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As the influx of Highlanders arrive in the US, Cameron’s brother Grant comes too. Intent on carrying out his brother’s bonding ritual, and returning home as quickly as possible. However, there are some surprises in store for Grant. Ones that are forever life changing, and which will test the very bonds of his friendship with one of his closest friends.

When Cam and Jinx find a young, lone, Panther Shifter in the forest, injured and facing up to an enraged bear, they do the only thing they can; they take on the bear to save the Panther. On finding out the youngster has no Pack, no family, Cam offers him a home and hopes he hasn’t made a mistake admitting a rogue Panther.

With Jacob finally getting his own bonding ritual, he feels as if he and Rebecca have passed the test of their blossoming relationship. That is, until disaster strikes and a new threat emerges; one he never envisaged.

Can the Highlanders integrate with the rest of the Pack? Will Grant accept his fate? And can Cameron keep everything together; including his multi-billion dollar enterprise?

Find out in Highland Wolf Clan, Book 3, New Beginnings by A K Michaels

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Chapter 1 ~

"Alpha, I’m sorry. I didn’t think you’d mind." Mac said, looking increasingly worried as Cam glared at him.

The past two days Cam had been locked in his bedroom with his new mate, Chastity, and the first thing he heard when he finally made it out of the room was this. His anger rising quickly, Cam tried to temper his reply.

Mac, why on earth would you call Grant and tell him? What were you thinking?

Mac’s eyes lowered, his hands wringing as he stuttered. I talk to Grant all the time and after the bonding party, I was excited and phoned him. He’s your brother and one of my closest friends. I just blurted out that you had found your mate. It’s a wondrous thing when a Wolf finds their mate and even more so for an Alpha. I didn’t think it was a secret, well, not after you shouted it out for everyone to hear.

Cam turned away, pacing back and forth. Mac, if I wanted my brother to know then I would have liked that information to come from me.

Mac moved from foot to foot, uneasy, and Cam could scent his fear. Again, I’m sorry. I’m not sure what else to say and I didn’t expect him to do what he’s doing. Honestly, I tried to talk him out of it and said he should speak to you first, but he was so excited he wasn’t listening.

Cam stopped pacing, glowering at Mac. That’s why it would’ve been prudent to say nothing. Not until I decided what I wanted, Mac.

He saw Mac’s eyes darting to his neck, obviously spying Chastity’s bites where she’d marked him, as she was so marked by him. Cam tugged at the collar of his shirt as Mac’s eyes dropped once again. You should’ve at least waited and asked me first. As Alpha, you should’ve shown me that respect. This is my life, my Pack, my mate.

Mac’s hands continued fidgeting. Sorry. He mumbled as Cam’s head started to pound.

Is he coming alone? Cam’s tone was sharp, biting, as various scenarios ran through his head. Because the Goddess herself won’t save you if he brings my father. I don’t want him at my ceremony, Mac. You should know that. You are well aware that we’re not close and I definitely don’t want his presence putting any kind of dampener on Chastity’s big day.

Mac nodded frantically. Yes, he is, well, no he’s not...

Cam snarled. What is it? Is he coming alone or not?

No, but...

Cam cursed loudly, Fuck! If the old man comes and ruins things I’ll kill you, Mac!

No. No. Mac’s head shook so fast that Cam thought he would do himself an injury. He’s coming with the first batch of Wolves that are relocating here. He said he would ask your dad to keep an eye on the Pack while he was away so I’m sure he’s not coming.

I hope so, Mac, because I can assure you if he does then I’ll take Chastity somewhere far away. She doesn’t need to feel the tension that always surrounds him and me.

Mac looked sad as he nodded. I know, Cam, I’m sorry that things are so strained between you and your father. It’s not the way it should be but we all understand your reasons. Maybe you should call Grant and double check?

Cam stared hard at Mac. "As you were the one to call and tell him, why don’t you call and check."

Of course, I’ll do that later, what with the time difference and all. Mac shuffled his feet towards the door. I need to get back to Wild Ranch, oops, Wild Flower, and make sure they’re getting the cabins and such ready for the influx. I’m hoping it goes smooth, there are few males left and most are older so I don’t think there’ll be any trouble, but ya never know.

Yes, though I’ll be talking to them when they arrive from Scotland to make sure they understand if they misbehave in any way then they’ll answer to me. I won’t be soft on anyone doing anything to upset the locals, there or here. Cam tugged at his shirt again as Mac’s eyes flitted to his mark again. I’m looking for a smooth transition, but if there’s any problems, then you let me know as soon as possible, so I can deal with them quickly. Mac, when are they expected?

Mac stopped, his hand on the handle. Tomorrow afternoon local time they land, but we’ll need to organize to pick them up at the airport.

How many? Cam asked, not sure what had actually been arranged.

Only fifteen for this first batch, we could get some of the others to help with going to pick them up? I can ask around if you want.

Cam shook his head. No, don’t bother, get taxis or a minibus organized, they’ll probably all have a ton of luggage so it’s probably better to have a couple of small buses or one large one. I’ll send you the credit card information to use for the booking.

Okay, I’ll get on that as soon as I get back to Camp. I’m sure Shell will have details of somewhere we can hire something. If not then the airport will be able to help, there’s always hire places there.

Cam just nodded, his mind on other things. Like ensuring his father wasn’t coming and why his brother was. His mind going in a dozen different directions as he went through to the kitchen, hoping to find some food for Chastity as well as for himself. He was starving. The last two days having been spent on finding out every little thing about each other’s bodies and having the most mind-blowing sex he’d encountered.

Smirking as he went through, Fergie’s voice stopped him. Look what the cat dragged in. A very tired and bedraggled looking Alpha.

Rubbish! Cam barked. I’ve never looked bedraggled in my life, cousin.

Angel laughed as Marie shushed her son. Fergie, don’t be rude. Cam looks, well, he looks happy. Yes, that’s the word, happy.

Fergie snorted. Happy isn’t the word at all mother. What Cam looks like is well and truly…

Angel ran over, her hand covering her mate’s mouth. Don’t you dare! She laughed. Sorry, Cam, Fergie sometimes doesn’t engage his brain with his mouth.

Cam sat down, grabbing the coffee pot and pouring himself a cup. I had noticed that trait, Angel. I don’t know how you put up with him.

Fergie pushed her hand away. Dang, can’t a guy make a joke?

So, what’s been happening? Anything I need to know about? Cam asked, sipping his coffee and almost sighing in ecstasy.

Fergie shrugged. Nothing important. The other two happy couples haven’t surfaced either, Jacob called to say he and Rebecca have come to some sort of an ‘agreement,’ whatever the hell that means, but he did say he’d want you to perform another bonding ceremony soon.

Cam grinned. I knew he would talk her ‘round. I’ll phone him later and see when he wants to schedule the ritual.

That’s ‘bout it, well... Fergie stopped, his face paling.

What? Cam asked, alert to his cousin’s reluctance to speak.

The cabin. Fergie sighed. The one you found that Mallory had been using to do…those things. Logan and the rest of the guys removed the remains and all but one of them has been claimed by the Pack and burial is scheduled for later today.

There was a non-Pack body there? Cam scowled, trying to get the images out of his mind of what they’d found in that hell-hole.

Yes. Fergie nodded, sipping his coffee, One, and the Pack have no idea who it is. Logan said it looks like a female though, but apart from that we’ve no idea who she is.

Fuck! Now I have to decide whether to call in the Council or bury her with the Pack. Cam almost slammed his mug down on the table, coffee spilling over to pool around it. How old are the remains? Are they recent? Any identifying items like jewelry, or even a purse?

Fergie looked upset, shaking his head. It’s old, no more than bones really and no there’s nothing we can use.

Cam ran things through his head, pondering what to do. I guess we have to contact the Council. The body may be human, but I hope not. That would open a can of worms that could impact greatly on us all.

Marie tutted, That man was a monster.

Where is he? Cam realized he hadn’t even thought about Mallory’s demise since he’d entered his bedroom with Chastity.

Fergie smirked. We burned him. He didn’t deserve a Wolf burial and it seemed like the best thing to do at the time.

I agree, thanks though. I’m glad it’s been taken care of.

Angel stood behind her mate, a hand on his shoulder. Jinx dealt with it. He refused to go back to bed until he’d destroyed Mallory.

I’ll thank him when I see him. Cam turned to Marie. Now, food, we need food. He laughed, his stomach taking that moment to growl loudly.

Of course, just give me five minutes and I’ll have a tray ready for you to take up. Marie started rushing around.

Fergie cocked his head to the side. Couldn’t help overhearing what you and Mac were talking ‘bout. So, Grant is coming for a visit?

Cam growled, It better just be him.

What will you do if your father comes? Fergie questioned, You won’t really go away, will you?

I will. Cam tried to calm his rising temper. If my father gets off that plane then I’ll be out of here until he leaves.

I just don’t get it. Fergie looked perplexed. How can two brothers be so different? I’m talking ‘bout your dad and mine.

No idea. Cam had often wondered the same thing. But chalk and cheese comes to mind.

I know I only met him a few times but, damn, he was so different from my father it’s as if they weren’t related.

Tell me about it. Cam agreed. Every time I came here I would see the relationship you two had and the truth is, I was jealous. You were very lucky to have Fearghas as your father.

I know, Fergie said sadly. I miss him every day.

Marie sniffled, Angel patting her back. Sorry, Mother, I didn’t mean to upset you. Fergie looked forlorn as he turned to his mother.

No, no. Marie gave herself a shake. I’m being silly. It’s nice that we talk of him. I don’t want us to ever forget him, Son.

I won’t do that, Fergie whispered.

Cam attempted to change the subject. So, no sign of Rory?

Angel laughed. "No, nor Jinx, but I’m sure they’ll surface soon ‘cause they have got to be getting hungry."

I have to admit that’s the only reason I’m here. Cam glanced to the door, looking longingly at the stairs. Hmm, Marie, is that food ready?

His aunt added a pot of coffee to the large tray, laden with food. Here you go, Cam.

Cam jumped up, taking the heavy tray quickly. Thanks. I’ll be down later, if there’s anything important though just batter on the door.

At the confused looked from all three Cam chuckled. Bang on the door.

Aaah, okay, will do. Fergie nodded. Well, not me, ‘cause I can’t get up those damn stairs, but if needed someone will definitely ‘batter’ the door.

Cam didn’t wait any longer, rushing out and up the stairs to get back to Chastity.

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Chapter 2 ~

Rory stretched languidly though hampered by one of his arms being caught beneath Charlie’s head. His entire body ached with their ‘exertions’ of the past few days. Was it two or three? He couldn’t remember, the hours morphing into one another as they languished in the feelings of enjoying each other.

You’re awake, my Highland Wolf. Are you okay? Charlie’s sleepy voice causing him to turn to look down at her beautiful face.

I’m more than okay. Moving so that his body lay along her naked length, his fingers trailing down her face. How’re you?

Charlie laughed. Sore! Who would’ve thought making love could feel as if I’ve just done a full day in the gym.

I’ve done my fair share of time in the gym but I have to say, my mate, I’m sore in places that the gym most certainly didn’t reach.

As she laughed again, Rory’s mouth covered hers, their bodies melting together for a moment before Charlie’s hands landed on his chest, pushing him up. Food, we need food.

Can’t it wait? Just a little while longer and then I promise I’ll go find us something to eat.

Charlie smiled, her eyes twinkling. Promise?

Yes, I promise. Just once more, my American Wolf, my beast is a little frisky and I don’t seem able to get enough of you.

"Rory, you’ve already got me in your, sorry, our, bed. Ya don’t need to sweet talk me!"

Rory’s eyes widened. Sweet talk? Nope, not doing that, only speaking the truth, Charlie. I just hope we don’t need to leave here anytime soon.

Charlie’s lips kissed along his chest, settling on a nipple, gently nipping it. Me too, Rory. Now, where were we?

His hand grabbed her hair, pulling her head back so his lips could cover hers, their tongues entwined as, once again, their bodies worked together like magic. Passion, love, arousal, and lust taking them both over into a tangle of sweat soaked limbs.

*****

I really need to check work, you cheeky Wolf. Stracey giggled as Jinx’s tongue did sinful things to her body.

Later. Much, much later, Jinx mumbled as he made his way down his mate’s skin. The soft, low, moans his ministrations elicited causing his cock to spring to attention, again.

No, really, Jinx, I’ve not checked in, gosh, is it two days? Stracey fought to focus on what she should do, and failed.

Jinx’s tongue finally reached its objective, swirling around her nub as all sense left her thoughts, thrusting her hips up into his mouth. Damn! she groaned, her mate’s hands holding her firmly in place.

I love you, Stracey. Jinx’s breaths teasing her skin.

Hmm, me too. She managed before throwing her head back and her body responded full force to his love-making. Her fingers reached to cling within his hair as he took her swollen clit within his lips, alternating his tongue with his teeth to have her stampeding to yet another release. She couldn’t even remember what it was she was supposed to be doing, so engrossed within his loving spell.

As her orgasm hit, her body shivered, Jinx moving up to cover her, pushing his hardness inside her wet sheath. My mate. He growled, his gums erupting to accommodate his huge canines. Stracey moved her head to the side, giving him access to her soft skin, knowing his need to mark her, again and again.

His movements started off slow, grinding his hips against her to stimulate her already over-sensitized clitoris. Oh shit! she exclaimed as she felt herself rising once more towards a mind-blowing release.

Jinx laughed as his head lowered, his fangs sinking deep inside her skin as both of them neared their orgasm. His movements quickening and his thrusts harder until finally his head reared back, a roar torn from his throat as her own scream joined his.

Many moments later Jinx’s body still lay on top of her, their sweat mingling together, legs wrapped around one another’s. Want to join me in the shower? he asked, kissing her softly where he’d bitten her.

In a little while. I’m not sure my legs will work right now. Stracey grinned. They feel like jelly.

I’ll carry you. Jinx continued to place small kisses over the spot he’d marked her.

Let me recover for a little bit. Stracey pinched his side. "You have to remember I’m not a Wolf, jeez, I’m only quarter Witch too, so, forgive me if I take