"In the previous book, Ares was one of the characters who intrigued me a lot. As the eldest brother of the three elite enforcers, and one of the men most against Hercules mating because having a mate is a distraction from doing their duty, I couldn’t wait to see how he was going to deal with the same situation when it happened to him! His mate is a really special man, and I doubt anyone else would have been able and/or willing to deal with Ares. Simon has been told he is "simple" – but nothing could be further from the truth. And I just loved that it turns out Simon is the one with the special powers in this couple. With Alpha Iben's amazing secret powers, Beta Djal's supernatural strength, and Rory's visions, now adding Simon's talent, is beginning to turn this pack into a special forces team among werewolves! Simon is a wonderful man: always helpful and supportive, great with the pack's children, and he loves to cook. His world view is unique, and I suspect it is linked to his special power, which doesn’t emerge until fairly late in the book, so I'm not going to "spoiler" it here. Suffice it to say, if more people were like him, world peace would be a definite possibility! He takes a little longer to work things out sometimes because he cannot understand much of what other people say or do. It is too far removed form what he sees as the truth for him to have an easy time of it. His love for Ares is immediate, strong, and honest, and yet all Simon wants is for Ares to be happy and safe. He'll do anything to keep it that way, even stay away from him so he doesn't interfere in his life, just like his brother Adam, who has always protected him, has told him. Area may be a strong enforcer, and his loyalty to his alpha and pack are commendable, but when it comes to matters of the heart he is just as weak as anyone else. He wanted Simon from the moment they first met, and he doesn’t care if the man is slow. Except Ares is one of the few people who figures out quite quickly that it isn’t Simon's mental capabilities that are the problem, it is his difference in world view that doesn't fit. When Ares is told to stay away from Simon, who would be happy to just spend time with him, his and Simon's suffering almost broke my heart. It takes Simon's life being in danger for Ares to get a clue. I couldn't believe everyone was just going to stand back and let Simon die, even thought Ares mating with him would have saved his life. Just because Adam said Simon cannot mate. But Ares is more than ready to mate with him, and thank the gods he turns out to have a will of his own! Not that the danger is over when they finally do get together, in fact, it has only just begun. Adam stops talking to Simon, then vanishes, Simon's ex-lover and son of an enemy alpha's pack turns up and wants him as a "pet", another rival pack seems to be after their territory, and someone on the Council of Elders is after them as well. What a mess! If you have enjoyed the first three books in this series (best read in order) and are a fan of the Aberdeen Wolves struggling for their right to live, if you like reading about men with unique talents who are ridiculed because it is easier than listening to what they have to say, and if you're looking for a read with action, tension, passionate lovers who almost don't become a couple, then are constantly under threat of death, then you will probably like this novella." -- Serena Yates, Rainbow Book Reviews
“No, Simon,” a slightly thicker, rougher version of his own voice hissed into his ear. “Not again. You thought Alpha Kohl’s son was beautiful, too, and look where that got us.”
Simon Fiske dropped his eyes from the gorgeous man standing on the porch next to their new alpha and stared down at the ground as he kicked at the dirt with the tip of his boot. The last time seriously wasn’t his fault. The alpha’s son had been cute.
He’d also been a jerk.
“I wasn’t going to do anything,” Simon mumbled under his breath. “I was just saying that I thought he was pretty.”
“Stay away from him, Simon.”
“But, Adam,” Simon protested, his head popping up to look at his brother. “Alpha Khenti said he’s the head of the enforcers.”
Adam’s dark-green eyes narrowed in warning. “And that means there is absolutely no reason for you to be around him.”
Simon’s shoulders slumped not just because his brother was ordering him away from the beautiful head enforcer but because Adam didn’t think there would be any reason for Simon to even be around the man.
He was slow, not stupid. He could still fight. It didn’t take a genius to fight and defend his pack. It took muscle, strength, a willingness to give his life for a cause greater than him. Simon wasn’t the strongest wolf in the pack, but he wasn’t ready to roll over and show his belly to everyone either.
“I mean it, Simon,” Adam snapped, reaching over to grip Simon’s chin between his fingers. Simon hated it when Adam did that. Big brother or not, Adam didn’t need to treat him like a child. He got enough of that from everyone else. “We’ve barely been here more than a couple of weeks. Don’t fuck this up for us.”
Simon felt his eyes water as he shoved his fisted hands into his pockets and dropped his eyes from Adam’s angry gaze. “Okay, Adam,” he said in a voice that was filled with so much resignation that he winced. He hated when he sounded so defeated, but sometimes it was easier to give in to Adam than to fight with him.
Just as soon as Adam grunted and turned back to listen to what the alpha was saying to the new pack members, Simon glanced up at the gorgeous enforcer again through the fall of his bangs. Something tight unfurled inside him at the sight of the tall man.
Damn, he really was hot. He was a dark figure of a man, big and powerful. Simon thought he probably could have been an alpha if he wanted to be. But the air of danger that seemed to hover around him gave credence to his role as an elite enforcer, his presence on the porch as commanding as the alpha and beta of Aberdeen Pack.
The large man towered over most of the other men on the platform by several inches. The thick muscles rippling under his tight white shirt quickened Simon’s pulse and made his cock throb in his pants. The enforcer had long, sturdy legs encased in a tight black material, emphasizing the thickness of his thighs. His wide shoulders seemed to stretch endlessly, pulling at the seams of his white shirt.
Simon inhaled slowly, trying to beat back his arousal, not wanting anyone to smell it. Scent was very powerful among wolf-shifters. Anyone standing close to him—including his brother—would be able to smell the subtle change in his scent.
Please don’t let me embarrass myself.
Simon just couldn’t seem to help it. Every time he caught a glimpse of the handsome enforcer, his body just reacted, going from cold to hot in the blink of an eye. It was like it happened whether he wanted it to or not.
When the new alpha finished talking, he introduced everyone. Simon finally heard the name of his dream man for the very first time—Ares. It was a beautiful name for a beautiful man. Simon knew his Greek mythology. Ares was named after the God of war, violence, and bloodshed. It suited the enforcer. In his line of work, he probably saw a lot of violence and carnage.
Simon stepped back behind the other new pack members when Alpha Khenti and Ares, along with the rest of the Aberdeen Pack inner circle, came down off the porch of the alpha house and started to move throughout the throng of people.
Simon knew he would have to meet with Alpha Khenti at some point, and probably Ares as well. He just didn’t want to do it in a crowd of people. He knew if the enforcer got too close, there would be no hiding his arousal from Ares or anyone else.
“Simon!” Adam’s jaw ticked as he glanced over his shoulder at him. “What are you doing?”
Simon searched his brain for a good answer that Adam would accept. His heart started beating with excitement when he spotted the gunmetal-black barbeque cookers and wooden tables piled high with food.
“I’m hungry,” he said quickly as he edged back even further. “I want to get something to eat.”
“You will wait here until our new alpha greets you.”
Simon grimaced as he looked through the people milling about and spotted Alpha Khenti moving slowly toward him and Adam. Simon felt his face flush, his arousal deepening when he spotted a set of deep-bronze eyes staring back at him from just behind the alpha.
Simon grinned, getting that lighthearted glint in his eyes that Ares loved so much. Simon was a breath of sunshine. He made Ares feel better just by being in his presence. The knowledge that this amazing man loved him made Ares feel like the luckiest man on the planet.
“Come on, love.” Ares rolled to the side of the bed then stood, holding his hand out to his mate. “We can shower together and conserve energy.”
“That’s what you’re calling it?” Simon laughed as he scooted off the bed and took Ares’s hand, following him into the bathroom.
Ares wondered if he was going to be able to wipe the smile from his face before he went downstairs. He had a reputation as a badass. The goofy besotted grin on his face would ruin that.
And then Simon winked at him as he climbed into the shower, and Ares no longer cared how goofy he looked. His mate was healthy, happy, and safe.
That was pretty much all that mattered.
“Are you having any ill effects from last night?” Ares asked as he rinsed the conditioner from Simon’s hair.
“Naw, I’m good.” Simon slipped his arms around Ares’s wet waist, pulling him in for a kiss. Ares traced his tongue along Simon’s lower lip then delved in for a mind-blowing scorcher that sent his pulse racing.
“Turn around, babe.” With one little kiss, Ares was ready to fuck Simon into the wall. He grabbed the waterproof lube from the shelf. He slicked up his finger then reached his right hand under Simon’s ass, sliding a finger in his tight hole. Spearing two fingers in, he stretched his mate as his other hand glided over Simon’s wet skin.
“You’re so damn sexy.”
Simon poked his ass out, spreading his feet apart as Ares slid a third finger in. “I’m also ready.”
Ares pulled his hand away, lining his cock up. With his thumbs, he spread his mate’s cheeks apart. He pushed forward as he watched his cock being swallowed by the tight hole. The long, low moan pouring from Simon’s mouth matched the growl of pleasure rumbling through Ares’s chest.
Ares grabbed Simon’s shoulders, thrusting into him repeatedly, hard, fast. Waves of pleasure pounded through his body as Simon’s ass clenched down on his cock, holding him, massaging him with each pulse. His orgasm washed over him suddenly. White spots danced behind his eyes as he filled Simon with his release.
He reached between them and gripped Simon’s leaking shaft, stroking him in rhythm with his thrusts. He only had to tug a few times before Simon bowed his back, his seed shooting out onto his hand and the shower wall, his body jerking as he made the cutest sex noises.
Simon twitched a few more times before collapsing back against Ares, panting heavily. “That was…that was…”
Ares grinned. “That was fantastic. We should be good little pack members and conserve water more often.” Simon’s happy laughter filled the shower stall as Ares wrapped himself around his mate, thankful Simon was back in his arms. With this man, in his arms and in his life, the world couldn’t be simpler.