Hidden Moon (Hot Moon Rising #4)

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Copyright  2016 by Afton Locke

ISBN: 978-1-68361-001-4

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Table of Contents

Chapter One

Chapter Two

Chapter Three

Chapter Four

Chapter Five

Chapter Seven

Chapter Eight

Chapter Nine

Chapter Ten

Chapter Eleven

Epilogue

Wolf Moon by Desiree Holt

~ A Note from the Author~

Dear Reader:

When Desiree Holt invited me to be part of her Hot Moon Rising series, I was honored

and excited. I’ve been to Florida several times, and Moonlight is the perfect setting for a

wolf pack. Learning about her admiration of wolves has helped me understand them

and love them more, too. Writing in a shared world is challenging and exciting, and it’s

fun to belong to a “pack” of authors.

Like Alan, the hero in my story, I don’t always fit into the everyday world. I know how

difficult and painful that can be, especially when one has escaped the problem for a

while, only to be dragged back into it when least expected. Love heals all differences—

economic, racial, political, health-related, or even a wolf-shifter mutation.

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The Hot Moon Rising Series

Wolf Moon by Desiree Holt

Venus Moon by Desiree Holt

Blood Moon by Desiree Holt

Hidden Moon by Afton Locke

Coming Soon

Moonlight Danger by Tina Donahue

Silver Moon by Merryn Dexter

Hunger Moon by Merryn Dexter

Also by Afton Locke

Alpha in Disguise

Rebel’s Claw

Hidden Moon

Alan Shifflett left his old pack due to an inherited mutation that makes him a violent

freak. He lives a dull life farther north, suppressing his shifts. But when his father can no

longer run Moonlight Diner due to failing health, Alan is compelled to rejoin what’s left

of his pack in Florida and face his weakness.

Shelley Fields, once a spoiled high school beauty queen, has dedicated her life to helping

her pack. In public, she ridiculed Alan because of peer pressure, but secretly, she longed

for her mate. When he returns, she confesses her true feelings, but Alan has no intention

of staying where he doesn’t belong.

Meanwhile, Curtis—his rival—has a score to settle, and threats from a rival pack are

standing everyone’s fur on end. Terrified of the beast inside, Alan is desperate to return

to his safe life, but is leaving his mate, kin, and pack in danger worth the price?

Hidden Moon

Hot Moon Rising Book 4

By

Afton Locke

Moonlight Wolf Pack

Charlie Aquino (human) - Detective for the sheriff’s gang task force for Palmetto County

Sheriff’s Department. His partner is Jesse Farrell.

- Mate: Liana Cosa

Liana Cosa Aquino – Refugee from a different pack. She works part-time as a waitress at

Moonlight Diner.

- Mate: Charlie Aquino

Alexa Martin Farrell – Left her pack over a disagreement with her alpha. She moved to

Florida and helped the pack find a small community of cottages in Moonlight, Florida.

She works as an Internet researcher and gets jobs through her online website. She also

does research for The Defenders.

- Mate: Jesse Farrell

Jesse Farrell (human) – Detective for the sheriff’s gang task force for Palmetto County

Sheriff’s Department. His partner is Charlie Aquino.

- Mate: Alexa Martin (who saved him when on assignment he was attacked by a gang)

Riesa Marlowe (human) – A psychic who helped locate Hannah Raines.

- Mate: Derek Sawyer

Hannah Raines Molina – She was kidnapped and saved by Jesse and Charlie with the

help of Riesa Marlowe, a psychic. Works as Alexa Martin’s research assistant.

- Mate: Rand Molina

Rand Molina - Derek’s second-in-command in the Moonlight pack. Partners with Derek

Sawyer at The Defenders, a private security agency.

- Mate: Hannah Raines

Derek Sawyer – Alpha of a small pack, most of their original clan was destroyed when

developers took the land they were living on and many of their pack were killed by

hunters. They hid in an abandoned orange grove until Alexa offered them the bungalows

in exchange for their help. He and the others have embraced Jesse & Alexa and Charlie

& Liana and given the female shifters a new sense of belonging.

- Partners with Rand Molina at The Defenders Agency, a private security and bodyguard

agency.

- Mate: Riesa Marlowe

The Defenders Agency - A private security and bodyguard agency formed by Rand and

Derek once they were established in the little enclave of cottages. It provides good

income for the pack. A majority of the pack is involved in the cases they take.

Jesse and Charlie are their contacts with the sheriff’s department and also refer many

cases to them.

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Chapter One

Reston, VA

“I see you skipped lunch again. Would you like an orange?”

Alan Shifflett looked up from his computer monitor and the zillion lines of code he’d

wrestled with all day. His fingers, stiff and cold on the keyboard, needed a break. These

damn northern winters never seemed to end.

His co-worker looked easier on the eyes than logic statements, but her long, dark hair

and form-fitting blouse—unbuttoned a little too low—did nothing to warm him up.

“No thanks, Pam. I hate oranges.”

The expectant glow in her eyes snuffed out like a candle. How long would it take her

to realize he didn’t date? Not even blondes like…. No, he wouldn’t go there. Shelley was

a schoolboy fantasy. A dream-turned-nightmare.

Seeing couples in the street got to him sometimes, reminding him what he missed out

on. On nights of the half-moon, he wrestled the sheets, desperate to shove his aching

cock into a hot body. Hers. He dreamed of closing his teeth around a soft neck in the

mating bond. Marking his stamp on a woman. Making her his.

Luckily, those moons only happened once a month.

Most of his co-workers suspected he was gay, but he didn’t care. At least they were

smart enough to leave him alone. He came here to get a paycheck, not hang out at the

water cooler and eat sickening-sweet donuts.

In his high-rise apartment down the street, a huge porterhouse steak waited for him

in the fridge. He looked forward to cooking it medium-rare and gulping it down with a

glass of Merlot. He had a simple life, all right, but most of the people here, hunched over

their keyboards in their cubes, thrived on the same thing.

How do they stand it?
he’d wondered when he’d first arrived five years ago from

Homeland. The small town in southern Georgia—spitting distance from the Okefenokee

Swamp—was the complete opposite of this place. Suppressing the urge to shift had

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driven him crazy, but working out at the gym, freezing his ass off, and being away from

his old pack had washed the urge right out of him. As long as he stayed alone in his

apartment on nights of the half-moon, nothing happened.

Luckily, he resembled a regular guy in human form. To blend into the corporate

world better, he’d shaved off his shaggy, rust-brown hair and tamed his beard into a

neat goatee. Because he didn’t shift anymore, the scabby patches on his face from his

sharp teeth had cleared up.

No one would ever suspect he was a shifter with an inherited mutation that made him

ugly and violent. If anybody saw his snaggly ass in wolf form roaming the streets, he’d

probably never even make it to the pound. He’d be shot on sight.

Eventually, he’d figured out if he stayed here, away from his old pack and his

homeland, he was normal. Living the life of a boring human was a small price to pay for

it.

Stretching, he focused on the computer code again. Only two hours until quitting

time. He lived by the clock here. It dictated when he ate and slept. No more running wild

through the swamp with sandy dirt under his paws. Not in this place. His car sat in a

parking garage, and he had to take an elevator down seven floors to get to it.

When a new email arrived, he hoped the testers hadn’t found another software bug.

The subject line,
Your Father
, gripped his heart with an icy fist. He didn’t recognize the

email address of the sender, but he didn’t exactly keep in touch with the pack. Or his

father, either, for that matter.

The ornery cuss called him a coward, and good riddance, for leaving. A month later,

he’d called Alan once, in the wee hours of the morning.

“Dad? Do you know what time it is?”

“I did not call to find out what time it is. I called to talk some sense into you and get

you back home where you belong. But it’s probably no use.”

Then he’d hung up.

The email message came from Shelley Fields, the only woman he’d ever seen as a

potential mate. That alone sent the blood draining from his head.
She must not have

married, either.

Alan, a lot has happened since you left the pack. About three years ago, we were

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attacked by a rival pack led by a vicious alpha. Many were killed, but some of us fled

from Georgia to Central Florida to live off the land. Six months ago, we finally moved

into homes and named our little town Moonlight.

Your father fixed up an abandoned building and turned it into a restaurant like the

one he ran in Georgia. Last month, he found out he’s suffering from heart failure and is

now too weak to run Moonlight Diner. Please come as soon as you can.

The rest of the email provided addresses and travel directions.
Oh my God.
So much

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