Nature of the Beast

Black Mesa 2

Painted Hearts Publishing

Heat Rating: Scorching
Word Count: 54,467
1 Ratings (5.0)

Daniel and Brand’s relationship survived the first six months of murder attempts and discovering Daniel was a sleeping cat shifter. They should have lived happily every after but the fates had other challenges in store for them with death threats, pressure for Brand to take the alpha position, a war brewing with Daniel caught in the middle, and Daniel’s insecurities. Though Brand claims he doesn’t want the alpha position, Daniel’s certain his mate being a cat shifter is the real reason.

While the tempest grows around them, more and more of the wolves make demands on Brand for help, and as another secret from Brand reveals itself, will their love for each other be enough to keep them together for the happily ever after they deserve?

Nature of the Beast
1 Ratings (5.0)

Nature of the Beast

Black Mesa 2

Painted Hearts Publishing

Heat Rating: Scorching
Word Count: 54,467
1 Ratings (5.0)
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Daniel never thought of himself as particularly prideful, and he’d never been much of a macho-minded man, doing ridiculous things to prove how tough and strong he was even as small and underdeveloped as he’d been. He’d never experienced the need to prove his strength or courage despite his nearly feminine built and features. Deep into self-analysis, something he often found himself indulging in, he worked automatically. He knew he’d never felt effeminate, either, not even the times he’s let his curiosity about male/male relationships get the better of him. His online investigations had never been excessive and despite his curiosity, he’d never been attracted to a man until he’d seen and touched Brand.

He’d had no idea how long he’d been mulling over his lingering inability to find complete comfort in their relationship. “He still keeps secrets,” he muttered and jumped at the sound of Brand’s voice.

“It’s not so much secrets as things I’ve never gotten around to telling you.”

“Brand. I swear you read my mind.”

“You said it out loud.”

Going on the defensive, Daniel retorted, “I think you haven’t gotten around to them because you don’t want me to know yet.”

“Are you going to go through the check list so we can get out of here or pout?”

“I’m not pouting.”

“What brought this on this time?”

“I don’t know.” He jerked the clipboard with the checklist from the dash.

Brand took it from him and walked around the plane, doing it himself. Finished on the outside, he took the pilot seat. “What is it you think I’m holding back?” He handed the list to Daniel to finish.

“If I knew what it was, I wouldn’t have the nagging feeling you are.”

Their conversation went still while they worked through the list. Once finished and in the air, Brand asked, “Have I ever refused to answer any question you’ve asked me?”

“No—yes. I asked you a couple of times what happened with you and a cult that you refuse to ever investigate one of them again. You’ve told me very little, under protest, told me there was a death involved and that’s where you met Star.”

“I told you more than that.”

“Not much.”

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