Luke accompanied his Alpha to the fae court to do his job, nothing more. Since his mate’s death, he’s been fine with a few nights of solace here and there. He’s never needed anything more than that.
But his gaze keeps drifting to one fae in particular—Dane, the best friend of his Alpha’s newly found mate. When he finds out a human hurt Dane years ago, his protective instincts rise and refuse to be calmed. Protective feelings soon turn possessive as he learns more about the beautiful fae. Dane’s more than willing to come to his bed, but Luke wants more than that. Far, far more.
Be Warned: m/m sex
He’s going to have to take his clothes off to shift. Is he going to do it right in front of me? Dane tried not to think about that. The muscular man at his side intimidated and excited him, and he knew his desire would show if he wasn’t careful. “Well … we could go into the gardens. There doesn’t seem to be anyone there now.”
Luke nodded for him to lead the way, and Dane started walking.
He’s interested in me. He touched my cheek and squeezed my hand before. His eyes keep wandering over me. And he moves closer every chance he gets. What’s the harm in letting him see I want him?
Dane pressed his lips together as they walked away from everyone else. His gaze flicked over when Luke pulled his shirt over his head, just after they’d moved behind a high hedgerow. They stopped, and Dane cast his eyes down. He felt Luke’s fingers run along his jaw again.
“I don’t mind if you watch me. Or turn away. It’s up to you,” Luke said, tossing his shirt down.
Dane turned to face Luke. “I read shifters don’t have a problem with nudity.”
“We’re used to seeing others naked. It’s no fun running through the woods with your clothes held in your mouth.” Luke smiled. “Look at me if you want.”
Luke pulled his shoes off and started undoing his pants. Dane didn’t look away. The Beta was smaller than Gregor, but he was still larger and far more muscular than any fae male. His skin was evenly tanned, as if he spent a good deal of his time outside naked. His cock remained flaccid, but Dane could imagine what it would be like fully erect. He chewed his lower lip as he tried to keep his expression neutral.
Luke knelt, as if readying for his shift, but then he looked up. “Feel free to touch me. I promise I’m fully in control of the beast.”
Dane’s lips quivered as he smiled down at the handsome man at his feet. He’d seen other fae magically transform before, but the shift Luke went through proved far more dramatic. His eyes changed, and fur sprouted as his muscles rippled all over his body. Dane stood transfixed as the man became an animal—a beautiful gray wolf that licked its lips with a very long tongue.
Dane reached out and touched the top of Luke’s head, caressing the soft fur and feeling the warm skin beneath. The wolf licked his wrist and palm, and Dane felt a shiver go up his spine.
“You’re beautiful,” Dane said softly.
Luke stretched his limbs and sat, as if waiting for inspection. Dane touched his ears and ran one finger lightly down his snout. Luke nuzzled his nose against Dane’s hand. Dane moved around him and ran a hand down his back, and Luke rose, his tail swishing in either pride or pleasure.
Giggles sounded nearby, and Dane froze. He looked around, but the laughing fae seemed to move past them on the other side of the hedgerow, perhaps unaware of them and seeking some privacy of their own. Dane ran his hand over Luke’s back again.
“You may end up with quite an audience if anyone sees you like this,” Dane said.
Luke’s fur moved beneath his hand, and the transformation back came more fluidly, as if Luke pulled the beast inside. He looked up at Dane with those dark eyes.
“I’m sure you’re right,” Luke said, rising to his full height.
Dane looked away this time, as Luke’s cock was no longer flaccid. He held his breath as he waited, but soon Luke began to get dressed. When he looked back, he could still detect the bulge, but Luke didn’t act any different. Perhaps shifters were used to becoming aroused when someone stroked them in their animal form. Dane didn’t have the courage to ask.