"This book, first in a new series, is funny, has wonderful characters, a great story, and if it is typical for what is to come, this series promises much entertainment. The idea of having a royal line of cat shifters who are supposed to rule each pride is somewhat unusual, but the way to recognize these royals is priceless. This first volume made me laugh out loud at some of Noah's comments and reactions to what was going on. Gage, in his stoically mercenary attitude, stole my heart as well, especially when he began to learn and adjust to his new circumstances. Mixing tension and a "nefarious plot" with humor isn't easy, yet I really liked the balance achieved in this book. Noah stole my heart from the first page. He is so unbelievably clueless, naïve, and inexperienced. And yet he manages to survive and teach those around him a few things as well. He keeps a cool head in a crisis (half the time because he doesn’t even seem to understand there IS a crisis), and his reactions to Gage's initial brutality are amazingly sane. He kept his sense of humor while under threat of getting killed; instead of being shocked or scared when Gage carjacks him, he insists Gage put on his seat belt; instead of pleading for his life once Gage tells him he has to shoot him, he makes sure his cat will be taken care of after he is gone. And when push comes to shove, Noah shows his true colors without hesitation. What a guy! Gage annoyed the heck out of me, and not just because he's a hired killer. He doesn’t seem to be a very good one, at least he isn’t where Noah is concerned. I guess Noah just addles his brain to the point where Gage isn’t his normal cold, bloodthirsty self. As the story develops, he redeems himself through the way he ends up listening to Noah, even protecting him in the end. The development from cold assassin to caring mate is remarkable, and initially goes unnoticed because Gage does his best to ignore it all. Nobody can resist Noah’s charms though, and I greatly enjoyed Gage falling for the diminutive-looking man. Between the two of them they entertained me, dragged me with them through their amazing adventures, and endeared themselves to me through the way they fell for each other. If you like slightly unusual shifters, action/adventure and a bit of mystery, and are looking for an entertaining read that is very likely to make you laugh, you will probably like this novel as much as I did." -- Serena Yates, Rainbow Book Reviews
“Drive!” a dark-haired man growled as he jumped into Noah Andrew’s car.
He didn’t know this man. He’d like to know this man. He smelled wonderful, like gunpowder and sunlight. But Noah didn’t know this man. “Excuse me?”
“Are you fucking deaf?” the man shouted as he pounded on the dashboard with his fist. He kept looking over his shoulder to the rear window as if he were searching for something. “I said drive.”
Noah blinked in confusion, still staring. “Do I know you?” He had to ask. It wasn’t like his memory of people was that good. He forgot he met people all the time. Maybe he did know this guy and he just didn’t remember it.
It wouldn’t be the first time.
“Drive, damn it.”
“Where to?” Noah asked curiously, still feeling a little bewildered as to why some stranger was sitting in his car. Things like this just didn’t happen to him. They happened to other people. They happened on TV and in movies. They happened in the books Noah read.
They didn’t happen to him.
“I don’t care, just drive.”
Noah blinked again before turning to put the car into drive. He’d started to leave the parking spot he was in when he noticed the man wasn’t wearing his seatbelt. Noah gently pressed on the brake to bring the car to a stop and turned back to the man.
“Could you put your seatbelt on please?”
The man looked shocked by Noah’s words, his dark eyebrows shooting up nearly to his hairline, and Noah didn’t understand that. It seemed like a perfectly reasonable request to him. It was illegal to ride in a car without a seatbelt. Everyone knew that.
Besides, it was dangerous.
“Please put on your seatbelt,” Noah requested again.
“You’re not serious.”
“I wouldn’t have said it if I wasn’t serious,” Noah explained carefully in case the man didn’t understand his words. Maybe he didn’t fully grasp the English language? Of course, that didn’t make a whole lot of sense. He was speaking English. But still… “It’s illegal to ride in a vehicle without a seatbelt on. It is a state law and I do not want a ticket.” His insurance was high enough as it was.
Damn trash cans.
The man gave Noah a peculiar look then reached back and grabbed his seatbelt, pulling it around his rather muscular body and clicking it into place. “Happy?” he asked, one eyebrow cocked.
“Yes, thank you.” Noah started driving again, checking the speedometer to insure he was driving the proper speed limit, and then he looked both ways to see if there was any oncoming traffic. “Where can I drive you, Mr… uh…”
“Tynan, Gage Tynan.”
Noah nodded. “It’s very nice to meet you, Mr. Tynan. My name is Noah Andrews.”
“Uh, yeah, it’s nice to meet you, too, but call me Gage.”
Noah glanced over at the man, curious as to why he seemed so puzzled by being introduced. It was polite to introduce yourself when you met someone for the first time. Noah’s mother taught him that.
“Where can I take you, Gage?”
“Can you drive any faster?”
“Of course not,” Noah said, shaking his head. He wanted to laugh at the silly man, but even he knew that wouldn’t have been polite. “The speed limit is only thirty-five here. It is a business district, after all.”
“Are you daft?”
“Daft?” Noah glanced over just in time to see Gage roll his eyes. Noah’s eyebrows drew together as he frowned, looking back out the front window. He got the distinct feeling that Gage was making fun of him.
He got that feeling a lot.
Maybe that was one of the reasons Noah didn’t like being around a lot of people. They always seemed to think he was odd or weird, or whatever else they wanted to call him. Noah just didn’t fit in.
“I am not daft, Mr. Tynan,” Noah said after taking a deep controlled breath. It wouldn’t do to let Gage know how much his words rankled. Nothing good ever came from complaining. “I would be happy to take you wherever you want to go, but you need to give me a destination. I cannot read your mind.”
Gage sighed deeply. “Just drop me off a few blocks from here.”
There was a small part of Noah that was disappointed, but he understood. Most people didn’t want to stick around him after spending any amount of time in his company.
Noah was used to it.
Still, there was something compelling about the strange man that drew Noah to him. Maybe that alone was reason enough for Noah to drop Gage off at the first opportunity. He didn’t need to get involved with anyone.
Noah hummed softly to himself as he drove a few blocks then pulled over into a small minimart parking lot and put the car into park. He rested his hands on the steering wheel as he turned to look at Gage.
“Will this do, Mr. Tynan?”
Gage looked around then nodded as he reached for the door handle. “Yeah, this will do fine. Thanks for the lift.”
“You’re very welcome.” Noah barely got the words out before Gage was out of the car, slamming the door behind him. Noah watched Gage walk away, the handsome man never looking back. Noah felt an overwhelming disappointment again as Gage disappeared into the night darkness.
It took all of his well-honed control not to call the mysterious man back and offer to take him wherever he wanted to go, and maybe offer to go with him. Noah was lonely, and Gage was the first person in a long time that he felt drawn to. Noah just knew the futility of wanting something he couldn’t have. It was better if he just went home and forgot all about Gage Tynan. Nothing good could come of their association. Experience had taught Noah that.
“Please,” Noah begged again, which just added to the delight Gage took in the man’s body. Not only did he like small delicate men, he liked small delicate submissive men. This time it was Gage who shuddered.
“I don’t suppose you have any lube, do you?” Gage asked as he tilted his head back to look up into Noah’s face.
“Lube?” Dazed green eyes just blinked at Gage.
“Lube, slick, something to make things easier on you when I fuck you?”
When Noah just stared down at him, looking confused and dazed, Gage decided to take things into his own hands, so to speak. He looked around the shower until his eyes settled on a bottle of body wash on a small shelf. He stood up and grabbed the bottle, popping the lid to pour some on his fingers before putting the bottle back on the little shelf.
Reaching behind Noah, Gage pushed his lubed fingers back between the man’s ass cheeks. A soft gasp fell from Noah’s lips when Gage pressed his finger against the man’s tight hole. Gage grinned and stroked the small bit of puckered flesh for several moments before he felt it loosen up enough to push one finger inside.
Damn, he liked them like this. Noah was tight, eager, and begging to be filled. And Gage was just the man to do it. He thrust his finger into Noah’s ass then slowly pulled it out before thrusting it in again.
Noah fairly came apart in his arms when he added a second finger. The man’s body trembled. Small moans fell from his lips. His skin was flushed with desire. Well, at least Gage hoped it was desire. If the hard cock leaking against his leg was anything to go by, Noah was in heaven.
“Yes! More, Gage, do it again.”
Gage pulled his finger all the way out, ramming two in this time. Noah went wild. He shoved his ass down hard on Gage’s hand, begging for more. Gage opened his fingers in a scissor-like motion, stretching it hard and fast.
“Do you like that, baby?”
Noah nodded vigorously.
“Do you want another one?” Gage asked as he thrust his two fingers in and out of Noah’s ass. The man had a tight grip on Gage’s fingers, almost as if he didn’t want to let them go. Gage had a harder time pulling them out than he did pushing them in.
He rimmed Noah’s hole once more with his fingers then thrust three fingers in, fucking his pink rosette hard. Noah was mewling and rocking his head back and forth, yanking Gage’s hair in his grasp. His entire body went taut. Noah cried out as hot liquid splashed against Gage’s leg.
Gage looked down at Noah, shocked that the man had come from so little stimulation. He guessed he shouldn’t be too surprised. Noah was a virgin.
Didn’t mean he wasn’t going to fuck him, though.
Gage pulled his fingers from Noah’s ass and grabbed for the bottle of impromptu lube again. He poured some more into the palm of his hand and set the bottle back on the shelf. Reaching between him and Noah, Gage rubbed the body wash over his cock until he was nice and slick.
“Legs around my waist, Noah,” Gage said as he easily lifted the man up by his butt. Noah’s legs immediately wrapped around his waist. Gage grunted as Noah’s legs tightened around him in a vise grip. Despite all appearances to the contrary, Noah was a strong little twink.
Gage stepped forward and pushed Noah up against the shower stall wall. He lifted the man enough to wiggle his cock into place at the entrance to the man’s tight ass then slowly lowered Noah’s body down until he felt himself bottom out.
Looking at Noah, Gage wondered if the man was even breathing. His eyes were as big as saucers, and his mouth hung open as small pants fell from his lips. Noah looked dazed, but Gage could see no signs of pain in his face.
“Are you ready, baby?”
Noah nodded, but he didn’t stop panting. Gage didn’t know if Noah even knew what was about to take place. He had no clue how much experience the man might have beyond being a virgin. But Noah was about to find out.
Gage pulled his hips back, feeling his cock slowly withdraw from the tight grip Noah’s body had on him, then thrust forward. Noah’s eyes widened, and his panting increased. Gage could feel the man’s cock start to harden again as it pressed between them.
He tried to remember that Noah was a virgin, that he had to use patience, control, and care. “Fuck, Noah,” he growled as his cock slipped in and out of Noah’s ass. It took every scrap of control Gage possessed not to thrust, but he managed to remain statue-still.
But that didn’t mean he had to remain quiet.
“You like fucking my cock, Noah? Do you like feeling this thick piece of flesh splitting you in half?” Noah moaned as he bounced up and down on Gage’s cock. “Answer me, baby.”
“Yesss,” Noah hissed.
Gage placed one hand flat between Noah’s shoulder blades and the other on the small of the man’s back. He thrust into Noah with a little more strength then he had meant to as he watched Noah bounce forward.
“Please,” Noah cried out, “god, fuck me.”