Lima enjoys her life as a hunter for the shifter guild and council, but she has no idea that this routine retrieval and rescue will flip her fate into high gear.
Lyros knew that the dog-headed creature that came in to rescue him was a shifter and a woman. He admired her fighting skills but was unable to shake the feeling that she was important to his life.
The seers confirm that he is fated to be matched to a hyena, but there is just one problem... she has already gone to the Crossroads and she has no idea about Lyros looking for her.
She might find a match before he arrives and then what will he do?
When the obligatory dancing was finished, Lima eased out of the spotlight and moved toward her mother.
"Mother, you look lovely this evening." Lima stood on ceremony.
"And you look ridiculous." Her expression softened for a moment, "But you wear it well."
Lima inclined her head. Since she had been confirmed as an alpha, her relationship to her mother had become strained. Her mother was nervous that Lima would make a move to take over her territory. Lima had no interest in her mother's business or property, but her mother had taken them from her grandmother, so she was a little paranoid.
Lima smiled. "You wished to speak with me?"
"I did. As one female to another, you are reaching that delicate age where you need to settle down and open your own territory."
"I have my own territory. I enjoy my job and working to help others of our kind."
Her mother snorted. "There haven't been any hyenas abducted."
"I mean shifters, Mother. We rescue shifters."
Her mother waved that away. "If they are not our people, they don't matter."
Lima went cold, grabbed her mother by the arm and led her to the back room as casually as she could. She locked the door and rounded on her mother. "If I hear of you even whispering something like that with Tammy in the vicinity again, I will rip your throat out, destroy your territory and scatter the rest of the family. Is that clear?"
Lucinda Pellin backed away. "You can't speak to me like that."
"I will not humiliate you in front of the gathering, but you will show respect and gratitude to your new daughter. She is a coyote, and she is much beloved by her people for her wit and wisdom. You will respect that."
Her mother flinched. "You can't tell me what to do."
Lima flexed her hands and noted that she was keeping herself in control. Bravo. Today was not the day to lose control.
"Don't let the pink dress fool you. I am far more serious than I ever was under your roof. I can and would snap you in half and rip your tail off without having a second thought. Behave, Mother, and greet your new daughter fully into the family. I will be listening."