Rudo finally gets to claim Ryker. All they want is their happily ever after, but their mating is threatened when Rudo's former alpha betrays them, sending Rudo back into captivity. Things only get worse after their rescue when the pack finds more labs, each worse than the last, the final lab leaving them exposed to a new, lethal virus that was created using shifter DNA.
Meanwhile, Enzo finds that his secret admirer is actually his mate, Heath, but a misunderstanding with some wolves leaves Heath traumatized. Now Enzo has to try to convince Heath that he isn’t a monster, not an easy task when he has to take over the entire pack because his alpha and his team have been exposed to a weaponized virus. Tension is high, so how can Enzo possibly convince Heath to let him claim him?
Be Warned: m/m sex, knotting
Alphy looked out the window. “There’s Kace and Marley with the trespasser.”
Ryker was curious, so he followed Alphy out into the main room. He felt Rudo following close behind.
They were both in the main office area when a naked Kace and Marley escorted in a man about Ryker’s height. The little man was pale, and Ryker could hear his heart beating at a dangerously fast rate. He had some minor cuts and bruises, and his fear was so palpable that Ryker could taste it on his tongue. Yuck.
Ryker smiled at him, careful to hide his fangs. “Hi, I’m Ryker. My brother’s a doctor, and you look like you can use one. How about I call him over?”
The young man didn’t say anything, so Ryker just took out his cell and dialed his brother. As he was waiting for Seamus to pick up, he saw Alphy give Kace and Marley stern looks.
“What the hell happened to him?”
“Sorry, Alphy,” Kace answered guiltily. “I guess he didn’t know how to ride a horse. He fell off.”
Seamus’s voice came over the line. “Hey, Rye, what’s going on?”
“Hi, Sea-salts. Hey, I’m up here in the office. Kace and Marley just brought in a human. He’s not doing so good. His heart-rate is nearly through the roof, and he apparently fell off a horse. He’s got some cuts and bruises.”
“On my way.” And the line went dead.
Ryker placed his cell in his pocket and motioned for the young man to take a seat, all the while offering him a kind smile. “Take a load off, uh—what’s your name?”
The man looked at the seat that he had offered and took a moment to contemplate, as if he wasn’t sure it was a good idea. But he soon made his decision and sat down. He was shaking pretty badly, and only whimpered in response.
“Hey, calm down, buddy. No one’s gonna hurt you.” Ryker tried to calm him down, but the young man shied away when Ryker tried to pat his arm. The man looked up fearfully at Kace, who was dressed now. There were always extra clothes strategically placed everywhere.
Alphy glared at Kace. “Kace, wanna tell me why he thinks you’re going to hurt him?”
Kace tilted his head slightly, submitting to the alpha, and winced. “I may have threatened him a little bit, before I put him up on Marley’s back.”
Marleyadded, “Don’t forget how vicious the two girls were. You would have almost thought them rabid, and with how skinny they were, I bet he thought they were going to eat him.”
Alphy rubbed his forehead and sighed heavily. The sound of a quad rumbled down below, and shut off.
Ryker perked up. “That would be my brother, Seamus. You remember, he’s the doctor.”
The man didn’t respond. A moment later, both Seamus and his beloved, Maysa, walked through the door. He went directly to the man and knelt down in front of him.
“Hi. My name is Doctor Seamus Rossi, but you can call me Seamus. I can tell you’re very upset. Your heart-rate is at a dangerous level. If you’d like, I can give you a mild sedative to calm you just a bit. It wouldn’t knock you out. It would just calm you.”
The man was shaking his head, furiously, and he backed away from Seamus. Seamus put his hands up and spoke calmly.
“It’s all right. I won’t give you anything you don’t want. Do you have any allergies?”
Everyone gave them more room as Seamus continued to question and examine the man. Kace and Marley took up guarding positions by the door, and Alphy backed up a bit, pulling Ryker and Rudo with him. Things felt like they were starting to calm down until Enzo walked in the door. That was when all hell broke loose.