A Little Aussie loving wEBSITE OF eROTIC FICTION AUTHOR tONI GRIFFIN
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.
Please Note: Corey has been re-edited, and expanded by ~13 K.
A knock on his
office door brought Ethan back to what he was supposed to be doing.
“Come in,” he
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.