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ABOUT THE BOOK
Will Tanner realize he’s wrong and claim his mate before Finley’s devotion is gone? Finley Cooper is tired of waiting for his destined mate to be ready to claim him. In deference to human laws, he’s already agreed to wait until he’s eighteen. But now his birthday has come and gone—and his mate has a new set of excuses.
Finley doesn’t understand it any more than his wolf does, and he’s beginning to wonder if fate made a mistake. Tanner Pearce wants nothing more than to claim his mate, but he worries that Finley is too young. Tanner will never forget what happened when his best friend mated at Finley’s age, only to have that mate end up feeling trapped and breaking their bond.
While rare, it can happen, and the fallout Tanner witnessed as his best friend tried to deal with the break has haunted him for years. When Finley finally has enough, he threatens to find someone who will claim him if Tanner doesn’t, and Tanner realizes he needs to come to terms with his fears or risk losing his mate forever.
He was gone. Finley was gone. Tanner couldn’t wrap his head around it. His mate had packed a suitcase overnight and gotten on a train.
Sure, the Coopers had promised Finley would be back. But Tanner didn’t understand why Finley hadn’t told him directly. When he’d shown up, they wouldn’t even tell him where Finley had gone, only that he’d taken a train. Finley’s two younger sisters, Anna and Beth, had both looked like they were ready to shift and claw his face off. The entire family was pissed at him, though he couldn’t fathom why. What had he done?
Tanner was, in fact, pretty sure the trip was a spur-of-the-moment decision. He just didn’t know what he could do about it. Especially since Finley refused to answer his cell phone. Any of the six times he’d tried, so far. Tanner stared down at his own again for a full minute, trying to decide what to do. It hurt—there were no two ways about it. He just couldn’t understand what was going on, what was happening with his mate.
He dialed Finley’s number once more and listened to the rings.
“What?” Finley’s annoyed voice answered after five. “You left.”
“Your powers of deduction are astounding.” Tanner frowned. That didn’t sound like Finley. Sure, Finley could be sarcastic at times, but snark—biting snark especially—wasn’t usually part of his repertoire. “Why?”
“I need some space. I can’t… I can’t keep doing this, Tan.” He paused and let the silence sit. “You know, mating at my age isn’t that far out of the question. It’s not even unusual.” Tanner pinched the bridge of his nose. He’d known Finley was frustrated, but he didn’t see why it was that big of a deal.
“Not for—” “Don’t you dare say ‘not for some.’ There’s nothing any different about me than there is them. We are destined mates. We’re supposed to be together. But we’re not. You won’t claim me. Since you won’t, maybe it’s time I find someone who will.”
Despite the panic rising in his chest—with the added bonus of his wolf’s panic—he heard how shaky those last words were.
“Baby, please don’t.”
“No.” Tanner was having real trouble breathing and wondered if the lack of oxygen was affecting his thought processes.
“No. You don’t get to call me ‘baby’ anymore, Tanner. You don’t get to call me ‘mate.’ You don’t get to do anything anymore. Not unless you’re willing to claim me.” The silence sat heavy between them. Tanner struggled to keep the panic back, to find the words to speak.
“Are you… breaking up with me?” Finley didn’t answer for a few long moments, and Tanner’s already underperforming lungs struggled further. Finally: “I guess I am. Unless you claim me. Unless you’re ready to mate.”
Shit. “Finley, I—”
“No. Here’s the deal. I’m spending the summer… away. If I meet someone while I’m there, I’m not going to turn down the chance to date him. If I date him and like him, and he’s willing to mate and bond, then I’ll accept him. If you don’t want that, then you’re going to have to claim me. Use those amazing deductive powers you’ve got to figure out where I am.”
It took Tanner a full minute to realize Finley had hung up. He stared at his phone for quite a bit longer before setting it on the seat next to him. He considered trying to call back, but knew it would be futile. If Finley hadn’t turned the phone off, he at least wouldn’t answer. Tanner looked up, realizing he was still sitting in the Coopers’ driveway. Finley’s mom was looking out the window at him, her arms crossed and face set in angry lines. Tanner couldn’t begin to figure that out. He couldn’t believe they’d be that angry over him not claiming Finley yet. But he was too freaked out to try to understand that.
He started the car and pulled out of the driveway, only halfway paying attention to where he was going.
Maybe giving Finley space wasn’t a bad idea. As much as he didn’t want his mate so far away—and anywhere he had to take a train to get to was far—it might be good for him. Maybe he could get some of those experiences, though Tanner prayed to anyone who’d listen that they were still nonsexual. He didn’t really think Finley would date someone else. He didn’t doubt Fin was going to stay with another wolf pack, and there were very few gay wolves. So, hopefully, the threat was an empty one.
GRACE R. DUNCAN
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