Bearing the Shifter (Shifter World - Book Four) (Series of 13 Short Stories)

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THIS IS BOOK FOUR OF 'SHIFTER WORLD' SERIES, PLEASE READ IN ORDER - Maddy Trenton was just in the area to take pictures for her blog. But what she got, was a whole new life. A mate, new friends, and information she has wondered about her whole life. Between dealing with ass holes, and jerkwads, she and her mate deal with bigotry, and attempted rape, but they discover that there isn’t anything they can’t get through, as long as they have each other, as well as her new Guardian and his best friend. This life isn’t meant for them anymore, and they know there’s more in store for them. They just need to find the other Fated Mates and join them for what is to come. THIS BOOK IS NOT A STAND ALONE

Romance / Fantasy
Koko Aranck
4.7 207 reviews
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Chapter One: The Black Bear

(DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE NOT READ BOOKS ONE, TWO & THREE) -Her Shifter Bodyguard / Shifter On Ice / The Shifter Bar-


-One Week Ago-

Maddy Trenton stood off from the stands as she watched the football game. She’d come to this area for pictures of the wildlife in their natural habitats, but when she’d heard there was a football game, she’d had to come watch. They weren’t a professional team, but they were good, and she was enjoying herself.

Her father had enjoyed any kind of sport when he was alive. Even the underdogs, as he called the collage or other teams who weren’t of professional standards. He’d made a lot of bets in his life and win or lose, he enjoyed it. Maybe her mother should have made him quit, then maybe he’d still be alive, and her mother wouldn’t be so cold.

Maddy sighed. That’s in the past now. She’d left home a couple of years after her father had been killed, and her mother had turned to the bottle, for comfort. Now, she takes care of herself. She may not have the jazziest job, as her mother would say, but she loved it and was happy.

Who wouldn’t be happy to work for themselves, really? And she makes plenty of money to take care of herself

The crowd cheered and Maddy looked to the field to see that the home team had scored a touchdown. Everyone began chanting a name and Maddy looked for the man. She saw the name and number on the back of a jersey and smiled when he turned to the crowd. He looked big and mean, and so delicious.

Rolando Florance grinned as he listened to the crowd chant. They were down to the last few minutes, and his touchdown had put them ahead. If their kicker made this goal, they will win by seven points. If not, ah well, they’ll still win.

A scent caught his nose and he paused. He’d never smelt anything like it before. He stopped and closed his eyes as he took in a deep breath.

“You smell it too, huh?” His teammate and best friend, Gerald Copperfield asked as he stopped next to him.

Rolando opened his eyes. “What is it?” He asked as he looked at Gerald, who happened to be a Shifter like himself.

“It’s an unclaimed mate.” Gerald said. “I’ve heard of them but never smelled one before. Fuck, she smells good.”

Rolando nodded. “How do you claim an unclaimed mate?”

“Fuck her.” Gerald said with a laugh. “But don’t go cockblocking a fellow Shifter. It won’t be good for you.”

Rolando stared at him. “Cockblock?”

“Fuck, man, haven’t you read books about Shifters or any other Supernaturals?” Gerald asked.

Rolando shrugged. “Not really.”

“I’ll loan you the two I have, after the celebration party.” Gerald said as he headed off the field.

Rolando nodded as he took in another breath of the scent of the unclaimed mate, then followed his teammate off the field, so their kicker can do his job, and they can head to the party. Maybe he’ll meet her there.


Late that night, Rolando sat in his room with the book Gerald had loaned him. He was reading about Shifters and their Fated Mates. He’d never heard of a Fated Mate before. And now, he has smelt one, and he knows what the book meant by not being able to resist. He wanted to fuck whoever it was, until she screamed out his name, fuck, even if it’s a dude.

The memory of the scent had his cock so hard it hurt.

He flipped the page in the book and paused. There was a picture of two arms pressed together, their fingers laced together, as a glow shined off them.

The Bonding.

“Hmm, looks…sexy.” He mumbled, then chuckled.

“So, I take it you’re enjoying the book.” Gerald said with a laugh as he came into the room.

Rolando looked up at him then down at where Gerald was looking and grinned. “I was remembering her scent.”

Gerald nodded. “Did you get to the part about cockblocking?”

Rolando chuckled. “Yeah man, I read about it.”

“Not a laughing matter, Rolando. If you cockblock a Shifter, they will probably kill you.” Gerald said as he sat on the edge of the bed. “Want me to take care of that for you?” He asked as he pointed to Rolando’s pants where his cock was pressing against the zipper.

Rolando gave his friend a shove off his bed. “Go find someone else to suck.”

Gerald laughed as he moved away from the bed. “I guess we’re not a good match, anyways.”

Rolando snorted. He knows his friend is gay, and he has nothing against gays. But he prefers feminine lips on his cock and a nice warm pussy. If he wanted to fuck an ass, he’d find a female who’s into ass fucking. Though he knows Gerald, he’s not the kind to get screwed in the ass, he’s the one who would be doing the fucking, so yeah, no screwing in the ass for either of them tonight.

“Just remember not to fuck her, unless she’s your mate.” Gerald said as he moved towards the door.

Rolando nodded. “Yeah man, I got it, no cockblocking.”

Gerald grinned. “You sure you don’t want any help…” He laughed as he closed the door before the pillow could hit him.

Rolando sighed. He felt restless, like his body was wound up, tight. He looked out his window and felt the woods call to him. He set the book down and jumped off his bed. Maybe a run in the woods will sooth this feeling.

He got outside without disturbing anyone in the house and made his way to the woods. As he walked, he pulled his shirt over his head. He could easily shift with his clothes on, without tearing them, but he’s one that prefers the feeling of shifting naked, takes him back to his roots.

He quickly stripped, then once he was in the woods, he shifted and felt one with everything, as he ran.


Maddy looked around at her surroundings. She was so screwed. Why hadn’t she asked for some kind of map of the damn woods? She’s so lost, she fears she’ll freeze to death before anyone realizes she’s missing and goes looking for her, or she’ll be eaten by the very wildlife she’d come here to take pictures of.

Either way, this is her last night alive, so she may as well take pictures, so people have something to remember her by.

She came to a stream and stopped when she saw a grizzly bear drinking the clear water.

What a great photo op. She thought as she quietly lifted her camera from around her neck and began snapping pictures.

The large bear looked up and her heart fell to her knees. He looked straight at her, and then let out a roar that almost had her pissing her pants. She started to back away, but then remembered something she’d read about bears. Don’t run, they will chase you. What was it the book said? Oh yeah, drop and pretend to be dead.

But does that really work?

Fuck, if she didn’t try it soon, she won’t have to pretend. Before her brain could make up its mind on what to do, the bear bounded across the stream and ran straight for her. But before the bear got to her, a Black Bear jumped from the bushes and snarled at the grizzly.

The grizzly roared as he stood on his hind legs. The Black Bear reared up on his hind legs and swatted at the grizzly with his sharp front claws.

Maddy watched with wide eyes as the two bears fought. Without realizing what she was doing, her finger began clicking her camera, taking pictures of the fight. The Black Bear roared and came down on the grizzly. Finally, the grizzly gave up the fight and ran back across the stream and disappeared into the woods.

Maddy froze when the Black Bear turned to her. But instead of fear, she felt safe when she looked into the silver eyes of the Black Bear.

But even so, it’s a bear!

So, when the bear moved towards her, she took a step back, then another. When she tripped over something and fell backward onto her ass, the bear picked up speed, as if it was concerned.

A bear concerned over a human?

When the bear got to her, she was lying on her back, trying to pretend she was dead. Her eyes were closed, and she was trying to control her breathing, so it looked like she wasn’t breathing, but that was hard when she knew the bear was so close. She felt paws on her arms, then a tongue on her cheek?

Maddy opened her eyes and looked into the silver eyes of the Black Bear. She blinked a few times, but the bear didn’t disappear.

Then, right before her eyes, the bear began to shift. And soon, there was no longer a large Black Bear over top of her, but a very naked man, with the most beautiful dark chocolate skin. His silver eyes bore into hers and he said one word, but the word scorched her soul.


Then he was kissing her, and everything around her disappeared. Only this man, this Shifter, was here. A very naked, gorgeous Shifter. When his head lifted from the kiss, she studied his face. He was like a dark Adonis. His body was toned, his face chiseled as if the Gods themselves had sculpted him. His thick hair was cut short, and she ached to slide her fingers through it.

“I had smelt you at the game.” He said as he stared down at her. “I read about you. But I didn’t let myself even think that you were mine.”

She sucked in a breath at his words.

“Do you feel it too?” He whispered.

Maddy didn’t have to think about what he was asking. She’d felt it when he was in his Bear form, so yeah, she felt it. So, she nodded.

He grinned. “Do you know what we have to do now?” He asked as he moved her dark hair from her face.

She shook her head.

He continued to grin as he leaned forward. “Let me give you a clue.” He said, then before she knew what was happening, she was naked from the waist down, and he was in her so fast she cried out.

She wasn’t sure if it was a scream of pain or pleasure, probably both. He was huge and stretched her so wide she couldn’t breathe.

He groaned loudly as he filled her. “Fuck, you’re tight.”

“Oh, God.” She moaned.

He pulled her camera off her neck and gently set it off to the side on the grass, then took her mouth in an amazing kiss.

“I didn’t know you existed, but I feel like I’ve waited forever for you.” He whispered as he began to move inside her.

“Ohmigod!” She cried out.

“Now that I’ve found you, I’m never letting you go.” He said as he nipped at her throat.

God, she didn’t want him to let her go. This was the best sex she has ever had. Not that she has a whole lot to compare it to.

“What’s your name?” He whispered in her ear.

Shit, he’s fucking her brains out, and they don’t even know each other’s names.

“Ma…Maddy.” She said, then whimpered when he turned his hips and pressed against a G-Spot she didn’t even know existed. “Fuuuuck!” She cried out.

He grunted. “That’s good.” He said as he closed his eyes.

“Wha…What’s your name?” She stuttered.

He looked at her and then the brightest smile appeared across his face that took all breath from her body.

“You were at the game tonight; thought you knew who I was.”

She shook her head. “I’m not from here. Only came to take pictures of the wildlife here, heard there was a game, and couldn’t resist.”

“Like sports, do you?” He asked, then kissed her again.

“Yes.” She breathed when he let up from the kiss.

He smiled again. “I’m Rolando. Rolando Florance.”

Her eyes fluttered as she stared up at him. “You mean, I’m actually fucking the superstar of tonight’s game?”

He chuckled. “I guess you can say that.”

She moaned as she lifted her hips up to greet his.

Rolando moaned when she lifted her hips. God, she’s amazing. When he’d seen her watching the other bear, he’d smelt that she was the unclaimed mate they had smelt earlier. And felt a pull toward her, but hadn’t been sure what it meant. Then, when that grizzly had come after her, he’d felt it his duty to protect her, like she was his.

When he’d turned and looked into her eyes, it had all come crashing down on him. He’d gotten so dizzy and turned on at the same time, that he’d known she was his.

And he had to claim her right away.

Luckily, she’d felt it too, so he didn’t have to wait, as the book had said. Because if a Shifter raped their Fated Mate, she or he would hate them, and that would risk everything that the Fated Mates are meant to have together.

And fuck, she feels incredible. And she’s so beautiful, he’s one lucky son of a bitch.

“Rolando.” She cried out as her body tightened, and her pussy clamped around his cock.

“Ah fuck.” He groaned. He is so close; he needs to start the ritual. “Maddy.” He said with a groan as he reached for her hands.

Maddy moaned when Rolando laced his fingers with hers. When he moved their hands above her head, she didn’t mind. It was actually, very sexy. She watched as he pressed his forearms to hers, pressing them to ground.

“I don’t know how much this is going to hurt.” He said as he kissed her.

Her eyes opened wide at his words, and fear slid through her body as she began squirming, trying to free herself from him.

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