Fate Knows Best

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**Alanea’s Note** This is a re-release of a previously published title. It has been re-edited and a bit more content has been added, but nothing that would change the story dramatically. As always thank you for your support! Enjoy!

After her boss became her ex-boyfriend and turned her life inside out, Rebecca is on the road looking for adventure and a place to call home. She never imagined the mysterious road she would take would lead her to a grumpy hot Sheriff, a gorgeous playboy and a group of gay fashionistas, or, that they would be bear and lion shifters. Reading about being a shifter’s mate was one thing, living it was another.

Aleks has sworn off human women. After working a brutal homicide he as returned to the shifter-only town of his birth to date the local shifter women and hopefully find a nice female bear-shifter to give him cubs. When Fate throws him an itty, bitty human as a mate, he refuses to have anything to do with her. 

As the attraction between them grows Aleks realizes that he can’t seem to stay away from the tiny dark-haired human, but the realization may come too late, as he faces the fact that though her body was never in any danger, he may have shattered her heart. 

He wonders if she will be safe with him and she wonders if she will ever be what he he truly wants.

In the end they will both see that, Fate Knows Best

Teaser 1: (unedited and under copyright by Alanea Alder ©2019)-

“Aleks, hey, buddy,” Liam said lazily after the grouchy bear answered his phone.

“Hey, asshole,” Aleks replied sounding distracted.

“I just wanted to call and let you know that you’ll be picking up Rebecca at my house for your date.” Liam waited. Three, two, one and… he held the phone away from his ear at the roar.

“What the hell is she doing at your house?” Aleks growled.

Liam smiled. He was making this too easy. “Well at the moment her luscious little self is in my shower and wait, yes, I smell coconuts. She’s bathing.” He once again held the phone away from his ear at the roar, as everyone stopped what they were doing to listen.

“If you so much as lay one finger on her, cat, I will rip you apart,” Aleks threatened.

“What was that, Rebecca? You need help getting into your dress? Don’t worry, kitten, I’m coming. Sorry, Aleks, have to run. Toodles.” He stayed on the line long enough for one last roar to come through before disconnecting the line. He turned around whistling and saw everyone staring. “What?” he asked.

“Aleks Arkadion is going to kill you,” Ashby said, white as a sheet.

“No he isn’t. If he didn’t kill me for wrecking his Charger, he won’t kill me now,” he said, sitting down on the sofa. He reached over and grabbed a magazine and started to flip through the pages.

“That was you?” Rian asked, his eyes wide.

Liam just chuckled.

* * * *

“Aleks. Can’t. Breathe,” Liam gasped as Aleks squeezed his hands around Liam’s throat. Aleks was surprised at the lack of interference he was getting from the pride. They just shrugged their shoulders.

“Ashby told him you were going to kill him,” Rian said shrugging.

“Where is Ashby?” Aleks asked, his hands still choking Liam.

“He’s upstairs finishing Rebecca’s hair. Nicholas did her makeup. She put in a lot of effort for you, bear, so you better not fuck this up,” Rian said, crossing his arms over his chest.

Aleks raised an eyebrow. The pride seemed to be more protective of Rebecca than their Alpha, whom he had pinned to the wall.

“Oh for God’s sake, Aleks, let him go! You’ll upset Rebecca and ruin your evening before it begins,” Kate said, coming down the stairs. Aleks immediately dropped Liam.

“Kate, why are you here?” he asked.

“How could I miss the opportunity for actual girl time? We don’t have much of that in the pack,” she said, swiping a piece of chocolate.

Aleks opened his mouth to say something when he heard a door open and Rebecca appeared at the top of the stairs. Her scent hit his nose, and he felt his chest constrict. How could he have possibly thought he could stay away from her? She gracefully made her way down the stairs, with Nicholas and Ashby following behind her. Once she stood before him he got the full effect of the dress. It had tiny spaghetti straps that seemed to accentuate her delicate shoulders. The black dress made her creamy skin glow, but it was the lone slit up one side was nearly his undoing. He didn’t realize he was growling until Liam hit him in the ribs. Rebecca just blushed and smiled up at him.

“Ready?” he asked, holding out a slightly trembling hand. She nodded and moved forward, placing her hand in his.

“Goodnight, everyone, thank you, for everything,” she said, smiling at the room.

“Have her back before midnight, young man,” Liam said, standing in front of the pair his hand on his hips.

“Out of the way, cat,” Aleks muttered. Rebecca stepped forward and gave Liam a hug.

Aleks growled. She ignored him.

“Goodnight, Liam.” She kissed his cheek. Aleks growled again.

“I’m serious though, if you don’t want to go back to the bed-and-breakfast we made up a guest room for you. That’s where Sebastian has been hiding. I let Leona know you may be staying here,” Liam said, smiling down at her.

“Watch him for me?” she asked. Liam nodded.

“Who’s Sebastian?” Aleks asked.

Rebecca waved. “Goodnight, everyone.” She started walking toward the door.

“Who’s Sebastian?” Aleks asked again, wrapping his arm around her waist.

Teaser 2: (unedited and under copyright by Alanea Alder ©2019)- 

“She’s right, hyenas aren’t known for being organized or intelligent or literate for that matter. They would usually piss themselves at the thought of going against Aleks. They must want something badly,” Liam added.

“Or they found something that scares them more,” Rebecca said quietly.

“Aleks, the next time you see a hyena, try not to maul it to death so we can ask it a few questions,” Connor said with a grin.

“Yeah, Aleks,” Liam said, chiming in. Aleks laughed.

“Like you’re any better? I think the hyena that tried to grab Rebecca still hasn’t made it to his car.” He grinned and they bumped fists. Rebecca looked at them shocked.

“You like each other,” she said matter-of-factly. Both men jumped back as if shocked.

“Bullshit,” Aleks said.

“Never happen,” Liam countered.

“Awww. You two are so cute! I was worried that you really didn’t like each other. I felt bad because Liam takes such good care of me. But now I see that you’re best friends,” she said and then continued eating her pie. When she looked up at her mate he was staring down at her in horror, as if she just admitted to being pregnant with the Antichrist.

Bran lost all sense of composure and began to laugh and loudly. Kate joined in. Connor smiled and also began laughing.

“Busted,” Emmett added from a table by the wall.

“Whatever,” Aleks grumbled.

“So what time are we going to the club?” Rebecca asked and Aleks groaned.

“Club? What club?” Rian perked up.

“Aleks is taking me to that paranormal-only club in the flyer that the vampire gave me,” Rebecca said, swinging around to face Rian. He and Damian exchanged glances.

“Whoooooo hoooooooo!” Rian shouted and pulled Rebecca off her chair and out of Aleks’ arms. They began to dance and grind in the middle of the diner. Kate jumped up and began to dance behind Rian, slapping him on the ass. Rian laughed and gyrated between the two females. Aleks and Bran growled lowly, and both women ignored them.

“Is it just me or does it feel like this town is coming to life with Rebecca here?” Pa asked Ma as they walked out of her office.

Aleks pulled Rebecca away from Rian and Kate. Rebecca laughed as Aleks’ face turned bright red from Rian popping him on the ass. Rian then ran behind Kate. Both Kate and Rebecca dissolved into giggles.