Author Charlie Richards
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Tempting the Bear
A Paranormal's Love: Book Twelve
Into the Paranormal World: Sometimes falling down the rabbit hole involves a rather painful and embarrassing face-plant.
Wren Cleaver only wants to keep his goddaughter safe. Having looked after Penelope since her parents died when she was sixteen, Wren is used to keeping tabs on her. It's hard for him to remember that she's an adult. It's also hard for him to accept that she's dating a man twice her age, Golren Rabenau. When Wren drops by her home one evening to talk to Penelope about her involvement with Golren--who he discovers is not who he says he is--Wren arrives just in time to see her climb into the man's SUV. Wanting to know where Golren is taking his goddaughter, Wren follows them to the grounds of the massive Falias Estate, a place, according to the town gossip, has been shrouded in mystery for decades. Sneaking onto the grounds, Wren thinks the arboretum will be a safe place to sneak inside so he can learn a bit more about the place's occupants. Unfortunately, he's faced with the shock of his life...massive snakes. Watching them transform into humans would cause anyone to faint from shock. Right?
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Perseus had just shoved a big bite of his double bacon cheeseburger into his mouth when he heard someone calling his name.
“Doctor Perseus!” Taolma yelled. “Doc?”
Turning, Perseus spotted Taolma, a boa constrictor shifter, running toward him. While he knew the shifter was far too young for him, Perseus wasn’t dead. He couldn’t help but admire the man’s lean lines and toned body. Hell, his sweats hung so low on his hips that they clearly showed off the deep grooves of his hip bones and he could almost see the shifter’s pubes.
Shaking his head, Perseus realized he needed to get laid.
Perseus swallowed quickly as he waved the hand not holding his burger, one in which he held a bottle of Gatorade. Unable to speak, he grunted and began heading toward the male. As he moved closer, Perseus noted the lines of concern on Taolma’s face. The young shifter didn’t even glance toward the food.
Looking beyond the shifter, Perseus spotted Caladon leading a frowning Maelgwn, their gargoyle clutch’s leader, away from the gathering. To his surprise, Tobias was following, as was Einan.
Damn, what is going on?
Perseus reached Taolma and asked just that. “What’s wrong?”
Still, his growling stomach wouldn’t allow him to skip breakfast completely. He shoved his burger into his mouth, taking another bite as he waited for a response from the lean man. Of course, the smell of the barbecue around him was what might have kept him eating. He decided it was probably a combination of the remembered taste of his yummy burger and the growling of his stomach.
As a gargoyle, Perseus became a stone statue during the day. He awoke every evening when the sun set. His days were upside-down from the standard human. This late night barbeque was actually his breakfast.
“Penelope’s godfather, Wren Cleaver, followed her and Golren here to the estate,” Taolma told him, his eyes wide. “He saw me and Caladon shift,” he added. Taolma shook his head. “Uh, he didn’t handle it well?”
Perseus lifted his left brow ridge as he set down his Gatorade bottle. “Are you asking me or telling me?” he prodded, trying to figure out what they needed him for. He grabbed a paper plate from the nearby stack and set his burger on it, then refocused on the young shifter.
Taolma grimaced. “When I said he didn’t take it well, I meant he passed out, hit his head on a rock, and we can’t seem to wake him up.”
Growling softly, Perseus looked toward where Maelgwn disappeared. “The arboretum?” he guessed.
Perseus started that way. His rumbling stomach had him picking up his burger again. “Tell me more,” he ordered before taking another bite.
If Perseus chewed quickly enough, he could down the thing before he arrived at the arboretum. No sense in letting the fantastic food go to waste. Perseus loved Kort’s barbecuing skills. He somehow put just the perfect amount of sea salt into his patties to make them so damn juicy after cooking.
Taolma shrugged, but at least he started talking as he fell into step beside Perseus. “Not much to tell, really,” he said. “My father and I were lounging in the trees.”
Taolma didn’t need to explain to Perseus that they were in animal form.
“Golren brought in his mate, Penelope, and he called us down, so we came. I mean, why wouldn’t we?” Taolma rambled, clearly upset. “We didn’t know they’d been followed. There’s supposed to be security cameras, right?”
Perseus swallowed and nodded. “Right,” he grunted. “Take this.”
He shoved the last bite of food into his mouth, folded the paper plate, and handed it to Taolma. Once the young shifter took it, he opened the door to the arboretum and headed inside the warm, green space. Hearing the rumble of deep voices, he headed toward them.
A deep musky scent tickled Perseus’ senses. Pausing, he tilted his head, opened his mouth, and inhaled deeply, using the hundreds of receptors on his tongue to taste the air. His cock plumped beneath his loincloth as his body reacted to the musky male aroma he’d never before scented.
Perseus fought back a shudder as a desire to hunt down the source and carry him back to his suite of rooms filled him. He’d ravish the owner of the amazing smell and wallow in his scent.
Giving himself a mental slap, Perseus reminded himself of why he was there. Never had he experienced such a visceral reaction. Mate!