His Reluctant HumanBy: AJ Jarrett
Nehalem Pack 33
Bennett Culver is happy with his solitary life and never plans to fall in love. He believes love will only break your heart, so imagine his surprise when his brother proposes to his girlfriend. Wedding bells are ringing, and Bennett can’t seem to find a way to stop his brother from making the biggest mistake of his life.
The first time Shay Davis sees Bennett, it is mate at first sight. The only problem is that he is not certain even one ounce of love resides inside Bennett’s stony heart. But Shay refuses to give up. He has his work cut out for him when it comes to convincing his city boy that he is playing for keeps.
Bennett always told himself love is for fools, but now he is not so sure. Can he allow himself to care for his cowboy, or will his fears of the unknown scare away what could be the greatest thing to ever happen in his lonely life?
“We’re getting married!” Kelsey screamed, causing Bennett’s ears to ring. “Look!” She waved her hand in front of his face. Her smile was so wide it was blinding. “Daniel proposed.” She started bouncing up and down, then spun around to fasten her arms around his brother’s neck.
Daniel had a goofy, lovestruck smile on his face. It annoyed Bennett. Love was for fools. It never lasted, but he wasn’t going to have that particular discussion again with Daniel. His brother had apparently made up his mind and was going to marry Kelsey Tanner. Just what he needed. A giddy, always happy person in his life.
“Fuck me,” Bennett groaned as he slowly stood up. He’d best congratulate Daniel and his fiancée so as not to anger his brother. Bennett might not believe in that everlasting love, but he did love his brothers and would do anything for them. Including put up with one of them getting married to the first girl he fell in love with. “Congratulations, you two.” Bennett gave Kelsey a stiff hug. She wound her arms around his neck and kissed him on the cheek. He stepped away from her to shake Daniel’s hand.
“I’m so excited!” Kelsey’s body shook from excitement. “He totally surprised me.” She brushed her lips over Daniel’s. “I love you so much.”
“I love you too, baby.” Daniel kissed the tip of her nose.
Bennett nearly threw up. His brother looked like a little puppy. Kelsey had him under her thumb, and Bennett wasn’t sure he liked that too much. Giving a person too much power over your well-being could be dangerous. Just ask their dead mother.
“I’m sorry to interrupt, but did I hear someone say they were getting married?” Kathy, his secretary, came into the room.
“We are.” Kelsey turned around to face her. She held out her hand with the small diamond ring on it.
“Kelsey, why don’t you and Kathy go and get some coffee?” Bennett suggested. He gave a pointed look at Kathy, to which she rolled her eyes. She was a bossy and opinionated woman, but she was a fabulous secretary. It was the only reason Bennett kept her around. “I’d love to have a moment alone with my brother.”
“Yes, of course.” Kathy put her arm around Kelsey and led her out of the office.
“Wait a sec!” Kelsey ran back in to kiss Daniel on the lips. “I love you.”
“I love you more,” Daniel whispered against her lips, then kissed her again.
Bennett balled up his fists. The exchange was nauseating. Of course, he wasn’t blind. Kelsey was a very sweet and beautiful woman. She was tall with a slender body, big blue eyes almost too big for her face, and flowing, soft light-brown hair. She always had a smile on her face, and by all accounts there wasn’t a good reason for Bennett to dislike her so much other than that she was sucking his brother into her web of love, which could potentially end with Daniel having a broken heart.
“You asked her to marry you?” Bennett walked back around his desk and sat down.
“Oh jeez, brother.” Daniel plopped down in the chair in front of Bennett’s desk. “Can’t you even pretend to be happy for me?”
“Sure I can.” Bennett rested his elbows on his desk, clasping his hands together. “But what’s the point?”
“The point is that I’m happy and you should be happy for me.” Daniel sat up and leaned forward. “I love her, Bennett. She’s the one.”