As the captain of a fishing vessel, Alpha wolf Dominic considers himself married to his work. That's always been enough for him -- he's never been interested in a family. Until he meets Sawney.
Though he's always wanted pups, Omega physician Sawney is committed to his practice and his patients. He's never made time for a mate. But as he gets older he's finding it harder to resist the demands of his body. When he meets Dominic, his urges catch fire and breeding with the Alpha is all he can think about.
Dominic proposes they strike a deal. He can give them both what they want, no strings attached. One pup, a good friendship, and all parties satisfied.
Only it's not quite that easy. Passion and friendship are one thing, but what happens when the 'single parents' realize they're in love?
Praise for Here and There (Omega Wolves 3)
"Hands down this was my favorite. So far. That's saying a lot since I've loved each of these stories and the characters. There was just something extra special about Dominic and Sawney, plus I got a wee glimpse of Matthias and Bree that made me happy. All in all, a wonderful story."
-- Christy Duke, Rainbow Book Reviews
"I really loved these guys and how their angst really just worked itself out. I loved how they understood the other and how they both just worked together to resolve their issues... a good addition to the series and if you've been enjoying the other books, you'll enjoy this as well."
-- Morgan, Open Skye Reviews
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Here and There (Omega Wolves 3)
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Copyright ©2016 Willa Okati
Dominic ran toward the neatly kept cabin as fast as his legs could carry him, knees churning, arms pumping. His jeans were zipped but not buttoned, his belt flapping loose at both sides, and one bootlace had broken when he stepped on the trailing end. He'd somehow managed to put both coat and sweater on inside out, and he absolutely did not care.
He avoided the necessity of steps by vaulting from packed earth to neatly split pine boards, and pounded the freshly painted front door with one fist.
Of course. Dominic lambasted bloody hell out of the door with his other fist. If need be, he'd add a kick or two. A man in his position couldn't be too proud. And if the doc wasn't at home --
The top half of the door swung open, while the bottom half stayed latched. Standing behind it, a tall, slim Omega blinked at Dominic through pale green eyes set like jewels in a piquantly angled face, taking him in and not looking overly impressed. At first.
Then, the Omega chuckled and propped one elbow on the inside doorframe. "Who's in labor?"
Dominic couldn't find his tongue at first. The Doc, if this was the Doc, was definitely a wolf. Dominic's Alpha nose wouldn't deceive him. But Dominic would be damned if he'd ever seen another human being look quite so much like a cat -- or if he'd ever had such an instant urge to stroke a man until that man purred. He stayed as clear as he could of entanglements, thanks.
He shook his head briskly and tried again, this time using actual words. "Labor. Henry Call. His Omega, Oliver. How'd you know?"
Doc's smile widened as he coughed delicately. "Well, there are only a few reasons why Alphas knock on my door with quite that sense of urgency. I don't smell fresh blood or gunpowder, so it's not a hunting accident."
"Could have been a regular household mishap," Dominic suggested, forgetting his urgency briefly in his fascination with the Omega. "Maybe someone fell down a well."
Doc crinkled his nose. "I suppose anything is always possible, but there's nothing like labor and delivery to induce an Alpha panic. I know Oliver. I've been seeing him for the past three months. My name's Sawney, by the way. Please wait here."
He shut the door.
Dominic boggled at the impenetrable wood, then raised a fist to tap at it. "Hello?"
"Just a minute," Sawney called back. "I need to get my kit."
Made sense, but..."And you're going to leave me standing out here in the cold?"
"You're a big tough Alpha wolf," Sawney replied, a smile evident in his voice. "I think you can handle it." He relented far enough to crack the door slightly ajar. "And I'm not in the habit of letting Alphas I don't know into my den."
Hard to deny the sense in that either, but Dominic couldn't figure why it only piqued him more. Clever and careful usually weren't turn-ons.
Go figure. Dominic craned his neck for a better peek around and then inside as Sawney moved away. From what he could make out, the inside was as neatly ordered as an operating room. Not so the outside, with evidence of half a dozen tasks started and left unfinished. Probably didn't have much time for the busywork of a homestead between calls.
Interesting. He'd be a petite wolf, good at speed and distance, and probably an efficient hunter with that sort of focus. Wonder why he went into medicine?
Hell, Dominic wondered why anyone would, but he'd always known he was born and meant and made to captain a fishing vessel. He wanted nothing more, and he loved it with all his heart. For him, shore leave was an occasional necessary evil. Stuck in town overnight while his ship's engineer fixed a fault in their hydraulic system, he'd planned to toss his bag in a corner of his old buddy Henry's place, help keep him distracted lest his nine months pregnant Omega throttle him for being too underfoot. They'd planned to go hunting shore-side.
Didn't happen. Dominic had barely set foot in Henry's yard before a hell of a racket assaulted his ears. Henry had stuck his head out of an upstairs window and begged Dominic to run for the Doc. Fast.
So he'd done his part. It'd be great if the Doc could do the same.
Dominic raked a hand through his hair when Sawney, still safe inside, set his kit down and pulled a phone out of his pocket. "Doc. Get your ass in gear, would you?"
"First babies take their time," Sawney replied, implacably dialing. "Oliver isn't due for another two weeks, though, and while I know of you, we haven't properly met before, so I'll just make sure of the situation."
"About that --"
"Five more minutes won't hurt."
Dominic gritted his teeth and waited for the call to not complete, as he would have warned Sawney about had he been allowed. When Sawney frowned at his phone, Dominic cleared his throat. "Their phone's out. That's why they sent me running down here. Can we move already, please and thank you?"
Sawney sighed and tapped one foot on the floor. "Did you happen to hear how far apart the contractions were?"
"Two minutes. I have no idea what that means, but he said two minutes."
Sawney's eyes widened. He picked up his kit and made straight for the door. "How fast can you get me there? I assume you brought a four-wheeler?"
"About that," Dominic said. He gave Sawney his best crooked grin, the one that'd gotten him in and out of trouble ever since he'd hit puberty. "I got off a boat half an hour ago, Doc, and I've spent ten minutes of that arguing with you."
Sawney groaned. "You ran over here in wolf form, didn't you?"
"Carrying my clothes in my mouth," Dominic confirmed. "He said run. I didn't think, Doc. I just ran."
Hard to tell, but he would almost swear Sawney tried not to smile at that. "Alphas," he murmured, finishing with a click of his tongue. He pointed sternly at Dominic. "I'm only doing this for the sake of my patient. No funny business. No sniffing beyond the rib cage. And you're carrying my kit for me. Deal?"
Dominic's intrigue ripened into full blown fascination with the doctor. One cool customer, wasn't he? And handsome. Couldn't forget that. He stuck out one hand. "Deal."
"Hmm," was Sawney's only reply, but that definitely was a smile he tried to hide. "Turn your back while I change forms."
Dominic obeyed, calling back over his shoulder, "I'm not in the habit of assaulting Omegas I've never met before." No matter how pretty they are or how sweet they smell. The scent grew stronger once Sawney exited his house, and almost overwhelming to the senses when his clothes hit the deck.
A shiver rippled through the air. Dominic turned away, as promised. When he looked back, a neat black wolf chuffed at him around the set of scrubs it held in its muzzle. It darted past, feinting a nip at Dominic's knees. Well? We're in a hurry now. Let's go!
A grin split Dominic's face. Well now. He usually didn't find much of interest on shore leave, but he had a feeling this particular trip might be a touch beyond the pale.
Bring it on.