Mari's Men [Lovers of Alpha Squad 1] (Siren Publishing Menage Amour)
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by Stormy Glenn
Description: [Menage Amour: Erotic Paranormal Menage a Trois Romance, M/F/M] Life has never gone the way Mari wanted. She hasn't had a date in forever, her job is heading nowhere, and she can't get in touch with her sister. To make matters even more perfect, she has just been kidnapped by Russian mobsters while hiking in the mountains. Being rescued by not one but two gorgeous men just makes the top of Mari's my life sucks list. They are both totally gorgeous, totally sexy, and totally into her. How is she supposed to choose between them? But twins Cole and Bear Daniels have the perfect solution. She can have them both. They are telepathic in a way not many are. Not only can they talk to each other mentally, they can physically feel what the other is feeling. Because of this, they always know that they will share a mate. Now if they can only convince Mari she is the perfect woman for them both. But convincing Mari they both want her and are willing to share is harder than Cole and Bear thought it would be, especially when someone is out to kill Mari and they have no idea who. [Erotic Paranormal Menage a Trois Romance. Warning: Contains graphic sexual content and adult language.]
eBook Publisher: Siren-BookStrand, Inc./Menage Amour, 2009 2009
eBookwise Release Date: May 2010
86 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [222 KB]
Reading time: 152-212 min.
"5 STARS: This story knocked my socks off, and kept me up until the wee hours of the morning. I couldn't get enough, hot sex, feisty characters, lust, love, betrayal, and did I mention extremely hot sexual scenes? Mari is my kind of leading lady. She is not going down without a fight and don't even think you will be able to intimidate her, hell no! She is full of spirit and sass, yet turns to putty in the hands of these Alpha men...Cole and Bear were sexy...They each had their own personalities and dealt with things in their own way. I loved them! There were several secondary characters, and I cannot wait for them to get their own books. They kept this story moving at a breakneck speed, yet I never got a rushed feeling. The sexual scenes were plentiful, and each was hotter than the last. I always love a good M/F/M scene and this story does not disappoint. I cannot say it loud enough, you have to read Maris Men. You'll be looking forward to the next book in the Lovers of Alpha Squad series as well." -- Stephanie Clayton, Just Erotic Romance Reviews
"4.5 BLUE RIBBONS: Mari's men is the first in Ms. Glenn's exciting new series The Lover's of Alpha Squad, and this is one exciting read. Mari is feisty, takes charge and knows what she wants. Caught up in a situation that she has never imagined much less prepared herself for, she finds herself not unwilling to take a chance on making these two men hers, that is if they give her a chance and if she is able to. Bear and Cole are not only twins, but they have a unique quality that makes them exceptional at the business of being soldiers. Finding Mari is not only the best thing that could have happened to them, but also the one thing that aims to make them lose their sanity. Finding that missing link to their soul is something they had only dreamt about and they aim to do everything to protect her. Together these three are magic, they literally sparkle and it will totally burn your fingers right to your soul. Ms. Stormy has more than converted me to her style of writing and her creative way with words." -- jhayboy, Romance Junkies
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The hike through the thick forest of the Cascade Mountains had been a long one. But they had finally reached their goal; a small encampment set in a clearing on the edge of the trees. Five battle-hardened warriors slowly inched their way toward the edge of the trees north of the small clearing. They made no sound, not even a rustle in the leaves. Theirs was a mission of secrecy.
"Well, would you look at that," Sam whispered to Cole, indicating the people standing around the firelight in the encampment. "I thought they only had the boy. Who's the girl?"
Cole stared at the young woman who seemed to be talking to the largest man in the group around the fire. He felt his body harden in response to the vision before him.
He knew immediately deep down in the depths of his soul that she belonged to him that she was made for him. The tightening of his body told him that she belonged to him as no other woman ever had. She was his mate, the other part of his soul.
"She's a brave little thing," Sam stated as he watched the woman push the small boy behind her for protection.
"She's magnificent!" Cole said, a small hitch in his voice. Cole shook himself free of his lust induced trance at Sam's words and focused again on what was happening in the small clearing.
The woman seemed to be arguing with the leader of the group. The leader that Cole knew well. It was Yuri Nirov, one of the men on their crime watch list. The man was a thug. He belonged to no specific crime syndicate, except whoever paid the highest price. Yuri's only cause was his own greed.
As he glanced around to the other two men surrounding the campfire he recognized the others as well, Yuri's two brothers, Oni and Sten. They were all in this together. They had kidnapped the son of a high placed diplomat who was working in Seattle, Washington with the United States government on a highly secretive peace initiative. And, it would seem the woman also.
Cole concentrated on the conversation between Yuri and the woman but they were too far away to hear what was being said, but Cole didn't think it could be good. The dark haired leader seemed to be angry at whatever the woman was saying. His arms were motioning furiously as she spoke.
Cole felt a deadly rage race through his body as the man backhanded the woman, nearly throwing her to the ground. The woman turned her head back to the leader, wiping her lips on the back of her hand. She glanced down at the trail of blood on her hand and then to the leader. A smile began to form on her lips as she said something else to him.
"He dies!" Cole hissed out between clenched teeth.
"Well, duh!" Sam replied, a little confused as to why that was even an issue. Seeing the rigid posture of Cole's body as he glanced over at him, a thought suddenly occurred to him. "What about the woman?" he asked.
"She's mine." Cole growled.
"So, that's the way it is, huh," Sam said thoughtfully, amusement clearly ringing in his voice.
Cole turned his head to scowl at Sam. "Do you have a problem with this?" Cole snarled, beyond irritated.
"Hell no, take the woman. But have you discussed this with Bear?" Sam laughed.
Cole looked at the smirk on Sam's face. "He knows." And Cole meant it. Bear was in the same lust filled condition. Cole could feel it even across the field from where his brother was positioned, no doubt watching the woman as intently as he was.
"There's movement below," whispered a man laying flat to the ground beside Cole and Sam. Both swung their gaze back to the scene in the clearing.
"I don't like this," stated Sam, "I don't like this at all."
They watched as the leader grabbed the young woman by her arm and began walking away from the campfire toward a small grouping of large rocks to the south of where they were hiding. The leader was quite a bit taller than the woman and was nearly dragging her behind him. Her ankle length skirt seemed to be tangling in her legs with every step she took.
Cole took in the situation in a glance. "Sam, Caleb, Nick, get the boy. Bear, come with me." Knowing his words would be followed precisely; Cole and Bear began to slowly make their way south of the camp, following the man and woman.
Cole could feel several emotions surge through his body as he quietly made his way through the underbrush. There was rage at the man for hitting the woman, and a sure knowledge that he would enjoy feeling the man's last breath leave his body. There was fear that he would not be in time to save the woman destined to be his. And there was still an overwhelming sense of hunger for the woman.
Cole and Bear silently worked their way through the underbrush following the pair through the dense forest trees. As they crept forward they could see Yuri and the woman standing in a small clearing a few yards ahead. Yuri was holding a large knife in his hands, pointing it at the woman. The evil smirk on Yuri's face sent a cold shiver down Cole's back.
"Do you agree that she is ours?" Cole asked Bear.
"Do we have a choice? You know she is the one as much as I do."
"No, I guess not," Cole sadly shook his head, "But if we take her, you know how it will be for us, for her.
Bear was silent for a moment as he contemplated the situation and what it might mean to all of them. "Do you think she will agree to what we need? Most women would not.
"Hell, Bear, I don't know. But with the way we are both feeling right now, I'm not sure we have a choice.
Feeling his hard erection pressing almost angrily against his zipper, Bear agreed with Cole. "We can't hurt her, Cole." It was the thought of bringing pain to such a beautiful young woman that he couldn't stomach.
"Hell, I know that, but it won't be easy for her, not with us. You know what we need."
Bear knew what Cole was thinking. He was thinking the very same things. She was a forever kind of woman. That he didn't have a problem with because he was more than ready to become a forever kind of man.
"Cole?" Bear asked, interrupting Cole's thoughts. Bear knew deep down that he was being irrational, but every time he looked at the woman and her beautiful body the uncertainty intensified.
"Yeah?" Cole answered. Bear was silent for a moment.
"Are you sure about this, about her?" Bear could feel the sadness saturating Cole as he answered.
"Yeah Bear, I am. We need her, maybe more than we've ever needed anyone in our lives."
Cole motioned for Bear to circle around to the other side of the small clearing, never taking his eyes off the knife in Yuri's hand as he silently climbed into the limbs of a tree overhanging Yuri's position. It was pure hell for him to sit silently, not moving, while a maniac held a knife on the woman he was sure was their future.
It was all Cole could do to sit there and wait for Bear to move into position. Yuri was waving the knife closer and closer to the woman, yelling at her. Cole only hoped they were able to get to her before Yuri did something stupid. There was no telling the monsters Yuri would release on the world if he hurt this woman.
"Bear, damn it, hurry the hell up!" Cole was getting more agitated as he sat there waiting for Bear to get into position.
"Keep your pantyhose on. I'm moving as fast as I can."
Cole almost snorted. "Well, move faster, damn it." Cole knew Bear was crawling his way toward the small bunch of bushes closest to their prey. Once Bear was close enough, Cole knew he'd take Yuri out. It seemed to take forever before Bear told him he was ready.
"Okay, I'm in place. How do you want this to play out?" Bear inquired.
"We can't do anything that might endanger the girl," Cole asserted.
"Well, duh, Bro. Any ideas on how we can avoid that?" Bear almost wished Cole were within strangling distance.
Cole thought for a moment. "We need some sort of distraction."
Bear laughed, "Well, that would be great. However, barring a marching band walking through the forest, we're kind of screwed here.
Cole silently glared at Bear. "Don't you think I know that? Just give me a moment to think here."
"Well, to use one of your idiotic phrases...hurry the hell up, damn it!" Bear laughed again.
Cole wanted to laugh at his brother's attempt to defuse the stressful situation but he was too wound up. "I'm working on it. You're not helping."
Cole almost fell out of the tree branches he was sitting in when a sweet voice entered the private mental link he shared with his twin brother
"Would the two of you just shut the hell up and tell me how big of a distraction you want?
Cole could feel similar shock rocking Bear through their mental link. She could not only hear them talking telepathically, but talk back to them. A myriad of emotions swept through Cole--shock, disbelief, joy, and a kernel of fear.
No, the fear was coming from Bear. The joy was all Cole's. Cole was ecstatic that the woman they had chosen as their own could talk to them through the link that only the two of them had shared from birth. Maybe this would work after all.
Mari had known someone was there for quite some time. She felt like she was being watched. When Yuri had told one of his brothers to patrol she knew she had to act. She had to keep their attention on her. Of course, that little rebellion had gotten her a fat lip. One little hiking trip into the mountains by herself, and look how she ends up. This really sucked.
When Yuri had dragged her away from the others, Mari had prayed that they would reach her in time, or at least before Yuri did too much damage, but she wasn't sure they would. Mari knew she had never been more scared.
Then, the buzzing had started. Well, at first, it had been just a buzzing in her head, but after awhile, the buzzing had started to form into words. At first she assumed she was hearing someone's radio. Then she realized that the words were in her head. Then she had become really scared. She was obviously losing her mind.
When she finally started to figure things out she had realized that there were two men and they were arguing. Now, normally, anyone who knew Mari knew that she was a sweet tempered girl and hardly ever got mad, but things were not normal, and she was pissed.
"I'm waiting here. Could you hurry the hell up? This guy is not going to wait much longer and I would really prefer to keep my clothes on!" Mari said.
She was a spitfire. Cole was captivated by the girl already, and he had yet to even feel her silky smooth skin. This did not bode well for him but it sure was going to be fun. "Just a little distraction, baby, would be greatly appreciated.
"Will this do?"
Cole nearly swallowed his tongue as he watched the girl slowly begin to pull her white tank top up over her head, leaving her dressed only in a white bra. A bra, of which Cole quickly noticed, was barely containing her generous breasts.
"Huh, yeah, that'll do," Cole groaned, his cock getting harder than he could ever remember it getting. He watched as she ran her fingers through the silky auburn tendrils of hair that had come loose from her braid and caressed the side of her face, mesmerizing him.
As she slowly worked her patchwork skirt down her waist and he got his first glimpse of her full rounded hips, Cole realized that this was no girl. She was every sexual fantasy Cole could think of all rolled into one little woman.
"Oh man, Bear, we are in so much trouble," Cole groaned. Yep, she had trouble written all over every curve she had. And she had curves everywhere. That woman was built like a wet dream.
Cole thought his eyes would roll back into his head when she finally dropped her skirt on the ground and stood there, defiantly, in nothing but her bra and the skimpiest pair of underwear he had ever seen. His cock was waging a war with the waistband of his pants for freedom.
She was breathtaking. She had a gentle look to her with her long auburn hair restrained down her back by a single braid. A few strands of hair had come loose and floated around her face, seemingly caressing her cheeks.
She was not bone thin like many of the woman other men preferred, but had curves in all the right places. Cole liked his women curvy and with some meat on their bones. Those tiny, dainty women scared the hell out of him. He was always afraid he would break them, was always afraid to really let himself go.
Cole had always been a breast man and the immense proportions of her breasts told him he had been a very good boy. As big as his hands were, those breasts just might fill them to capacity. But he wasn't positive. It might take some investigation on his part, and he was more than willing to put in the work to find out.
She looked like she would spill right on out of her bra if she took a breath. Cole could feel his mouth watering just looking at them, imaging wrapping his tongue around the pale pink nipples peaking out the tops of her bra cups.
She stood maybe five foot six. She'd barely reach his chest, which was just fine with him. Her legs were long and well built, just right to wrap around his hips as he plunged into her warm depths. And he could see her rounded abdomen just above her panty line.
As far as Cole was concerned, she was perfect. And he couldn't wait to touch her, to feel her softness against him, her body wrapped around his. But first he and Bear had to rescue her.
Bear crouched in the bushes, inching his way closer to Yuri as he watched Cole crawl out on a low hanging tree branch. He stopped at the edge of the brush, taking several deep breaths to slow his speeding heart. He just couldn't seem to get a hold of the calm, cool detachment he usually had during a mission.
Bear's emotions were overwhelming. He was filled with happiness because he and his brother had found their mate, apprehension because he didn't know if she would accept them or the things they needed from her, fear because he didn't know if she would accept him, and almost uncontrollable lust for this girl.
Bear tensed as he watched Cole slowly begin hanging upside down from the tree limb right above Yuri's head. What the hell was he doing? Bear watched in astonishment as Cole lowered his body down until he was completely upside down hanging directly over Yuri's head.
"Okay, baby, just one more small distraction." Cole lowered his hands slowly, reaching for Yuri's head.
"Oh hell, so much for keeping my clothes on," the woman griped.
Cole mouth dropped open as he watched the woman reach for the front clasp of her bra and snapped it open, dropping it slowly down her arms, revealing her massive breasts in all their naked glory. The air rushed from Cole's lungs in a huge whoosh as he caught a look at her succulent breasts with their rosy pink areolas.
It was enough noise to alert Yuri to his presence above him. Just as Cole regained his composure, Yuri jumped forward and grabbed the girl wrapping his arm around her neck and pressing her body back against his.
"Uh, uh, uh. I don't think so." Yuri held the knife across the girl's neck, pressing just deep enough to draw up a drop of blood.
Cole flipped over and dropped to the ground, landing on his feet and stood up to face Yuri. His lips tightened at the drop of blood trailing down the girl's neck. Just one more thing to make Yuri pay for. "Don't do anything stupid, Yuri."
Cole held his hands up in a position of surrender. His gaze briefly swept down to her naked breasts against his will. His cock instantly jumped to attention. Inwardly Cole groaned. What he wouldn't give right there and then to be anywhere else where he could wrap his tongue around those sweet looking nipples. Oh yeah, he could make a meal of those beauties.
A small squeak quickly brought Cole back to the present and away from his musings. He cringed in shame at the fear he saw on her face. He couldn't believe he was standing there having erotic fantasies of the girl while she had a madman with a knife at her throat
"Oh man, what kind of monster am I?" Cole asked.
"Focus man. Keep your mind on the game," Bear admonished.
"To hell with focusing and to hell with the game. Get me out of this and you can fantasize about my breasts all you want!" spouted a furious feminine voice.
Cole's eyebrows rose almost to his hairline when he looked down at the little spitfire and saw that they were filled with anger and not the fear. He tried to quell the small smile at the edges of his lips at her outrage. "Yes, ma'am."
Cole raised his eyes back to Yuri. He could see Bear creeping up behind him. They had to play this out just right if they wanted to keep the girl from being harmed. "Faint," Cole directed to the girl.
Her eyes nearly popped out of her head. "What?" Had he actually told her to faint? That was so not going to happen.
Cole repeated himself, trying to keep a smile from forming on his lips. "Faint!
"I'm not going to faint. What the hell are you talking about?" This man was nuts. First he wanted her to take her clothes off and now he wanted her to faint? "You've obviously lost your ever-loving mind."
Cole nearly rolled his eyes. "Just do it."
"Don't take that tone with me." There was only so much a girl could handle before losing her composure. Mari didn't think anyone would begrudge her a small temper tantrum considering the circumstances. "And stop telling me what to do.
Cole could see the anger spitting from her eyes. Damn, she sure was pretty when she was ticked. "Do you argue with everyone or just me?" He'd have to remember that.
"Just you!" she yelled.
"Oh hell, just do it.
She cocked her head slightly to one side. "Say please," she glared at him.
"What?" Cole could see the laughter in Bear's eyes as he glanced briefly past Yuri from below his eyelashes.
"Say please," she repeated, a small self-satisfied smirk on her lips.
Cole swore to himself right there and then that he was going to paddle her ass the first chance he got. "Please!" he gritted out, jaw clenched.
Cole wasn't sure who was more surprised, him or Yuri, when Mari gave a little whimper and collapsed. He sprang forward to grab the knife when Yuri lowered it from her neck to catch the falling girl.
He wrestled briefly with Yuri as Bear stepped forward and grabbed him by the head. A sickening crunch was all the noise that Yuri made before he slumped to the ground, his neck obviously broken.
Cole glanced briefly at his twin before nodding and turning toward the girl. He knew Bear hated killing. He was more of a peacemaker. But they both knew Yuri was a dead man the second he put a finger on their girl.
"Would you mind too terribly much getting the dead body off of me so I can get some damn clothes on?"
Cole's cock thumped against his zipper, hard and thick. Damn, she was still pissed and still as sexy as hell. He crouched down next to the girl as Bear dragged Yuri's body away to the bushes. No sense scaring her anymore than she already was.
"I don't know, baby," he said as he let his fingers trail through the silky hair curling around her face. "You look pretty good right where you are." He suddenly found himself staring into the most beautiful sage colored eyes he had ever seen. She just stared at him, not moving.
"What's your name, sweetness?" He gently rubbed his hand down her cheek to her lips, absently rubbing his thumb over her full bottom lips as he gazed into her eyes. Cole couldn't remember ever seeing that particular shade of green before.
"Mari." She could barely breathe let alone speak. The most beautiful man she had ever seen in her life was smiling down at her, and it looked as if he liked what he saw.
He was kneeling so Mari couldn't tell how tall he was but even crouched his body was huge. He had short, sandy blond hair that was cut tight to his head. There was a hint of a five o'clock shadow on his square jaw, topped with a light brown mustache. His eyes were the most beautiful slate gray she had ever seen.
The black shirt he wore was stretched tight across his chest and his black pants looked as if they were painted on his mammoth legs. His shoulders were so wide that they filled Mari's vision.
"Mari," Cole whispered. His hand moved away from her lip and down her jaw to her throat. He lightly caressed the soft contours of her throat as his gaze reluctantly moved away from her eyes and traveled down her body.
Mari was lying on her back, arms down at her sides. Her breasts lay gently on her chest, the nipples tightening to hard little pearls as he watched. They were perfect. They were not small by any means, which made them just right for his large hands.
Cole's hungry gaze traveled past her breasts to the slight round of her stomach, pausing briefly to admire the smooth slope of her abdomen where it met her panty line. No curls protruded beyond the edge of the skimpy material suggesting that she might be bare. Oh God, Cole hoped so. A bare woman was a thing to behold. And he had every intention of finding out for himself if she was.
Further down, past the apex of her thighs and her softly round hips, her knees were slightly bent, showing the long length of her legs. Hell, even her feet were sexy, her toenails painted a bright red.
"Such a beautiful name for such a beautiful lady. But it hardly does you justice." He ran his hand slowly down her chest, resisting the urge to touch the tight little nubs of her nipples, and down past her stomach. He rested his hand briefly on the slight rise of her stomach before moving down to caress the rounded curve of her hip.
"Oh baby, you're everything I could ever want rolled into one hot little body," he whispered as he leaned in to kiss her. Cole suddenly found himself sitting back on his butt as his little spitfire pushed him away and jumped to her feet. She was stronger than she looked.
He laughed as he looked up at her. She had taken a warrior's stance, feet slightly apart, hands on her hips, head thrown back in defiance. She was a goddess.
"Who the hell are you?"
"Ah, hell, honey, I'm the answer to your dreams."
Mari reached down and grabbed her tank top and pulled it over her head. Then, grabbing her skirt off the ground she glared at Cole. "More like my worst nightmare."
Mari whirled around to escape and ran straight into Bear's waiting arms. His large hands grabbed her to steady her, covering almost all of the bare flesh between her shoulders and elbows. Mari's hands landed flat on Bear's muscular chest, feeling every rigid line beneath his black shirt.
Her head looked up and up until it was almost tilted straight back when she finally met his eyes. She inhaled sharply when she saw the deep, smoky, gray eyes staring back at her. "I was wrong. You're my worst nightmare," she whispered as she slipped into complete darkness.
Cole could barely stand to see the suffering in Bear's eyes as he caught the unconscious Mari in his arms. He didn't know whether to be hurt by the anguish coursing through his twin at Mari's words, or to be angry that she had spoken them at all. How could she call Bear a nightmare? He was large, yes, even huge by many standards, but he was no monster.
Cole was nearly as angry with Mari for hurting Bear as he had been at Yuri for hurting her. Mari was supposed to be the answer to their dreams, their hope for the future. Not this...this...nightmare.
"Cole," Bear interrupted what was sure to be an impressive rage by slowly lying Mari in Cole's arms. "It's okay."
"No, it's not. She's supposed to belong to both of us," Cole complained.
Bear looked Cole directly in the eyes. "We both knew this might happen."
"That doesn't make it right, Bear."
Bear shrugged his massive shoulders. "Apparently it wasn't meant to be," Bear said as he gently caressed Mari's cheek, his hand covering nearly all of her face. "At least one of us will have her."
"Both of us will have her," Cole replied confidently, "Bear, I won't do this without you."
Bear nodded his head. "Yes, you will. You have to." He glanced back at Cole. "Please, for me."
Cole closed his eyes against the tears brimming in Bear's eyes. "Benjamin."
"Please, Coleman, I've never asked you for anything."
"I know you haven't, but you can't ask this of me." Cole knew he couldn't do this without Bear. He opened his eyes to look over at his brother. "I'll do anything you want. You know that, but please, don't ask me for this."
"I am asking this, Cole." Bear gazed back down at Mari. "You know she's the one. We both do." Bear buried his pain and looked back at Cole, the determination showing in his eyes. "If you don't take her now you could lose her. And then we would both be without her."
"I don't want to lose you because of this."
Bear patted Cole on the shoulder. "I will always have your back, bro."
Cole glanced down at Mari before looking back up to Bear. "Are you sure about this, Bear? You're going to have to see her day in and day out. You'll know whenever--damn it, Bear, you will know everything." He took a step toward Bear, wanting him to know what would happen if he did this. "Can you live with that?"
Cole was saddened to hear the bitter laugh escape Bear's clenched jaw. "Yeah, I guess I will be living vicariously through you." Bear patted Cole's shoulder one last time before turning to walk away. "So, don't fuck this up!"
Cole watched Bear until he disappeared into the darkness. Half of his heart lay in the hands of the woman in his arms. The other half was with his grieving brother. How could Bear survive it? Looking down at Mari, Cole shifted her closer to his body as his arms tightened around her. How could he give her up? How could he not?
Cole began the long trek back to their drop point, following Bear. "Damn, life just sucks sometimes."