Welcome to the Happily Ever After Mating Agency... where paranormals come to find that special someone, or someones.
A great series by Jane Wallace-Knight
Summary: Being sent to a mating agency by his parents is humiliating enough for bunny shifter Tyler Thompson. The fact that he has the rare ability to carry offspring just makes him all the more apprehensive. Growing up in a warren where everyone was told how to live and how to behave, Tyler dreamt of escaping. Realizing just how in demand someone like him is, and that the choice of mate is solely his, Tyler decides to go as far away as he can. A remote island in the Baltic Ocean sounds like a good choice, and the love story between the two wolves there touches Tyler's heart.Together since they were sixteen, alpha Eric Snövarg and lover Finn Michaels know that the only way they can be mated, and stay with their pack, is by bringing in a third capable of giving Eric heirs. Though uncertain of their decision, bringing the bunny into their family seems like the only way.
“Okay then,” the bunny said, seemingly finding his courage. “Let’s get this party started, shall we?”
Tyler was somehow both endearingly cute and ballsy at the same time. Finn grinned at him and turned to look over at Eric. His partner’s chest was rising and falling rapidly as his breathing grew heavier while he took in Tyler’s naked form. The bunny shifter was a little smaller than both of them in the crotch department but he was also shorter. All in all, Tyler was one nice, proportional package with some unexpected muscle definition.
“If this is a party, then you’re the guest of honor,” Finn told Tyler as he walked over to the bed and held his hand out to him. “So how about you tell us what you want.”
Eric quickly nodded and joined them over by the bed. Finn sat down and pushed himself into the center before yanking Tyler down with him. The smaller man ended up spread out on Finn’s chest and the beta wolf couldn’t resist giving him another kiss. He slid his hand down to cup an ass cheek and gave it a firm squeeze.
“Oh god,” Tyler moaned into Finn’s mouth. “I want so much.”
Eric chuckled and crawled up to sit beside them on the bed. He leaned over and kissed one of Tyler’s shoulders. “Tell us,” Eric demanded in his authoritative alpha voice. That voice never failed to turn Finn on, but then he liked to be told what to do, in bed at least.
“I want,” Tyler began, only to stop when he noticed that Eric had laid himself back so that he could arch his hips and push his underwear off, displaying his big, hard cock, “that in my mouth.”
Eric’s mouth opened in surprise at the boldness of their mate-to-be and his dick gave an interested twitch. “You can do whatever you want,” Eric assured him, his voice thick with arousal. He lay back on his elbows and Finn quickly grabbed some pillows from the head of the bed to put under his head.
“Thanks, love,” Eric said to him, pulling him down for a quick kiss.
Finn winked at him and stroked his hand down over Eric’s chest. His eyes wide, like he still couldn’t quite believe his luck, Tyler crawled closer and leaned down over Eric’s crotch. He looked up with his big, amber-brown eyes and held Eric’s gaze as he licked his lower lip, making it glisten in the low light, before taking hold of his cock and placing a kiss on the sensitive tip. Finn sat back for a while, content to watch what Tyler was doing. The younger man didn’t seem like he had much experience, at least none of it all that good, but he seemed to love what he was doing. He slowly trailed kisses along the shaft before licking back up it and taking it in his mouth as far down as it would go. Tyler made an almost mewling sound as he sucked on Eric’s cock, his free hand splayed low on Eric’s stomach. The show was getting Finn nice and hard and he stroked himself a few times to try and relieve the ache that was building in his groin.
He felt Eric’s large hand on his backside, his fingers inching closer to the center. Finn moaned as his partner teased his entrance with his thick fingers. It was silly but it touched Finn that Eric was still thinking of making Finn feel good while he was getting his dick sucked.
Finn forced his eyes away from the tempting sight of Eric’s cock disappearing between Tyler’s full lips as the bunny shifter bobbed his head up and down, and looked at Eric’s face. The alpha looked blissed out, with one hand clutching the pillow beneath his head, making his bicep bulge delightfully, and the other pushing gently against Finn’s hole.
“God I need you to fuck me.” Finn moaned. He moved away from the teasing touch so that he could get lube from the bedside cabinet. Tyler moaned around his mouthful and slowly pulled off with a wet-sounding pop.
“I want to see that,” Tyler said, his voice breathy. He was one sexy sight, his pale skin all flushed and his full lips wet from sucking Eric’s cock.
“You’re gorgeous,” Finn told him as he passed the lube to Eric. “Your turn to lay back and enjoy.”Tyler’s eyes went a little wide and he quickly nodded his head in agreement. The bunny shifter lay back on his elbows and looked down his own body as Finn crawled over to him. He kissed the young man soundly, leaving him panting, before slowly kissing his way down the smooth skin of his body.
Summary: After losing his mate, lion shifter Jake Jensen has no intention of taking another. With three children, his pride, and a business to run, his life is full enough. After constant badgering from his mother he agrees to meet with a mating agency looking for someone unlike his late mate so that he won't fall in love and risk another broken heart.
At nineteen, fox shifter Jordan Ashby's life took a drastic turn when his parents died. Years later Jordan is working dead end jobs, having his sister and niece to care for. Signing up to the mating agency isn't ideal but his family deserves a better life than the one they have.Taking a chance, Jordan agrees to mate with a total stranger, believing that in time the two of them could fall in love. There's only one problem, Jake is convinced that their mating can only ever be one purely of convenience.
Jake guessed that it was too much wishful thinking to assume that his mother would drop the issue of a mate for a while. It was only that evening, when he got home from a long day at work to find that his two youngest children were already in bed, that he saw a strange man sitting in his living room along with his mother and eldest son.
“What’s going on?” he asked suspiciously as he sat his briefcase down in the doorway.
“We’re finding you a new mate,” Michael informed him. The man beside him was clearly the matchmaker. Money and power got you far in life, and it was clear that in order to not only get a same-day appointment but to also have the matchmaker come to his house, his mother had used a considerable amount of both.
“Really?” he asked his mother as he shrugged off his suit jacket. “You’ve even turned my first born against me?”
Michael smirked at his dad. “I’ve already told the matchmaker that your new mate must be good at video games for me, must know how to do complicated hairstyles for Alia, and must be good at telling bedtime stories for Toby.”
Despite the fact that there was nothing he wouldn’t rather do than sit down with the matchmaker right now, his son’s response managed to make him smile.
“Well, as long as you’ve got all the important things covered,” he joked as he took a seat opposite the matchmaker.
“David Cross,” the man introduced himself. The name wasn’t familiar to Jake but he smiled and nodded at him.
“Carla?” he called out just loud enough to be heard but not so loud as to wake the children. If he was going to do this then he was going to need a scotch.
The lioness appeared with the drink already in her hand. Carla was oftentimes surly and liked to talk back to him. He kept her around because he secretly liked that about her and her ability to know when he was in a situation where scotch was required.
“Thank you,” he said with a happy sigh as he took the ice-cold glass. “Maybe I should just mate with you.”
Carla looked completely disgusted by the suggestion. “But then I’d have to have sex with you and the very thought makes my stomach turn.”
He grinned at her. If she weren’t fonder of women than she was men then maybe Jake would have been offended.
Agatha rolled her eyes and crossed her arms over her chest. “If we can get back to the matter at hand.”
Knowing that there was no way to put this off any longer, Jake took a large gulp of his scotch and nodded at the matchmaker to begin.
“Your mother said that you aren’t interested in mating with anyone inside the pride,” David began. “I’ve narrowed it down to other prides in the country to start with, but we can later widen the search to other countries if you don’t find anyone to your liking.”
“No,” Jake said with a shake of his head. “No lions.”
Agatha turned to look at him so sharply that Jake was surprised she didn’t get whiplash.
“Jacob. This woman will be the alpha female of our pride. She has to be a lion,” Agatha tried to reason.
“No women either,” Jake said simply. His mother was good at getting her own way but Jake had spent years building up a tolerance to her. If his mind was set on something then not even his mother, the formidable force that she was, could talk him out of it.
“If you mate with a man you won’t have any more children,” his mother said. She was looking at him like he had two heads. His son, on the other hand, didn’t seem to care.
“I have three children, mother,” Jake pointed out. “I think that’s plenty. I already told you, I don’t want anyone that reminds me of Aby. I’d be constantly comparing the two and that wouldn’t be right.”
At the mention of his mom’s name Michael lowered his gaze. “So no one that’s good at gardening. Mom was always gardening.”
Jake nodded once. “Right. And maybe someone who can actually cook.”
That comment made Michael smile and meet his gaze. “Mom was a really bad baker. She tried to make us birthday cakes every year.”
Jake smiled back at his son. “And every year we had to pretend to like them.”
The two of them held each other’s gaze for a moment, both of them sharing in their grief and love of the woman they had lost.
“Okay,” his mother finally said with a sigh. She turned to look at David. “No women and no lions.”“So you’re looking for a non-lion male who can bake, play video games, braid hair, and read bedtime stories?” David asked as he looked down at the laptop on his lap. “I’m not exactly sure how to go about starting that search.”
Kai Hayashi, heir to the earth dragon clan, already lost his mother to the rebels threatening to overthrow the council. When his grandfather suggests an arranged mating with not one, but two men, each with certain skills to help protect Kai, the young dragon prince doesn't exactly need persuading.
Retrieval expert and leopard shifter Jace Dashwood has worked for the Hayashi family for a year now, helplessly in love with his employer's grandson. Kai is all the things that Jace could never be, innocent and gentle. He had thought to keep his feelings to himself until the dragon king made him an offer too good to be true.Having worked as a mercenary for too long, bear shifter Ted Graves finally decided to put down roots. He thought that joining a mating agency meant he was going to get the normal life he thought he had been craving but instead he got an offer he couldn't refuse.
“Maybe you should take it as a challenge,” Jace suggested, his voice dropping to a husky tone.
Ted raised one eyebrow at the suggestion. “Maybe I should. Maybe I shouldn't fuck you anymore until you beg me to.”
Jace smiled up at him wickedly, the idea more than appealing to him. “I should warn you, I've held up under all manner of torture.”
Ted chuckled, clearly thinking that Jace was joking. If only.
“Okay then,” Jace said. “Do you worst, Teddy Bear.”
Ted grinned down at him before slowly lowering his head and licking over his left nipple. Jace had assumed Ted, like a lot of men he had been with, would go straight to the fucking, but it seemed that Ted might actually have it in him to make Jace beg after all.
Jace had sensitive nipples, it was like sparks being sent right down to his dick. While Ted nipped, licked, sucked, and nibbled on one nipple, he idly ran his fingertips up and down Jace's thigh, never once douching his dick but getting close a few times.
When Ted switched over to the other nipple, his fingers questing teasingly close to his balls, Jace's breath hitched and came out as a shudder.
Ted looked up at him, meeting his eyes with a look of smugness.
Jace didn't even care, it all felt too good for him to even want to hold out. His hole, now empty but still loose ached to be filled again. Between his legs his cock twitched constantly, silently begging to be touched.
With an evil but playful gleam in his eye Ted licked and kissed his way slowly down Jace's body until he could nip at the soft skin of his stomach. When he went lower, Jace thought that he was finally going to get some release and that Ted was going to suck his cock again. Rather than take Jace in his mouth though, Ted just licked teasingly over the tip before blowing on it softly.
“Fuck, Ted, come on,” Jace whined, making Ted smirk again.
“Was that you begging?” the bear shifter asked, seemingly unaffected, though his cock was still rock hard and thick between his legs. God, Jace could look at that cock all day, it was a thing of beauty and he desperately wanted it back inside him. He knew he could hold out longer, much longer, but why the hell was he trying to deny himself something that he actually wanted.
“Yes,” Jace shouted. “I'm begging. Fuck me. Please fuck me.”
Ted's eyes were black with raw need and he wasted no time in filling Jace back up. The sensation of Ted pushing into him again was even better than the first time. He was looser and more turned on.
“You feel amazing,” Ted whispered as he pushed in. He didn't still this time. He only paused long enough to kiss Jace again before he started fucking him in earnest.
It had been slow and sensual before but now it was just raw fucking. He pounded into Jace's willing hole with open abandon, his powerful hips, thighs, and ass clenching with every thrust.
In the back of Jace's mind he couldn't help but think about the fact he was going to have this whenever he wanted for the rest of his life. It was a strange thing to commit yourself to a near stranger and if Kai weren't part of the deal Jace wasn't sure he could go through with it. The image of Kai being in his position, laid back and fucked out while Ted pounded into him had him so hard that he felt his fingernails turn to claws.
“Oh shit,” Ted cried out as his back was scratched. It didn't slow Ted down at all, if anything it seemed to spur him on. He growled low in his throat and it was enough to push Jace over the edge.
He dug his claws in as wave after wave of intense pleasure shot through him. He came so hard that his vision darkened for a moment.“Fuck, Jace,” Ted cried. He arched up, thrusting into Jace's pulsating hole.
There have always been conflicts between shifters of different species but these were supposed to be better times. Cheetah shifter Henry Dale was just sixteen when his entire coalition was burned alive. Having to stay with the neighboring wolf pack should have been terrifying for him, especially as one of them was responsible for setting the fire, but meeting the alpha's son, Will Gray, made him feel safer than ever.
When the council came and took Henry away, deciding he would be better off with his own kind, he not only lost his best friend, but also his first love. On the night of his thirtieth birthday he decides on a whim to sign up to a mating agency, hoping that maybe he can find love again. He never thought he would see Will again but fate, it seems, has other plans.
The moment the front door was open Will caught two very familiar scents. Both his brothers were here. The elation he felt was quickly overshadowed with worry. He couldn’t think of a single reason why they would both show up out of the blue like this, and with Leon’s strange behavior, Will couldn’t help but worry that something was wrong with his parents.
“Ty! Jack!” Will cried as he quickly strode forward to hug both his brothers. “What are you guys doing here? Ty, shouldn’t you be in school?”
Ty smiled at him and lightly punched him in the arm. “Well, when your brother’s pack calls you and tells you they’re having an intervention because he’s having a nervous breakdown, you haul ass.”
Will frowned and looked around the room. It was only then that he noticed his entire pack was all gathered there, each of them looking at him sympathetically.
There were only seven of them in total, including Will. Peter, the only child in the pack was suspiciously missing, no doubt told to go to his room and play while the grownups talked. Drake and Duke, tiger shifters who looked a lot alike, but weren’t actually brothers as people tended to assume, but a mated pair, were leaning against the pool table looking guilty.
“Wait, what’s going on?”
Jack rolled his eyes and cuffed Ty round the back of the head. “He’s not having a nervous breakdown, dumbass, that’s not what this is.”
“Seriously,” Will demanded, turning back to his pack. “What the hell is going on?”
Everyone looked to Leon who had apparently been given the role of leader, albeit unwillingly, Will was sure.
“Okay, so here’s the thing, buddy,” Leon began, his voice taking on an annoyingly condescending tone. “We’re all a little worried about you. I mean, you signed up with a mating agency three years ago, and we all supported that decision. We thought it was great that you wanted a mate and were being proactive about it.”
“Right,” Edith pitched in. “But then one guy came out to meet with you, and then another, and then a girl, and you didn’t even seem like you were trying to get to know them.”
Will crossed his arms over his chest and let out an impatient sigh. He couldn’t believe they had brought his brothers out for this, especially as Ty was right in the middle of a school year.
“Also, we saw the paperwork. We know you’ve narrowed your search to just cheetahs, who are between twenty-nine and thirty-one,” Ansell said with a cringe.
“Dude,” Ty said shaking his head and putting his hand to his face. “You’re looking for the cheetah boy who stayed with us, aren’t you?”
“You clearly think you were in love back then and even though you’re both grown up and probably completely different people now, you think you can find him and live happily ever after?” Jack asked. “It’s insane, and super stalkerish.”
“We aren’t judging you,” Edith quickly assured him as she looked at him kindly. “We’re just showing our concern. This guy could be mated already, or a nut job, or just not interested in using a mating agency.”
“What we’re trying to say,” Ty began, “is that you’re kind of pathetic and weird.”
Jack shoved Ty so hard that he fell down onto the couch. “That’s not what we’re saying.”
“Okay, that’s enough,” Will said, letting his alpha voice through, something he rarely did. “I appreciate your concern, and maybe it is a long shot that will never work out, but I can’t help how I feel. I’ve dated other people but never felt that way again. Maybe I’ll end up meeting him again and I’ll realize that it was just a teenage crush, that we have nothing in common, but if there’s a chance that he could be the one person who makes me feel complete then I can’t give up. If I do then I’ll spend the rest of my life wondering about him, never getting closure.”
Everyone in the room fell silent and looked at him through sad eyes.
“Well now I kinda feel like an asshole,” Ty said as he scratched the back of his neck.
“You are an asshole,” Jack assured him.
“So, what?” Ansell asked. “It’s already been three years. You’re just going to keep hoping for the rest of your life? Aren’t you afraid you’re missing out?”
Will knew what he was doing was crazy. He knew that the smart thing to do was to just get over it, but it was easier said than done. Henry had been his first love, even though nothing much ever happened between them. The letters they wrote each other still meant so much to him and the fact that they had just stopped out of the blue never sat right with him. There were too many unanswered questions. Will knew that letting it go would be the healthy thing to do but he couldn’t give up now, maybe he would never be able to.
“Yes,” he finally answered. “But I’m more afraid of giving up on him.”
Edith smiled at him and rubbed her swollen stomach. “Okay, then we promise we won’t give you anymore grief over it. We just want you to be happy, boss.”Will went over to where Edith was sitting and kneeled down in front of her. He placed his hand over hers where it rested on her belly and smiled his most reassuring smile. “I am happy. We’re about to have our first pack baby and I have friends who pull shit like this on me because they care so much.”