A Little Aussie loving wEBSITE OF eROTIC FICTION AUTHOR tONI GRIFFIN
Morgan's life was turned upside down at the hands of his Alpha. Now, another
one is claiming to be his mate. He's not ready to jump into a relationship with
anyone, still suffering from nightmares due to the abuse he experienced.
Instead, Tommy moves in with his brother, Declan, hoping for the space he needs
Pennaeth Alpha, Benjamin Taylor, has his hands full dealing
with all the packs across Australia. When he finds his young mate battered and
bloody, he knows Tommy is going to need time to recover and come to terms with
everything. Ben is more than willing to give his mate anything he needs. Even
if that means them living apart for now.
passion finally ignites with unexpected consequences, Ben knows he'll do
anything, fight anyone, to keep his mate safe.
Please Note: This is a re-edited second edition. The only changes made were edits.
grunted once again as Gregory's and Barry's fists met his flesh. He gritted his
teeth, refusing with everything he had to let the scream that
desperately wanted out past his lips. He could feel his flesh split again and
again as they continued to work him over. All the while, his Alpha—the one man
he should have been able to count on to protect him—paced back and forth,
shaking his head when Tommy refused to answer any questions about his brother's
me where he is and this can all stop." Alpha Wallis nodded in the
direction of his Betas and they took up the fight once again.
could feel the tears slipping down his cheeks as he was pummelled over and over
again. He bit down so hard on his lip he tasted blood when a well-placed shot
to his side had him hearing—and feeling—a rib or two breaking under the
wasn't fair. Even if he had known the location of his brother, there was no way
he would give it up after everything Declan had said to him. Tommy still didn't
know exactly what had happened between his brother and his Alpha to cause the
man to run, but whatever it was—by Alpha Wallis's reaction—it wasn't
arms ached from where they had been tied above his head. The cuffs binding his
hands to an adjustable chain hanging from the ceiling were cutting into his
wrists. Tommy could feel the blood slowly dripping down his arms. He was
stretched until he was forced to stand on tiptoes in order to be able to get a
small measure of relief for his arms.
entire body throbbed in pain. He didn't think there was a single area that hadn't
been intimately introduced to the fists of the Betas. The blows were a constant
barrage, never seeming to stop for very long. Tommy could feel the swelling
around his left eye and the split to his lip.
would have shifted had he not been in so much pain and strung up like a
Christmas turkey. The cuffs around his wrist were too tight, and due to the
pain currently racking his body, his wolf had curled up in a corner. Only an
Alpha could get him to shift in his current state, and he highly doubted Alpha
Wallis was about to do that.
me where the fuck I can find Declan," the man practically screamed at him,
small amounts of spittle flying from the corners of his mouth.
resolutely kept his mouth shut. He wasn't in any fit state to answer the man's
questions, not that he would've if he could.
of a sudden blinding pain seared through his body, radiating upwards from his
leg. He had no idea what the hell they had done, but it was successful in
finally getting something to pass Tommy's lips. He screamed.
bolted upright in bed, his heart pounding frantically as he tried
desperately to cut the scream off that was currently pouring from his mouth.
His body throbbed with the remembered pain of the blows he'd endured at the
hands of his previous Alpha and Betas.
sheets below him weredamp with sweat, the acrid
smell of it penetrating his sluggish brain.
his heartbeat and his breathing began to return to normal. It wasn't until a
couple of minutes had passed that he noticed someone sitting on the bed beside
him. His heart rate increased again, suddenly pounding out a staccato rhythm in
his chest, fear gripping him and making it impossible to move.
deep, soothing, whispered words finally registered, and Tommy started to relax
pup, everything's going to be okay.You're safe now. No one is
ever going to hurt you again," Ben murmured over and over.
deep rumble of his mate's voice calmed his body faster than anything else
possibly could. Tommy knew the man was his mate. He had figured that out a
couple of weeks after he had woken up at his brother's house. Yes, it had taken
him some time, but he finally was able to recognise his feelings for the big
strong man for what they were. That didn't mean he was ready to
jump into bed with Ben, though, far from it.
seemed to understand that fact and never pushed. It was times like these that
endeared the man to Tommyall the more. He sat beside
Tommy on the edge of the bed with a cool damp cloth, wiping over his sweat-soaked
skin, his other hand rubbing soothingly along his arm. The touch alone brought Tommymore comfort than he really wanted to admit to at that moment. All the
while that deep sexy voice whispered words of safety to him, helping to combat
the remembered fear and pain that had been almost overwhelming.
knew Ben had taken to spending most of his nights in one of Declan and Liam's
spare rooms, even though the man must have a house of his own. Tommy hadn't
seen it, so he was just assuming. Whenever Tommy woke in the middle
of the night, Ben always seemed to be there by his side to help calm him back
down. Tommy wasn't entirely sure how many times he had flinched away from the
large man in fear and honestly thought the bigger man must have the patience of
a saint to still be there, night after night. He was grateful,
the soft rumbly growl came from beside him.
nodded his head, not sure if his voice would work at the moment or not. Tommy
reached out tentatively and placed his hand gently on Ben's forearm. He needed
the connection at the moment. Just that little bit of added touch had waves of
peace and calm moving over him. He knew it was Ben's doing, but he
wasn't about to complain.
on, pup. Let's get these sheets changed so you can try and get some sleep."
Ben stood and clicked on the light on the bedside table. Tommy blinked furiously
as the light assaulted his eyes. He should be used to it by now; they seemed to
replay this same scene a few times per week. Ben reached down and helped
untangle Tommy from the sheets that had wrapped themselves around his body,
several times over by the feel of things.
Tommywas free, Ben offered his hand to assist him to his feet.
Still feeling rather shaky from the dream, Tommy wasn't about to turn down the
stood in front of Ben, his eyes level with the man's massive naked chest. If there
was one thing he had learnt in the last several months, it was that Ben never
slept with a shirt on, just a pair of silk sleep pants.
watched, enthralled as the chest rose and fell with every breath Ben took. He
wanted to reach out and touch, to trace the dark brown nipple in front of him,
to tangle his fingers in the chest hair that covered the large muscled upper
body. But he couldn't do it. Hopefully with a little more time, he wouldn't
feel so… so… broken.
as if Ben could read his thoughts, he cupped Tommy's cheeks in his enormous
hands and tilted his head up. The larger man bent down and placed a gentle kiss
to his forehead.
don't you go have a quick shower and wash away all that sweat? I'll change the
sheets, and then you can crawl back into bed."
desperately wanted to reach up to the place that Ben's lips had touched his
skin. It wasn't the first time he had done it, and Tommy doubted it would
be the last. Even still, a small thrill rushed through his body each and every
time Ben kissed him.
stepped back and allowed Tommy to exit the room so he could shower. As soon as
he walked into the hallway, he could feel his brother's presence. He looked to
the right, and sure enough, standing at the end of the hall leaning against the
doorjamb to his room was Declan, looking tired and sleepy, his hair sticking up
all over the place.
okay?" he asked, rubbing at his eyes.
I'm really sorry I woke you again. I'm just going to take a quick shower. Go
back to sleep, Declan, I'll see you in the morning." Tommy hated the fact
that because of him both his brother and his mate were woken at all hours of
the night. They never bitched about it, though, just came to make
sure everything was okay if Ben wasn't there and sat with him until he fell
back to sleep.
sure?" Declan, ever the protective older brother, had to double check.
Tommy loved him desperately, even if he had gone a little over the top
recently. He couldn't really blame the guy.
Go crawl back into bed and cuddle up to Liam." Liam was a great guy, and
Tommy honestly couldn't have wished for a better mate for his brother than the
one fate had given him. The pure happiness that bloomed on his brother's face
at the thought of what Tommy suggested made him hopeful that someday he would
feel that same way about Ben.
I'm here if you need me, though." Declan sent him a tired smile.