Bullied Mate by Sam Crescent

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The Alpha Shifter Collection, 17

Life is so unfair.

The first time Poppy transitions, she finds out her mate is none other than Klaus freaking Demon, the alpha’s son. The guy who’s been secretly bullying her for years. If he thinks she’s going to fall for him, he’s wrong.

Klaus apologizes, so what more does she want? They’re mates, and there’s no way she can deny this connection. She wants nothing to do with him, but she belongs to him, and he can’t allow her to leave. When a visiting pack full of unmated males comes to town, Klaus knows he’s screwed. While he still tries to make Poppy see sense, the visiting alpha’s son takes a shine to her. Klaus can’t stand to see Poppy with another, and it’s time he steps up—even if his dad will find out about the bullying.

Will Poppy give him a chance or push him away? Klaus isn’t sure how he could handle the rejection. Can he allow her to be happy with another, or will he admit to what he’s done and stake his claim on his mate?


Excerpt:

Alone.

Poppy was able to drop the falseness. She hated lying to her mother. It made her skin crawl.

Being alone wasn’t a good thing either. With her mother around, she was able to control the wolf a little better.

Her skin felt too tight. It was uncomfortable.

Keeping so many secrets locked up inside her made her struggle to focus. The wolf inside her wanted out. It wanted to run. To be let free, but it also wanted to go to its mate. To Klaus.

She took several deep breaths.

It had only been three days. There was no way this feeling should be coming to her right now.

In and out.

She felt the perspiration on her brow, the sickness swirling in her gut.

Dropping the clipboard, she lost her vision and grasped the edge of the nearest counter. Tension built along her spine, and she felt her bones start to merge. This couldn’t be happening. No full moon.

She tried to think of her mother.

Out!

Run.

Free.

Klaus.

Her wolf wanted freedom, and this was why their alpha insisted that newly turned wolves take a minimum of one year to work at different places throughout the pack. He believed every single person had a part to play in helping bring the wolf under control. To bring stability.

Poppy needed it. She was desperate for it. She wanted to scream for her mom. To beg for help.

In the background, she heard the sound of the doorbell.

Arms surrounded her, and she waited as she was moved. Within seconds, the pain started to evaporate. Opening her eyes, her vision returned, and she was shocked to see Klaus standing right in front of her.

He held her face in his hands. “I’ve got you. I’ve got you.”

“What are you doing here?”

“I’m … I was … I … you’re welcome. I was being responsible here for you, and yeah, I was making sure that everything was working all right.”

She frowned. There was no reason for Klaus to be here.

He didn’t let go of her face, and she quickly became very aware their bodies were flush together.

“I’ve got you.”

“You shouldn’t be here.”

“Poppy, you can be pissed at me all you want to be, but we both know what would have happened if I hadn’t been here. You needed me. Stop being so freaking stubborn.”

“My mom?”

“She’ll be back soon, and I’ll leave out of the back, or wherever you need me to go. I will never hurt you.”

“You … she is asking about a mate. Do you know Lionel’s pack is supposed to be coming here?” she asked.

She watched as his jaw clenched.

“Yes, I’m aware of it.”

“Should I be worried?” she asked.

“Don’t allow any of the men to get too close.”

“Why not?”

“Damn it, Poppy. Why the fuck do you think?” he asked.

She glared at him.

“We haven’t told anyone that we’re mates. I … want you. There, I’ve said it. I fucking crave you, and there is this desperation I feel for you. Do you think I’m going to be able to have so much control if a dick comes sniffing around you? Hell no. I will cause problems. Trust me when I say we don’t want that to happen.”

“Fine.” She understood.

With her mother asking questions and another pack coming, she was screwed.

They both tensed up as they heard the bell above the door ring.

Klaus surprised her even more by kissing the top of her head, and then he snuck out of the back.

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Product Reviews

Score: 5 out of 5 (based on 25 ratings)
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4/5
Great addition
Written by Stephanie D on 27th Sep 2022

What a great addition to this alpha mate series. Sam definitely knows how to write an alpha male that is always wanting his woman. I have enjoyed each book in this series and hope there is more.

5/5
Klaus and Poppy
Written by Bookbunny on 27th Sep 2022

Klaus has been bulling Poppy since high school. The night of the transformation things all changed. Poppy was Klaus’ true mate. He has to make it up to her and show her that he truly didn’t mean any of what he did. He was a fool. But Poppy wants nothing to do with him. So, their wolves know they are mates. That doesn’t mean they have to be together. When a new pack comes by, Klaus has to show Poppy he is serious. Why do the alpha son’s always have to be stupid. Did they not learn anything from the Alpha. Never bully. The one you do could be your mate. But nope, never listen. Klaus has to work really hard to show Poppy he truly does care for her. He never wanted to hurt her. He was just being a jerk. You have to love Poppy. She is strong and pushes back against Klaus. Sure, she feels the pull but she wants to know he is telling the truth. Love is right there, they just had to admit to it.

5/5
Bullied Mate
Written by Samkat on 27th Sep 2022

I just love this trope and think this story was done well. Poppy is transitioning for the first time and she's about to discover her mate. The one shifter that is meant for her and her for him. Unfortunately, her mate is none other than Klaus Demon, the Alpha's son and her bully. Klaus has bullied Poppy in secret. No one knows how he treated her and she never told anyone. Deciding that she needs time to figure out how she feels about all this, Poppy and Klaus decide not to tell anyone they're mates. They need to decide for themselves if this can work and if Poppy can forgive and trust Klaus after everything he put her through growing up. This creates some conflict when a neighboring pack comes to visit and some unmated wolves put the moves on Poppy. After all, no one knows she has a mate so she is considered fair game. This creates some issues of jealousy and actually helps these two discover their true feelings towards each other. This read was enjoyable and entertaining. I felt that there was an appropriate amount of groveling from Klaus and he was sincere in his regret. Overall, well done and highly recommended.

4/5
Good book
Written by Brandi C on 27th Sep 2022

I enjoyed this book a lot. I wish there was more story to back up the history of Poppy and Klaus. I was proud of Poppy for sticking to her guns and making Klaus work for it. I received a free copy of this book via Evernight and am voluntarily leaving a review.

5/5
Good
Written by Debs48 on 27th Sep 2022

A lovely well written story to find they were fated mates but klaus had bullied poppy in their school days and made her life hell she hated him and with her transformation to find they were destined to be together she could not understand her feelings for him. In the end their mating was too powerful and meant to be

4/5
Another hit
Written by Amanda1444 on 27th Sep 2022

I really enjoy Sam Crescent and the works we releases. In this book we meet Poppy and Klaus. The pair are both shifters. But it goes back further than that. Growing up Klaus used to pick on Poppy. When Poppy finally shifts for the first time they discover they are fated mates.

4/5
Sweet romance and HEA
Written by Sarah ES on 27th Sep 2022

I enjoyed this book immensely. The one part that really kind of annoyed me was how they kept hammering on the he bullied her over and over. After reading that for the 50th time, I was so over reading about it. Other than that though I enjoyed the main characters and the world they lived in. The book was definitely a sweet romance with a few hurdles that main characters had to overcome, and of course it had the promised HEA!!

5/5
Enemies to lovers
Written by Barb K on 27th Sep 2022

Klaus is the alpha’s son and a bully. Poppy is full figured and beautiful and was the one being bullied by Klaus. They are wolf shifters and at eighteen they go through their first transition. As soon as they do, they know they are mates. But Poppy wants nothing to do with him because of the way he bullied her. The longer they wait, the harder it is to control their animals. Can Poppy forgive Klaus for his past behavior? Great little story. Enemies to lovers. Shifters. Sexual tension. * Voluntarily read and reviewed this for NetGalley *

5/5
Wonderful story
Written by vickymeowmeow on 27th Sep 2022

Realistic characters struggled with remorse and forgiveness. Klaus confusion over why he behaved so out of character was very realistic and I was able to feel some sympathy for him. His remorse seemed genuine, very well written. Poppy struggled with forgiving him and putting the past in the past. There were several moderately described sex scenes which were useful in adding Clarity to the confusion surrounding their relationship. The emotions felt real. There was a great hea and an honest resolution to all their feelings.

5/5
Sweet!
Written by Kimmijane on 27th Sep 2022

This story was really good. The characters were charming and Poppy was strong and lovely. Klaus was just sweet! He really grew into the role of good mate from childhood bully. I loved Anna, Poppy’s mom. I hope there is another book where Anna gets a second chance at love.

4/5
Bullied Mate
Written by Regina K on 27th Sep 2022

This is one female wolfs story of being bullied through her school years only to find out the wolf doing the bullying is her mate. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own

5/5
Keep 'em coming, Sam!.
Written by Di Budo on 13th Sep 2022

Shape Shifting? Handsome men? Festy, strong Women? Yes, Please! I really enjoyed the story of Poppy and Klaus. I love the possibility of shape shifters! Keep 'em coming, Sam!.

5/5
Another amazing read
Written by Adrianna L on 13th Sep 2022

I love Sam Crescent. I really enjoyed Poppy and Klaus story. Being bullied and not liking him to loving and mated. It's well written and at first I did not enjoy Klaus because of his bullying history. But its a great book . Another amazing read by Sam Crescent.

5/5
Excellent read
Written by Sua on 13th Sep 2022

I love Klaus and Poppy’s story! It was good to see how much groveling Klaus needed to do to win his mates heart because she’s been bullied by him for most of her life. Poppy stands firm on keeping Klaus at arms length but when he’s always around, her heart just melts away a little more for him. Throw in a pack that’s visiting and are looking for single mates, makes thing interesting since Poppy is adamant about keeping their relationship secret until they figure out their feelings.

4/5
Can a bully find redemption?
Written by Laura S. on 13th Sep 2022

I like Ms. Crescent's bully stories! The hero doesn't know how to handle his feelings, so he torments the one he secretly adores! It's a common theme, but still fun to read about how hard he has to work to redeem himself. I think he should have to work harder, but that's my take on it. Maybe the mate pull is in his favor! This is an entertaining story, one that I think you will enjoy!

5/5
Loved it!
Written by AvaNorris on 13th Sep 2022

Klaus was a jerk to Poppy for years and when they're suddenly mates, it makes things quite uncomfortable. I loved how Poppy stood her ground with him and made it known she wasn't happy with fate's choice of a mate for her. I liked Klaus and how he was genuinely sorry about what he did and how he behaved. There was enough grovelling and proving to her that he'll be the mate she needs. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes bully romances and fated mates romances.

5/5
Great shifter story
Written by Shortbec on 13th Sep 2022

Poppy and Klaus grew up together, but Klaus made Poppy's life miserable by being her bully. On Poppy's first transition to wolf, they both find out that they are mates. Poppy doesn't want to be mated to Klaus. But when a neighboring pack comes to visit it will put the mate bond to the test.

5/5
Live this series!
Written by Diana Acero on 13th Sep 2022

The alpha shifter collection is one of my favorite and this story didn't disappoint. I enjoyed the present story without obsessing in the past but giving you the main past issues.

5/5
An enjoyable and heartfelt story
Written by NikiG on 13th Sep 2022

Klaus has bullied Poppy all through high school. When she transitions to her wolf for the fist time, she meets her mate. What will happen when she realizes her Nate us the boy that has tormented her for years? Will Klaus be able to prove he really does want Poppy? This is such a enjoyable and heartfelt story. I really want more of it!

5/5
Poppy and Klaus
Written by Keaton Windham on 13th Sep 2022

Hot, young, puppy love! Klaus and Poppy grew up together, so them being mates should be a lucky break… if Klaus wouldn’t have bullied her through high school. I love that Poppy doesn’t let him gloss over the past like he so desperately wants to; being soulmates didn’t change the fact that he was a total jerk to her, so she refuses to give him the time of day. Of course, Klaus starts to understand just how bad it was and starts trying to earn her forgiveness while they keep their mate good a secret from their parents and pack. This book is part of a huge series of standalone shifter romances that put a twist on regular ole fated mate tales. I highly recommend the whole series! Of course, HEA guaranteed!

4/5
Absolutely adorable
Written by Emily R on 13th Sep 2022

This book was so cute and really enjoyable to read. It tells the story of two shifter mates who never thought they’d turn out to be mates. Klaus, the MMC bullied Poppy all through childhood, and she’d hated him for it. When they turned out to be true mates after her first shift, she despised the mating bond between them and tried to ignore it at every moment. They didn’t tell anyone they were mates, and Klaus spent all the time he could, trying to prove to her how sorry he was. Things get a little complicated when a neighboring pack comes for a visit and the Alpha’s son wants to mate with Poppy and make her his wife, even without the true mate bond. Poppy and Klaus will have to decide if they really want one another and if they’re ready to be honest with the pack, the Alpha, and Poppy’s mom about why they hid their bond for so long. I love enemies to loves style romances, and this one was no different. Absolutely adorable and it made my heart smile. I definitely want to read more books like this in the future.

5/5
Bully turned mate
Written by Michele77 on 6th Sep 2022

A bully finds that the girl he bullied is his mate. Lovely story, great characters with just enough competition to add some depth to the story.

5/5
Another great read!
Written by Jamee hunter on 6th Sep 2022

Klaus Has been a bully to Poppy for years. When she first transitions they realize they are mates. When Klaus realizes poppy does not want to be his mate because of how he treated her he realizes how big of a mistake he made. Can he get her to forgive him?

4/5
Four stars
Written by April is probably reading smut on 6th Sep 2022

I'm a huge fan of Sam Crescent, this was another hit! It's about a pair of shifters, Klaus and Poppy. Klaus bullied Poppy pretty much all of their lives. When Poppy finally transitions, they find out they are fated mates. But... they hate each other. How can they move past that? I thought this was a super cute romance. I adore the fated mate trope- this one was no exception. I would have liked a little more spice but that's just me. safety: dual virgins OM drama (not reciprocated) no cheating/sharing safe HEA ♡

5/5
Great story
Written by PHOENIX96 on 6th Sep 2022

On Poppies 18th birthday she found out her mate was none of than the Alphas son and her secret bully Klaus, she pushes him away but hes not one to give up on his mate, he knows he messed up, big time but he'll do anything to prove himself worthy of Poppy, especially when another pack comes to town. Well written desires angst, grovelling and steamy scenes too!