Trickster

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“Yes, I want you. That’s pretty damn obvious. I also want to *know* you.”

Delaney Smith, coyote shifter and CTO at Trickster Technologies, thinks humans are bland, boring, and  undateable. So the last thing he expects is scenting his mate in the Trickster offices — a mate who is not only male, but quite human.

Programmer Mark Fellowes is shocked when the CTO at his contract job makes a pass at him, and even more surprised at his temptation to respond. Straight and dating a career-minded executive, he’s never even thought about kissing another man — until now.

When Mark is attacked by thieves trying to steal company files, Delaney must put aside his preconceptions to protect his mate. But will a criminal bent on destroying Trickster Tech separate them before he can stake his claim?

Note: This book was previously released by Evernight Publishing in 2014. The Belaurient Press edition has been re-edited and expanded, but the plot has not been changed.

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Editorial Review

Rated Four Stars. “Trickster is a sexy m/m story that is a must read!”
– The To Be Read Pile

Rated Four Stars. “This is a must read for fans of gay shifters and protective alpha male types, very sexy. I hope it’s the start to a series.”
– MM Good Book Reviews

Rated Four Cups. “A pretty neat shifter story with enough twists to keep the reader interested. I enjoyed the world of Trickster and the writing of Nicola Cameron.
– Coffee Time Romance

“This was a quick and dirty little read that was hot and totally enjoyable.”
– Leigh, Guilty Pleasures

Rated Four Stars. “if you’re looking for a fun, short mystery-like read with lots of hot man-on-shifter action, then you will probably like this novella.”
– Rainbow Book Reviews

Excerpt

He cleared his throat. Mark yelped and spun, bumping into the dresser next to the bed. The towel around his waist started to slip, and Delaney caught a glimpse of pale, muscled hip before he yanked the terrycloth back into place.

Panting, he glared at Delaney. “Jesus Christ, what is wrong with you?” he yelled. “Do you even know how to knock?”

“I did,” Delaney said, trying to sound innocent. “You didn’t answer so I got worried. Didn’t know you were in the shower until I came in here.” And you were coming in there.

Without his glasses, Mark’s resemblance to a furious faun was even more striking. “God. I do not need any more of this tonight,” he growled.

“This what?”

“You, sneaking around and following me everywhere.” He scowled at Delaney’s groin. “Especially with another fucking hard on.”

For some reason, that cheered the shifter. “You noticed, huh?”

“Helen Keller would have noticed it, all right? Does it ever go down?”

“Not since this morning. I can’t help it, babe. I smell you and I get wood.”

“Oh, Jesus.” Mark edged next to the bed, clutching both towels now and looking hunted. “Look, I’m tired. I just want to put on some pajamas and crash, all right? I’ve had a really bad, weird day, so how about we can talk about shapeshifters and,” he waved vaguely between them, “that other thing in the morning.”

Delaney ignored the slap of disappointment and nodded. “Okay. We’ll talk later when you’re not tired.” Although you weren’t too tired to jerk off in the shower.

Mark’s cheeks blazed to life. “You listened to me?”

Oh, shit, he can hear my thoughts already? “I didn’t mean to, but coyotes have really good hearing,” Delaney said defensively. “At least you got off. My balls are aching so much I can barely walk straight.”

“So go to your own damn bathroom and rub one out there!”

“It’s not about getting off, dammit!” Delaney yelled back, before catching himself. “Okay, it’s not just about getting off. God, I wish you were a shifter. Then you’d understand.”

“Well, I’m not a shifter,” Mark snapped, “so you’re just going to have to explain it to the stupid human.”

“I — Jesus.” Delaney sucked in a deep breath, forcing himself to calm down and find the right words. “Being drawn to a mate, it isn’t just physical. It’s emotional and spiritual as well.” He gestured at his groin. “Yes, I want to fuck you. That’s pretty damn obvious. I also want to know you. I want to talk to you, find out everything about you—where you grew up, what your family’s like, whether you like sports, what your favorite food is, your opinion on Steven Moffat, what you want to do with the rest of your life, all that. And I want you to get to know me, too.”

Additional information

Format

EPUB, MOBI

Language

English

Publication Date

February 11, 2014 (first edition, Evernight Publishing
February 21, 2019 (second edition)

Publisher

Belaurient Press

Manuscript Word Count

22,000 words

Manuscript Page Count

71 pages

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Nicola Cameron is a married woman of a certain age who really likes writing about science fiction, fantasy, and romance. When not writing about those things, she likes to make Stuff™. And she may be rather fond of absinthe.

While possessing a healthy interest in romance (and sex) since puberty, it wasn’t until 2012 that she decided to write about it. The skills picked up during her SF writing career transferred quite nicely to speculative romance. Her To Be Written work queue currently stands at around nineteen books, and her mojito-sodden Muse swans in from Bali every so often to add to the list, cackling to herself all the while.

Nicola plans to continue writing until she drops dead over her keyboard or makes enough money to buy a private island and hire Rory McCann as her personal trainer/masseur, whichever comes first. She can be reached at nicolacameronwrites@gmail.com.