MANCANDY MONDAY. The resident Iron Wolf Alpha, Kellen is all ALPHA.
Kellen’s Tempting Mate, Iron Wolves Book 3 by Elle Boon
Jennaveve smiled. “I know because I’m smart like that.” Her laugh was infectious, but not to the trio that had stunned looks. Kellen understood.
“Like I said. If you change your mind, give me a holler. Dakota, it was nice meeting you and your mama. Take care of her and your daddy.” He ruffled the blonde hair on top the little girl’s head.
“You’re a good man. Just like my daddy” She made a little woof sound that had the adults smiling.
Spinning, he grabbed Laikyn around the waist. “Let’s get the hell out of here.” His blue eyes sparkled.
“Really, Kellen, what is going on?” Laikyn asked as he pulled the door open, steering them out of the room.
“We need to leave.” He wasn’t ready to have kids saying he was a good man. Hell, he was so far from good.
Jennaveve followed behind them. “I call shotgun.”
Kellen pinched the bridge of his nose. “How exactly did you get here?”
“Ancient secret. If I tell you. I’d have to…” She made a slicing motion across her throat, then giggled like a loon.
“You can ride with us, but you’re in the backseat. No arguments.”
The crazy thing saluted him, clicking her heels together like she was a soldier. “Yes,
Sir, Alpha Sir.”
“I’m being punished, aren’t I?” He looked into the green eyes of his mate and wished they were alone.
“Just remember what happens to good boys.” She pressed up against him.
“I’m right here, folks. No sex talk. It makes me all freaked out. You do not want a freaked out Fey on your hands.” She shuddered.
Kellen looked up.
“Whatcha looking for?” Jennaveve asked.
“Men in white coats to swoop in and take you away.” He looked around as they waited for the elevator to arrive.
“Never fear. I am not crazy. Well, crazy is as crazy does. Isn’t that how the saying goes?”
His mate burst out laughing. The tiny blonde who couldn’t be more than five-two or five feet three inches tall looked totally serious.
“I have a saying and it goes something like,” he paused for a second, “don’t feed the crazy.”
Laikyn looking horrified stared at the Fey who began laughing.
“I do believe we are going to get along famously. Yep, just like two pickles in a jar, you and I.” Jennaveve winked.
“I think you mean two peas in a pod,” Laikyn corrected.
Jennaveve shook her head. “Nope. I don’t really like peas. Those little green suckers are nasty. Now, pickles are delicious.” She smacked her lips together.
Kellen decided to keep quiet
They made it back out to his vehicle without incident, with Jennaveve asking Laikyn a shitton of questions he zoned out. He’d been inside Jared’s head and was able to extract his information even though some would say it was wrong. Being the alpha he had to put his pack first. An unknown shifter could be problematic for his kind. He wondered what the medical records said in regards to his blood work.
“Don’t worry about that,” Jennaveve said.
His hackles rose. “Get out of my head,” he growled.
The little sprite shrugged. “Build better walls. I’ll show you how to do that as well. You have a great start. As does your mate. But, against what is to come you will need better. Where is this vehicle of yours?” She yawned.
He ground his teeth. “How exactly are you going to show my entire pack?”
With a wave, she gave a smile. “I will tell you once you get me to your home. Now, I am tired. Do you know how much energy it takes to travel the way I did?”
Hell! She hadn’t told him how she’d gotten there in the first place, so he didn’t know shit, which pissed him the fuck off. A bit of knowledge she clearly knew.
“You alphas are all the same. It’s so easy to tease you. Well, would you look at that? Can I drive?” The Fey skipped to his XV.
Laikyn placed her palm on his arm. “I think she’s adorable. Besides, we need all the help we can get.”
His mind went back to the night the fog had surrounded them. “I see your point.” And he did.
Like a gentleman, Kellen opened the backdoor for Jennaveve, a clear indication she was not driving his rig, nor was she riding up front. She patted his chest like she knew exactly what he was doing. A tinkling laugh floated out of the vehicle before he shut the door and looked up at the clear blue sky. He opened Laikyn’s door, helping her in before striding around the front to get in himself, praying for patience.
“Such a gentleman you are, Kellen Styles.”
“Thank you. Would you like me to stop and grab you a bite to eat on the way back?”
“Nope. I’m going to rest my eyes. You may drive.”
Again she waved her hand, but he forced his jaw to relax, figuring he’d need his back teeth to tear into whatever animal he tracked down and killed in his wolf form.
Laikyn reached over the console, her small hand on his thigh had the muscles jumping. “I’ll make sure you get a massage when we are alone.”
“I just threw up in my mouth a little,” Jennaveve muttered.
His battle to keep from grinding his molars was lost. It was going to be the longest couple days he was sure.