Ride: Episode Eight

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Cynthia Becket must finally choose a path. The romance with sexy, alpha shapeshifter Fallon O’Leary comes to a head. One way or another this curvy girl’s life is changed by her experience amongst the púca clan.

Will she finally get her happily ever after?

Reader Note: This book is for those who are 18+. It contains explicit language, sexual situations, and one helluva cliffhanger. However, if you like curvy shifter romance, a stallion who can’t resist his curvy woman, and a dash of humor, then this is the story for you. Please read these installments in order. Enjoy!

Chapter One

Cyn recoiled in horror. Cold shock radiated through her body. “Nathan, it’s not right. You can’t reveal the púca on your blog.”

Nathan glared. “Oh, isn’t it? Well, love, you’ve mucked around with my affections for years. And now you’re about to make the biggest mistake of your life. I won’t let you do it.”

Her face was hot. “It was never my intention to hurt you. I tried to tell you a million times, and I think deep down you knew it too. You’ve always been one of my best friends.”

Nathan casually leaned back on his side of the booth, but didn’t say anything. Cyn swallowed hard. It seemed like a game to him, one he was enjoying.

“I’ve watched you tromp all over men, and the only reason you want this one is because he’s different. He’s not even human, Cyn. You don’t know what you’re doing. If you leave I’m going to expose them.”

Cyn’s voice squeaked out. “This is bloody ridiculous. How could you be so cruel?”

He shook his head. “I have no choice.”

“Nathan,” Cyn said softly. “You don’t have to do this.”

Nathan glared at her.

“I, I…” Cyn spluttered.

Sharing her emotions wasn’t really her forte, but she had to make him understand.

“I love him, Nathan. My heart belongs to him. This is what I have to do, it’s the only thing I can do, does that make sense? I have to go back to the Realm.”

His stony expression was immovable.

“I’m his mate, and he is mine forever… There’s no changing it. Mating is for life in the púca world. I can’t keep lying to myself and denying it. I love him.”

Nathan smirked. “I’ll be sure to mention it in my blog post.”

Her heart sunk even lower. “You know it’s not going to make anything better, and I won’t change my mind. All this time I’ve been connected to him. He’s in my dreams, a part of my soul, and I know I’ll never have this with anyone else. Please don’t do this.”

He stared out the window, apparently unable to look at her. And while that hurt, she wasn’t about to live a banal existence, empty and hollow, to satisfy his ultimatum. She gathered up her purse and stood. His entire body stiffened, and he still refused to look at her.

“Goodbye, Nathan,” she said quietly. “I’ll miss you.”

Walking out of Thai Thai, Cyn wondered if he’d really go through with it. He was angry and had every right to be, but she hoped he’d come to his senses once he calmed down and thought it through. She grabbed her bags from the coat closet at the front of the restaurant, saying good-bye to the waitress on the way out, and hailed a taxi. She didn’t want to think about what would happen if the world knew púca were real, but she pushed aside her fears for now. Her heart pounded at the thought of being reunited with Fallon. On the way to the airport, Cyn stared out the window. Everything was ugly and bleak compared to the Realm, and for the first time in her life she was certain about where she belonged.

Cyn’s realization and return
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It took awhile but Cyn comes to the realization that she truly loves Fallon and returns to the Realm. Nathan’s sense of loss, completely out of proportion given their friendship, spears him to threaten retribution and he does what he said he’d do. The question now is “What effect will it have on the puca and the Aran Island community?”
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