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Friday, January 9, 2015

Get off my Case: Book I Stockton Wolvesby Lisa Oliver

One man straight, One with trust issues, and oh yeah, they’re mates

Get Off My Case – Book 1, Stockton Wolves – By Lisa Oliver  (MM gay erotic paranormal romance, wolf shifters, HEA)

Shane West was used to being the only wolf shifter at the Stockton Police Department. His enhanced senses helped him do his job efficiently and he prided himself on keeping control of his animal instincts. Gay from the first day he'd shifted, he also expected to live his long life alone, and provided it meant that he didn't have to come into contact with any of his ex-pack, he told himself he was happy. And he was. Until Dimitri Polst was assigned as his new partner.
Confirmed ladies’ man, Dimitri Polst knew Shane from before he'd ever shifted into his wolf form.  Two years older and from the same pack, Dimitri had made it his teenage mission to bring as much pain and humiliation to pretty-boy Shane as possible. But years later, he searched for that pretty boy, now all grown up, with a completely different mission in mind.
Being fated mates was hard enough, but when one man is straight and the other one has no reason to trust, then sparks are bound to fly.  Add in a serial killer who is making inroads into the gay population and a possible shifter involvement, and Shane and Dimitri have a lot of thing to overcome before they get their HEA.

Get Off My Case was originally supposed to be a short story for the Goodreads MMRomance group Love’s Landscapes anthology.  These stories are inspired by a picture and letter, sent in by readers, that authors, like me, turn into something worth reading.  I was really fortunate to get a delicious picture and a prompt from the reader that she was looking for a gay for you story. The shifter element came from the fact that both men in the picture provided had wolf tattoos, and I love men with tattoos and shifters, so I was happy to take up the challenge.

But what happened, when I tried to write a short story, was that the characters grew on me.  One man, Shane, a wolf shifter with no pack, who has made it as a police detective and working among humans.  Openly gay, he has a lot of contacts in the gay community and so when a serial killer starts targeting gay men, Shane is put on the case. Three dead bodies later, Shane gets a new partner, and it is none other than his nemesis from school, wolf shifter, Dimitri Polst.

Dimitri had got the shock of his life when he found out that Shane was his mate, just before he left school.  After all he had been teasing and bullying the small man for years.  But as Shane hadn’t shifted yet, the smaller man wasn’t aware of their connection, so Dimitri was able to walk away – for eight long years. But the mating pull between the wolves was strong, and eventually Dimitri tracked Shane down.  Now it was up to him to convince Shane that they were meant to be together.

I set the story in a police department for a couple of reasons.  Firstly, I like a story line to go with the romance elements, and solving a murder seemed like a good idea to go with.  Secondly, Dimitri needed to see the discrimination that gay men face when they come out – the fact that Dimitri kept claiming he was straight, well after he had claimed his mate, was used to illustrate how difficult it can be for some people to come to terms with their sexual orientation.

The first 20,000 words of this story is available as a free read on the Goodreads MMRomance discussion feeds.  But Shane and Dimitri hadn’t finished with each other by that point, and so I added a further 50,000 words to the book being promoted here.

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