I was convinced Mason was trying to embarrass me to death. We walked together back to my office, hand in hand. Most of the desks were empty, though a few folks were still working and raised eyebrows when we passed. Mason made a point of kissing my hand—still clasped in his—when we passed someone. It was a little embarrassing, since I was sure everyone thought I was single up until that point, but at the same time, it felt good that he was so open about us.
When we got to my office, I collected my laptop, backpack, and the few files I wanted to have with me in case he let me out of bed long enough to work. The look he gave me had me doubting it and made my cock twitch.
I couldn’t find it in myself to care. I was too thrilled with what had happened. I was still in shock. Not only had I lost my virginity to Mason Hayes, the sexiest man in the company, but I was mated to him and would, in all likeliness, deliver his pup in about five months’ time. As we rode down the elevator, I put a hand on my belly. Was I even now knitting up a little one? Was there already one of Mason’s pups in my womb?
“I hope so,” Mason murmured into my ear.
I looked up, raising an eyebrow. “Did you read my mind?”
He grinned but shook his head. “The bond doesn’t quite do that, but how convenient would it be if we could talk telepathically?”
I laughed. “It would be, I agree.”
Mason wrapped his arms around me and pulled me back against him, resting his chin on my shoulder. Happiness that wasn’t my own filled me, and I realized it was coming across the bond. I liked that I could at least have a basic idea of how he felt, even if we couldn’t actually communicate that way.
“How many do you want?”
“Hmm?” I asked, thinking he meant pups but not wanting to assume. I was also distracted by the casual way he took me in his arms and how easily he was showing me affection. I could get used to it.
“Pups. How many would you like to have?”
I considered it for a long moment. “I don’t know, actually. I… I think I’d like to go through a pregnancy before I decide something like that.”
Mason nodded. “That’s fair. I should warn you, multiples run in my family.”
“Oh dear,” I said, feeling the color drain from my face. Two? Or even three pups in there already?
He chuckled, then kissed my cheek just as the elevator dinged. “I was not a multiple birth, but all three of my sisters were, as well as both sets of twin brothers,” he said, stepping out of the elevator. “As was my mother and grandmother.”
I tried not to panic over that as he took my hand and we walked through the security gates. A few more office stragglers were giving us odd looks, but there weren’t many left. And like before on my floor, it was a little embarrassing, but I’d calmed down a bit on the way to the lobby, so it wasn’t too bad.
Mason stepped up to the security desk. “Evening, Mike.”
Mike—who looked older than most of the downtown buildings and almost as tall—smiled. “Good evening, Mr. Hayes. How can I help you?”
Mason turned to grin at me and pointed at his mark on my neck. “Liam Scott is now my mate. He should be afforded the appropriate security clearances and privileges.”
“Of course, Mr. Hayes.” Mike made a few notes, then looked back up, smiling. “And congratulations.”
Published by Grace R. Duncan
Release date: March 3, 2017
Cover artist: Jess Small
Blurb: Liam Scott is sick. That’s not supposed to be possible. As a wolf shifter, he’s supposed to be able to heal. The omega gene he was born with means he’s capable of carrying shifter young and Liam is worried that whatever is wrong will mean his one-day hope of having pups will be dashed. But despite the fears keeping him away from the doctor until now, he knows he needs to go.
It turns out the sickness is temporary, but the treatment causes a whole other problem.
Mason’s alpha gene means he’s one of very few wolves who can impregnate an omega male. For two years, he’d been watching Liam, but things kept getting in the way. When Liam shows up in heat, Mason recognizes the opportunity he needs and doesn’t hesitate make to Liam his mate and the father of his pups.
But Liam has old wounds and fears to work through which the pregnancy is only making worse, and Mason isn’t sure how to get past them to show he’s serious about making a life together as loving mates. It’s not until a female wolf decides Mason should be hers that Liam makes his biggest worry known—and Mason can finally put the fears to rest.
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Author Bio: Grace Duncan grew up with a wild imagination. She told stories from an early age – many of which got her into trouble. Eventually, she learned to channel that imagination into less troublesome areas, including fanfiction, which is what has led her to writing male/male erotica.
A gypsy in her own right, Grace has lived all over the United States. She has currently set up camp in East Texas with her husband and children – both the human and furry kind.
As one of those rare creatures who loves research, Grace can get lost for hours on the internet, reading up on any number of strange and different topics. She can also be found writing fanfiction, reading fantasy, crime, suspense, romance and other erotica or even dabbling in art.