Corey - Atherton Pack 3
So It's been a while since I've used my blog. *slaps wrist* Sorry.
Corey, Book 3 in my Atherton Pack series is releasing tomorrow. With the release of Corey he marks the end of my long journey to re release all my works after the debacle that was Silver Publishing. Now that all my works have been re released everything else you will get from me this year will be NEW!!! YAY. I can't wait to start working on continuing many of my series'.
But for Now we have the last re release. Corey underwent some major re writes and expansion of roughly 13k. It took me a while to work my way through Corey, but I got there in the end.
So for now here's an excerpt for you to tide you over until tomorrow's release.
Corey Jones has always maintained he didn't want a mate. After falling for his college professor and having his heart broken, he vowed to never go there again. Now, his decision to remain single is put to the test when he meets his Alpha's new personal assistant, Ethan Davies, and discovers the man is his mate.
After growing up in the foster care system all Ethan ever wanted was a home and someone to love him. He's overjoyed that his recent move has brought him to his mate. Ethan's happiness soon turns to devastation when Corey walks away from him and their bond.
Ethan is forced to walk a fine line between respecting his mate's wishes and refusing to give up on the one thing he's wanted his entire life. With Ethan's determination, an interfering brother, and pack members too interested in his personal life, Corey may not stand a chance.
A knock on his office door brought Ethan back to what he was supposed to be doing.
“Come in,” he called out.
Tommy opened the door and took a couple of steps into the room. He stood with both hands protectively holding his stomach, as if he expected something bad to happen to his baby at any minute. Tommy looked down at his watch, then pointedly at Ethan.
“It’s six o’clock on a Monday evening. Why in the world are you still working?”
Ethan looked at the clock on his computer screen and sure enough, the damn thing flashed 6:01 pm. He glanced back at Tommy and smiled sheepishly.
“Got lost in the work I was doing, didn’t even realize how late it was.”
“Well, it’s time to stop. Tonight’s poker night and it’s our turn to host, which means you need to get out of this office and clean up a little before everyone starts arriving. Ben will want to introduce you to some of his mates.” That knowing glint was back in Tommy’s eyes again.
“What aren’t you telling me?” he asked, staring at the Alpha mate.
“I don’t know what you’re talking about,” Tommy replied with a huff and turned to leave.
Ethan didn’t miss the huge grin that broke out on the guy’s face, though.
“You better get a move on. Wouldn’t want to be late or anything.” Tommy chuckled as if he’d said something funny and then flounced—well, at least that’s what Ethan assumed the man had been trying to pull off—from the room and left Ethan staring at a now empty doorway.
Shaking his head at Tommy’s behaviour, Ethan turned back to his computer. He silently wondered if the man was always like this or whether the pregnancy caused his weirdness.
He’d been on the job for an entire week now. Being Ben’s personal assistant and helping the Alpha to manage all the packs across the country was an interesting job, Ethan looked forward to work every day.
The day after he’d interviewed for the position, Ethan had flown home to Newcastle and packed his things. It had taken Ethan a month to pack up his apartment, serve out his notice at his job, put his house up for sale, and have everything moved to Atherton. All he’d wanted the entire time he was in Newcastle was to get back to Atherton and start his new role.
Making the decision to apply for the job had been easy, but Ethan never thought in a million years that he would actually get it. Deciding to accept and move halfway across the country was one of the scariest things he’d ever had to do. Seeing as how Ethan had grown up a child of the foster care system, he’d seen some pretty scary shit in his life.
Ben had been nice enough to pay for his belongings to go into storage until he found a place to live. Ethan had tried to argue that it wasn’t necessary, but Ben wouldn’t take no for an answer. Ethan had just planned to find a place and have his stuff shipped there so he could unpack when he arrived, but both Ben and Tommy had talked him out of it. Their main argument had been that he really needed to inspect the property personally, as he didn’t want to be stuck in a place he hated because he’d signed the contract sight unseen.
Ethan had reluctantly agreed, and for the last week he’d been searching for something that was within his price range and suited his needs. He didn’t have a great deal of stuff.
Ben had been more than kind to him and offered Ethan the use of one of his spare rooms until he found somewhere more permanent. The knowing grin Ben and Tommy both sported when they discussed it annoyed Ethan slightly. It was obvious the pair was keeping something from him, but for the life of him, Ethan couldn’t think what it might be.
After the way Tommy had acted when they’d first met, Ethan had been surprised the man was all right with him being in such close proximity to Ben any more than he absolutely had to. Tommy had been ready to rip his throat out when Ethan had walked out of Ben’s office after his initial interview. Something had changed dramatically since then, but whatever it was, Ethan had been kept in the dark about it.
Ethan could remember something else he’d been kept in the dark over. He’d been shocked as shit when Ben had explained to him about the ability for male wolves to fall pregnant. If it wasn’t for the fact that Tommy was the size of a bloody house when Ethan had returned to Atherton, he would probably still think the Pennaeth Alpha a little crazy.
There was no doubt about it, though; Tommy was pregnant. This was obvious, not just by the basketball-sized lump in his belly but by everything else that went along with pregnancy.
Tommy had the widest-ranging mood swings Ethan had ever seen. Ethan chuckled as he remembered one instance the previous Friday when he had been in Ben’s office discussing one of the South Australian packs and Tommy had walked in and started stripping off his clothes. Ethan had been too shocked to move and had watched as Tommy sat in his mate’s lap and had started to ravage the man.
Just when Ethan had gotten his senses back and stood to leave, Tommy had burst out into tears and started to hit Ben weakly in the chest. Ben tried to soothe his emotional mate, and Ethan had bolted, wanting out of there as fast as possible.
Ethan knew seeing the Alpha mate like this wasn’t exactly ideal, but it gave Ethan a great deal of insight into what a relationship based on love and friendship looked like. He’d never had anything even remotely close to what the Alpha pair had, but God, Ethan wanted it badly.
He didn’t know if he wanted the kids, the swollen feet, mood swings, and weird-ass cravings at all times of the day or night, but the love of a man who stood by him, no matter what? Yeah, he wanted that.
Now he just had to find his mate, and the chances of that happening here in Atherton were probably not that high. Ethan was only twenty-four, but after an entire life with no one to love him, Ethan was ready for more. He figured after he stuck it out here for a couple of years working for Ben, then he could move on and start his search for the man fated to be his and, with his mate, finally get the comforts of home he hadn’t had since his parents died.
Ethan shook his head and looked at his watch. If he didn’t get a move on, Tommy would kill him. He saved the files he was working on, then shut down the computer. Ethan tidied everything on the desk in preparation for coming back tomorrow morning, then closed the office door behind him and headed to his room.
As he walked across the hall, he heard the doorbell chime and swore softly. The last thing he wanted to do was be late. Ben and Tommy had explained about their poker nights to him, and he’d been invited along to last week’s, which had been held at one of Ben’s friend’s houses. Seeing as how Ethan had only arrived late the night before after several long days of driving and was starting the new job the next day, he’d begged off, stating all he wanted to do was collapse on his bed and sleep for a week.
Now, though, he didn’t have any excuses, and both Ben and Tommy were expecting him downstairs. To tell the truth, Ethan was kind of looking forward to meeting some new people. He’d met several over the course of the last week as pack members came for meetings with Ben on different subjects. He’d also spoken with a great number on the phone, but it was always nice to put a face to the name.
Apparently, the guys downstairs were Ben’s closest friends. Ethan would meet the rest of the pack at the next group get-together, which was scheduled in a few weeks—on the night of the full moon. He’d just missed the last one.
Ethan was couldn't wait to run with the pack. He had been on a couple of little solo jaunts since he’d been here, but there was supposed to be no better feeling than running with your pack.
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