Forbidden love is dangerous.
And oh so tempting.
I rejected my mate…permanently. And I’ve been shamed ever since. But as a Royal from the powerful Alexander pride, I’ve avoided paying the price for protecting myself. Until now.
With a shifter war brewing, my freedom has run out. I’ve been designated as a breeder female, and if I don’t pick a new breeding partner, one will be chosen for me.
The only problem is the man I love can’t get me pregnant. Josh is human. Even kissing him is wrong, but we can’t stay away from each other. He’s my beloved human. I marked him as a way to keep him safe from the dangers of my world. Basically, I own him–at least according to shifter law–and I'll do anything to protect him. And that…well, that complicates things.
But Josh is convinced we’re fated mates. He’s not letting me go and doesn’t care about any rule saying he can’t keep me. And he’s not above playing dirty to get what he wants.
Honestly, I’m not sure who owns who at this point, but breaking the Shifter Council’s ultimatum brings consequences I’m not sure either of us will survive.
⚠ This book contains scenes that will make you blush (and re-read) but don’t expect a sweet fairy-tale romance. In the Shifter World, only the strong survive. Contains dark fantasy aspects.
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- ISBN e-book = 978-1-953075-27-7
- ASIN e-book = B0BCGGMSKM
- Series = Royal-Kagan
- # in Series = 3
- Publisher = Cherokee House Publishing
- Author = Nancy Corrigan
- Genre = Paranormal Suspense Romance (Fiction)
- Mainstream Fiction (open-door) version of JOSH by Dana Archer
"Pulled me in from the start. I kinda forgot to go to sleep the night I was reading it." - Denise Z. ★★★★★
"Very suspenseful and intriguing story that will have you fanning yourself throughout the story." - Spanish Lady ★★★★★
"Exciting and so full of twists that you really won't want to miss out on anything." -M.A. ★★★★★
"I just loved Mira and Josh!!" - Suzie ★★★★★
"You feel like your a part of the story." - Valerie ★★★★★
"This was a jaw dropper!" - Linda A. ★★★★★
"If you love the mystery surrounding shifters this is the series for you." - Kim B. ★★★★★
"This story really pulls you in... Truly recommend this book." - Hobo ★★★★★
"This is one story that I’ll be reading time and time again and that I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others." - Jonel ★★★★★
"The chemistry sizzles...in this fast paced, smooth flowing plot full of suspense, excitement and romance." - E. Vampire ★★★★★
"THIS is how you write a love story." - Deb ★★★★★
"Drama and loving in paranormal style can not get any better than this." - D. Plew ★★★★★
"A lot steamy and amazingly fantastic!" - C. Sanders ★★★★★
"OMG the twists and turns in Josh and Mira's story kept me riveted to this story." - Robin S. ★★★★★
He had no clue why such a simple thing as Mira running her fingers through his hair would make him feel as though he were a king of something, but there was no denying the sentiment. Each circling pass of her fingertips spread contentment through him.
Peace. That was what he felt. Like he died and went to Heaven.
The breathless way she whispered his name amplified his thoughts and intensified the feelings. He needed to be with Mira. The drive was too powerful to ignore, even for another minute.
"You're a dead man walking, Josh Conway."
Josh swung his head in the direction of the voice. Zeb stood several feet away, legs spread, hands held loosely at his sides and hatred stamped on his face. A visible tremor added to the bloodshot eyes and flushed skin, so did the chatter of his teeth.
Josh tensed. Zeb's condition had deteriorated in the hours since Josh had last seen him. Great. Just what he needed to deal with tonight.
"Am I now? I might say the same about you, Zeb. What are you on?"
Mira grasped his wrist, stopping him from reaching for the next movie. "Ignoring this won't make it go away."
He yanked his hand free. "What do you want me to do? I've made it clear I want you. You said no, and I'm in no mood to fight tonight."
Silence stretched while he continued to unpack. He felt her gaze on his back no matter where he moved in the room.
Finally, she sighed. "No matter who I end up mating, I don't want to lose you."
"Am I an honorary member of the Alexander pride?"
"Yes." Kade crossed his arms over his chest. "You are a member of my pride, and as such, must follow my rules. I clearly--"
Josh raised his hands in a mock gesture of supplication. "You're absolutely right. I've learned my lesson."
"Absolutely." Josh nodded. "Rules are made for a reason." To be broken. Or remade. Either worked.
"Tell me about the shifted cub that was seen in your bar."
Josh blanked his face and glanced at the man who'd spoken. The guy on the opposite side of the bar stared at him with unblinking brown eyes--contacts probably. They looked too normal to belong to a shifter. Even those with ordinary-colored irises couldn't hide what they were, at least not from those humans who knew what to look for.
Shifter eyes were multifaceted, similar to a gemstone. In the dim bar, they should've had an otherworldly glow. This guy's plain orbs didn't. The only reason Josh knew the man's secret was the cat fangs the shifter had allowed to show when he'd ordered his drink.
The guy wasn't from the area. That much Josh knew, but the shifter had to be a blood relation of Kade and Rafe. His rough-cut features were too similar to theirs. The knowledge didn't ease Josh.
He leaned a hip against the corner of the bar. As much as he wanted to match the shifter's focused glare, he had to blink--he was only human--but he refused to look away and acknowledge the newcomer as more dominant.
"I don't know what you're talking about."
One corner of the shifter's mouth lifted. Another hint of fang showed. "Hasn't your owner taught you any manners? When your better asks a question, you should give a truthful answer."
The guy's calm voice came off as if he was explaining the rules of life to a child. Hearing it only pissed Josh off. He matched the shifter's cocky grin. "If I ever meet one, I will."
She eased back. "What we feel is real. I won't deny that, but I don't understand it."
"There's nothing to understand." He laid a hand over her heart. "The connection that has built from day one will see us through. You need to have a little faith."
With her gaze locked on the front door and her escape, Mira headed off the dance floor. A few feet from freedom, a strong arm wrapped around her waist and yanked her against a hard chest. She yelped, the feminine sound an automatic response to the male who'd caught her. Josh often made her forget she was the predator, not him.
Josh pressed his mouth to her ear. "Going somewhere?"
"Coming to find me." He stepped closer and slipped his other arm around her waist, locking their bodies together, his front to her back. "Weren't you?"
Mira shook her head.
"Trying to make me jealous, then?"
No, she was trying to protect him the only way she knew how. "I think you're reading into things. I'm here with Aron because--"
Josh nipped her earlobe, stopping her words. A flick of his tongue laved the sting. She held her breath and waited for his next move. "I don't care why you're with him." Josh's warm breath on her neck sent shivers down her spine. Where Aron's touch chilled her, Josh's ignited. She burned. "Don't you?"
"That's good to hear. Have you finally wised up and realized we won't ever be together?" Instead of answering, Josh spun her in his arms. He lifted her, an arm around her waist.
She fisted his shirt. "Josh!"
"Put me down." Her order held no punch.
"In a minute."
He strode down the hall. Her toes skimmed the floor.
Josh stopped in front of his office. He adjusted his hold on her body and pushed the door open.
Her breaths quickened. She couldn't be locked in a room with a male who triggered her instincts. Only her conscience had kept her out of his bed.
She shoved against his chest, barely managing to break his grip. Shocked by his strength, she stumbled back. The workouts he'd been engaging in had made him powerful. And even more desirable.
No. She had to stop thinking about Josh that way. She knew it, but when he looked at her with those half-lidded eyes, it was hard not to fall under his spell.
She narrowed her eyes. "We are not doing this."
He gripped the doorframe above her head. His plain black T-shirt stretched over bulging biceps and a chest packed with muscle. Her mouth watered. "Yes, we are."