Title: Third Mate
Author: Rebecca James
Series Title and Number: River Wolf Pack Series, 3
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.
Third Mate is told from four alternating points of view: Josiah, Jax, Sam, and Leo. Leo shows up in Second Alpha when River assigns the alpha to watch over Sam, the rogue wolf whose brother was killed by a human trap; and Foster, the coyote shifter found on their territory. Sam is a naïve, shy omega and Foster is a mischievous, trouble-prone beta. Unsocial and grouchy Leo is not eager to take charge of the two young men, but by the time Third Mate begins, it’s obvious that Leo’s become fond of them and perhaps even more.
Excerpt from Third Mate:
Leo had planned his future long ago. He would secure his place in the pack as a trusted alpha, mate with a couple of betas in order to assure he had at least one child, and perhaps one day, if the circumstances arose, he would climb in rank to second alpha or even pack alpha. Not that he wanted to usurp River, but there was always the chance that death would come to a pack’s leader in a different way, and Leo wasn’t so modest that he didn’t think he would be a natural choice to compete for River’s place.
Of course, with that would come stickier things, such as the fact that Leo would have to take on River’s mate and children. He sighed and began to walk through the compound. Everything had become so much more complicated since River had taken Josiah for a mate. The first omega was nice enough and certainly easy on the eye, but he had a stubborn streak a mile long, and he was half-human, for the gods’ sake. He’d borne two females into the pack, and the repercussions of that were only beginning. Still, for all intents and purposes, Josiah was one of them. Leo respected that. As for the twin girls, he didn’t know what to think. The pack was divided on the subject, and the pack alpha and his mate were dealing with the situation by not dealing with it. No one had lain eyes on the twin females since they were born unless they had intentionally gone to the pack alpha’s house to do so.
Leo might consider himself content if it weren’t for how he’d been saddled with the care of the two newest pack members, one an omega and the other a coyote beta. He’d asked himself a dozen times, why him? Until his best friend— make that only friend—Brooks had pointed out that River had chosen an alpha he trusted with the safety of the two. That made sense. It was a difficult job, but not one Leo was incapable of.
Or so he’d thought at first.
Guarding Foster and Sam was harder than it looked, and at this point, as the two newcomers had become more or less accepted and acclimated into the pack, Leo should be backing off. Only he wasn’t. Foster was always getting into something he shouldn’t, such as when he had raided Theo and Jon’s chickens. Sure, the kid hadn’t expected to find chickens in a wolf pack, but did he have to shift and eat two of them? Surely he realized they were for egg laying. The fallout for that hadn’t been pretty, but Leo had managed to calm Theo and Jon down, although it hadn’t helped that one of the consumed chickens had been a favorite pet of their son Ben. Gods, how Leo despised tears.
Then there had been the evening when Foster had somehow gotten himself lost on a foray to the river. Leo had panicked, thinking the Turned had come back and gotten the coyote, or that Foster had developed a cramp from all the food he was always eating and drowned. The surge of relief he’d felt when he’d found the young coyote shifter asleep in a field of wildflowers had been intense and more emotional than Leo was comfortable with. Seeing him lying there surrounded by color, blond lashes fanning flushed cheeks and pretty lips puckered in response to a dream, had done something to the alpha. Leo had long ago realized the little coyote held some kind of fascination for him, but until that moment, Leo hadn’t realized it was physical attraction that burned in his gut.
He’d spoken to Brooks about it later without too much embarrassment. After all, Leo had patiently listened to his friend’s longing diatribes about David many times in the past. Sure, he’d tuned most of it out, but he’d been there, nodding as Brooks bemoaned how the man he loved was in love with someone else. That had become worse after Brooks and David had been kidnapped, but Leo didn’t want to think about that just then. He had his own problems.
Brooks had been sympathetic and told Leo that just because he hadn’t planned on falling for an orphaned coyote didn’t mean it couldn’t happen. Leo refused to accept that. Anyway, he hadn’t fallen for the kid—he wanted to shove his cock in him. There was a huge difference. Still, although he’d had plenty of chances to initiate sex with Foster, who may or may not be receptive to the advances—it was hard to tell with him— Leo hadn’t done so. He blamed it on the responsibility the pack alpha had placed on him to watch out for the kid. How could Leo get his rocks off with that hanging over his head?
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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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