezed into Maddox’s hand before it returned, this time with three fingers.
He sighed when they entered him. This time the burn was intensified, and there was some pain, but it was mild and brief before it was gone completely, leaving only more pleasure as Maddox began to sharply thrust them inside, finger-fucking him and making his prostate beg for mercy again.
Daren was just about ready to beg for mercy as he felt his orgasm approach again. “Fuck, you’re good!” he said.
It was stupid and incredibly possessive how he didn’t like to think about how many people Maddox must have been with over the course of his life to have become as good as having sex as he was, but it was there.
He told himself to get over it and just enjoy what was happening now. Daren thrust his ass back against those fingers, gasping and moaning through his clenched teeth.
“I think that means you’re about to come again,” Maddox said.
He was good at reading body language, too. At the moment, as those gifted fingers were leaving his asshole, Daren wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not.
“If I don’t come soon I swear I’m going to implode,” he said, his voice low as he gasped for breath.
He also had to get back to work before Warren got completely impatient with him, but he told himself that he was going to make it up to the man later.
After he was finished getting his brains fucked out.
But then another coherent thought entered his mind, and he had a slight moment of panic as the realization hit him.
“Do you have a condom?” he asked.
“What?” Maddox replied.
If Maddox was this good while he was getting someone off…well, either way it would be irresponsible of him to have sex with someone he didn’t know unprotected. He prayed to God that Maddox was carrying something they could use, because Daren sure as shit never brought that stuff to work with him.
“A condom? Do you have one?” Daren asked, impatience setting in.
“Yeah, give me a sec.”
He carried around condoms and lube. That was another one of those things he wasn’t sure how to feel about. On the one hand he breathed an immediate sigh of relief since this session wasn’t about to be cut short, leaving him more desperate than when he’d started, but on the other, how many people was Maddox fucking so randomly that he carried condoms and lube around in his pockets?”
The little red wrapper was put in front of his face. “Here, see?”
Daren was going to settle for being relieved, and he nodded. “Yeah,” he said.
The condom was pulled away, and Daren heard the little wrapper being undone. He looked over his shoulder to see Maddox sliding the rubber down his huge cock.
It was almost a shame, but he couldn’t let himself just do it unprotected.
Looking back at Maddox, Daren realized that the man was still fully dressed. He’d only undone his button and fly enough to release his cock. Other than that, his shirt and pants were still completely in place.
Somehow, he thought it would have felt better to be skin to skin, to have Maddox’s chest pressing against Daren’s back. With the size of the man’s shoulders, he could just imagine what his abs looked like.
“You’re so fucking gorgeous,” he said.
Maddox looked sharply up at him, and there was confusion in his eyes, as though no one had ever given him a compliment like that before.
Strange, considering he wasn’t deformed or scarred or anything like that. He just had a pair of mean looking eyes and a couple of piercings. They weren’t that bad now that Daren thought about it.
Maddox’s large hand slid around Daren’s stomach and pulled him close so that, had it not been for the clothes, they would have been firmly fitted together.
It was a pretty good fit, actually.
“Ready?” Maddox asked, and Daren felt the blunt tip of the man’s dick nudging against his stretched hole.
Finally. “Yes, please. Fuck me hard!”
Maddox was thrusting inside of him even before he finished speaking, and Daren was moaning and crying out as his prostate was immediately slammed into.
If there was any pain, then the pleasure overshadowed it and made it into nothing.
“Goddamn!” Daren yelled, and he yelled it again and again as Maddox proved what an expert he was at moving his hips like that, sinking his cock deeper into his ass than anyone had ever been.
Then his mouth was at Daren’s ear again, his hot breath ghosting over his skin as the man’s lips nibbled and kissed his earlobe before he spoke. “You are. So fucking. Tight!” he said, growling that last word and punctuating his words with another hard thrust.
Daren tightened his asshole even more so around that hard shaft inside of him, and he delighted in the moan that Maddox released, and the way his entire body seemed to bend over Daren’s back.
Daren would have reached down to fist his own cock if he wasn’t worried that he would end up pushed onto his face on the picnic table, but then it didn’t matter as his already tight balls tightened up even more, moving higher as his orgasm ripped through him.
His cum rushing through his cock wasn’t enough. Daren had to scream out loud from how good it felt, and he pushed his ass back harder against Maddox’s cock, wanting to draw out every last bit of pleasure he could.
The warm rush of Maddox’s release didn’t surge inside of him when Maddox yelled out his release, and for a few seconds, Daren thought it was a shame.