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Trickster by Nicola Cameron

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Delaney Smith, coyote shifter and Trickster Technologies executive, thinks humans are bland, boring, and undateable. So he gets the shock of his life when he comes back from vacation and scents his mate in the Trickster offices — a mate who is not only male, but quite human. 

Mark Fellowes is taken aback when the CTO at his new contract job makes a pass at him, and even more surprised at his temptation to respond. Straight and dating a career-minded businesswoman, 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?

Be Warned: m/m sex

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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 really 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.”

 

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  1. Rainbow Book Reviews 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 9th Aug 2014

    Trickster is a very fitting name for a company run by coyotes, but as much humor as it reveals, the pack behind this business is very serious about what they do. The company structure is based on the pack’s hierarchy though, and that did make me chuckle because so many companies in real life are al about the “top dogs” behaving like alphas and betas do in a pack, challenges for power included. The added element of having humans in the mix without said humans being aware of whom they work for made things more interesting – for the coyote shifter who finds out his mate is a mere human, and the human who suddenly finds himself thrown into a world where shifters exist.

    Delaney may be a shifter, but he is full of prejudice against humans. Not that he discriminates against them in a work situation, he isn’t speciesist (I love that word the author came up with) after all, he just thinks they are inferior and not meant for him. Imagine his shock when he discovers his mate is one of them; it almost shocks him more than the fact he is a man. That, after all, is something that was always a possibility since he is bisexual. Interestingly, he adapts quite quickly. For him, a mate is a mate and that’s the end of the discussion. He is considerate and gives Mark time to adapt, while still being very possessive and wanting to claim him right away. But when Mark is attacked by thieves, Delaney goes into full protective mode.

    Mark is a programmer, good at what he does, and has been hired as a contractor for a huge project Trickster is working on. He also has a girlfriend (of only one month and she’s kind of standoffish), so when Delaney makes a pass at him, he is upset. But he knows Delaney is one of the owners, and he doesn’t want to lose his job, so what is he going to do? Besides, he was really tempted to kiss the man – and that confuses him to no end. But that is only the beginning of the confusion that follows, one weird event chasing the other until the full extent of the intrigue is revealed. On e thing becomes clear really quickly: the heat between him and Delaney is more intense than he could have ever imagined.

    If you like watching shifters interact with the “real world” as we know it in a business context, if you enjoy reading about men who didn’t expect to be attracted to each other yet canot help themselves, and 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.


  2. Neat shifter story 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th May 2014

    Delaney Smith returns from vacation, only to find his mate has been hired for the company. Said mate is a man, straight, and has a girlfriend. All in all, not a bad thing since he met his mate.

    Mark is in a less than satisfying relationship, but thinks at least he got a good job out of the deal. All was perfect until he meets one of the owners, who propositions him, and gives him the best kiss of his life. But he is straight, right? Well, at least he was when he came into work this morning.

    What a difference a day makes. Mark and Delaney are both surprised by the pull between them. Unable to deny fate, the men fall for each other, but the only loose end is Mark telling his girlfriend it is over. Unfortunately, all is not what it seems, and there are more surprises in store for the mated pair.

    Trickster is a pretty neat shifter story with enough twists to keep the reader interested. Mark and Delaney are two guys who roll with the punches, which is refreshing in shifter stories that normally consist of a human freaking out and running from a hot shifter. I enjoyed the world of Trickster and the writing of Nicola Cameron.

    Delane
    Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More
    - See more at: http://coffeetimeromance.com/BookReviews/tricksterbynicolecameron.html#.U3j_fvapr8B


  3. The TBR Pile 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Mar 2014

    Delaney is a shifter who works at Trickster Technologies. He comes home from his first vacation in years to smell his mate. The problem is, he’s human and staight! This author blew me away with her writing. Delaney was full of life, of depth and humor: Great, because things weren’t complicated enough. “Yeah, hi, nice to meet you, I’m your mate. I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to dump your girlfriend and learn how to take it up the ass. Oh, by the way, I can change into a coyote at will. How ‘bout those Cowboys?” Then there’s this push and pull between Del and his human mate Mark who doesn’t know what the hell is going on.

    This story is so beautifully written.


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