Author Charlie Richards

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The Wolf's Healing Touch

Wolves of Stone Ridge: Book Twenty-Two

Out of the Cage: Sometimes a healing touch comes from a predator.

Having been raised by his puma shifter godfather, Edwin Aldridge has always known that paranormal creatures exist. Edwin works as a genetic engineer, attempting to apply a shifter's healing abilities to humans. When Edwin learns that another scientist has done something similar, he looks forward to reviewing his work. Edwin quickly becomes infatuated with Byron, the wolf shifter who delivers the information. Remembering his godfather's stories, Edwin realizes the wolf shifter is his mate. Unfortunately, once Byron learns about Edwin's research, the wolf shifter rejects him.

When Byron Ziegler scents Edwin, he knows the skinny government agent is his mate. He pursue him, eager to learn everything about the human so they can build a life together. Then, Byron learns that Edwin is a scientist working on shifter DNA. He's devastated and turns his back on the human. While Byron regrets the decision, how can he bond with a man that wants to do the same thing as the people his pack spent years tracking down and stopping?

Will the mate-pull be enough to help them find common ground?

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    Byron nodded. “Be quick.”

To Edwin’s surprise, and pleasure, before the big African American released him, he leaned down and placed several soft butterfly kisses to his lips. Smiling, the wolf shifter urged, “Get going.”

Edwin moved quickly, beckoning Toby to assist him. Toby kept glancing furtively over his shoulder as they pulled out each rat, drew blood, and checked vitals. Edwin wondered how long it’d take his assistant to ask whatever rattled through his mind. He could probably guess what it was about.

“Are you really going to date that wolf?” Toby finally hissed the question.

Unable to help himself, Edwin smirked at the much younger man. “I don’t think date is what I’m hoping for.”

Toby’s brows drew together for a second, then his mouth gaped almost comically.

Edwin shook his head and patted his shoulder. “I’ll have to explain mates to you sometime, Toby.” Right then, he didn’t have time. “Grab that tray of blood samples,” he ordered. “We need to get them stored. Come on.” Edwin picked up the other tray and led the way out of the room.

After locking the blood in the refrigerator, Edwin shoved the files into his satchel. He crossed to his desk. Byron met him there and took the bag from his shoulder. Hefting the strap over his own shoulder, Byron softly stated, “You won’t be needing this this evening. You’ll be too busy.”

Licking his lips, Edwin peered up at the wolf shifter that had caused him to have a very sleepless night the prior evening. “Well, I’d planned on turning in early tonight anyway.” He curved his lips into what he hoped was a seductive smile as he murmured, “Unless you have something else in mind.”

Byron grinned, his dark eyes glittering. Lowering his head until his lips were a hairsbreadth away from Edwin’s ear, then whispered, “Oh, bed sounds like a plan, but you won’t be sleeping.”

“No?” Edwin eyed the shifter out of the corner of his eye. “Isn’t that what a bed is for?” Damn, when had he had this much fun teasing? When Byron had walked out yesterday, Edwin certainly never would have thought this was how the next day would play out.

“Sometimes,” Byron conceded. He lifted his free hand and slipped it inside Edwin’s lab coat and palmed his ass.

Edwin rocked into the wolf shifter’s touch, just holding back a moan of pleasure as Byron kneaded his cheek. Lifting his hands, Edwin gripped the collar of Byron’s black leather jacket. “What else did you have in mind?” he asked breathily. Staring up at Byron’s dark lips, Edwin slid his left hand higher and settled the tips of his forefingers on the plump flesh he’d enjoyed tasting. Edwin liked the way Byron opened his mouth when he rubbed his fingertips back and forth, appearing to pant lightly.

“You gonna do something with these?” Edwin asked.

Byron’s lips curved into a sensual smile. His dark eyes glowed as he replied, “Yep.” He flicked out his tongue to lick the pads of Edwin’s fingers before wrapping his lips around them and sucking lightly.

“Oh,” Edwin gasped. Now it was his turn to pant. Arousal flooded him, his thickened prick pressing insistently against his boxers. He really wanted to know what those lips would feel like wrapped around his cock.