Fated Love(The Twisted Destiny Saga Book 4)By: Franca Storm
A Vampire Paranormal Romance Novel
“You’re sure that’s what she meant?” Josh asked Ryan, his arms folded as he studied him worriedly.
He’d never seen him in such a state before. Hell, he’d never seen him emotional before. Ryan always played things like that close to his chest. But right now he hadn’t been able to manage it. His pain was too much. He couldn’t swallow it down like he usually did. He sat on his bed stroking Orion’s fur as he held him close to his chest. Tears glistened in his eyes as he slumped dejectedly against the headboard.
“What else do you think it meant? She was pretty clear when she rode out of here on her Harley to get away from me.”
Josh looked at Shaye, who stood beside him, watching Ryan. She caught his eye and he saw the same concern in her eyes that he was feeling. The two of them had come to see Ryan to get his advice on a situation with the female wolves. They’d found him much the same way as he was now. It’d taken them more than ten minutes to get him to talk to them and to tell them what’d happened. But Josh still couldn’t believe it. Ryan and Cora had broken up? It was over between them?
“You guys are destined mates. You have a fated love, Ry,” he said.
“The two of you can’t be apart for very long without it affecting both of you physically,” Shaye added. “She’ll come back to you.”
Keeping his eyes on Orion, Ryan murmured, “There’s a way to break the bond.”
“What?” Josh cried.
Shaye shook her head. “Ryan, I have never heard of such a thing. I don’t think—”
“It’s a guarded secret that only those with royal blood know about,” Ryan explained. “It’s never been done before, because it would require a fuck of a lot of power.” He looked up at the two of them as he said, “Power that she now has.”
Shaye blew out a breath. “Cora doesn’t know about it. The only royal we did have to worry about telling her is dead now. Luca.”
Ryan placed Orion down on the bed beside him and rubbed his face roughly.
“It’ll be okay, Ry,” Josh assured him.
“How will it be okay? She left me. My wife left me.”
“You can work it out. You’ve never been someone to take ‘no’ for an answer, to let a little adversity stop you before, Ryan,” Shaye said.
“This is different.”
“Because she’s not the woman I fell in love with. Her power…it’s changed her. She can’t accept me for who I am anymore.”
“Who you are?” Shaye queried. “What does that mean?”
“She says I’m too…controlling.”
“When you fuck?” Josh blurted out.
“Josh—” Ryan growled.
But Josh wasn’t deterred. “Let me guess, she asked you to let her hold you down for a change. Tie you up, or whatever. And of course you refused because you cling to that misguided idea that a man is not a man if he isn’t the one doing the dominating in the bedroom.”
“It’s not just when we fuck. But yeah, that is what I believe. Don’t you, J? Would you let a woman take control of you?”
“Yeah, I would. It’s hot.” His eyes inadvertently met Shaye’s and the two of them both broke eye contact quickly. Awkwardly.
Josh watched Ryan catch the look between them. Shit. “You guys hooked up,” he accused.
“What?” Shaye choked out, blushing furiously.
Josh smirked. “I told you I wanted my own sorceress.”
Shaye smacked the back of his head.
“Sorry, babe. I’m just fucking about.”
“Looks like,” Ryan cut in, shaking his head at the two of them. “I’m not sure how I feel about my ex hooking up with my best friend.”
“Please, we haven’t been together for several lifetimes, Ryan.”
“I’m sorry, Ry. I should’ve asked you before. It just kinda…happened,” Josh said.
Ryan waved his hand dismissively. “I’m kidding. Relax. Continue doing…whatever it is you’re doing with one another.”
Shaye rolled her eyes. “Okay, enough of discussing this.” She reached into the pocket of her floor-length, white, velvety coat and withdrew two rings. She held them out on her palm in front of Ryan.