Candi’s Buck by Jane Wakely is now available from Rebel Ink Press.
Candi Smith spends her days working her dream job as head chef in her brother’s new restaurant. The café’s early operating hours allow her a daily walk in the forest and time to visit her special place, the alcove. When a buck starts to visit the alcove as well, she learns there’s one thing better than being alone in the forest. Candi’s feelings for the buck are confusing but they become more unusual when she meets Aiden.
Aiden Montgomery is a zoology professor and a deer shifter. His job is rewarding, but a run through the forest in his buck form is the perfect way to end to his day. Forty is fast approaching and his age, combined with his scarred leg, are reminders he isn’t worthy of a mate. He keeps the loneliness at bay by drowning in projects for work, seemingly content with his life. When he sees Candi for the first time, and recognizes her as his mate, her youth and perfection persuade him he doesn’t deserve her.
Aiden is driven to spend small amounts of time with Candi, convinced his intense feelings will be easier to control if he gets her out of his system. The plan backfires and leaves the pair unhappy, despite the love they share. He knows they can’t be together, but Aiden feels he owes Candi the truth about their connection. Candi’s not as naïve as she seems and she has her own plans for her buck.
Aiden Montgomery sprinted through the trees, careful to avoid the few humans roaming the trails of the forest until he reached his hiding spot. Once there, he focused, using his senses to make sure he was alone, undetected and safe. It was hard to trust his instincts, rattled as he was, but he used his energy to shift back into his human form and got dressed quickly.
Many years ago he’d resigned himself to a life alone. It was a dangerous move for a shifter, but he was thirty-nine and the large scar down his right leg reminded him every day he was less than perfect. No woman would want to bind herself to an old, scarred man—a shifter—especially one that couldn’t protect her.
A shifter’s life was incredibly lonely until they found their mate, the one person in the world made solely for them. The odds weren’t good, and depression and loneliness had the power to take over and bury a shifter so deep, they could die. It was a challenge to keep the misery at bay and live a fulfilling life alone.
Aiden was doing well. His job as a zoology professor was rewarding and continued to challenge him. New information on the animal kingdom was discovered daily and he enjoyed his students. He was content. He didn’t need a mate to live a happy life.
Then he saw her.
She was standing in a circle of trees as if she was born to be part of the forest. Her black hair had big, bouncy curls that rested on her shoulders, and her pale skin was flawless. When she turned toward him, big blue eyes ensnared him and held him captive. She was younger than he expected, and her beauty was unmatched.
He couldn’t have her. She would want to be with someone her own age, someone flawless like herself. There was no way they could ever be together.
Aiden knew the truth, but the urge to see her again, if only briefly, was undeniable.
Jane has been creating stories of love and romance for as long as she can remember. She’s a sucker for a happy ending and thinks the best thing about any movie or book is when the characters find someone to love.
Jane’s stories reflect her interest in all romance genres, and all levels of spice, but paranormal romance is her true passion. She loves creating worlds around sexy shifters and vamps—even if the shifter is a smelly skunk!
Jane writes sensual romance that will warm your heart, and a happy ever after is guaranteed!