The Alpha's Secret Family(8)

By: Jessie Lane

“You should know better than to play with a wolf.”

Oh, she had learned that, and many other things about shifters in her time with her mate. Just saying the word mate in her head still made her heart flutter in her chest a little. She couldn’t believe how far they had come in such a short period of time. From strangers to soul mates in just a matter of months. But that was how shifters were.

According to Stone, they knew their true mate immediately. It was hard to believe, but with every minute she had spent with him after that day by the castle, Stone had shown her the truth of his claim. There was no doubt in her mind that she was his mate, and that he loved her more than anything else in the world.

Dia had fallen hard and fast, and she wasn’t looking back. Not that she would want to. This whole “mate” thing was pretty cool. What woman didn’t want a smokin’ hot man who wanted to love, protect, and basically worship the ground she walked on? Plus, the sex! She wasn’t sure if all shifters were as voracious as Stone, but if they were, all of woman-kind would be searching for a shifter mate. That reminded Dia … She still had a little time to fool around with her mate before she left. What girl wouldn’t take that opportunity?

She gave her ass another little wiggle, knowing he was staring at it. Then she had to bite the inside of her cheek not to laugh at the growl she heard from behind her.

Looking back at Stone through the mirror again, she saw the grumpy man she had quickly grown to love more than life itself throw the sheet off his naked body, and then got out of the bed. What a glorious naked body it was. To her, it was the epitome of perfection.

Stone was tall, well over six feet, and built with lots of lean muscles. That shaggy hair she loved to run her fingers through and would never cut short, complimented his beautiful eyes. He also had a strong, square jaw that helped to accentuate his plump bottom lip. It might seem silly, but she really loved that lip. Or biting it, at least.

And her favorite body part on Stone? It was hanging limp between his legs, its long length starting to harden with every step he took in her direction.

Her mate walked up behind where she stood in front of their long dresser and mirror, wrapped his hands around her waist, and hugged her tight. “I don’t want you to travel without me. What if something happens to you? I won’t be there to help.”

Dia couldn’t help smiling. Her mate worried over her constantly because she was human … and he was not.

Lifting a hand to her shoulder, he brushed his thumb over the scar there where he had bitten her and marked her as his forever.

Turning so that she faced him, Dia cradled his face in her hands. “Don’t worry so much, Stone. You seem to forget that I managed to survive just fine before I met you. Trust me; I’ll be fine, and it’s only for a little while. If you didn’t have the neighboring pack delegates arriving tomorrow, then you could come with me, but we both know you need to stay. I promise to call you every night.”

“No, not good enough. I want you to call me three times a day.”

Dia didn’t bother to hide her laughing smile. Life had certainly become interesting with a man who was always used to getting his way. The word negotiation didn’t seem to be in his vocabulary sometimes, but this time, she needed him to give in a little.

“I’ll call you twice a day, Mr. Bossy, and not one call more. I’m there to spend time with my family, and I can’t spend all the time on the phone with you.”

If it were possible for a grown man to pout like a two-year-old, that was what Stone did. He definitely didn’t like her answer.

“I think I need to convince you that three phone calls a day are absolutely necessary.” Leaning forward, he nipped her bottom lip, and then kissed away the sting. Pulling back so that only their foreheads were touching, he grumbled, “Why do I have to stay here again?”

Dia giggled at the look on his face. He looked like he was a kid whose favorite toy had been taken away from him. “Because you’re the alpha.”

Stone leaned his head to the side and used that wicked tongue of his to lick from her shoulder up her neck. She moaned when the lick turned into a small, playful bite.

“Stop trying to keep me from going.”

Her mate started walking backward toward their bed as he pulled her along with him. “How about I just remind you what you’re going to be missing, mate?” Stone wrapped his hands around her waist and picked her up off the floor as he turned around to face the bed.

Dia wrapped her legs around his waist in return, rubbing herself on what was now his very hard length trapped between them.