Boone's Baby:Scent of a Mate 9

By: Stormy Glenn

As sheriff of Potter’s Creek, Boone Marshall was just doing his job when he went to investigate a report of vandalism. He never expected to find his future. When he discovers Jackie is his mate, he’s overjoyed.

Jackie is not. His fear of shifters sends him into a panic, uncaring that they have already mated. He wants nothing to do with shifters, even if he is one. After being tortured by a madman bent on creating omega shifters, the last thing Jackie wants to do is get involved with someone on four paws.

But fate will not be denied. Suffering from a mating heat gone wild, both men give into their desires for each other. When truths are spoken, they both discover that they have a lot more to learn about the world than they thought they knew. Shifters and humans come in all shapes and sizes, some good, some not so good. Boone and Jackie just have to figure out who they can trust before the past destroys the future they are trying to build together.

Chapter One

“Hey, bro.”

Boone Marshall smirked when his brother looked up from the dresser he was sanding. Hugh smiled, set his sandpaper down, and then reached for a rag to wipe his hands off.

“How did it go?”

Boone had accompanied their half-brother Otto back to their old pride to handle what they knew would be a hostile takeover. The council had ordered Otto to replace their father as alpha after the man had been imprisoned for his crimes, but that didn’t mean that the pride would accept Otto.

Boone shrugged as he crossed his arms over his chest and leaned against the doorframe. “It went. There were a few altercations, but Otto took care of them fairly effectively. Some of the pride members requested transfer to the de Luca Pride, but most stayed. In general, even if they weren’t real happy with Otto being the new alpha, I think everyone was just relieved that Aldo was gone.”

Boone knew he would be happy never to see the man again. His father had made his life miserable since the moment he was born. And when he wasn’t abusing Boone in some way, he was going after Hugh or Simon.

It wasn’t until recently that Boone discovered he had more than two brothers. He had suspected but no one ever said anything. Maybe it was because no one wanted to be considered Aldo Marshall’s son or because they were afraid of what might happen if they admitted it. Whatever the reason, Boone was still reeling from the fact that he had more brothers than he’d thought.

“How’s Otto?”

Boone chuckled. “He’s still pissed.” Otto had gone ballistic when he had been appointed alpha. Boone had been really glad he hadn’t been the one to give Otto the job. The man was going to be pissed for quite some time. “He’ll get over it.”

Certainly, no one else wanted the job. The Marshall Pride was too fucked up.

“Before or after he kills me?” Hugh griped.

“And take on another pride?” Boone shook his head. “I don’t think even Otto is that crazy.”

“Has he had any luck tracking down his mate?”

Boone’s mouth curved down as he frowned. “No. He’s put out feelers and he’s tracking down a few leads, but so far he hasn’t found a trace of him.” Boone’s dark hair fluttered around his face as he shook his head. “It’s like the man just fell off the face of the earth. Even Kumiko can’t find him, and it turns out that that man has some serious contacts.”

“Are they still fighting?”

“Not so much. Otto and Kumiko have their arguments and all, ’cause let’s face it, they’re both too stubborn for words. But they seem to be presenting a united front to the rest of the pride. Hell, someone made a comment about Kumiko’s heritage, and Otto almost tore them to pieces.”

Everyone had been shocked when Otto made Kumiko his beta. Granted, the man was perfect for the position. He was tenacious, vicious when needed, and liked being in control. As far as Boone knew, though, the two men couldn’t be in the same room for more than five minutes without killing each other.

“How are Kye and Yuji taking their brother being gone?” Boone asked.

“Pretty well considering. Kye has me and Neumus, and I think that helps. Yuji seems a little lost. Kye is mated and Kumiko has his position as beta. I think Yuji is kind of wondering where he fits in all of this.”

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