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Alrik

AlrikPride Publishing
ISBN ebook: 978-1-78184-366-6
Genre: Gay MM/Paranormal/Wereshifters
Series: Book One in the C-7 Shifters series.
Book Length: Novella
Release Date: July 2013

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Alrik is determined to keep sex with Ben simple, but when wolves, shifters and bullets enter their world, all bets are off.

Dr Ben Cook has devoted his life to saving the Mexican Grey wolf population from extinction. A year after being shot while looking for a large pack of Mexican greys, he’s determined to try again. When Ben’s sister hires one of the C-7 shifters to protect him on his mission, he feels an immediate and undeniable attraction to the huge blond protector.

Alrik’s body yearns for his client on sight, but for a shifter who prefers sex without sentiment, Ben presents a problem. Centuries earlier, Alrik learned that love was a worthless emotion that only served to trap those stupid enough to fall.

Alrik is determined to keep sex with Ben simple, but when wolves, shifters and bullets enter their world, all bets are off.

Excerpt

Alrik watched the live sex show on his computer with a critical eye. Porn stars. As much as he loved their looks and bodies, he preferred to watch amateurs going at it. When the sound screwed up and the voices no longer matched the action, he gave up and exited the site. He was in a rut. His sex life was boring as hell, but after three hundred and forty-six years of fucking, it was hard to come up with new things to make it exciting.

He keyed in a site of straight porn. An image of a woman with big tits getting her pussy licked by some random dude made Alrik wince. Nope—still gay, so that wasn’t the problem.

The door to his office opened. Angel, the baby of the agency and the boss’s favourite, stuck his head in. “Nero needs to see you in the conference room.”

Alrik’s mood immediately lightened. “Client?”

Angel nodded. “Don’t get too excited. It’s a woman.”

“Hell, as long as I can get out of this office, I don’t care who it is.” Alrik pulled his suit jacket off the back of the desk chair and put it on.

Angel stared at the mountain view through the wall of glass. “Could be worse. Nero worked hard to get us this building and location.”

Leave it to Angel to get offended on behalf of their boss and saviour. Kiss-ass. “Don’t get your panties in a wad. Shifters aren’t meant to be inside all the time, especially Chameleons. That’s all I was trying to say.” Alrik straightened his jacket.

Despite Angel’s small, five-six stature, he didn’t back down. He opened the door and gestured to Nero’s office. “He’s waiting.”

Alrik grinned as he passed. It was well known inside the C-Squad that Angel, or Mouse as most of them called him, was more than smitten with Nero. Unfortunately, Nero was either too blind or too stupid to take advantage of the hot little Spaniard.

Alrik knocked on the conference room door and waited.

“Come in,” Nero called.

Alrik stepped into the room and gave the female client a slight bow.

“Alrik, I’d like you to meet Beth Cook,” Nero introduced. “Ms Cook, this is one of our best C-7 agents.”

“Nice to meet you.” Alrik shook Beth’s hand before taking a seat at the table.

“And you,” she replied.

“Ms Cook’s brother, Dr Benjamin Cook, received photos from an aerial photographer of a large pack of Mexican grey wolves near Logan, Utah. Because Dr Cook has devoted his life to bringing the wolves back from the brink of extinction, he wants to find and study them.” Nero sat back in his chair. “A year ago, he was hot on their trail when he was shot and nearly killed.” He gestured to Beth. “According to Ms Cook, Dr Cook is planning to try again, and she’d like our agency to make sure he’s safe.”

Alrik had to state the obvious. “Utah’s too far north for Mexican grey wolves.”

Nero met Alrik’s gaze. “Yes, it is.”

Wolf shifters. The C-7 squad had to walk a fine line when dealing with members of their own kind. The world knew shifters existed and had tried more than once to round them up for extermination and scientific research. If there were wolf shifters in the mountains outside Logan, Utah, Alrik would bet they didn’t want to be discovered.

“I’ve already explained to Ms Cook what we may be dealing with, and she has agreed to talk to her brother about the possibilities that exist,” Nero further explained.

“I won’t allow them to be exposed,” Alrik stated.

“My brother has spent his entire adult life fighting for the survival of the species. All he wants is a chance to study them and count their numbers.”

“If they turn out to, indeed, be Mexican greys, I’ll allow that. But he has to be willing to walk away if they turn out to be shifters. Until I get that promise, he’s on his own.” Alrik rubbed the back of his neck. There were only seven of his kind left, so he took the extinction of a shifter population very seriously and would die to protect them, even from his own client if it came to that.

Alrik stood and held out his hand. “It was nice to meet you, Ms Cook.” He started to leave, but Nero called him back.

“Alrik! Be prepared to leave in two days.”

Alrik nodded as he eased the door shut on his way out. He stopped by Gowon’s office and stuck his head inside. “Got a minute?”

“Sure,” Gowon replied, his voice so deep he was often hard to understand.