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Taking His Mate: An Alpha Shifter Romance by Delta James – Extended Preview

Maddie felt the need for a little space to herself and some fresh air. She went back upstairs to the room she now shared with Griffin. The soft glow from the moonlight was filtering through the windows. Roz and the others had given her a lot of think about but she found she was quite confident now in what she wanted and needed to do.

She left their room and went down the stairs and out the side door into the soft night. She knew Griffin would not be pleased that she had chosen to leave the house, but she felt the need to be outside. She had often walked through the French Quarter in the middle of the night. Not the safest thing to do, but it had often soothed her soul. Tonight, she felt as though she needed to say goodbye to all she had known and to embrace the unknown and the man with whom she would share it.

Maddie hadn’t meant to wander far, but found herself once again along the banks of the Mississippi as it flowed past Rivière Du Loup. She could understand why Darby had come to love it so quickly. She also realized that the man and this place were one. Jean-Michel and his pack derived part of their strength and a great deal of their stability because of the roots that ran so deep. She wondered if she and Griffin would ever be able to provide that sense of belonging to those that joined them.

She was listening to the gentle wash of the river as it flowed along the banks when the quiet was split by a lone howl. Maddie could feel it as well as hear it. She could feel the sound reverberate throughout her entire being. There was a short time ago she would have found that disconcerting, but now she took comfort it and smiled. She knew that it was Griffin. It was the call of her mate.

She was headed back to the house when she was intercepted by the man himself. She wrapped her arms around him and kissed him. His arms folded her into his body.

“Do you have any idea of how much trouble you are in, cwningen bach?” he whispered in her ear.

She tried to pull back from him, but found he had far too strong a grip on her. All she could do was lean back to search his face.

“What?”

“You heard me. Do you have any idea how angry I am? You were told not to leave the house without a male wolf in attendance. I specifically told you that the river was off limits as it was too wide open and made you too vulnerable. And yet when I went to look for you, you were nowhere within the house to be found.”

“Griffin, I realize that you’re used to women who do as they’re told. That just isn’t me. I’m willing to meet you halfway, but I am not just going to roll over and do as I’m told. You can’t expect that from me,” Maddie said in what she thought was a reasonable and respectful tone of voice.

“I see. And I am just supposed to accept that you are going to misbehave whenever you choose to. I understand that while that may be the case, what you need to understand and accept is that there are consequences to disobeying one’s mate. I thought we had covered that ground last night, but apparently not in a way that made a lasting impression. I apologize to you for that. I assure you that will not be the case when we are finished tonight.”

“If you think you’re going to spank me again tonight…”

“What I think is that you’re going to go upstairs to our room ahead of me and will strip naked, put your nose in the corner, and stand there waiting for me to come punish you.”

“I won’t.”

“You will,” said Griffin, the anger in his voice finally registering with Maddie.

It occurred to Maddie that it wasn’t merely that he expected her to follow his orders. He was genuinely concerned for her safety.

“Griffin, I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to worry you.”

“I’m glad to hear that, Maddie. Knowing that you didn’t mean to worry me by doing precisely what I told you not to. Of course, had you obeyed I wouldn’t have been worried and you wouldn’t now be facing another spanking. Think about that while you are standing in the corner.”

His voice was a low growl and Maddie could feel it skittering across her skin and finding its way into the very marrow of her bones.

Maddie had no intention of ending up face down over Griffin’s knee again. Clearly reasoning was going to help mitigate his anger. She leaned into him again, wrapping her arms around his neck and rubbing her body along his. She could feel the hard ridge of his cock pressed against her.

“I really am sorry. I like the idea of getting naked. But I’m very sure you can think of something better to do than watching me stand in the corner, can’t you?”

He chuckled and then growled low and deep in his throat. Maddie could feel her body responding to him. Her nipples were growing hard and she could feel her pussy getting wet and ready for Griffin’s use. The memories of how he had made her feel both physically and emotionally the night before flashed through her mind and she smiled.

Griffin nuzzled her neck. Maddie felt things were turning in the direction she wanted when his hand delivered a hard swat to her derriere. She jumped; Griffin held fast.

“Now, cwningen bach, take yourself to our room, get naked, and stand in the corner. If you don’t get that pretty little butt of yours in gear, I’ll toss you over my shoulder and carry you to our room and strip you myself. Then, mate, you will be in trouble for disobeying me twice this night and your spanking will reflect that.”

“Griffin, I said I was sorry.”

“And I told you that I accepted your apology and appreciate it. That does not, however, negate your need to be disciplined for disobeying me. Had you not done so, there would be no need for you to apologize. Go, Maddie. I won’t tell you again.”

Griffin stood back from her. Several scenarios ran through her mind. Based on her discussions with her friends earlier in the day, none of them ended well for her. She started to say something, but the firm set of his mouth told her no amount of arguing or reasoning was going to change his mind.

Maddie turned away from him and entered the house. She was relieved that no one else was in the foyer or on the staircase. She was able to get to their room. Once inside, she looked around. She supposed she could lock the door, but somehow knew that would do her little good. She couldn’t imagine a mere locked door doing anything to Griffin except pissing him off. She took off her clothes. Everything in her rebelled against putting herself in the corner.

Maddie decided she would sit on the bed and when he went to put her over his knee she wouldn’t fight him.

Griffin came in. “I said nose in the corner, not sitting on the bed.”

“I’m not a child, Griffin.”

“No, you are my disobedient mate who has earned herself a punishment spanking. That means naked with some corner time before and after. Now, Maddie.”

He waited patiently. Finally, she stood and walked to the corner. She turned to look at him. He said nothing but circled his finger indicating she needed to turn around. Maddie sighed and faced the corner, feeling every inch a naughty little girl.

Maddie heard Griffin sit down in the leather wingback chair.

“Griffin?”

“Yes, love,” he answered.

“Can I talk to you?”

“Of course you can. You keep your nose in the corner and you can tell me anything you like.”

“I don’t think I can talk to you like this. I don’t like this at all.”

“Good to know. Perhaps in the future knowing you will spend some time in the corner before and after you get punished will help you to think twice before choosing to be naughty and disobeying me.”

As she could think of nothing else to do, she stomped her foot. He chuckled.

“It’s not funny, Griffin. I’m not going to do this.”

“You will unless you want to be spanked and then put back in the corner to stand with a bright red bottom before I give you the discipline spanking you earned by going down by the river… again.”

“You know, I think I got caught up in the whole romance of a fated mate. I think I’ll ask Darby to get me another room… or better yet, I’ll just call a cab and go home.”

He chuckled again. “I am going to excuse your threat as being resistant to and a bit frightened of the spanking you know you’re going to get.”

Maddie hadn’t heard him get out of the chair and jumped when he put his hands on her shoulders.

“Never fear me, cwningen bach. I will hold you accountable and I mean to punish you hard enough tonight that you don’t think to disobey me again quite so quickly. But with the trouble that is coming, you must learn to obey me and do as you’re told.”

He brought his hands around to the front of her body and skimmed down from her collarbones over her breasts, stopping to massage them and draw circles around her areolas before tweaking her pebbled nipples. Maddie felt her knees go weak.

Griffin wrapped his arm around her waist to support her and ran his other hand down to the juncture of her thighs.

“Open, Maddie,” he said, the anger in his voice being edged now with lust.

He nuzzled her neck and kissed the top of her shoulder. She relaxed and spread her legs.

“Good girl,” he crooned as his hand delved between her legs, bypassing her clit and spreading her swollen labia. “Very good girl,” he whispered.

Maddie gripped the arm that was steadying her and gave in to his domination. Why had she never known this was what she wanted? That being the mate to an alpha wolf was what she was always meant to be.

“You were a very naughty mate, weren’t you?”

“I didn’t mean to be.”

“Madeline, when you are being punished you will answer me as either yes, Griffin or yes, sir. Do you understand?”

“Yes, sir.” The honorific rolled off her tongue as though she’d been using it for years.

“Were you not told that if you left the house without a proper escort you would be spanked?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Then we’ll have no more argument about it. Come, Maddie.”

Griffin took her by the hand and led her back to the bed. He sat down and gently pulled her toward him, encouraging her to accept her spanking with good grace. He settled her over his hard thigh, trapping her legs between his.

“No, Griffin, I’m not going to do this.”

“Maddie, my love, there is nothing for you to do. You need to accept the fact that I am about to blister your bottom for disobeying me.”

She reached behind her to try to guard her backside. Griffin growled low and caught both of her hands in his. He petted her backside.

“I want you to remember this the next time you think to disobey me.”

Griffin drew his hand up and brought his open palm down on her upturned rump, making her yelp in response. He set up a strong, hard rhythm as the swats landed on the fullest part of her ass cheeks. Maddie squirmed and struggled, trying at first to get away from him and then just trying to avoid the blows that he rained down on her.

The pain and heat radiated off of her hind end. She could only imagine that it was once again being turned bright red. She could swear she could feel it swelling from the hard strikes he was administering.

“Griffin, stop, please.”

“No, Maddie. You earned yourself a hard spanking and I mean to give it to you. You will learn to mind me, mate.”

The longer he spanked her, the more the pain increased. It wasn’t like each swat caused a bit more pain or a new kind of pain, but rather compounded until all she could do was absorb each new swat. Maddie doubted she’d ever be able to sit down again.

Maddie began to cry, not only from the pain being inflicted on her buttocks but realizing she had truly caused him concern and feeling bad that she had let him down. She realized that what he and this coalition were trying to do was important and he didn’t need to be distracted by her unwillingness to follow his lead.

Overtaking the pain from her bottom was a strong feeling of sexual stimulation. She had been aroused enough in the corner anticipating the spanking, but now her nipples were so hard they were uncomfortable and she was fairly sure at any moment she would be dripping her natural lubricant all over her mate’s thigh.

Griffin’s spanking covered her entire bottom. Several times he moved down and caught the soft curve of her sit spots and landed several hard swats on the tops of her thighs as well.

“Please, Griffin. I’m sorry,” she sobbed.

The spanking stopped.

“Are you?”

“Yes, sir.”

“Sorry enough to assure me that I won’t need to spank you for leaving the house again?”

“Yes, sir. I’m so, so sorry. I won’t do it again.”

“See that you don’t. If I have to do this again, I’ll take a strap to your backside and leave welts to remind you to behave. Am I going to need to do that?”

“No, Griffin. I’ll behave.”

“You can get up, but you go back and stand facing the corner. Do you think you can do that?”

“Griffin, please?”

Griffin quickly covered her backside with another series of hard swats. She yowled in response.

“Corner or stay over my knee for some more spanking?”

“I’ll go to the corner.”

“There’s my good girl.”

He released her legs and allowed her to stand. She was facing him. Her hardened nipples right at the level of his mouth. He kept his hand on her waist and pulled her to him, taking one nipple into his mouth and pinching the other.

Maddie arched her back in response, thrusting her crotch at him in lewd invitation. He chuckled as he sucked her nipple for a moment, before taking the other in his mouth instead.

“Corner, Maddie. Now.”

She turned and went to the corner.

“Palms flat on the wall. Spread your legs and push your bottom out. I want a good view of my handiwork and that wet pussy of yours.”

Maddie put herself in position, acknowledging to herself that Griffin was most definitely her alpha and the dominant partner between them. Her humiliation and pain were complete when she felt her juices dribbling down her thigh.

Griffin let her stand for just a few minutes before once again closing on her. He said nothing, but bent her at the waist. Maddie heard him unfasten his fly and then felt the hard head of his cock probing between her legs before thrusting home. He hadn’t fondled her, hadn’t tried to ensure she was ready for his possession, but she had to admit he knew it wasn’t necessary. She was quite certain that not only could his heightened senses detect the scent of her arousal, but that he had been able to see her wet, glistening pussy beckoning him. As he plunged to his complete depth, Maddie felt her pussy contract around him as she orgasmed in response to being mounted in such a primitive and raw way.

Maddie could feel his hard shaft swelling to more completely fill her. Hs cock scraped the inner walls of her tight cunt as repeatedly he surged forward connecting in a new way with her punished ass. He held her by the hips as he fucked her hard and long.

His possession reignited and reaffirmed the fire all over her backside. She heard him groan and growl as again and again his cock pistoned within her. The frenzy of their coupling was furious. Maddie felt her desire focus and concentrate in the pit of her being. She could tell Griffin felt it too. He drove faster and harder and began to whisper to her in Welsh. She didn’t comprehend the words, but understood their meaning deep within her soul. As she reached the pinnacle of her pleasure again, Griffin rammed home and she could feel his cock gushing his cum as deep within her as he could get.

Maddie was grateful that he had a hold of her that was keeping her standing. He withdrew from her and rubbed her bottom.

“Are you going to mind me, mate?”

“Yes, Griffin. I’m really sorry. I realize you have enough on your mind, you don’t need to be worrying about me not being safe. I won’t do it again.”

Griffin turned her around and pulled her into his arms. Maddie found that her control over her emotions was gone and sobbed into his chest. He held her, comforting her and reassuring her that she was forgiven, that he loved her and that he would keep her safe.

When finally her crying subsided, he kissed her gently, lifted her in his arms, and took her back to their bed. This time, he turned back the covers and settled her in before removing his clothing and joining her there.

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