Loving The Bear: BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance (Gray Bears Book 2)

Loving The Bear: BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance (Gray Bears Book 2) by Natalie Kristen Read Free Book Online

Book: Loving The Bear: BBW Paranormal Bear Shifter Romance (Gray Bears Book 2) by Natalie Kristen Read Free Book Online
Authors: Natalie Kristen
she was preparing to run again.
    Her apartment didn't look
lived in at all. It was empty and unadorned. Elle was making it
easy to just throw all her meager belongings into the duffel bag and
leave town if she had to.
    Aidan growled.
    Elle wasn't leaving. Ever.
    This was her home, her town.
    The person who had to leave
was Skinner.
    And he was one sneaky little
shit, all right. There was no trace of him at all. It was like he
had just slunk into the shadows and vanished.
    But shit floats. And Aidan
just knew that the shithead was going to surface again. It was just
a matter of time.

CHAPTER
THIRTEEN

    Elle walked into her bakery
with Aidan. She smiled and looked around. Her shop had been closed
for a week now, and she was really glad to be back. She had been
practicing her spells and magic with Gramma and Ne-ma, and Aidan had
insisted that she stay away from her bakery and apartment for a
while.
    Well, a full week had passed
and Skinner hadn't appeared. She had enjoyed staying with Aidan and
his brothers, but she had to get back to her life. She had a
business to run, and she was losing money every day. The rent still
needed to be paid, and she was losing customers.
    Elle agreed to stay on in the
house, but she wanted to get back to work.
    “I won't work late,”
she promised Aidan. “And you can drop by the bakery any time
during the day. You can even escort me home.”
    Aidan had tried to dissuade
her but she wouldn't back down. She had mastered the basics of spell
casting and the house was now as clean as a whistle. The whole
garden was blooming with extraordinary, psychedelic flowers. She had
even gone over to Tristan and Alisa's house and practiced her magic
on their garden. Alisa had been thrilled to bits with the lovely,
fragrant blooms covering their lawn.
    But she didn't need to use
magic to bake her delicious cakes and cookies. Baking was its own
special kind of magic. It was fun and she felt good making something
from scratch with her own hands. It was honest, wholesome work, and
she loved it.
    Aidan combed through the
premises, shining a light into every nook and cranny. Elle shook her
head and laughed. “Skinner's not hiding in a crack in the
wall,” she said. “I think he's gone by now. He's got
out of jail. He can make a fresh start, turn over a new leaf and
have a real shot at happiness. He doesn't care about me. He
shouldn't waste his life.”
    She was no longer scared of
Skinner. He was her past, and her past was exactly that. Past, and
no longer relevant in her present. He had tried to hurt her, but she
saw now that he was a very unhappy man. He wasn't satisfied with
what he was, what he had. He wanted to be able to shift fully, be a
real wolf shifter. He wanted to be accepted into a powerful wolf
pack and obtain a high-ranking position within the pack. He craved
power and influence. He was angry and frustrated at himself. And he
vented his anger and frustration on her.
    She had feared him before,
but now she pitied him. He was a sad, bitter man, and she hoped that
he would one day find what he was searching for.
    She had.
    She had found Aidan, her own
growly, protective officer of the law. She let her eyes linger on
her mate. Aidan was hot, and he looked really sexy in his uniform.
    Elle started cleaning up the
place so she could get down to baking as soon as possible. She
chased Aidan out of the shop but he continued standing guard in front
of the bakery. The display shelves started filling up with goodies
as she pulled tray after tray out of the oven. She was on a roll.
It felt so good to be back.
    Peeking out the window, Elle
smiled and grabbed a muffin. She walked up to her very own stud
muffin and gave him a peck on the cheek. “You'll scare all the
customers away,” she said, pushing the muffin into his hand.
“Go. Go do proper police work. Skulking around a little
bakery isn't proper police work.”
    “I'm keeping you safe,”
he growled.
    “I am safe.”
    A group of teenage

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