A Shifter Christmas
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by Stephani Hecht
Category: Erotica/Gay-Lesbian Erotica/Romance
Description: Finally reunited, Noah and his siblings are celebrating their first holidays together in two decades. Not only that, but it will be his first Christmas with the love of his life, Seth. In other words, Noah has just about everything a Jaguar shifter could need. In fact, he's so happy that it almost doesn't matter that his sister is fighting with her wolf shifter boyfriend, two of his brothers are at odds because one shot the other and their city has been hit with one of the worst blizzards in Michigan history. Everything changes though, when past baggage comes out to bite them on the tail and for Noah and his siblings, some issues aren't behind like they'd all hoped. Then when one of his brothers, Andy, pulls a vanishing act, they all have to act together or risk losing him forever. Will Noah be able to get over his problems in time to save Andy, or will this Christmas be the last one either of them ever live to see?
eBook Publisher: eXtasy eBooks/eXtasybooks, 2010 2010
eBookwise Release Date: February 2011
37 Reader Ratings:
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [99 KB]
Reading time: 60-84 min.
"Why, does he seem overly stressed out?" Noah asked, his gut clenching in worry. He looked up to Mitchell and the mere thought of his brother being unhappy didn't settle well.
"No, but if you were him, wouldn't you need a break from the three of us?" Andrew asked pointedly. "You keep acting like a frat boy on crack. Keegan nearly caused a riot the other day when he showed up at the shooting range. Then I had that little incident where I punched one of his generals and knocked the guy out."
"That was pretty bad of you," Noah agreed, deciding to ignore the whole frat boy jab.
Andrew curled up a lip. "The asshole shouldn't have disrespected Mitchell."
Okay, maybe Andrew did have a point there. However, Noah couldn't ever see himself going so far. That is if he had the capabilities. Despite all the extra training sessions Seth put him through, all Noah managed were the most basic of moves when it came to fighting. The only thing that allowed him some pride was the fact he quickly was becoming one of the better marksmen in the coalition.
"Not everyone ran away when I showed up at the firing range," Keegan defended in a slightly hurt tone.
Andrew paid for his glasses before shooting Keegan a sideways glance. "You're right. Branson stayed around for a while. Of course, that may be because he's blind. Once he caught your scent though, even he motored."
Keegan didn't argue, instead grumbling, "What the heck is a blind guy doing at a firing range anyway?"
"Rumor has it, he was trying to find one of Noah's old buddies." Andrew ducked down and stared at his reflection again.
That perked Noah up. Before he'd come to live at the coalition, he and a group of his friends had banded together in order to survive. All misplaced shifters of various breeds, they'd been tight until they'd been attacked and held captive for a year. While they'd all been rescued and lived nearby, Noah didn't see a majority of them that often.
"Who exactly was he looking for?" he asked as he watched Andrew continue to primp in the mirror.
"The Hawk." Andrew started to run his fingers through his hair.
The act showed a vain side of himself that Noah had never seen before.
That was interesting. Since Gage had suffered through some crazy shit, even before that year of captivity, he hardly ever drew attention to himself. Noah would be surprised if the Hawk spoke more than a handful of words in the time they'd known each other.
"Yeah, that would be the one."
"What could Branson possible want with Gage?"
Andrew shrugged. "He said something about the Hawk stealing an item from him."
"That doesn't sound like Gage at all. Before we took him into our group, he almost starved to death because he refused to take food from the store."
"I may have been able to tell you more, but Branson ran off because by that point he'd caught a whiff of Keegan's scent."
Keegan started to cuss him out, but Andrew didn't pay any attention. Instead, he stooped more and lowered the glasses, his gaze seeming to fixate on something reflected behind them.
A prickle went down Noah's spine as he felt the near overwhelming urge to turn around. At the same moment, his body froze in fear of what might be there.
"Andrew?" Keegan whispered, his voice trembling slightly.
Then it hit Noah--the sweet, cloying scent that haunted his nightmares. A soft sound that he refused to admit was a whimper rushed past his lips. A cold sweat broke out over his body as he fought to impulse to drop to the ground in the classic coward fetal position.
Ravens! The birds were mere feet away, despite the fact they were in the middle of a mall packed with human witnesses--which must mean that they were desperate. That in turn could only mean Noah and his brothers were in deep shit.