Thursday, 30 April 2015

The Cat Burglars are back: A Mate for the Alpha and His Brothers

OUT TODAY! A Mate for the Alpha and His Brothers (MFMM)
By Cara Adams The Cat Burglars book 4

Elsie "LC" Parker needs to return a stolen jeweled dagger given to her brother JJ before leaving town forever. The Alpha of the panther pack to whom she takes it has no intention of letting her go. He wants her to be his mate.
Amory craves her with every breath he takes, but he doesn’t want to touch her because he feels guilty about claiming a mate when so many of his men don’t have a woman of their own.
His brothers, Favian and Brayden, really like Elsie as well, but don’t want to claim her and share her when Amory so clearly wants her. They don’t understand why he doesn’t ask her on a date or at least try to kiss her. Amory might be the Alpha of the pack, but when it comes to romance, he obviously needs his brothers’ help to get moving, before Elsie gives up on them all and really does leave.

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“My brother, who is much younger than me…um…came across the dagger. His friends wanted to give it to a person they know who pays for such items, but I wanted it to be returned to the person who owns it, so I brought it to you.”
“How do you know about me?”
The scary, fierce look was back on his face. Elsie refused to be cowed. “I play chess. I used to belong to a chess club.”
The Alpha spoke very slowly, as if he was dredging the information up from the bottom of his memory. “Someone at your club lost their travel chess set.”
“That’s right. Your company returned it to him.”
“That was several months ago.”
“Yes, about three months ago. I had to leave the club just after that.”
“I wasn’t able to pay my membership fees. They gave me an extra six months free because—Well, they did, but I still couldn’t pay.” Because her mother had died, and she hadn’t had a paying job for twelve months as her mother had needed her. But the neighborhood they lived in now didn’t look good on a resume. Especially one that had only intermittent work for the past five years because she’d always put her care for her mother higher than her need to keep her job.
And I don’t regret that at all. I will cherish the memories of Mom and me spending time together on her better days.
“Getting back to this dagger. Your brother stole it.”
“No, he didn’t.” Her response was instant and heartfelt, although possibly not one hundred percent accurate.
“He might have been the look-out person or something, but not the actual thief. He doesn’t want to join the gang and end up in jail. It’s just that in our neighborhood, well…” Elsie ran out of words.
How would these people have any concept at all of the grinding poverty in the neighborhood where they lived now? Before her mom had gotten sick, they hadn’t been rich, but they had been surrounded by good, hard-working people and kids who went to school. But her mom’s illness had drained every cent of the family’s savings, and then gradually they’d sold everything they could, even the car. Finally they’d moved into the cheapest apartment they could find. Her brother, so much younger than her, had suffered the most.
Even on the days when he went to school, she didn’t think he learned much. Some of the teachers didn’t care what the students did or even if they went to class. Others cared, but spent most of their time trying to maintain discipline. Elsie didn’t think very many of the teachers managed to instill much learning in the students. After a while, her brother had simply avoided school.
She really couldn’t blame him.
The Alpha gave a hand signal to the other man, who left the room, closing the door behind him. The Alpha poured them both a second cup of coffee, leaned back in his chair, and said, “Why don’t you begin at the beginning and tell me why a young woman would arrive at a shape-shifter enclave on foot, with spare clothing hidden inside a coat.”
Elsie sighed. “It’s a very long story. Five years long.”
For the first time, the man smiled. “Do you think you could cut it down and tell me in five hours?”
Elsie’s breath caught in her throat. When he smiled, he was amazing. His eyes sparkled, the creases on his forehead smoothed out, and he looked like what he was, an exceptionally handsome man.
“I’ll aim for five minutes. My mother had cancer. It was much too late to operate when it was discovered. It was already in her spine. She quit her job and had chemotherapy and took pills, but like I said, it was much too late. She got a lot sicker quite quickly, so I left my job and took on part-time work so I could be with her and help her.”
“You said your brother is much younger. Was he working?”
“He was twelve. He’s seventeen now and still in school. When he goes. We had to move into a cheaper apartment, and the schools in the district aren’t…aren’t…well, I’m sure you can guess.”
He nodded, and she took a mouthful of coffee, bracing herself to continue.
“He said he has to be seen with one of the gangs to be safe. I expect it’s the truth. Like I said, it’s not a nice neighborhood. He’s resisted joining, but he has to cooperate with them. The gang has started working with a man called The Fixer. He tells them what to steal and which houses to go to and steal it. He’s even given one of the older boys a car so they can travel anywhere around town.”
“How did you learn about the dagger?”
“The person who’d ordered it changed their mind, and The Fixer hasn’t paid for it yet. The gang left it with JJ, and he’s supposed to hand it over when the time comes. I begged him not to. He’ll end up in jail for sure. The Fixer doesn’t care. He laughs at the boys when they go into danger. I’ve told JJ to leave town, to go away, and he wants to, yet he won’t.”
“So you’re going to run away instead? Will JJ follow you?”
“I don’t know. I’m planning to go to another state and get a job and then send for him. I have to do it fast though. The rent on the apartment is only paid for another month. That was all the money I could get. No one wants to hire a woman with no reference.”
Elsie realized she sounded bitter. She wasn’t. Her mother couldn’t help getting sick, and JJ couldn’t help only being a boy still. She was the adult. It was up to her to find a job and make a new start for herself and JJ. And she’d do it, too.
“Where are you going?”
“I don’t know.”
“There’s a diner where the trucks stop about five miles from here. I’m going to walk there and find a truck driver who wants a passenger. I’ll go wherever he’s going.”
The Alpha jumped to his feet, gray eyes blazing. “No you will not.”

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Friday, 17 April 2015

More Triplet Panther Mates! It's Zoe's story!

The Triplets Mate Zoe (MFMM)
The Reed panther triplets, Vallen, Montague, and Diego, are determined to mate Zoe Crawford. However, she refuses to be just like her sisters, Leah and Maia, with triplet shape-shifter husbands. No matter how handsome and enticing they are, she’s not going to fall in love with them.
For a month now the men have spent three days a week helping at her father’s work, feeding the homeless people alongside Zoe. But nothing will make her pay attention to them. Now Leah and her mates are back from their honeymoon, the Reeds decide it's time to take Zoe out on a real date where she can’t ignore them. Somewhere they can show her how much they want her and teach her the joys of BDSM and ménages.
There’s just one problem. Getting Zoe to agree is a lot harder than they expected.

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Zoe muffled her sigh as she backed out of the parking space and turned her car toward the church. Well, it wasn’t her car exactly. It was the family’s sole vehicle, but lately she seemed to be the one driving it mostly. Leah, her older sister, had met and married panther shape-shifter triplets. She’d just gotten back from her honeymoon and was in the middle of moving into their apartment at the panther warehouse.

Meanwhile her younger sister, Maia, had fallen in love with another set of panther triplets and gotten herself pregnant. She was getting married in a family-only ceremony on Saturday evening. However she’d already moved in with the men. They’d turned up with a truck and told her parents what had happened and moved her in with them all on the same day. Fortunately her parents had taken the news better than Zoe had expected. She supposed she ought to have guessed what was going on when Maia was coming home late, night after night.

Zoe sighed again. She’d love to spend some time alone with Vallen, Montague, and Diego Reed, but it just seemed too much like following the crowd. She wasn’t a lemming to walk off a cliff because her sisters had. Although honesty forced her to admit that her sisters both looked more like cats who’d gotten the cream, than lemmings falling off a cliff.

But still. She wasn’t going to be rushed into anything, not even by intensely handsome, tall, muscular men, with military short black hair, and rich dark chocolate-brown eyes.

And now, on a women’s shower day, with forty women to be showered, and a hot midday meal to prepare for one hundred twenty people, they had an eclectic collection of other foods that needed to be cooked and preserved to be used either today or soon. Fortunately her mom was a genius at throwing random ingredients together and turning them into delicious meals.

Plus someone had to help the café owners. Likely Vallen would be with them to fill in any paperwork needed to claim the insurance. He’d sounded very definite about that. But Zoe felt sure there’d be dozens of other tasks to be done that she knew nothing about, and the owners were completely shattered. George was so pale, almost gray-looking in his face, that she’d been really worried about him, and Dorrie had cried herself into such a state she was almost hysterical.

I hope Maia and Leah are both at home this morning. We’re going to need all the extra help we can get.

The panthers ran a reclamation business which sounded dodgy to Zoe, but they were used by the police and government so they must be legal. She knew they rather jokingly called themselves The Cat Burglars, which was a play on their panther abilities as well as the fact that sometimes they sole things back from people who’d already stolen them. Like the man who’d taken her father’s stamp albums and never given her father the money for them. Fortunately Leah and her three men had managed to sort that out and the money had helped the family enormously.

Leah had insisted some of it be used to pay all their bills, so her father couldn’t just give it away, which was a tendency he had. He was so kindhearted, and felt so deeply for the poor and downtrodden. But sometimes paying the electricity account was just as important as helping another homeless person.

Zoe parked her car in the church parking lot, and Diego pulled up beside her. Two of Leah’s mates were waiting in the lot, so that meant Leah was here which was great news. Saxon and Hardy Stewart had been leaning against a tree. Now they came across to her car and Saxon asked, “Do you need us? There was some garbled message about extra food to collect.”

Zoe waved at the backseat of her car, which was piled high with boxes of food, and popped the trunk which was also filled with boxes.

Hardy grinned. “It’s nice to be needed,” he said piling three boxes into Saxon’s arms, before picking up two and stacking them so he could lift them both himself.

Diego walked past her carrying the bread. “Don’t try to carry that stuff yourself. We’ll be back in a minute to get it for you.”

Zoe nodded. Her mom would have to look at the items and decide the best way to save as much as possible of the food, so there was no immediate rush to get inside. Leah would be able to start work on the bread while that happened.

Zoe stretched her back. The ice cream wouldn’t be too nice right now, but the milk should be all right as long as they used it today. Maybe they could make some kind of bread pudding for the people. They seldom had a real dessert to eat and when they got one they were always so grateful.

Even when everything was taken into the large kitchen and her mom was oo-ing and ahh-ing over the supplies, Zoe found herself thinking about Vallen, Montague, and Diego. Three kind, handsome men. The time had come for her to decide whether or not to tell them to go away from her and stay away, or whether she should accept their company and go on a date with them as they so clearly wanted her to do.

They’d been really helpful today. Without a crowd of people this food wouldn’t be able to be saved. Maybe it wasn’t just coincidence. Maybe it was meant to be. Maybe she should think about letting them get closer to her.

Where else would I find handsome men who want to help? Handsome men who like me. It’s not going to happen ever again. I should jump at them before they get tired of waiting for me. Three men. Three men! If they ask me again I’ll say yes.

Friday, 3 April 2015

Triplet Mates for Maia is out today

Leah's sister's story is here today!

Maia Crawford takes one look at the tall blond panther shape-shifter triplets and knows she wants them. But her older sister, Leah, has just married triplets, and lightning never strikes the same place twice unfortunately. Luckily Chase, Theron, and Draven Reilly are attracted to Maia as well.

The men are in a hurry to get to know Maia because a third set of triplets, the Reed brothers, seem interested in her as well, and no way are the Reillys going to let the Reeds get close to the woman they want.

Maia is sweet and willing and everything three panthers could ever want in a woman, but are things moving much too fast? Should they slow down and back away for a while? Or will the Reeds rush in and claim Maia? Every time they visit or so much as turn around, the Reeds are right there, waiting.

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Theron hadn’t really thought much about finding a mate. Well, of course he wanted one. It was more than time they settled down and acted like adults instead of teenagers. Besides, a mate meant regular sex, and he was tired of jacking off alone in the shower night after night without even a mental image of Ms. Right to picture as he stroked himself to completion. And a cunt was ten times better than a hand.

But Leah’s sisters were something special. Sweet, and lush, and genuinely interested in the people around them. He didn’t mind which one his brothers wanted. But having spoken to Maia, and seen her up close, he was highly attracted to her. She was alive and alight with happiness. She wasn’t even the center of attention. It was her sister’s party not hers, but she seemed so happy to be there and share in it. That was the kind of woman he could love. One who cared about others and wasn’t always insisting on being the focus of everyone’s gaze.

Of course in bed she’d be the center of attention. All three of them would make sure she came and came again with the hardest of orgasms. But the rest of the time it would be good if she paid attention to them as well. Although her paying attention to his dick would be nice. Sucking it into that sweet, hot mouth. Putting those pretty pink lips over his shaft. Fuck yes. That would be a hell of a lot better than nice.

How could they get her alone though? There must be a couple of hundred people crammed into this room right now, and tonight the entire pack would be at the mating. Although tonight it’d be dark. Perhaps they could entice her away from the crowd. I wonder if she’d like to see the dungeon. That would get her alone. It’d tell us a lot about her, too. If she shudders at the thought that means she isn’t the one for us. And maybe she’ll ask questions and we can demonstrate a few pieces of equipment for her.

Theron’s dick was harder than a spike at the thought and he knew he’d better stop thinking along those lines or he’d risk half the world seeing his erection. He was wearing a fitted suit, not a baggy sweatshirt right now to hide his cock.

Apart from the fact that Saxon and Hardy said vows as well as Leah and Bram, there wasn’t really much difference between a wedding and a mating ceremony, Theron decided. The wedding party and most of the guests wore the same clothes they’d stayed in from earlier in the day, the atmosphere was serious during the ceremony and then full of joy afterward, and all three men got to kiss Leah. Theron stared at Maia, but she was smiling happily at her sister. Clearly being kissed by three men didn’t bother her.

Even the reverend was beaming at his daughter and that was quite amazing. Surely there must have been quite an adjustment to accepting three sons-in-law in a single marriage.

But it was all good news for him anyway. He spoke softly to Draven. “We need to get her alone. Any ideas?”

Draven shrugged. “We can hardly ask her out for coffee. There’s plenty of coffee here.”

Chase said, “We need to move fast or those Reeds will grab her.”

Theron looked for the Reed brothers but they weren’t anywhere near Maia at the moment. Still, they had been right there with her in the hall. “I thought of asking her if she wanted to see the dungeon.”

Chase nodded definitely. “Let’s do it.”

Draven grabbed their arms. “Are you insane? You’ll frighten her away. We’re supposed to be attracting her to us, not sending her screaming home to mommy.”

“Well you think of something then.” Theron glared at Draven. Let the man put his brains where his mouth was for once.

“We offer to show her around the pack headquarters. Not anywhere private, just the public rooms. Plus the dungeon if she wants to go there,” said Chase.

Theron’s dick stretched again. Fuck. He’d been half hard since he first looked at Maia and there was still no chance he’d be able to do more than give her a PG-rated kiss. Or maybe hold her hand. Well, that would have to be enough for now. As Chase said, they needed to stake their claim on her before the Reed brothers jumped in front of them again.

“Let’s go,” he said, pushing his way forward to the side of the room where Maia and her sister stood. He looked at Maia and then at Zoe. Leah was lovely and he liked her. Zoe was pretty as well. But it was Maia who seemed to hold a string in her hand that was tied to his cock. She smiled and his cock stood up. He could only hope the attraction was mutual.

Suddenly he was scared. What if she was just being polite? What if the thought of panther shape-shifters or three men scared her? What if she refused to come with them or get to know them because she didn’t want to be associated with panthers? What if she didn’t like him?

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