“It’s hard being the only one of your kind.”
I was born a wolf shifter after my father tried to cure infertility. This would have stayed our family secret if my wolf didn’t kill my mother. Having to explain her death, my dad told the world what I am. Now I’m the most famous girl on the planet hoping no one recognizes me at a university in the middle-of-nowhere, Tennessee.
I was too young to remember my mother’s death, but it taught me to stop my shifts at all cost. I had gone years without shifting, but then I met Cage Rucker, the star quarterback destined to go pro.
Why does he send my wolf wild?
It has to be fate that brought us together. But, why would someone like him, who has everything — including the perfect girlfriend — fall for someone like me, an awkward, wolf shifter with more baggage than a luggage store?
“I can’t resist that girl!”
I don’t know what it is about her, but Harlequin Toro does something to me that makes me willing to throw away everything. But, would she want to be with me if she knew what I’m hiding?
Everyone thinks I don’t have a care in the world, but they’re wrong. There’s something tearing its way out of me and I don’t know what it is.
Note: This book is a part of the author's 'Love is Love Collection', meaning that it is available as a spicy romance in 'My Tutor', a wholesome romance in 'Going Long', a steamy wolf shifter romance in ‘Son of a Beast’, and a Male/Male romance in 'Serious Trouble'.
I looked up. He was right. The night was perfectly clear. There was nothing between us and the light of the full moon. How had I not remembered that tonight was the full moon?
It’s not like it mattered. I wasn’t a hollowing monster enslaved by it. I hadn’t shifted in years. I had long ago gotten control over myself, over my body. I was Harlequin Toro, human, not some mindless wolf…
I was shaking. “I guess I’m nervous,” I admitted.
“What are you nervous about?”
My face got hot. “I don’t know.”
Cage stared at me. “You’re really pretty. Do you know that?”
“So are you. I mean, you’re good-looking not pretty,” I told him shaking even more.
Cage chuckled. “Thanks. Are you happy you came out tonight?”
“Yeah, definitely,” I said fighting not to show him how much.
“We’re here,” he said as we approached the door of my building.
“We’re here,” I repeated my heart pounding. “Do you want to come in?”
“Come in?” Cage asked caught off guard.
“Yes,” I replied struggling not to pounce him right there.
“Ahhhh,” he murmured before the door popped open and a girl came out.
“Cage!” She said before wrapping her arms around him and standing on her tiptoes to kiss his lips.
My mouth dropped open in shock. What was going on? What had just happened?
The petite, blonde with angular features turned towards me. “Who’s this?”
“Ah, this is Quin. Quin this is Tasha.”
Tasha looked at me suspiciously while Cage became uncomfortable.
“Tasha is my girlfriend.”
“How do you know Cage?” Tasha asked me.
I was too shocked by everything to speak.
“Quin had asked me for a selfie.”
Tasha turned to Cage surprised. “Oh. Did you give her one?”
“Not yet,” Cage said with a smile.
“I can take it,” Tasha volunteered. “Give me your phone,” she said approaching me with her hand out.
Still speechless, I handed her my phone and stood next to Cage.
“Say cheese,” she said.
“Cheese,” Cage replied while I stared back stunned.
“Here you go,” she said handing me back my phone. “Check it.”
I looked down and saw my full humiliation on display. “Yes.”
“Okay. Let’s go. I’m hungry,” Tasha said entwining her body with Cage’s and pulling him away.
“It was nice meeting you, Quin,” he said looking at me as he left.
“Nice meeting… you,” I mumbled sure that he could no longer hear me.
I watched as the perfectly suited couple walked off. Of course, he had a girlfriend. And, of course, she looked like that. My heart hurt watching them go.
I can’t believe I thought he wanted to be with me. No one ever wanted to be with me. How could I have been so foolish? How could I think a guy like him would be interested in a girl like me?
Once the two had disappeared into the darkness, I entered the building. Ascending the stairs in a daze, I felt like I was going to explode. Why didn’t anyone ever like me back? Why didn’t Cage like me?
I couldn’t take this anymore. My skin vibrated with a ferocity I hadn’t felt in years. When I finally realized what was going on, it was too late.
“Oh no. No, no, no, no, no,” I said in a panic.
As I bound up the stairs, the world around me drifted further away. I needed to lock myself up. I couldn’t believe this. It had been years. Why now? Why here?
Approaching my dorm room door, I smelled the last thing I wanted to smell or expected. Lou was home. Why was she home? Didn’t she say she had a date?
I didn’t want her to see me like this. I didn’t want to terrify her with the truth of who I was. I didn’t want to accidently kill her.
Was this how my mother died? Had I lost control and ripped out her throat? I was too young to remember. But a three-year-old child and a three-year-old wolf are different. If I let it, would the beast inside of me take away another person I cared about?
I couldn’t let it. But how could I stop it?