Not everyone who works for Rookery Cove Aphrodisiacs does so through normal channels. There are some who prefer to do their work quietly, orderly, alone. Corin Róg is one such person. He is the groundskeeper on an isolated section of the Island and only a handful of people know he exists. But, there are some secrets that are meant to be discovered.
Mitch Whelan is one angry wolf. Entering the forest to find a runaway lab experiment, he never expected to find an altogether different type of creature. The shy faun calls to him, awakening the wolf inside him. But, in order to be with the faun, Mitch may need to restrain his basic urges -- the need to claim his mate in the only way an Alpha knows how.
Corin won't leave his land, Mitch won't leave the lab. Can these two very different men ever find a way to be together?
Praise for Faun of a Time
"This novella was about to spontaneously combust; it was so hot."
-- Hayley, Fallen Angels Reviews
"Both amusing and hot.... Watching these two very different men come together was a lot of fun. If you're in the mood for a lighthearted paranormal story with unusual heroes, pick up Faun of a Time."
-- Cassie, Joyfully Reviewed
"A wonderful, graphically sexy series of novellas, Rookery Cove makes Aphrodisiacs using a variety of paranormal creatures. Mitch and Corin were two of my favorites.... I heartily recommend reading Rookery Cove: Faun Of A Time."
-- Marcy Arbitman, The Romance Studio
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Rookery Cove: Faun of a Time
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Copyright ©2007 Jade Buchanan
Corin Róg stood still, watching the ship sail out. He wondered where it was going. He'd asked Bernie once, and he talked about how the ship would meet up with another from the mainland, shipping the toys and such from the manufacturing plant on the island out to the head office in Halifax. It all sounded fascinating. So many lives interconnecting, all the different threads winding together until you couldn't separate one from the other. Sometimes he wished he could go with them. It'd be nice to see something else, experience another lifestyle.
He shook his head. That would never happen, but he was okay with it. "Face it, Cor, this is your life. It's not that bad, is it?"
He liked it here, really he did. Sure, sometimes he wondered what others did. But, it wasn't as if he was alone. He got to visit with Bernie all the time, and sometimes Airk would come and visit him. Bernie lived in a cottage away from everyone else. Airk told him once there were rumors about Bernie being the old owner of Rookery Cove Aphrodisiacs but Bernie wouldn't talk about it. He sure didn't look like Airk or Corin, though. He didn't have fur or feathers or anything.
Corin liked the bird man, he always told the best stories. Not as good as Bernie's, of course, but pretty good all in all. Although, he didn't visit nearly as often since he mated with Baen and Gavin. Airk was pretty important on the island. You could see him flying overhead often, making his rounds and keeping an eye on everything. He took care of the environment, and Corin reported directly to him.
Airk's one mate, Baen, lived in the water but Corin had never met him personally. Baen was different from both Bernie and Airk. His body looked like water and he was even blue. Corin had seen him from a distance, although he'd never gotten up the courage to go speak to him directly. For awhile there Airk wasn't speaking to him, and Corin didn't want to upset his friend. Although, things changed when they met Gavin.
Gavin was human, and had only come to the island to work on a problem they'd been having in the breakwater. Airk couldn't stop talking about him after he first met him. Corin was happy they found each other, really he was. Sometimes, he just wished he had someone like that in his life. Airk was so happy.
"What are you doing out here, little one?"
Corin turned, spying his friend sitting on a rock behind him. He paced forward, kneeling in the foliage at Bernie's feet. Bernie reached out, roughing up Corin's hair, and stroking one horn before letting his hand drop to his side. Corin giggled, tilting his head to the side.
"Aren't you supposed to be working right now, Corin?"
Corin laughed again, a bright and cheerful sound. "I'm taking a break. Airk told me I was supposed to take a break every few hours. Said that's what the workers do to keep from getting too tired and overworked."
Bernie sighed, frowning. "I wish you'd stop asking Airk about the workers. They don't do the same things you do, I already told you that. Besides, it's best not to get too concerned with them. You're unlikely ever to meet any of them. They don't come over this way, and you're never near the main complex."
Tilting his head to the other side, Corin studied his friend. He'd never understood why Bernie didn't want him around the others. He didn't mind not having a lot of friends, but he admitted -- if only to himself -- that it made him curious to know why Bernie didn't want him to mingle with the rest of the Rookery Cove Aphrodisiacs staff. He probably wouldn't have anything in common with them anyway. It's not like they were his kind. He'd asked Airk once and he'd admitted there weren't any other fauns around. It was too bad, really. Corin would have liked to play with others like him.
"It doesn't matter, Bernie. Don't worry about it. I was just curious, that's all."
"Some day your curiosity is going to get you in trouble, little one. Mark my words."
Corin wrinkled his nose. "I should get back to work. Essie's building a new nest, and she needs more Virgin's bower. I promised her I'd get some."
"I don't even want to know what Virgin's bower is."
"Bernie! It's Clematis, of course. A plant." Corin giggled, standing up. "I'll see you later."
"Be careful, Corin. I have a bad feeling about the forest today."
"Oh, pish, Bernie. Nothing's going to happen. You'll see. It's just like any other day."
Ignoring the frown on Bernie's face, Corin started to skip away. Bernie's last words were so faint, he almost didn't hear them.
"Don't be so sure, little one. Don't be so sure."