When Kelly wakes up in a forest with no recollection of how she got there, she knows she’s been picked by the pack elders to be mated. What she can’t believe is that they’ve assigned her a guy she can’t stand. Drake. The one guy who has spent his whole life making her feel like crap is there alone with her.
Drake has done everything to push Kelly away, and it was the biggest mistake of his life. He realizes that now, and this time alone means something to him. He has a chance to start over, to prove to Kelly that he’s the guy for her. Drake has a secret: the only person he’s ever wanted is Kelly. He’s a virgin—and so is she.
One year together. Alone, destined to be mates. The clock is ticking as these two virgins become lovers, but can they be more? Is there more than a physical connection between them? Or is that all they can ever have?
Drake was trying to focus on the book in his hand, but he was distracted. The island where they were had a nice little free flowing waterfall. He wore a pair of swimming boxers, and the costume that Kelly was wearing kept distracting him.
They had been alone now for one week. One week of walking through the forest together, playing the odd board game they had found, watching some movies, and then of course eating dinner, sleeping together.
Those rare moments in the late hours of the night were his favorite. Kelly always fell asleep before he did, and as such, he got the chance to watch her sleep, and to be himself. He’d reach out and stroke the hair from her face, and just bask in the time she wasn’t cursing at him. She had every right to. He’d been a horrible bastard to her.
She didn’t snore, and she looked so peaceful in sleep.
“What are you doing?” he asked, seeing Kelly on one of the rocks that was protruding out of the water.
“Playing around. Jumping from rock to rock.”
“You know you’re going to hurt yourself. It’s not fucking funny.”
“It is. I think it’s hilarious,” she said.
His heart jumped as she did. Her arms went straight out, balancing.
“You’ve got to stop that!”
“It’s fine. I’m not going to hurt myself, see.” She jumped again, and this time any reading he intended to do was done. He ran into the water, and stood in front of her, holding his hands up to stop her from making the next jump.
“Move out of the way,” she said.
“Hell no. I don’t know if we can have medical assistance here, and seeing as we can only heal during a change into wolf form, I’m not willing to risk you trying to tear my heart out.”
“I’m not going to hurt you, and I’m fine.”
“I mean it, Kelly. I won’t let you risk your life like that.”
She rolled her eyes and folded her arms. “Are you for real right now? You’re going to be a buzz kill.”
Climbing onto the stone, Drake stared at her. “I’m right here. You want a buzz, let’s have a buzz. You’ve got five seconds’ head start or I’m coming for you, and when I do, I’m going to kiss that smart mouth.”
“You wouldn’t dare!”
“Try me. I would dare, and I will be running. One!”
“This is not even funny. You’ve been reading your damn book!”