Sunday, July 16, 2017

JESS BUFFETT & TAMSIN BAKER

ACCEPTANCE
 
~A Wedding~
 
By
Jess Buffett & Tamsin Baker
Note: This story is set after the events of Acceptance [Australian Alphas 1]


“Why the hell am I doing this again?” Axel grumbled, shifting uncomfortably in front of the mirror.

“Because you’re whipped?” Liam said flippantly while working on his own suit jacket.

Axel growled. “I’m not whipped.”

“You sure about that?” Kian added. “I mean, what other shifter do we know that would go through all of this? And for something that this country still doesn’t recognize as legal between two men.”

“It’s for Will,” Axel muttered, doing his best to ignore the sly looks from his Betas. “He may be a Witch but he was raised human. And humans do this sort of thing. Which apparently requires the use of these barbaric clothes.”

“Oh Jesus,” Kian groaned coming over to stand in front of him. His Beta slapped his hands away from his tie and began fixing it for him. “How the hell did you even make it through basics without being able to do this properly?”

Grimacing when the tie tightened just that little bit further, Axel let out a sigh when Kian was done and stepped back. “It wasn’t something we had to worry about often.”

His family wasn’t very formal, and then serving in the military for a decade hadn’t afforded him many times to attend any events, let alone a human wedding.

“Why wasn’t he happy with just the mating? That’s good enough for us.” Kian groaned as he tightened his own collar.

Axel rolled his eyes, frustration starting to mount inside himself. “I already told you…” He turned on them to tell them to stop. He didn’t really want to do this, but how to explain that to his Betas?

He loved Will. Adored him. But this flowers and frills thing made no sense to him.

Help came from an unexpected corner.

“I think it’s great you’re doing this for Will, Axel. I know I’ve been giving you both shit for it,” his brother, Joel said and Axel grimaced, remembering all the jokes about pansy’s Joel had dished out over the past month. “But you know… Will’s had a pretty shit life, no parents and then finding out he’s a witch and a pretty powerful one too. I say do whatever he wants. If he wants flowers and a tux, for one day. Do it, bro.”

Axel could have kissed his brother in that moment, but instead he just grinned and let his Betas slink away muttering about how nice a guy Will was.

Will was the best. The most amazing mate an Alpha could have. Not only was he sexy as hell, so powerful most of the Witches now looked up to him… but he was also kind and loving towards every member of the pack.

“Hey son, can I bend your ear a minute?” His dad stuck his head in and Axel nodded.

“Sure dad.”

His brother and his Betas filtered out while his dad moved closer, his eyes dancing with mirth.

“You know your mother’s a mess? She’s blubbering all over Will and saying how this will be the most beautiful wedding ever.”

Axel rolled his eyes. “Yeah, well, with all the money we’ve been throwing at it and the Witches gifts, it bloody better be.”

His dad cleared his throat. “We have a bit of a situation. Some of the shifters are nervous about Will’s family coming. What would you like to do about it? The last thing we want is a fight to erupt.”

Axel growled, letting the depth of it rumble through his vocal chords. “Tell them, that if they don’t wish their Alpha well in his mating, they may leave. Otherwise they will be lined up, in their chairs, and they will respect Will’s family as I do. The Witches are far more powerful than most of the shifters we have, so they should show more respect, not less.”

His father bowed his head. “Yes, son. I agree with you. Not only are the Witches powerful allies, but they are Will’s family. I will go out and deliver the message now.”

His father turned away, paused then swivelled back.

“I’m very proud of you son. This may not be a legal binding, but you’re proving you would do anything for your mate. Including suffering through all those bouquets out there,” Larry said with a smirk.

Axel shook his head in bewilderment. “There are just so damn many of them.”

“Still,” his father added, his hand landing on Axel’s shoulder briefly. “You’ve done me, and your mother very proud.”

An unusual tickle heated the back of his throat and he coughed it out.

“Thanks dad.”

His father left the room and Axel was left alone to stare at himself in the mirror, unsurprised when Joel appeared in the reflection, grinning like the fool he was.

“Yo, bro. You ready to do this?”

Nodding and taking once last moment to straighten his suit, he nodded. “Yeah. Let’s do this.”

****

Will stood near the window, looking out over the yard where everyone waited for him. A temporary isle has been set up, Axel’s mother going to such great lengths that even a garden arch sat at the end where Axel stood, pacing up and down a small patch.

Smiling, Will shook his head at his mate.

“And what, may I ask, are you grinning at?” asked Teresa, one of the Witch elders he had come to know well.

“Axel,” Will answered, turning back to look at his mate. “He’s pacing like he thinks I’m going to leave him standing at the alter by himself.”

Teresa chuckled. “I’m sure that’s not the issue.”

With a grimace, Will nodded and turned back to her. “You’re right. It’s probably all those hearts and flowers. I mean, damn, there are so many. It looks like St Valentine partied a little too hard and threw up all over the place.”

Looking slightly horrified at his description, Teresa blinked. “Well that was quiet the mental image. Thank you for that, dear.”

“It’s just so…” He couldn’t find the words and Teresa cocked her head to the side.

“You don’t want to do this Will?”

Her insight was too powerful for him to lie to. He’d been pushing through all of his misgivings for weeks, but they’d built to the point where nervous energy clutched his gut like a powerful punch.

“I don’t know anymore. Don’t get me wrong. I love Axel. I’d do anything to be with him… but this all just seems like so much fuss, and hassle, and money! Damn, the money! What a waste!”

Teresa smiled with the tenderness of an old woman looking down upon a child.

“Don’t be concerned about the money. That’s the last thing you need to worry yourself about.”

Will glanced away, slightly embarrassed. After growing up poor, it was quite shocking that his partner was so well off. The Woodland’s had been exceedingly generous.

“I know, but…”

The door opened and his friend Tara burst inside, her beautiful hair swept into a formal updo, and her killer body wrapped in a black dress.

“Wow, you look amazing Will! You ready? He’s waiting.”

Will took a steadying breath. Yes. He was ready for this. He needed to forget about all the money, and the flowers… and focus on what today was about.

His love for Axel, and Axel’s for him.

“Yes. Definitely. Let’s go.”

He grabbed hold of Teresa and Tara’s hand and together, they walked outside and into the beautiful garden.

“Good luck.” They both whispered to him, slipping into the crowd.

Will was left alone, at the beginning of the long aisle, feeling like his neck tie was choking him.

****

Axel could count on one hand the number of times he had been left speechless. Funnily enough at least three of those times could be attributed to his mate. And today was no different.

Watching Will make his way toward him as their family, friends and Leap surrounded them in such a public display of their connection, Axel realized he finally understood the human need for a ceremony like this.

Their mating had been intimate, Axel introducing Will as his mate to his Leap had been a statement, but this…this was a declaration.

His leopard prowled just beneath the surface, a sudden primal need to public claim Will overwhelmed his senses. Axel had to reign himself in knowing full well that Will would not appreciate that kind of a gesture right at that moment.

The entire ceremony went rather quickly after that. Axel was aware of their celebrant speaking, and words being exchanged by both he and Will, yet aside from the overpowering scent of pollen surrounding him, Axel’s entire focus was on his need for his mate.

When the chance finally came to take Will into his arms Axel didn’t hesitate. He kissed him with every ounce of passion in his soul, a cheer going up from the large crowd around them.

When he finally pulled back to stare down into Will’s eyes, all he saw was a dazed love and a gorgeous little smile.

“Wow.”

He smirked as he straightened Will once again. He didn’t remember practically bending him in half, but he must have. “Well, you wanted this to be special. This is my way of doing that.”

They were surrounded by well wishes and everyone was corralled into the Marquee that had been set up with banquet tables and music.

“Hey, come here.” Will grabbed him just as they were about to step into their family party and pulled him under the shade of a beautiful yellow wattle tree.

“You okay?” Axel asked his mate, and now by all definitions, his husband.

Will nodded. “Yes, today was perfect. Everyone seems to be having a great time.”

“I’d do anything for you, Will. You know that.”

Will frowned. “But you know I didn’t really need this? It’s not legal anyway, and our mating was more than enough of a commitment for me.”

Axel stared at his mate for a moment, absorbing the uncomfortable look on Will’s face.

He pointed towards the marquee. “Are you telling me you didn’t want all of this shit, either?”

“Either? I thought you wanted it!” Will exclaimed.

“No! As if I give a shit about flowers, and paperwork.”

They both stared at each other intensely for a moment, and then Will started to laugh. Big belly laughs that had him leaning against the tree in hopes of keeping him standing.

“I thought I was doing it for you,” Will explained trying to catch his breath.

 Axel couldn’t help it, and he started to chuckle too. “And I thought I was doing it for you.”

“I can’t believe we did all this for our families!”

Will pushed himself upright and wipes at the tears on his face. “Welcome to being human!”

Sighing, Axel shrugged. “Ah well, at least we get to enjoy a big party.”

Will went to move back to the marquee and Axel sobered, grabbing his mate and pulling Will’s warm body into his.

“You know I kinda get it though. Why you, or your family, or anyone, would want to get married. I love you, and I want the whole world to know it.”

Will lifted his chin and kissed him, the flavour of love and devotion permeating his senses and making his leopard once again demand to grab up his mate and take him to bed.

Axel growled. “Keep that up though and I’ll be dragging you away from this to show you how shifters really get married.”

With a sly grin, Will slid his hand down Axel’s chest. “I like the sound of that, but for now…Let’s go celebrate, husband.”

With that, Will tugged Axel into the party, and into the rest of their lives.
 

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ACCEPTANCE

Will Summer has been in love with Axel for as long as he can remember. He’s about to give up hope when he hears the shifter has found his true mate and is ready to claim them.

As the new Alpha of the Woodland Leap, Axel has waited a long time to be able to claim his mate, Will. However, tensions begin to rise when the Witches and Hunters reappear and seem to be searching for Will.

As a long-kept secret threatens to tear everything apart, can Will learn to accept the truth and come to terms with a power he never imagined possible?

Reader Advisory: This Paranormal Gay Romance by Jess Buffett and Tamsin Baker, contains one sexy, determined Alpha, one bad-arse mate, and graphic man-on-man sex that will keep you coming back for more.


 
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Tamsin Baker Bio

Tamsin Baker is an Aussie girl who just discovered erotic romance ten months ago. Before that, she would read sexy romance, skipping the plot and looking for the all the naughty bits. Since then, she has written erotic romance and erotica novels of varying length and has had fourteen published (so far!). She absolutely loves reading and writing! She has two other jobs, including kids and a hubby too – but writing is a passion that she has to indulge for fear of insanity. M/M is a passion of hers so even when she writes ménage, there is always an M/M story. She particularly enjoys writing female dommes, but she loves experimenting in all genres. Tamsin is learning to write and read more one step at a time. Soon, she’ll have stories published in every sub-genre of erotic romance – well that’s her aim anyway!


 
Jess Buffett Bio
JESS BUFFETT WAS BORN AND RAISED IN NEW SOUTH WALES, AUSTRALIA. SHE IS A MUM OF TWO, MARRIED TO HER HIGH SCHOOL SWEETHEART. JESS IS A HOPELESS ROMANTIC WHO IS A HUGE FAN OF M/M AND M/F ROMANCE WITH A HAPPY ENDING—ANYTHING WITH HUNKY MEN IN ALL THEIR GLORY, WHETHER THEY BE SHIFTERS, VAMPIRES, COWBOYS, OR THE BOY NEXT DOOR. A CAFFEINE ADDICT WHO SHAMEFULLY CAN’T MAKE A DECENT CUP OF COFFEE TO SAVE HER LIFE, JESS BELIEVES IN SOUL MATES, HAPPILY EVER AFTERS, AND IN LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT, BUT THAT SOMETIMES PEOPLE NEED A SECOND OR A THIRD FOR THE BRAIN TO CATCH UP.
 
Romance Author and Cover Artist
www.jessbuffett.com - MM Romance
www.sydneylea.com - MF and MEnage Romance

 

44 comments:

  1. The things people do for family eh?! Still they both seemed to enjoy themselves in the end. Thanks for sharing. andreamoran0801@gmail.com

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  2. Love to read about weddings and shifters.

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  3. Thank you. That was great
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  4. even if mainly for family, was still so very sweet, glad i got to read this bit :)

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  5. really nice...... thanks for posting.... jpstauff@yahoo.com

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  6. Liked this story. dianasauce@yahoo.ca

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  7. Loving this wedding excerpts.
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  8. Ooohhh, I need to look and see if I can find this book anywhere other than Amazon, it looks good.

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  9. Loved this. Thank you.
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  10. Another new to me author (s) that now I must shop for! Can't wait to formally meet Axel & Will! jmflymric7@aol.com

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  11. Love this. Going to look for the book now.
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  12. That was so sweet. I loved it.
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  13. It is amazing what we do for families and for love. I need to read the book though. Off to Amazon.
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  14. Yep, families! But the love was strong.
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  15. Loved this. Thanks for sharing.

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  16. That's really sweet :)
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  17. Thank you.
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  18. And communicatuon is the key.

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  19. Sweet story!!!
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  20. omg so good loved it
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  21. different
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  22. Very sweet! Rachm314@ymail.com

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  23. Fun! adding to my TBR list.
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  24. Loved it. It was so cute that they were getting married cause the other thought it was what they wanted.
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  25. Just put it on my reading list.
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  26. FLUFFY NEEDS MORE......kristinaleigh68@gmail.com

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  27. Hmmm. Now I need to read the actual book! pamisaac@aol.com

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  28. Thank you. I need to read Acceptance now ❤
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  29. Enjoyed the story thanks
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  30. Great story thanks
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  31. Awesome story ! Need to grab this book now!

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  32. Loved it. I wonder who convinced Will and Axel that the big wedding was what each other really wanted! lol
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  34. Well, that was so sweet. Loved it.

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  36. Very nice. New series to add to my collection
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  37. Sweet story!

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  38. Good story. Need to read this.
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  39. This great. Always new books to read. :)
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  41. Need to add book to my tbr list. hidee25@aol.com

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