Title: Third Mate
Author: Rebecca James
Series Title and Number: River Wolf Pack Series, 3
Publisher: JMS Books
Cover Artist: Written Ink Designs
Release Date: July 16th
Heat Level: 5
Pairing: Male/Male and Male/Male/Male
Length: 176 pages
Genre/Tags: poly, contemporary, paranormal (wolf-shifters), M/M and M/M/M romance, paranormal romance
After the birth of River and Josiah’s twin girls, pack tensions increase. The presence of rogue wolves, females, and humans have many pack members uncomfortable. In exchange for Leo’s help, Stone offers Leo the position of second alpha should Stone succeed in usurping River. Leo’s conflicted between his desire to rise in the pack, his dislike for Stone, and his increasing feelings for both Sam and Foster. Sam and Foster are best friends, but as a coyote shifter, Foster yearns for his true mate and doesn’t believe he will find him if he stays with the werewolves. Jax knows he must make a difficult decision before he’s turned out of the compound. When David finds out Brooks is considering mating Stone, he determines to stop it. The Angel Hills pack offer a deal in exchange for omegas for their pack.
Stone’s sharp, deep voice cut into Leo’s thoughts, and he turned his attention to the front where the contentious alpha had already begun arguing his points.
“…no place for females. Do they even have any werewolf in them?”
“Of course they do; they’re mine. They are developing as quickly as any werewolf child.” River said more calmly than Leo would have under the scrutiny of so many condemning eyes.
“But have they shifted?” someone asked.
“Not yet. You know as well as I do that they could be a year old before they shift.”
“If they shift,” Stone muttered. “And most do by seven months.”
“If they don’t shift,” someone else said, “they aren’t werewolves. They’ll have to leave.”
“They don’t belong here.” Stone stood, feet apart and hands on hips. Justin, Stone’s pregnant omega, cowered in submission at the sound of Stone’s displeased voice. His three beta mates sat with eyes downcast, although Leo saw Canaan glance up more than once. There was something shrewd and calculating about Canaan, and although Leo felt sorry for him after his son was killed, it didn’t make it any easier to like him.
“As my children, they certainly do belong here, as yours do, and the progeny of everyone else present,” River said, tone brooking no argument.
Stone made a frustrated sound and looked around, eyes landing on Griffin, an alpha of Stone’s age.
Griffin stood. “Your own father drove your mate’s father from the pack for having relations with a human female.”
“My father did not drive him out. Derrick was punished—told he couldn’t leave the compound. But he ran away.”
“This is true,” Old Ben called out.
“The fact remains that Thorn did not approve of the boy’s actions,” Griffin argued. “He didn’t invite Derrick to bring his female lover into the pack because females don’t belong with werewolves.”
“I don’t know what you’re getting at,” River said with a sigh. “I am not attempting to bring a female among us. My daughters were born to me, and are therefore a part of this pack.”
Before Griffin could speak again, Stone interrupted. “Which wouldn’t have happened if you hadn’t mated with the half-human, which you did without consulting the pack.”
“Josiah is a werewolf,” River said. “And I do not need to consult my pack before mating.”
“Half-werewolf,” Stone corrected. “Unlike someone who willingly takes the bite and transforms, your mate will always be part human. Which is why he spawned twin abominations—”
In two steps, River crossed the room and had Stone’s neck between his hands, thumbs cutting off the alpha’s air flow. Leo glanced at the humans. Several flinched, and others looked horrified.
“Don’t you ever,” River breathed heavily into Stone’s purpling face, “ever speak of my mate or children in that manner again. Am I clear?”
Stone’s eyes bulged and his mouth gaped as he tried to dislodge River’s grip. Leo stood, along with the other alphas in the room. As pack alpha, River had the right to kill Stone for such an insult, and Leo found himself almost hoping River would. He got the feeling Stone’s mates felt similarly.
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Meet the Author
Rebecca James has written all her life, mostly to entertain herself and friends. An English major, she currently writes as a second job but would love to do it full-time. Her first book came out in October of 2015. Since then, she’s written both contemporary and paranormal and hopes to put out a sci-fi book soon.
She’s fortunate to have a husband who supports her in her writing career, three wonderful children, and a rat-terrier.
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