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Part of the Gideon/Trapping Quincy series.

Ask yourself this question: How long can you resist your heart’s true desire? Answer: Until you can no longer resist and decide to fight for that inescapable mate. So, what will Darius and Penny do when they find themselves in that exact situation? Will they resist their urges, or fight for love?

Age Rating: 18+


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Part of the Gideon/Trapping Quincy series.

Ask yourself this question: How long can you resist your heart’s true desire? Answer: Until you can no longer resist and decide to fight for that inescapable mate. So, what will Darius and Penny do when they find themselves in that exact situation? Will they resist their urges, or fight for love?

Age Rating: 18+

Original Author: NicoleRidd3y


The lecture drones on. I stifle an urge to yawn. Why am I here again? Oh yeah, to have a full college experience.

I glance around me. I’m the only werewolf here in this lecture hall. The only werewolf among the sea of humans.

Oww…An elbow pokes me and I turn to scowl at my human friend Lily. She just giggles and grabs my arm to pull me closer so she can whisper into my ear, “Look at that hottie over there.”

She draws an arrow on my notepad pointing toward a guy sitting two rows in front of us. I can only see the back of his head, but he seems okay.

Tall, broad shoulders, short dirty blond hair. So this is the guy my three human friends were giggling and whispering about.

What are the chances that I found like-minded girls who are just as boy-crazy as I am in a college like this? Huge. I made friends with Lily, Amanda, and Keisha the first week I got here.

“Promising.” I jot down on the pad next to the arrow.

“Promising? Penny, he’s hot!” exclaims Amanda in a loud whisper as soon as she sees what I wrote. A few students turn to look at us in irritation.

Lily turns to the others and they start whispering and giggling again. I fight an urge to roll my eyes. They’re so like high school girls.

Well, maybe that’s because they came here right after high school. I had three years to grow up a bit, though I doubt I look a day over eighteen…or if I was honest, behave much better myself.

I try to copy the notes and the names of authors and titles of suggested reading scribbled on the board.

“Okay, Miss Promising,” whispers Lily, turning to look at me again. “We dare you to go and talk to Mr. Hottie right after class.”

She looks at me smugly. Oh, I don’t chicken out from dares. Ever. She knows that.

“What do I get out of this?” I quiz her.

“Cappuccino from your favorite cafe for his name and phone number,” answers Amanda from beside her.

“Your whole lunch and that includes fries, paid for if you get him to join us for lunch today,” adds Keisha.

“Plus that cappuccino?” I ask them. At their nodding heads, I say, “Done!”

I start to gather my things together. I have to be quick to catch this “hottie” before he leaves the lecture hall.

I’ve been here almost a month now. I’m living with the lycans, but I’ve been trying not to spend all my time with them.

Not that I don’t enjoy their company, especially Genesis and Serena, but they have their mates. Every time I spend time with them, I feel like the fifth wheel or something.

Their close and loving relationship with their mates remind me of how alone I am. Besides, Genesis is very committed to her art. She and Constantine are always having their painting session.

Painting session. Ha! As if we don’t know what they’re up to.

The lecture ends and our target is getting up. Time to move my ass before “hottie” gets away.

“Get your money out bitches. Get ready to pay for my lunch,” I mutter to them with a grin and a wink as I get up and sashay my way toward the “hottie”.

The view from the front is actually quite nice. The “hottie” isn’t that bad-looking at all for a human. He’s about six feet tall, nice body, dark gray eyes, and dirty blond hair.

Not anywhere nearly as good-looking as Darius, says a little nagging voice in my head that wouldn’t shut up.

I shake my head a little. I’m here to forget all about that lycan. Forget about all the three years that I wasted over a man who doesn’t want me.

Never mind that not a day goes by that I don’t think about him. Never mind that my heart aches every minute of the day. Never mind that there’s a Darius’s size hole in my heart.

Then there’s the anger that comes with it too.

Stupid Penny. Stupid, stupid Penny. Now, focus!

I flash the “hottie” in front of me a flirty little smile.


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Three Years ago


My eighteenth birthday was just a few days ago. It’s a big deal for me because we could sense our mate when we turn eighteen. That’s why I planned a big party. It was going to be epic!

I invited all the good-looking boys that I had a crush on. Well…that’s basically almost all the unmated werewolf boys at our school.

I know, I know…Genesis called me boy crazy, but who knows, one of those boys could be my mate, right? I was just being thorough. I’m a very dedicated she-wolf.

Well anyway, that didn’t happen. My birthday party, I mean. My best friend Genesis got kidnapped by this crazy female lycan whose name I dare not mention. *Cough* Milan *cough.*

She was kidnapped while helping me get things ready for my epic birthday party.

My bestie Genesis is mated to a lycan prince, Constantine. That crazy lycan bitch wanted Constantine for herself and almost killed my friend.

The moment we realized that she was kidnapped, was the worst moment of my life. Never had I felt so lost and helpless before.

Reese, my other bestie and I drove to her parents’ house to be with Genesis’s mother, Lavinia. Lavinia was a blubbering mess.

We were there supposedly to support her and soothe her, but as soon as we saw her crying, Reese and I bawled our eyes out along with her.

Not long after, my mom and Reese’s mom showed up. Our moms loved Genesis almost like their own too, soon they started bawling their eyes out as well. It turned out to be a big giant tear fest.

No men entered the house that night. I think they heard us crying inside and that was more effective than taping a “Do Not Enter” sign at the door.

My birthday wish this year wasn’t for me to find a mate, but for my best friend Genesis who’s more like a sister to me to come back to us safe and sound.

I wished so hard. I wished for it with all that I had in me. It was such a relief when we heard that she was alive. We were so relieved and happy that we had another round of tear fest.

I wish I could join them in hunting down and killing that lycan bitch who was planning to kill my best friend, but I think I would be more of a hindrance rather than helping.

I was just a regular werewolf, while they were lycans. I had no business being where lycans were fighting other lycans.

Lycans are different from us regular werewolves. When they phase, they walk on two feet rather than four and are also bigger, faster, fiercer, smarter, stronger and more powerful than any werewolves.

They are like killing machines when provoked. No sane werewolf would want to mess with them.

The only way you can kill a lycan is by severing the spine from its body, which is quite impossible for a regular werewolf to do.

They are known to be the direct descendants of the moon goddess, so they are treated like the nobility in the werewolf world. In fact, our king, King Alexandros is a lycan.

We hadn’t seen my best friend so far. They tracked the lycan bitch down and managed to kill her and a group of rebels in Russia.

Genesis and her mate Constantine and her other lycan friends, Serena, Lazarus, and Caspian are supposed to come back from Russia tonight. Serena is mated to Lazarus.

Caspian is actually Prince Caspian. The crown prince, also Constantine’s cousin. Prince Caspian is still unmated. He’s also swoon-worthily good looking, of course.

If he wasn’t such an idiot, I might have fallen for him. Well, actually, I did have a crush on him…until he opened his mouth.

Then I realized that he’s a cocky, spoiled brat lycan prince with the mentality of a five-year-old. It took only less than a minute after he first uttered his first word for me to realize this.

I was cured out of my crush on him right away. Thank goddess! All I want to do when he’s around me now is to kick him in the nuts. Every. Freaking. Time.

Genesis’s family, my other bestie Reese and her mate River, and even my parents are waiting at the lycans’ home to greet them. It’s quite late, I think it’s close to midnight by the time they finally arrive.

As soon as their car pulls in, my wolf Juno starts to get weird. I usually listen to my wolf’s instinct, but I decided to ignore her for now.

“Genesis!” I pull my bestie into my biggest hug as soon as I get the chance. I thought I’d never see her again.

“I’m sorry for being such a pain for my birthday party. It’s my fault that they got you,” I apologize. Tears start forming in my eyes.

“Oh, Penny…you know it’s not your fault at all. Happy Birthday, love,” she whispers in my ear, while she squeezes me a bit harder.

“I thought I’d never see you again. Don’t you dare do that to us again,” I scold.

“Not if I can help it,” she manages to say before Reese pulls her away.

After I released Genesis, I straightened up to find myself looking into a pair of icy blue eyes. Those eyes make my heart stop beating before it starts to race like crazy.

I could feel the buzz of energy in the air between us.

The owner of those eyes is staring back at me. Watching me unwaveringly.

I’ve never seen him before. Obviously, he’s a lycan. He’s so gorgeous…and lethal. His eyes are mesmerizing icy blue.

He has thick blond eyebrows that are a tad bit darker than his pale thick blond hair. His hair is so pale, it’s almost white. It is slicked back and suits him perfectly.

His sharp features look like they’re molded from granite.

His red lips contrast with his fair flawless complexion. His perfect top lip is firm, yet his bottom lip is full and sexy, at odds with his icy tough exterior.

There’s a sinister dangerous air about him that sets my inner alarm bell ringing and buzzing…with excitement.

I’m not normal…or maybe I’m just stupid. Other normal she-wolves would’ve run away from danger. I jump feet first into danger. Danger excites me.

I learned that his name is Darius Ivanovic Rykov. He’s a commander of the Royal Intelligence Force unit and a good friend of Constantine, Lazarus, and Caspian.

He’s here with his two other officers to investigate Genesis’s kidnapping. It’s a huge deal, especially since it’s connected to a ruthless and well-known rebel group.

“Beany Penny! Don’t I get a hug too?” Caspian has a big mischievous grin on his face as he pulls me in for a hug.

Huh? Beany Penny?

I glance quickly back at the smoking hot, icy blue-eyed lycan from over Caspian’s shoulder. He has a big scowl on his handsome face as he stares at Caspian and me.

I couldn’t concentrate on anything else around me. People are talking, yet I’m only aware of his every movement and of his eyes on me.

I feel the buzzing energy every time those icy blue eyes land on me, which is a lot. My ears zone in on his deep sexy voice as he talks…and that Russian accent. I melt.

My heart flutters in my chest like a trapped little bird and my stomach clenches almost painfully every time our eyes meet.

All through the night, my eyes keep drifting to him. Like a magnet, I’m hopelessly drawn to him. Like he’s pulling the string to my kite.

He can’t seem to keep his eyes off of me too because, every time I look at him, he’s already looking at me. Our eyes would meet and lock from across the room. He would be the first to break the spell.

He would drag his eyes away before they inevitably and reluctantly drift back to me again. It’s like he couldn’t help himself.

“Persephone Aspen Ruiz, did you hear a word I was saying?” asks my mom after I fail to answer her question the third time tonight.

Of course not, Mom.

“Of course I have, Mom,” I answer her as I feel my cheeks heating up. Gee, thanks a lot mom! Now I’m blushing. I don’t do blushing!

My eyes involuntarily flicker to Darius’s direction. I notice that there’s a slight smirk on his lips. A little amusement and a hint of satisfaction in his eyes.

Oh, how embarrassing! He must know how much his presence is affecting me.

“He’s hot, eh?” whispers Reese into my ear.

“Who?” I pretend ignorance.

“Who else?” she grins mischievously. “I think he looks like Draco Malfoy…only buffer, hotter, bigger, sexier..”

“Shut up,” I shush her as I notice his eyes slide to me again.

I watch him covertly from afar.

He looks like he’s in his early twenties…twenty-two at the most. He looks so tough, yet sophisticated. Rugged yet so beautiful. So worldly and cultured.

I’d guess he is all that since he’s older than twenty-two. Genesis’s mate, Constantine, looks like he’s only eighteen but he’s actually over three-hundred years old.

So I imagine he must be a bit older than that.

Compared to humans, us werewolves age slower, but Lycans age a lot slower than werewolves. That means they live a lot longer.

Thankfully, a lycan mate, be it a human or a werewolf would change into a lycan once they’re bonded.

If you’re wondering about how a werewolf could possibly mate with a lycan, then maybe I should begin by telling you a bit that I know about Lycans.

You see, Lycans don’t have mates chosen for them by the moon goddess like us regular werewolves. They get to choose their own mates, either another lycans, regular werewolves, or even humans.

Even though they’re not blessed with mates, each lycan has “the one” for them. The one that they’re attracted to like no other.

That one person can either be another lycan, a werewolf, or even a human. This one being is called “erasthai”.

This attraction is governed by their basic survival instinct. It is believed that the erasthai is best suited to the lycan in every way.

The stronger the attraction, the stronger their bond will be when they become mates. Lycans are not known to give up on their erasthais, even when their erasthais are already mated or married to another.

How crazy is that?

That being said, there are lycans who are marked and mated with other lycans who are not their erasthais. The bond wouldn’t be as strong, though.

The bond between lycans who mated with their erasthais can be stronger than that of a werewolf mates.

Seeing my best friend Genesis and her lycan mate Constantine, I can believe that. She’s definitely Constantine’s erasthai. The level of love and understanding between them is incomparable.

Their chosen mate, no matter if she or he is a werewolf or a human, will turn into a Lycan herself after they form a bond.

The mate's physical appearance as a human also would change to mold perfectly to its other half, the lycan.

In their human form, lycans are better looking and more attractive than us regular werewolves who are considered to be better looking than most humans…like way more.

So, lycans are amazingly smoking hot.

My friend Genesis, who’s very beautiful, to begin with, is now drop dead gorgeous, just like all the other lycans.

Genesis cornered me into telling her about what’s going on with me the very next day. My bestie thought that I was Darius Rykov’s erasthai because that’s how she felt the first time she met Constantine.

I’m so confused because I was waiting for my mate. I wasn’t expecting to be an erasthai to any lycans.

Not at all. What would happen if or when I met my mate? I don’t know, but all that I know is, the connection is so strong that I can’t stop thinking about him.

Unfortunately, he’s gone right after the investigation without even saying goodbye or acknowledging me at all.


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An Alpha’s Vixen

Myra, a second-grade teacher, enjoys a simple life that includes close relationships with her twin sister and her best friend. One evening, after a night out, she is attacked by a bunch of rogues, and rescued by an Alpha wolf, Sloan, who claims her as his mate. While they get to know each other Sloan also juggles his corporate job, a jealous ex-girlfriend, and an investigation into rogue attacks on their community.

Age Rating: 18+

Sharing Delilah

Delilah has spent her entire life searching for her mate, which is ironic because as a powerful witch, one of her duties is to help werewolves find theirs—not an easy task! Now she’s being sent to a pack run by two alphas, brothers Seth and Cole. The brothers aren’t good at sharing, especially when it comes to women… Imagine how much worse it is when they discover their mate is the same person!

Age Rating: 18+

Note: This story is the author’s original version and does not have sound.

The Luna Awakened Series

Ariana has been in love with Conall for as long as she can remember, but he’s always kept her at arm’s length. After she turns 21, she learns the truth about her family—that she, a human, has been living with werewolves her whole life. And, even more surprisingly…she’s Connall’s destined mate. But will Conall, the pack’s future Alpha, accept a mere human as his mate?

Age Rating: 18+

In The Shadows

Cleo is constantly at war with herself. She’s a hunter, fated to be a lycan’s mate, yet she fights against the strengthening mate bond and feels things she has never felt before. On the outside, dark forces gather around her, leaving Cleo trapped in a ceaseless war between hunters and werewolves and humans. Will she walk out alive, and with her heart unscarred?

Age Rating: 18+ (Content Warning: Assault, Human Trafficking, Sexual Assault/Abuse)

Back into Darkness

Belle’s life has been hard. Not only did her father despise and beat her, but he also sold her for the gratification of disgusting old men. After years of putting up with this abuse, she’s finally managed to escape, only to catch the eye of Mafioso Lorenzo Calabria, who captures her and forces her into his world of pain, cruelty, and corruption. Will she survive and come out stronger, or will the darkness consume her forever?

Age Rating: 18+ (Rape, Sexual Abuse, Incest, Violence, Kidnapping)


Evelyn is not your traditional werewolf. In fact, as a wolf-human hybrid, she’s not your traditional anything! On her twentieth birthday though, Evelyn faces one tradition she can’t ignore: finding her destined mate. Evelyn isn’t thrilled—that is, until she feels strangely drawn to the unbelievably sexy Alpha Alex, who arrives at their pack after ten years away. But her pure-wolf (and pure-snooty) half sister Tessa also has eyes for the dreamboat, and she’s used to getting her way!

Age Rating: 18+

Note: This story is the author’s original version and does not have sound.

The Great Escape

Ira has been trained her entire life to hunt and kill werewolves by her abusive father, the leader of the Hunter Clan. On her eighteenth birthday, she’s expected to kill her first werewolf and pledge herself to the clan, but instead she turns her back on everything she knows and runs away with the wolf she’s supposed to kill.

Now she’s surrounded by a whole pack of werewolves and at the mercy of their alpha, who won’t stop calling her “mate.”

Age Rating: 18+

Note: This story is the author’s original version and does not have sound.


Lux’s mate is all she can think about since the very first day she caught his scent. She tries to imagine what he looks like, tastes like…but she knows that even her wildest dreams don’t do him justice. From sun-up to sun-down, Lux’s mate is always there, lurking in the shadows, just out of reach. She doesn’t even know what species he is. All she knows is his name: Soren

Age Rating: 18+