A Fated Mates RH PNR
by Romy Lockhart
Genre: Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance
Jillian is ecstatic when she finds out she’s become more than a wolf shifter. The instinct she’s always had that she was meant for something different is validated when a gator-bite turns her into a hybrid shifter with two distinct animal forms.
Her parents are the opposite of thrilled, and plot to have her gator exorcised before it can fully emerge. She’s been promised to the Alpha’s son, and he won’t accept a hybrid.
She does the only thing she can. She runs.
Her new animal form skews her senses when she goes into heat and every gator shifter she comes across looks like an appealing option.
Are the guys she just met the mates she’s truly meant for, or are they destined to break her heart?
Runaway Mate is a standalone new adult fated mates reverse harem romance with college-aged characters, serious steam and an HEA.
No matter what I do, the heat I’m under doesn’t cool one little bit. I shift back to human form eventually, and every part of me aches with the need to be touched. It’s almost excruciating. I can’t walk without spreading my arousal down my thighs, and I know I’d do anything either one of those guys asked if I got anywhere close to speaking to them. Damn. I seriously need a plan that doesn’t include sexual favors as an appetizer. It really doesn’t help that I’m naked. I need to sneak into that motel and steal a sheet or something. At least give the illusion of modesty and self-control. Sighing, I pace around the edge of the forest until I realize I can see a gas station across the road. Maybe I could pull a Terminator and pretend like I’m a robot from the future who needs to steal someone’s clothes. I guess at least this isn’t the motel, where the hot gators are. Fuck it. I stalk out of the woods and straight across the empty road toward the gas station. I try to come up with a plan that doesn’t involve putting on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s accent as I walk. The best I can come up with is amnesia. I don’t know who I am, or where I came from, but I’m here now so can someone lend me some clothes? Ugh. I don’t know. It’s the best I can come up with while I’m going out of my mind with desire. I push open the glass fronted door and step inside. The breath is knocked from me when I see the red-head from the motel is standing behind the counter, hunched over a notepad. The sexy flutters come back at lightning speed. He has bright green eyes, fair skin with light colored freckles and the hottest lip-chewing habit I’ve ever seen on a guy. Drown me in my own saliva. I’m gone. Then, he looks up, and his startled stare reminds me I’m naked. He drops his pencil and it rolls away, under a shelving unit. He opens and closes his mouth, and then just locks gazes with me. It’s weirdly intense. If he was staring slack-jawed at my tits I could handle it. This? It makes me want to believe in the Goddess of Wolves so I can beg her to make sure this guy tastes as good as he looks. A swell of possessive desire rushes over me. He’s mine. I don’t want anyone else to have him. Not now. Not ever. I forget all about my amnesia plan. I walk over there and shoot him a smile.
“I kind of lost my clothes. Can you help a girl out?” He nods. “There’s a rack full of T-shirts over there. Take anything you like.” I take a look and pick one that’s big enough to hang down over my thighs. I yank off the tag and sling it over my head. The door’s opening when I turn back to him. The air goes out of the room when the big guy from before steps inside. He’s a real mountain of a man, and my gaze takes in every inch of him hungrily. There’s definitely muscle going on under his shirt, but he’s also just kind of big built. Thick neck, thick arms. Inked up arms, which is even hotter. I can’t wait to see what else is thick about him. I raise my stare to his face and I can see his expression is kind of scowly. His eyes are dark and his hair is dark with lighter ends in a natural highlights kind of way. I don’t know whether to be sad he missed seeing me naked or kind of relieved. I bite down on the compulsion to ask them both to come into the woods with me. My wolf likes that idea way too much. Wait. Why does my wolf like it so much? Are these guy’s hybrids too?
“I’m Jillian,” I introduce myself, when it seems obvious these two are not great at starting conversations. “I think one of you brought me here in a car?”
“Sorry,” the big guy tells me. “I thought you were hurt.”
“I’m not mad,” I tell him. “I got sick when I tried to shift. A gator bit me, and I was shifting into a gator for the first time. At least, I was trying to. It didn’t seem to work.”
“It worked,” he tells me. “You were a gator when I picked you up.”
“No shit?” I ask, breaking into a smile. He gives me a small smile back. “No shit.”
“It worked then. I’m a hybrid.”
“You wanted to be?” The red-head asks.
“Can you guys give me your names? I really don’t want to be calling you Red and Big Guy in my head all night.” Red snorts. “I’m Phoenix, this is Mason. It’s nice to meet you, Jillian.”
“Nice to meet you too,” I tell him.
“So, you wanted to be a hybrid?” he asks, as if it’s unbelievable to him. I guess hybrids get kind of a raw deal. “I always knew I was meant to be more than a wolf.”
“The hand of fate,” he says, surprising me. “It works in mysterious ways.”
“It really does. You guys are hybrids too, right?” I ask, needing to know for sure.
“We are,” Phoenix admits. “Wolf-gator hybrids.” Just like me. I’m honestly shocked that I’m so attracted to guys who are part wolf. I’ve never been into wolves before. Not once. Not ever. Is the heat changing who I’m attracted to, or doesn’t it matter as long as there’s a gator side in there somewhere? I honestly don’t know. I’m not sure I even care anymore.
Romy Lockhart writes paranormal reverse harem and M/F contemporary romance. All of her books contain steamy scenes between consenting adults. All of her reverse harems have harem ever afters, and all of her romance novels have happy endings.
What inspired you to write this book?
I actually didn’t intend to write this book! I set up the Hybrid Shifters world with the intention to write about witch-wolf hybrid main characters finding their mates and their place in the world over a series of standalone novels. However, when I was writing Hybrid Rejected, Amanda’s best friend Jillian basically demanded that her story be told. As a gator-wolf hybrid, her story is a bit different to the others in this world so far but she still finds her mates and the place where she belongs.
Can you tell us a little bit about the characters in Runaway Mate?
Jillian isn’t shy about what she wants, but she does have some trouble getting used to her restless, slightly fickle gator side which makes her quick to make decisions that maybe aren’t the best.
Nix is an Omega, and he’s really in tune with his emotions which makes him a sweet, thoughtful kind of guy. Mason is a Beta and he’s extremely protective, but he doesn’t completely believe it when he finds out Jillian is his mate because of an issue that he has. Danny is an Alpha gator. He’s a cop, and he’s been raised by humans so he has a strong moral compass and always tries to do the right thing. He’s been through a lot recently, which anyone who read Shifting Hearts will know, and it felt really good to finally give him a happy ending.
Do you have any “side stories” about the characters?
I’m working on some short stories between the novels, and there’s a novella available now to my email list subscribers exclusively. Hybrid Hearts contains a story featuring all of the main characters from the first four novels in this world so it’s something kind of special that I created for the readers. The response to my Hybrid Shifters novels has been incredible and I wanted to give something back to everyone who made them a success so I decided to take some time to create a story that takes place after the characters have found their mates, a slice of life kind of story. It’s full of suspense and steam, like the novels are. Fair warning: this novella does contain spoilers if you haven’t read any of the novels. The direct link to sign up to my newsletter and be sent the link to download the novella is as follows: https://landing.mailerlite.com/webforms/landing/i5b3e4
What can we expect from you in the future?
I’m working on more novels in this world, as well as a few unrelated projects. The next Hybrid Shifters novel to release is Necromancer Bitten which will come out early 2022. Kelly was introduced in Hybrid Rejected. She’s a necromancer, and one of Dante’s sisters. She’s quite damaged after being badly hurt by foster parents a few years ago and she’s sent to a facility to heal. There’s something sinister going on at the facility, and she quickly learns they have no intention of healing her. Three vampires are her only hope of escape, and she’s not even sure they’re real. I’ve loved writing this one, and I can’t wait to get to her sister Roxy’s story later in the year.
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