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Authors: R. E. Swanson

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Bitten by the Alpha Wolf

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Bitten by the Alpha Wolf

 

 

 

Werewolf-BBW Romance

 

 

 

 

Kyla always got exactly what she wanted. She was used to dreaming something up, then putting a plan into action, and then getting results. After all, she planned things for a living. Weddings, corporate events, she could do it all. There was a structure to what she did for a living that made her comfortable in working the way that she did.

So she had to wonder just exactly how she’d been sucked into coming to Jess’s party. Already tired to her bones with gearing up for the wedding season, all Kyla wanted to do was go home, put on her extra comfy sweats, and veg in front of whatever sappy romantic comedy was streaming.

“You’re going to be glad you came,” Jess had practically sung to her at the door. “Tons of hot guys came. Good call on the dress.”

Kyla looked down at herself. “It’s what I wore to work.”

“Well, it’s perfect. Great color on you.”

Kyla had to agree with that, at least. The emerald green complimented her dark skin perfectly, and the cut of the dress highlighted her curves while minimizing her waistline.

“I’m not interested in hot guys,” Kyla said.

“Oh, pooh,” Jess replied. “It’s been way too long since you had a promising date.”

Kyla couldn’t argue with that. She hadn’t let anyone get close since Dirk, her cheating ex-fiancé, had finally left her for someone else. It was just too hard to put herself out there.

The faint music and conversation in the room fell away when she saw Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome across the room.

“Introduce me,” she said to Jess, nudging her.

“To…oh! To Landon.”

“I don’t care what his name is. I have to meet him now.”

They made their way over to Landon. His sable-colored hair fell wildly against his forehead, and a five o'clock shadow highlighted his copper skin

Jess made the introductions. When Landon shook Kyla's hand, heat coursed through her body. She wondered if Landon felt it, too. She couldn’t have been the only one whose heart skipped a beat. And she couldn’t have been the only one to feel like time stopped in its tracks when their hands touched.

A stunning blonde called Landon away almost immediately, and Kyla frowned. She didn’t want to look too eager, anyway. What was she thinking, practically throwing herself at a stranger?

Another hour at the party passed in a blur. Kyla kept trying to catch Landon’s eye, but every time she turned, it was like he had just moved away to talk to someone else. Finally, she went home early. It wasn’t too late for that romantic comedy.

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They hadn’t had a chance to exchange contact information, a point that irked Kyla for the rest of the night and into the next day. She had to resist the urge to ask Jess about him. There was no way that she was willing to look desperate chasing after a man. When she went to bed the next evening, she had to resign herself to the fact that if she and Landon were meant to be in each other's lives, their paths would cross again.

Coming to that conclusion didn’t keep him off of her mind, though. She had not been smitten by any one man in a long time, not since Dirk…and she’d seen where that got her. Cheated on and dumped, with multiple tests to make sure she hadn’t contracted any STDs.

Now, between work and constantly meeting Mr. Wrong, Kyla had practically given up on meeting someone that would not only meet her expectations, but make her swoon.

Kyla decided to let it go and hope that Landon would be at the next party.

 

*

 

“What’ll it be today, Miss Kyla?” the barista asked. He waggled his eyes at her flirtatiously, as he always did, and smiled to show his dimple.

Kyla smiled back at him and closed the browser on her phone. Jess had sent her a link to a site discussing werewolves in Louisiana, and while it was fascinating, it wasn’t as important as a face-to-face interaction with her favorite barista. It was fun to flirt, especially with this guy, because she knew it would safely never go anywhere. "I'll have a vanilla latte and a lemon scone, please."

"That sounds good,” a deep voice said from behind her. “I'll have the same."

Kyla whirled around and nearly knocked into Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome.

"Landon," she said. She tried to remember to close her mouth instead of gaping at him, but she could barely remember how to talk.

"Hi, Kyla."

A thrill ran through her veins. He remembered her.

They were both interrupted by the barista passing them their orders.

Landon gestured to an empty table. "Do you want to have a seat and eat?"

All of a sudden, right here in front of her was the man that she’d been waiting for. She really didn’t have time for a leisurely meal, but the opportunity was here and she didn’t want to miss it.

Glancing at her watch, she said, "I have about ten minutes before I have to get to the office."

Truth was, she had about twenty or so, but she didn’t want to make herself seem overly available. Being so available for Dirk, and having it backfire, had left her skittish.

"Perfect." Landon held his hand out, letting her go first.

Ever the gentleman, he pulled out her chair, waiting until she was seated to sit down.  

"Do you come here every morning?" he asked.

"I do. It's one of my favorite shops. How about you?"

Landon shook his head. "I just found it. It looks like I chose the right day to try something new."

The flirtatious look on his face drew her in. She could feel her cheeks heat up, and she knew that she was blushing. She was grateful that it would mostly be hidden by her darker skin.

"It's always nice to try something different," she said. She couldn’t quite believe she was flirting, but something about him seemed to compel her.

Landon's hazel eyes seemed to stare right through her. "I agree."

They sipped their coffees in silence. It wasn’t an uncomfortable silence by any means, because it gave Kyla the chance to look at him. There was something mysterious about Landon, and Kyla could not quite put her finger on it. The intrigue was nothing scary. It mostly made her want to get to know something about the sadness that she sensed behind his warm hazel eyes and that crooked smile.

He was the first to break their companionable silence. "What if I asked you to meet me here in the morning for coffee tomorrow?"

Kyla liked his forwardness. Since she wasn’t brave enough to put herself out there, at least he would do it.

"I would like that. I would like that very much, Landon." She checked the time. She didn’t want to go. They’d barely talked at all, and she had a feeling that if they kept meeting, they’d get to know each other very slowly. It could be nice, to build up trust in this way, rather than jumping straight into a serious relationship.

"That settles it,” he said. “Tomorrow morning the coffee and the pastry is on me. Now I think you have to get to work."

“You’re right.” She gave him a regretful smile and held her cup tightly as she raised her purse strap on her shoulder.

"Until tomorrow." Landon stood up, waiting for Kyla.

"Until tomorrow." Kyla smiled as she walked off. When she looked back, Landon was still watching as she walked out of the coffee shop. For a moment, Kyla considered how lonely he looked. She wondered what it would take to change his expression, what it would take to resolve whatever problems were making him feel that way.

That would come with time. Now, she could just be happy that in the course of her morning, Mr. Tall, Dark, and Handsome had become a breakfast date.

As far as Kyla was concerned, the next twenty four hours would not go by fast enough.

 

*

 

When Kyla arrived at the coffee house, she didn’t want to be the first to go in. It made her feel like it would make her look way too eager. Instead, she waited at the back of the parking lot until she saw Landon arrive. He was dressed casually in a pair of ripped jeans, sneakers, and a vintage gray T-shirt. His hair was wild, sticking out as if he’d run his hands through it. She wouldn’t mind running
her
hands through it. His rugged look turned her on, and she briefly considered jumping out of her car and pinning him to the wall so she could kiss him silly.

Relax, girl
, she told herself.
Play it cool.

She pulled her car around to the front of the parking lot and found a space. Landon turned around just as she pulled up. He waved, then trotted over to her car.

"Hi, Landon. Good to see you this morning," Kyla said as she opened her door. She hoped that she was not overdressed in her pale yellow sundress and gold gladiator heels.

"You look gorgeous." He took her hand to help her out of the car.

Kyla was impressed by his manners. "Thank you."

They approached the counter and Kyla gave the barista her order. Landon did as well, and they took their food over to an empty table.

Landon took a sip of his coffee and winced. "Too hot,” he said, chuckling. Then he looked straight at Kyla. “I wanted to get to know you at Jess's party the other day, but even though it was a small setting, it still seemed like it wasn’t the place to get to know someone."

He paused, but Kyla could tell he wasn’t done talking. She blew gently on her coffee, listening to him. She didn’t want to respond until he finished. He seemed so shy and quiet that if she interrupted him, he might not finish his thought.

"The only problem was that I didn’t get your phone number. I wanted to ask Jess, but I didn’t know how you’d feel about me calling you out of the blue. I thought that if it was meant to be, we would cross paths again."

"I like the way you think, Landon. I, too, believe in destiny."

He smiled. "Very cool. So what do you do for a living?"

"I’m an event planner. What about you?"

"I work for my dad's construction company. Tell me more about the event planning."

Kyla was happy to tell him more about her profession. She loved what she did. Explaining to him about how she mainly coordinated weddings, and that she also worked on corporate events, Kyla didn’t want to take up too much time talking about herself. Landon paid close attention, seeming to be soak in her every word.

She found a comfortable place to stop talking about herself and said, "So you work for your father's construction company? That must be nice to work with family."

Landon sipped his coffee and shrugged. "I don't know about all of that. I'm just used to working with family. I haven’t known it any other way."

The lull in the conversation allowed both of them the time to regroup as they ate their pastries.

Landon cleared his throat, sounding nervous, but there was nothing nervous about the way his hazel eyes regarded her. He looked like a man who knew what he wanted…and he wanted
her
. She could hardly believe it.

"What would you say if I asked you out on a date?" he asked.

"I would love to." She smiled, hiding her surprise at his invitation. She was even more surprised by how quickly she’d said yes. She was still trying to be cautious and not appear too eager, but he’d swiped away her defenses with that intense gaze of his.

"What did you have in mind?" she asked.

"I have an idea,” he said, smiling. “You’re probably used to planning things for your job, but let me give it a try. I’ll handle everything."

A man who took charge. She could handle that. She liked it, even. It would be a relief to let someone else take responsibility for an evening. "All right. Where do you suggest we meet?"

"I’ll pick you up."

Kyla thought about it for a moment. She wasn’t sure if she should allow a man she didn’t know to come to her home. But then she realized that having Jess as a mutual friend was a point in his favor. She’d ask Jess more about him.

"Sounds good." She rattled off her address, which he tapped into his phone.

"What about tonight, seven o'clock?"

"Seven o'clock it is," Kyla agreed.

"Great. Well, I'm sure that you have to get to work. I do, too. So I’ll see you tonight?"

Kyla smiled. "Yes. Tonight."

Landon walked her to her car, then waited as she drove off. After she pulled into a parking space at work, Kyla immediately picked up her cell phone and dialed Jess.

"To what do I owe this early morning phone call?" Jess greeted.

"Nothing much." Kyla leaned back in her seat as she talked. "I just met with Landon."

"Oooh, Landon." Jess teased Kyla like they were young girls with a childhood crush.

"Oh, come on, Jess. Be serious here."

"I thought that you said that you really didn't call me about anything in particular."

"I lied. Look, I want to know more about him. What can you tell me?"

"Well, he's a good guy. I met him through a friend of mine, Caroline. She’s his cousin. From what I know, their family has lived around these parts for quite some time. He hung out with a few of us before and seemed cool. So when I invited Caroline to the party the other night, I invited him as well. Wait, did he ask you out?”

"He did." Kyla could not resist giggling.

"Oh Kyla, he is so cute. I knew that the two of you would hit it off."

One of her employees was waving at her from the office window. "Look, don't go ordering the wedding cake or anything. It's probably just dinner and a movie. But I'm looking forward to it. He's going to pick me up, tonight at seven."

"I love it. Well, tell me how everything goes."

"I will. Look, I have to get in to work. I'll call you later."

Kyla walked into the office, thinking of what she should wear tonight. She had to find the perfect outfit. First impressions meant everything. Second and third impressions sealed the deal. And for the first time since Dirk had left, she really wanted to seal the deal.

 

*

 

The evening was warm and muggy so Kyla opted to wear a sleeveless blouse with ruffles in the front and a pair of culottes and sandals.

Landon was punctual, a fact that Kyla appreciated. When she opened her door, his face lit up as if he’d just been given a gift. "You look great, Kyla."

"Thank you. Not too bad yourself."

Landon was dressed in a pair of khaki cargo shorts and a dress shirt. The shirt was fitted well enough that she could see the span of his shoulders, and when he moved to lead her down the walk, his muscles bunched and flexed attractively.

She fully expected Landon to walk her over to a big bodied pick-up truck. Instead, he walked her to a convertible red sports car.

"Whoa. This is pretty sexy," Kyla said.

Landon closed the door as she sat down in the passenger seat. "I like it enough. Only question for you is, are you okay with the top down?"

Kyla considered her hair style. It was back in a ponytail and she could easily comb her long tresses back in place if she needed to after their drive.

She decided to live a little. "Top down. Let's go."

Landon smiled and removed the top. The sun was still shining, so Kyla popped on her shades and sat back to enjoy the ride. She was curious about whatever surprise Landon might have cooked up for their date. Every now and then he looked over at her while he drove, but he didn’t say anything. He fascinated her. He seemed shy, but he’d wanted to take charge of their date tonight. What other little puzzles would she find with Landon?

“So where are we going tonight?” she asked.

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