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The Atherton Pack #4
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Author: Toni Griffin
Cover Artist: Freddy MacKay
Length: 84,651 words
Release Date: 19th October 2016
"You need to go to Atherton," they said. Easy for them. The higher-ups at headquarters don't have their whole world on the line. When Detective Damon Kelly's bosses send him across the state on a "simple" cyber fraud case, he never thinks he'd meet his mate, then risk losing Kieran by doing his job. No matter what other possible angles Damon works, his partner Grant Davis is sure Kieran's best friend Corey's their guy, and Grant is bent on bringing him in.
After the birth of their Alpha's son, the Atherton Pack needs another beta. Kieran Baxter couldn't be happier to accept. What Kieran doesn't expect is for all hell to break loose his first week on the job. Clashing with his mate at every turn, and fighting a human cop who wants to arrest Corey for hacking a government database, wasn't part of the plan either.
As more evidence piles up, a bigger, scarier picture comes into focus that could threaten not only the Atherton Pack, but everything the world knows.
"I don't like him," Damon's partner, Grant Davis said as he climbed into the passenger side of their rental car. "The guy is guilty as sin. I mean, just look at him." Grant waved a hand back towards the house where Corey stood in the doorway watching them.
Damon sighed. He knew Corey Jones was guilty of hacking the Australian Births, deaths, and marriages database. Unfortunately, he had to try to convince his partner that Corey wasn't the one they were after. How he was going to accomplish that with the way Grant had latched onto Corey was anyone's guess.
Damon started the engine and pulled the car away from the curb. Grant continued to rail next to him about how Corey was their man; Damon tuned him out. His mind stuck on one fact and one fact alone. With the way his body reacted as soon as he stepped into Corey's home, Damon was positive his mate had been there, and thankfully by the masculine scent, it was a man.
His body still thrummed with desire. As much as he hated it, right now Damon was glad Grant had fixated on Corey, as it meant his partner wasn't paying close attention to him. He was also thankful that he was wearing underwear, or his condition would have been a hell of a lot more obvious than it already was.
It had taken everything in him not to question Corey about who else had been in his house. His partner was already suspicious. Damon didn't want to add fuel to the fire. Now all he could think about was ditching his partner and calling Corey to find out who the hell his mate was. The fact his body refused to calm the fuck down convinced Damon his mate had been in Corey Jones's house.
His life had just become complicated beyond measure.
Damon's emotions were all over the place. He couldn't decide if he was happy this had happened or not. Now wasn't exactly the right time for him to be meeting his mate, especially with his partner on the warpath. Damon was here to do a job, and that job was ultimately to arrest Corey Jones. He already knew he couldn't let that happen. He needed to keep his head clear, and finding his mate wasn't going to allow him to do that.
Then again, the idea of sinking deep into the man that was fated to be his, having him writhing in pleasure under Damon as he breached him and bit, marking the man as Damon's for all to see, had his heart racing and his dick aching in seconds. There was no way Damon could explain why he would be all over another guy all of a sudden, which meant he would have to wait until this was all over and could take the time he wanted to get to know his mate.
"Are you even listening to me?" Grant asked sharply, snapping Damon out of his whirling thoughts.
"Sorry, what?" he asked. He hadn't even really been paying attention to where he was driving, which wasn't a smart idea. Luckily, he had driven them back to the Atherton Hotel, where they were holed up. Accommodations in this little town were few and far between if you weren't looking for a tourist hot spot. The hotel sat right on Main Street with a decent pub attached to it.
"Where were you?" Grant asked him. "You completely zoned out."
"Yeah, sorry, just thinking about the case," Damon replied quickly. "Anyway," he continued, not letting Grant say anything, "I'm starving. Feel like a bite to eat?"
"Definitely. We can grab some food, then go over the case again. I really would like another run at Corey Jones."
Damon sighed internally. "Sure. What do you feel like?" They were still sitting in the parked car outside the hotel. They had been eating there for dinner, and he was sure they would be again tonight, so he didn't particularly fancy it for lunch as well.
"Let's drive around and see what we can spot. I don't really feel like the typical fast food though."
"Sounds like a plan to me." Damon put the car in reverse and backed out of the angled park. They slowly drove through town, turning off the main street and heading down the parallel road. They kept their eyes open for anything that caught their attention.
"Oh. How about that place?" Damon motioned to a bakery called Sinful Delights off to the right. His mouth was already watering at the possibilities.
"Hell yes," Grant agreed.
The shop looked to be popular, as all the parking in front was taken. Damon slowed and indicated when he saw someone exit the shop with a bag of goodies and climb into a car. He waited patiently for the man to pull out, and he parked.
"Let's go. I'm starving." Grant rubbed his hands together as they walked the short distance to the shop front.
As soon as they entered, a number of scents hit Damon all at once. Delicious pastries sat in a glass-fronted cabinet. In another, there were fresh rolls and sandwiches already made up ready to go, and behind the counter sat a small warmer with what looked to be homemade pies, pasties, and sausage rolls. Everything smelled incredible.
"Oh yeah. This is what I'm talking about," Grant said as he made his way through the small crowd waiting to be served so he could properly see what was in the cabinets.
Damon let him go. What pulled him up short was the overwhelming scent of wolf.
"This was a bad idea," he muttered to himself. There was no going back now, though. Not that he really wanted to. This place looked and smelled amazing. He just hated that he'd gone to a pack-run business, especially given the reason they were here in the first place. What were the odds in a town of this size that he would wind up here?
Normally Damon always tried to support his fellow pack members wherever possible. With Grant tagging along, though, he didn't want to risk his partner getting more suspicious than he already was.
The jingle on the door was constant with customers coming and going. Damon stepped up behind Grant as his partner placed his order. Anyone would think that man was a shifter with the amount of food he was ordering. Damon had just decided on what he wanted when a man in a forest-green apron stepped up on the other side of the counter. His name tag said Declan.
Their eyes connected, and Declan paused for a moment before he hastily looked to Grant and then back at Damon. He pasted a smile on his face, even though Damon could tell the other man knew exactly who they were and didn't mean the smile in the least.
"Welcome. What can I get for you today?" he asked.
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Today I'm here to celebrate the release of Kieran, book 4 in my Atherton Pack series.
To do that I'm sharing with you a list of 20 of my favourite things, not in any particular
- Food – Would have to be Italian, I absolutely love pizza, pasta and antipasta, and you can't forget the good glass of wine to serve with it.
- Drink – I think I just answered that in the previous question LOL. I don't discriminate when it comes to wine. I like it all, red, white, rose, sparkling, dry, sweet, you name it I'll drink it. ;)
- Movie – That’s a hard one as there's been so many awesome movies over the years. But I really just can't beat Tim Robbins & Morgan Freeman in The Shawshank Redemption. I love that movie and will happily sit down and watch it any day.
- Book – Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone – This book made me love reading. Before I picked it up I hadn't read since high school, and even then it was as little as I could possibly get away with to pass my English class. Since picking up that book one night when my ex-husband was out of town on work, there's barely been a day go by where I haven't read something.
- Music. – I'm a child of the 80's & 90's and I can't go past Bon Jovi. The fact they're still playing and it's 33 years and 14 albums later make me very happy.
- Chocolate bar - Would have to be a Violet Crumble. They do the BEST honey comb ever!
- Place to vacation - Italy – Tuscany is stunning and I really want to go back there. The food, the wine, the people, the scenery. There isn't a downside.
- Place to live - Perth. I love that city.
- Time to read – Either early in the morning before I've had to climb out of bed, or after I've climbed into bed at night. I love curling up with a good book.
- Seasonal experience – The electrical storms we see here in Darwin during the Wet season are just spectacular. In one night we can see more lightning than Perth sees in an entire year. Darwin is listed as one of the top ten lightning hotspots around the world.
- Superhero – I have to confess I'm not much of a comics reader. So I'm picking my superhero based on the actors playing them in the movies, and how can I go past THOR!
- Animal – How can I chose anything but the wolf? Really?
- Childhood memory – Going camping with my family. Back when I was a naïve child and didn't really know that all the bodies or water and the oceans up here were filled with crocodiles. How none of us got taken is beyond me.
- TV series – Charmed. I know, I know. But I loved it when I was growing up, so much so that I have the book of shadows, which holds all 8 seasons and shows some of the spells and demons from the show.
- Item in your kitchen – Would have to be my Kenwood Chef. That thing helps me to make an amazing pavlova. Just ask my workmates.
- Place to write – I love going to a café and just sitting for hours, drinking tea and writing.
- Gift you’ve given – Kangaroo scrotum. I know right. How more Aussie can I get? It was given to a certain someone in Chicago who went about showing it off to everyone she could. It just so happened that someone else fell in love with it as well, so I gave my permission for the gift to be re gifted. She was compensated with a new one as soon as I got home and could get another one for her. Can you see the customs declaration I had to fill out to post it? LOL
- Time of day – 4:30pm. Knock off time from the EDJ.
- App – Audible. I love listening to audio books. I have several hundred on there that I cycle through, and add to daily.
- Sport to watch – Cricket. I know a lot of people say it's boring, but I grew up watching it, and just love it, Test matches, One day games and Twenty/20's I love them all. Every year I celebrate when the AFL and NRL seasons end because that means it's time for cricket to start again.
Thanks for having me, and I hope you've enjoyed the look into some of my favourite things.
Meet the author:
Toni Griffin lives in Darwin, the smallest of Australia's capital cities. Born and raised in the state she's a Territorian through and through. Growing up Toni hated english with a passion (as her editors can probably attest to) and found her strength lies with numbers.
Now, though, she loves escaping to the worlds she creates and hopes to continue to do so for many years to come. She's a single mother of one and works full time. When she's not writing you can just about guarantee that she will be reading one of the many MM authors she loves.
Feel free to drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org anytime.
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