Sayer Blackcrow, isn't looking for a mate or even contemplating settling down. So spending his evenings in Custer for a woman he doesn't want to like, but finds he can't resist, is the best thing for him. However, what he won't admit to anyone is that she is his mate. When Drew and Gee show up ten days before the Solstice and announce he must bring home his mate or face the wrath of his alpha, he does what he has to. Doesn't mean he likes. it. What's worse, Gee announces there's to be a scavenger hunt and he's to participate with Kizzy.
Kizzy Rhapsody, isn't sure what's going on. One minute she's living in Custer and the next she's in a town she had no idea existed. What she does know, is her friend has been keeping secrets and the man who brought her there isn't talking either. Though she enjoys being in Los Lobos, she can't stand the lies, or falling for a man who isn't willing to trust her. But, with the Winter Solstice festivities approaching, she agrees to give both a chance. Fresh, local honey is their item. With no bee hives on pack lands, Sayer and Kizzy must work together to find their object. When a chance phone call, takes them out of town for their item, Sayer realizes his quirky little human is more than meets the eye. With the solstice upon them, he finds himself willing to move heaven and earth to make these festivities the best time of her life. And if he ends up mated to her? Well, there are worse things that could happen.
The lights from his headlights bounced off the trees and fence poles leading to his home. In the distance, a rather large, imposing figure loomed near the front steps of his porch. He’d know that stance anywhere. Hell, the hostility in it rolled over him in waves. Coming to a stop a few feet from Gee, he sat for a minute, trying to figure out why the damn bear would be there to see him at such a late hour.
Might as well get out.
True, or he could wait him out. At some point, he’d get tired and walk away. However, when the bear cocked his brow, Sayer shut off his vehicle then got out. “Gee.”
“Why are you here?” A gust of bitterly cold wind fluttered the end of his coat, chilling his overly sensitive skin.
“Where is she?”
“Don’t play games, boy. You know exactly who I’m talking about.”
He shook his head. “Sorry, I don’t.” He stepped around the imposing form in front of him, only to have the bear stop him in his tracks.
“She is your mate. She should be here, at your side.”
“I’ve got no clue what you’re talking about, old man. I don’t have a mate.” He wrenched his arm free—not that Sayer won their little pissing contest but more like Gee let him go.
“You going to lie to me?” Drew rose from the rocking chair in a darkened corner of the porch.
Shit. Shit. Shit. “No, Alpha. I’d never lie to you.”
“But you would to Gee?” He limped toward him, his brow cocked. “Answer his question. You stink of Elle’s human companion, Kizzy.”
He closed his eyes and scrubbed his face. “She doesn’t belong here.”
“She’s your mate. I would have expected you to come to me when you knew.”
“And tell you what?” He shook his head. “She’s human. She shouldn’t be here.”
“Ah.” Drew gave a short nod. “I understand. What you’re so eloquently saying is, with the human mates in the pack, we’re leaving ourselves vulnerable. And we shouldn’t trust them.”
Well…. “No, Alpha. I’m not sure I can be a mate, first of all, and, second, she’s human. I don’t want…you know. I’m not good for this type of relationship or commitment.”
“So you’ll fuck your mate away from the pack and suffer?” He shook his head. “There’s always got to be a few stubborn ones.” He gave Gee a knowing glance.
“Excuse me?” He curled his lip. “Isn’t this my decision?”
“No.” Drew narrowed his eyes. “Your sneaking away from pack lands to be with your mate in the middle of the night will only lead to something bad happening.” After the murders, the pack’s safety had become paramount. Too many families had been devastated by the acts of a crazed, feral mate no one even knew about. Dammit.
If anything, it proved his point. Humans were nothing but trouble. “It won’t happen again, Alpha. I am sorry.”
“You’re damn right it won’t happen again. You’re bringing her here.”
Wait. “Come again?”
“You will return to Custer, pack her stuff, and bring her to this house.” He pulled a knife out of his pocket.
Whoa. Pump the brakes here. “I’m not sure I should be taking a blood oath yet. I’m not sure she’s my mate.”
His alpha gave him a droll stare. “What did I tell you about lying?”
“Fine.” He took the proffered knife then cut his palm. Why wouldn’t anyone listen to him? He didn’t want this. Yet, his wolf grew more excited by the thought of giving his word to his alpha and bringing his mate home. He was f’d, with a capital F.