The Reluctant Wolf

Book 1 – The Cloverleah Pack, by Lisa Oliver



Kane Matthews, Alpha of his small wolf pack in Cloverleah has been raised to believe that mates are not possible for gay men and has lived his life accordingly.  Kicked out of his home pack years before because of his sexual orientation Kane has built a solid and comfortable life for himself in the small town of Cloverleah.  Imagine his surprise when an unscheduled visit to the small town’s diner unleashes a flood of emotions in the man he didn’t think possible – not least of all, lust. But finding out it is possible for wolf shifters to have gay mates is just one of the things that Kane has to overcome if he is to have the forever future he has been hoping for.

Shawn Bailey never expected to find his mate. He is just too different – an “Other” who has the power to instill fear in any other shifter. After spending ten years on the run from his Alpha father he spends most days just trying to stay alive.  When a chance encounter brings him face to face with his mate Shawn has to decide if the man in front of him is worth staying for.

But with hunters, Alpha challenges, Kane’s parents and a smitten Alpha from another pack all interfering in Kane and Shawn’s budding romance, not to mention some surprising answers about Shawn’s own unique talents can these two true mates find the happily ever after they are looking for?

Warning: Some people may find the content of this book objectionable.  Includes m/m, graphic sexual situations, a short BDSM scene, strong language and shifter/magic themes.


Kane willed them to understand.  Even now he knew this man was too important to him for him to blow this.  If Shawn left town in the dead of night it would be really hard to find him.  Kane wanted him to feel safe here, in Cloverleah, with him and his pack so he had to take the long way around this courtship.

“No talking to him or seeking him out.  Just go to the diner like regular customers but make sure you are there at the beginning and ending of each of his shifts.  He will know that you guys are there, but I don’t want him spooked. Let him see we are not a threat to him.  Are we all clear on this?”

Troy and Scott nodded.  Dean looked at him and asked, “But won’t that be really hard on you?”

Kane pulled at his pants that were still trying to strangle his dick.

“Harder than you know,” he admitted with a smile.  “But come on guys, I have given you guaranteed time off for the next two weeks at least and I am fronting for meals, so how about we get some work done.”

Scott, Dean and Troy all filed out of the break room and went back to work.  Griff lagged behind.

“Do you really know what you are doing boss?” He asked.

Kane walked closer to his friend his voice soft and deep against Griff’s ear.

“Do you have any idea how hard this is going to be for me?  Knowing he is just down the road and not being able to go and see him, at least for two weeks.  I would have him caught, fucked and mated in the next ten minutes if I thought it would do any good.  But I have got to go with my gut here and my gut says if I overpower this boy, he is going to run.  I gotta give him time to understand we don’t pose a threat to him.”

Griff patted his shoulder.

“Just as well we got a lot of work on then, aye boss.  By the way, what happens in two weeks?”

“Then, my friend, he and I are going to have a one-on-one chat and I am going to find out why he won’t acknowledge the attraction he obviously felt in the diner today.  Then if he runs, I am going to catch him, fuck him so hard he weeps and claim him.”  With an almost feral grin, Kane went out into the workshop.

Adult Excerpt

Shawn looked deep into Kane’s eyes and nodded.

“No, I want to hear you.  Tell me you want this.”

“Yes. Yes, I want this.  I want you.”  Shawn’s voice was so quiet Kane could barely hear him, but it was enough, for now. He pushed himself up onto his knees and then leaned over peppering Shawn’s lips, his chin and his neck with kisses and nips.  As he felt Shawn groan he ran his tongue up over Shawn’s throat, then nibbled his way back down again.  His hands gripped at Shawn’s shirt and he ripped it away.  Stopping his nuzzling just long enough to run his eyes over the muscles on his mate’s chest and abs, he muttered, “just perfect,” before he moved his mouth down over Shawn’s pecs to his taut nipples.

He licked his tongue over one small nub and was rewarded with a deep groan.  Hmm, his mate likes this.  Kane moved until he was settled between Shawn’s thighs and then he went back to the same nipple, licking, nipping and then licking again.  He bought his hand up to other one, teasing and drawing it out with his fingers.  Shawn moaned and arched his back, his cock thrusting up at Kane’s stomach.  Yeah his mate definitely likes this.

Humming softly Kane worked his way down Shawn’s rock hard abs and then ran his tongue down the groove that ran down his hip.  First one side and then the other, teasing his mate just under the line of the shorts he still wearing.  Shawn was thrashing about on the bed, moaning and gasping, pushing Kane closer to his own release. He felt Shawn’s fingers pushing his head, trying to get him to go lower but he resisted, planting little nips across Shawn’s abdomen. The tip of Shawn’s cock was nudging his chin and he moved across the cloth until his lips were sealed around the head blowing out deeply.

“Kane, pleeeease,” Shawn begged and that Kane almost climaxed at the sound of his voice.

Wedging himself up off of Shawn’s body Kane quickly unbuttoned and unzipped the man’s shorts.  As Shawn’s cock sprung free, Kane literally drooled and before he could stop himself he picked up the throbbing mass and bent down taking his mate’s entire length into his mouth. He moaned as the man’s pre-come hit his tongue – delicious. Sucking up to the ridge around the head of Shawn’s cock Kane flicked his tongue over the slit seeking out more before sliding back down again.  On and on he kept up the rhythm of sucking, licking and sliding, feeling Shawn come apart under the hands he had firmly wedged on Shawn’s hips.

“Kane, I’m gonna come, Kane.” Shawn keened as he arched up into Kane’s mouth.  Kane swallowed him down, rubbing his nose in the hair at the base of the shaft, taking Shawn right to the hilt.  He could feel Shawn shudder as he came, thrusting further into Kane’s open throat, warm thick come pulsing over his tongue.  Shawn let out an adorable groan as he kept coming, squirting stream after stream while Kane kept swallowing. As he felt Shawn slowly coming down he slowly let the man’s cock slide gently from his mouth and he sat up.

Shawn looked at him under hooded eyes with a half smile on his face. “I thought you were going to fuck me.”

“I intend to.”

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