Tori is weak, small, and vulnerable, the runt of the litter, so the pack does everything in its power to protect her. Jack has always cared about her, but when he screws up and some innocent fun almost kills Tori, she is sent to live with her uncle to keep her safe.
Now three years later, Tori is back, and the moment Jack sees her, he knows she’s his mate. What he’s not prepared for is the revelation that she might not make it through her transition into a wolf in two years’ time.
Tori knows the danger she’s in. With the help of her uncle she’s trying to get stronger, to prepare for the time when she must become a wolf. She wants all the help she can get, and is happy to get help from Jack, the guy who has always been nice to her.
Time is running out, and Jack doesn’t see an answer. If his mate dies, he doesn’t want to live without her. There is only a slim chance of her surviving, but it means he has to break one of the pack’s most sacred laws. He’s willing to risk anything for his mate, but what will happen when the pack discovers what he has done? Will Tori forgive him? Will she accept him as her mate? Or will it all be for nothing?
“Again, I know, but it doesn’t mean we can’t try something.” He took a sip of the coffee, tossing a soda toward her. “Drink and we’ll get started.”
“You’re so bossy. When did you get so bossy?”
“Just do it.” He was smiling, which was a good sign.
Tori gulped as he removed his shirt. He was ripped in all the right places. She’d never seen so many muscles on one man. Licking her lips, she took a sip of the cold soda. He’d brought a small cooler with him to keep the drinks cool even though he was drinking coffee.
“Earth to Tori.”
He was waving a hand in front of her face.
“I’m so sorry. I zoned out there for a moment.”
“Do you want to tell me why?”
“No, I don’t. I was just thinking about the forest. The green trees, the messy ground, frogs, spiders, yay.” She was rambling now, trying to cover up the fact she was eyeballing him.
“Do you like what you see?”
“No.” She snorted, lying very badly.
“No. I don’t. You’re gross, eww.”
He raised a brow.
“Okay, fine, you’re hot to look at but whatever.”
“If you got any redder you’d be on fire.”
She threw some of her soda at him. “Stop it. You’re hot, and you know it. You’re just trying to embarrass me.”
“You think I’m hot.”
“Will you stop? You’re supposed to be helping me, not doing this.” She waved her hand between them. “You’re trying to torment me on purpose.”
“You’re really easy to torment.”
“Well, stop. I don’t want you to torment me. It’s not fair.” She took a sip of her soda, trying to look elsewhere.
“We’ll come back to that little discussion another day. Right now we’ve got to focus. Your parents don’t like me taking all of your time.”
“You are around a lot. I’m surprised you’ve not been sent away, far away.” She crossed her legs, handing him her soda. Their fingers touched, and her wolf lifted her head.
Her heart started to race, and she didn’t know what to do.