Maggie's Wolves, Part Five: A BBW Shifter Romance (Red Mountain Pack Book 5)

Maggie's Wolves, Part Five: A BBW Shifter Romance (Red Mountain Pack Book 5) by Cara Morgan Read Free Book Online

Book: Maggie's Wolves, Part Five: A BBW Shifter Romance (Red Mountain Pack Book 5) by Cara Morgan Read Free Book Online
Authors: Cara Morgan
getting through it okay.”
    She nodded and her fist tightened on the towel. “I can leave you to your room. I’m sorry about messing up your bed. I’ll come back later to change the sheets and everything.”
    She moved to step past him, but he caught her shoulder. A jolt of electricity ran up his arm at the contact. Soft flesh under smooth skin. She was a walking wet-dream.
    “You don’t need to leave.”
    She looked up at him. He didn’t know what to say to make her stay a few minutes longer, but he didn’t want her to go. This might be their only chance. Maybe being with her wouldn’t be the same thing as being owned. Maybe Maggie wouldn’t demand he give up his soul to be her mate. The others seemed happy. Not collared.
    “It’s hard for me,” he said. “You said you were taught to keep your wolf caged. I learned young that the only way for me to survive was by trusting my wolf.”
    “Why does that make this so hard for you?”
    There was no accusation in her tone, just a simple query, but it struck at the heart of him.
    “My wolf wants you. You would not believe how much he fucking wants you.” The edge of growl crept into his voice. “My human half is trying to hold him back. I don’t know if I can ever be a good mate to you. I can’t love you.”
    Because love hurt like a bitch, and he wasn’t ever being that vulnerable again.
    Maggie turned to face him, her eyes soft. He didn’t like pity. It brought him back to the time when he was a lost child without a pack. He knew from hard experience that pity didn’t mean shit. Somehow it was different coming from Maggie.
    There was a little frown line between her eyebrows, and he had the strangest impulse to kiss the spot. That was the wolf responding to her need. That’s all it was. He could ignore it. He’d take another long run through the snow if he had to.
    “This isn’t about love for me,” she said. “I grew up thinking I was alone in the world, that I had to hide what I was. My aunt… She wasn’t even really my aunt. She meant well. After my parents died, she did her best to raise me but she didn’t know anything about shifters.” She dismissed that tragedy with a wave of her hand. “I didn’t think I’d ever belong to a pack. That’s what this means to me. A place to belong, people who know me and care about my well-being. I’m not looking for a fairy tale romance.”
    He heard the words, but his wolf heard the emotion beneath the words. She might believe she was speaking the truth, but she wasn’t. She already loved her mates. Half of him felt like he should warn her for her naivety, part of him wanted to protect her from the world.
    “That may be,” he allowed. “But the question still remains. Do you really think we could make this work?”
    “I don’t know.”
    He inhaled deeply, tasting her mouth-watering scent. “You want me.”
    “My wolf wants you.”
    The corner of his mouth twitched in a smile. “Do you want me, Maggie?”
    She didn’t answer for a long time. Finally, he nodded. “Then, let’s figure it out. Let me see you.”
    He reached for her towel, watching her face as he tugged it free, waiting for her to object. She didn’t. Her eyes fixed on his, challenging him. She would always challenge him if he stayed. Her wolf accepted Case’s dominance even if she wasn’t ready to admit that to herself. Eli and the others had already taken on submissive roles. Not that she was making them scrape and bow there, but all three of them would fall over themselves to make her happy.
    Declan had always stood outside of the pack hierarchy. He was as strong as Case but he didn’t have any interest in taking control of the pack. He allowed Eli his place as second for much the same reason. He truly was more rogue than not, but Case had never wanted him to leave the pack. So he hadn’t.
    Case was his equal and his brother, and there would always be tension between him and Maggie because of that. If he accepted her claim

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