Book Title: The Slow Death
Authors: Nic Starr and BL
Release Date: January 26,
Genre: MM Paranormal
Tropes: Forbidden Love,
Fated Mates, Reluctant Alpha
Themes: Forgiveness, New
Alpha, Shifter Society
Heat Rating: 4
Length: 46 000 words/ 165
It is the first book in a trilogy,
but does not end on a cliffhanger.
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Caught in the fallout of a rare disease, and members of
opposing packs, Zander and Marrok’s future as fated mates hangs in the balance.
Alexander Kingston wasn’t destined to lead the East
Territory pack, but fate had other ideas. Becoming the next Alpha in his dead brother’s place
and managing his father’s expectations is a challenge, one that’s only getting harder with
time. When his father, the Alpha is reluctant to accept outside assistance when one of their
own is afflicted with a deadly blood disorder, Zander must take a stand against his father or
lose another pack member to The Slow Death.
Marrok Blain is part of the North Territory pack. With his
unique knowledge of The Slow Death, the debilitating progressive disorder that slowly kills
with every shift, he offers help, knowing he’ll be met with resistance from his friend’s pack.
What he doesn’t expect is the overwhelming pull to the stubborn yet undeniably gorgeous
son of the East Territory Alpha.
Four packs coexisting with rising tensions, and a genetic
disorder that reminds them of the common thread that connects them all. Zander and
Marrok are the key to an uneasy alliance, or all the packs will suffer. Especially Zander, who
discovers he’s got one more deadly fight to face.
“I need to speak to the alpha!” Marrok tried to move past the other man who stood slightly
taller than his own six foot two.
“Sorry, he’s busy. Can I help you?” He stepped right in front of Marrok again.
“I want to speak to the alpha!” he gritted out, his patience gone.
“What’s going on out here?”
The power of the alpha was immediately felt and Marrok fought and lost as he tried not to
bow his head in submission and respect.
“I want to know why you’re not doing more to find Grady a donor.”
The guy who’d tried to stop Marrok stayed close, his eyes focused on him. Marrok shot him
a look, and when their eyes locked a force more powerful than even the command of the
alpha rippled across his senses. It was there and gone so fast he didn’t have time to put a
name to it, so ignoring the shocked expression that crossed the other man’s face, he forced
his eyes back to the alpha.
“I want some answers, and if I can help, I want to be involved. Grady’s important to me, and
if you’re not willing to help him I will. There’s no chance in hell I’ll let him die
without a fight.”
Marrok glanced again at the man who still had his eyes locked on him and now had his arms
crossed in obvious annoyance, before looking back to the alpha.
“You must be Marrok. I’m Andreas, Alpha of East Territory. This is my son Alexander.”
Marrok looked between the two men and saw the resemblance but didn’t care who the guy
was. Whatever had passed between them didn’t matter. His friend came first, and the fact
that they had let him decline so much before seeking help pissed him off.
“Why didn’t you reach out sooner? You know we’re close to finding a cure, but even without
a cure our registry might help him find a donor.”
The alpha looked to his son and Alexander looked away, out of frustration or shame, Marrok
wasn’t sure. He turned to Marrok again. “We’ve done all we can. Don’t you dare storm in
here and talk to me this way. I spoke to your grandfather and agreed to see you as a
courtesy, but I will not listen to you imply that I don’t care about our pack members. Now if
you’ll kindly make an appointment—”
“Great.” The word dripped with sarcasm. He didn’t try to hide his frustration, and he
wouldn’t play nice to appease the feelings of a stranger, no matter who they were. Both of
them were responsible for Grady’s situation as far as he was concerned, and both of them
would pay if Grady succumbed to TSD. Marrok knew he couldn’t hurt them physically, but he
could withhold any information and data that would help them and their pack in the future.
“How about you let me know when you’re finally ready to save your pack member?”
He realized he’d been staring at Alexander since the alpha had spoken, and he also realized
he hated whatever was between them. Alexander narrowed his eyes, and Marrok knew he
felt the same. He took one more look at the most beautiful blue eyes he’d ever seen, before
turning on his heel and storming from the building.
About the Authors
BL Maxwell grew up in a
small town listening to her grandfather spin tales about his childhood. Later she became an
avid reader and after a certain vampire series she became obsessed with fanfiction. She
soon discovered Slash fanfiction and later discovered the MM genre and was hooked.
Nic Starr lives in Australia
where she tries to squeeze as much into her busy life as possible. Balancing the demands of
a corporate career with raising a family and writing can be challenging but she wouldn’t give
it up for the world.
Always a reader, the lure of
m/m romance was strong and she devoured hundreds of wonderful m/m romance books
before eventually realising she had some stories of her own that needed to be
When not writing or reading,
she loves to spend time with her family–an understanding husband and two beautiful
daughters–and is often found indulging in her love of cooking and planning her dream home
in the country.
You can find Nic on Facebook,
Twitter and her blog. She’d love it if you stopped by to say hi.
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