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Retribution

RetributionResplendence Publishing
ISBN eBook: N/A
Genre: Paranormal, Shifters, M/M
Series: Book two in the Refuge Shifters Series.
Book Length: Novel
Release Date: August 18, 2009

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Three lonely souls find each other in the midst of an all out war between the shifters and the Hunters.

Mother Earth gave Ryker Allen rebirth over a century ago, his main purpose to protect Mother’s shifter children. Ryker has never begrudged his duties, but the loneliness is something he’ll never get used to.

Daniel was the King of the Coyotes until a mistake led to the decimation of his species. Alone and half-dead, he was taken in by a pack of wolf shifters as a pet for the Alpha’s mate. When he’s given a chance to live as an Alpha once again, he’s reluctant to accept, afraid he’s no longer worthy to lead.

Hakan is the son of Father Sky. He was awarded rebirth over a thousand years ago to protect the Native American Bird Shifters. When animosity towards Native Americans escalated, Hakan’s charges took to the sky permanently, leaving him without a purpose. He’s lived his long life alone, waiting for the day he can once again serve his Father.

Three men, three very different backgrounds, one thing in common. Loneliness. Can these three souls come together to form a family?

Excerpt

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Ryker Allen studied the small, five-foot-six man sitting across the table from him. With his usually unkempt hair now properly cut and styled, Daniel was gorgeous, although still way too thin. It didn’t lesson Ryker’s attraction to the King of the Coyotes, but it worried him.

The battle with The Hunters was far from over, and Ryker knew the coming months would require strength. In many ways, Daniel reminded him more of a gangly pup when in shifted form.

Reaching across the table, Ryker covered Daniel’s hand. The two of them had grown much closer over the last several days. Every moment spent with Daniel felt like a gift from Earth Mother, but he couldn’t help wondering when it would all be taken from him.

Eventually, Daniel would find his destined mate, and Ryker would once again be alone. Those beautiful “true blue” eyes that marked Daniel as the king of his species looked up at him.

“Is there something wrong?” Daniel’s voice was soft and gentle.

“No. Just trying to figure out if we should try and reach Hakan while it’s still light out, or wait for morning.”

Daniel licked a spot of ketchup from the corner of his mouth. “How much further?”

“Not much. Two miles down the road and a couple of hours hike up the mountain.”

“So we should have plenty of time to reach him before the sun sets.”

Ryker knew he was looking for an excuse to spend another night with Daniel before beginning the next phase of their mission. After giving Jarek, the cougar shifter, directions to the safe haven aptly named Refuge, Daniel had become even more withdrawn. Ryker worried that Daniel was tiring of him.

The two of them had spent the night in each other’s arms. Other than a few tender kisses, nothing sexual had happened, but Ryker knew they were building toward it. For him, the important thing was getting Daniel over the trauma of The Hunter’s attack that had killed many of the wolf shifters he’d been living amongst.

Once they delivered the silver dagger and Jack’s great-grandfather’s journal to Hakan, they’d be on their way to Canada to join the other shifters. What would happen when he returned Daniel to Refuge? Daniel seemed to be in a hurry since leaving Jarek. Did he sense his mate would be waiting at Refuge?

“I take it you’d rather find Hakan today.”

Daniel shrugged, refusing to meet Ryker’s gaze. It was an action that Ryker noticed the man did a lot. He assumed it had something to do with living as a pet for years, instead of the king that he was.

“Finish your lunch and we’ll head that way.”

“I’m finished.”

Ryker looked at the half-eaten plate of food. Before he could protest, Daniel was up and out of the booth. Tossing several bills onto the table, Ryker followed Daniel out to the black four-wheel drive pickup he’d bought in Durango.

The truck was high enough off the ground that Daniel had a hard time climbing in. Ryker came up behind Daniel and placed his hands on the shifter’s slender hips, easily lifting him into the cab.

“Thanks.”

At six-five, Ryker was the perfect height to lean in for a kiss. He wanted to devour Daniel’s mouth, but held his lust in check. Maybe after dealing with Hakan, Daniel would be relaxed enough to open up.

Hakan was another set of worries that Ryker had been dealing with. As the son of Father Sky, Hakan was more like Ryker than anyone else on the planet. He wasn’t sure if that was a good thing or not. Did Hakan have the same gifts Ryker did?

He pulled out of the parking lot and headed toward the base of the mountain. As far as he knew, Hakan had lived in the same place for hundreds of years. Ryker wondered if the man had received many visitors in all that time. Did Hakan go into town and scratch his sexual itches, or did he take care of them himself?

He decided to put that line of thinking aside. Ryker wasn’t even sure what team Hakan batted for, so why was he thinking about the man’s sexual practices?

He glanced at his passenger. “I wish you would’ve eaten more of your lunch.”

Daniel squirmed in his seat. “It’s not that I’m not hungry. My stomach just isn’t used to eating much.”

“Maybe we should stop more often and get smaller meals into you, five or six times a day.”

Daniel shrugged. “I take it you don’t like skinny guys.”

Ryker reached across the seat and cupped the side of Daniel’s face. “You’re gorgeous, and you know it. Things might not be easy for awhile. I just want you as strong as possible.”

Daniel leaned into Ryker’s touch. “Jarek knows who his mate is.”

“Yeah? How do you know that?”

“Because he was happy about going to Refuge. Cougars are solitary animals, except when they’re planning to mate.”

The reasoning made sense to Ryker. “You could be right. Do you begrudge him?”

“No.”

“Then why is it bothering you?”

When Daniel didn’t say anything, Ryker’s hand slid back to the steering wheel. “I thought we’d talked about sticking together until you find your mate.”

“We did,” Daniel whispered. “And it’s fine. I like you a lot.”

“But…?”

Ryker saw Daniel wipe at his cheeks. He checked his rearview mirror and pulled over to the side of the road. He felt incredibly stupid for weaving dreams of spending time with Daniel. Ryker would never admit it to a soul, but part of him hoped Daniel’s true mate had been killed by The Hunters.

“But…?” Riker repeated.

Daniel turned and looked up at him with tears in his eyes. Ryker couldn’t help but want to gather the small coyote shifter into his arms, and protect him from whatever was hurting him.

“I’m starting to feel funny. Like something’s coming.” Daniel shook his head. “Sounds stupid, but it’s like I’m being pulled from the inside.”

“To where?”

“I don’t know.” Daniel looked down at his hands. “But I’ve been hard since we left Jarek’s.”

Ryker glanced down at Daniel’s crotch. Even with the baggy jeans he wore, the shifter’s cock was evident. Ryker wanted nothing more than to take care of Daniel’s problem for him, but he got the feeling his advances wouldn’t be welcome.

“Do you need to…ya know, take care of it?”