Lajos has always been a loner, but now his heart is longing for the wild human that captured his wolf.
When Meisha comes home and finds a strange man in her kitchen, she does what any sensible person would do. She beats the crap out of him first, then asks questions after. When he explains her best friend is in mortal danger, Meisha knows the whole mess—including a recent murder and the threats on her friend’s life—may be her fault, and she’s determined to get to the bottom of it. And no sexy stranger is going to stop her.
Lajos Farkas isn’t expecting to meet a spitfire martial artist when he’s on a mission to figure out who’s stealing from Dark Wolf Enterprises, and he certainly doesn’t expect her to insist on butting in on his investigation. But getting rid of Meisha is seemingly impossible, and when his wolf decides she’s his life-mate, suddenly he realizes he’ll do anything to keep her close and grow old with her.
If they can just stay alive long enough to make that possible…
About the Author
A.M. Griffin is a wife who rarely cooks, mother of three, dog owner (and sometimes dog owned), a daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She’s a hard worker whose three favorite outlets are traveling, reading and writing. She enjoys reading everything from mystery novels to historical romances and of course fantasy romance. She is a believer in the unbelievable, open to all possibilities from mermaids in our oceans and seas, angels in the skies and intelligent life forms in distant galaxies.
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Copyright © A.M. Griffin 2017. All Rights Reserved, Totally Entwined Group Limited, T/A Totally Bound Publishing.
Lajos Farkas stood next to his older brother, Kristof. Even though Kristof appeared cool, calm and collected on the outside, Lajos knew he was anything but. Power emanated from Kristof’s body, crackling and pulsating, growing and expanding with each passing minute. Human eyes wouldn’t be able to see the fine tremors in Kristof’s hands, or notice the miniscule movement of Kristof’s slacks because of his shaking legs, or feel the electricity in the air from an impending shift.
While his brother’s wellbeing was his utmost priority, Lajos was sure Kristof would get through the chemical and physical reactions that were taking place in his body. There was an even more pressing matter that Lajos was concerned about.
His brother had just life-mated with a human, the unsuspecting accountant Trudy Hollander.
“What was all that about?” Lajos asked. “Why are you forcing her to go with you?”
“She’s a target for the information she has or what she might know. Going anywhere else will put more humans in danger.” Kristof growled low in his throat.
Lajos gave Kristof a half-smile. “Sure, and Trudy being your life-mate has nothing to do with it?”
“Not at the moment,” Kristof strained to say.
Lajos could feel Kristof and his wolf battling for control. Lajos didn’t blame the wolf for fighting to get out, since he had, in fact, just imprinted on his life-mate.
They were in Trudy’s bedroom while Kristof pushed his thoughts to her, telling her to pack an overnight bag—something that Trudy had expressly objected to earlier. But controlling Trudy while trying to keep his wolf at bay was draining him of most of his energy.
Lajos stood so close to Kristof that their arms touched. He would need to grab him if and when Kristof fell again. The last time Kristof had fallen, it had been outside Trudy’s house, when Kristof’s wolf had first imprinted on her. Lajos knew an imprinting could happen anywhere, but neither he nor Kristof had expected it to happen in the middle of the fucking street.
Lajos had never witnessed an imprinting before and had only heard stories that other couples had regaled on after the fact. They talked about how magical it had been, the instant attraction. They also talked about what a relief it had been to finally find a life-mate. To Lajos, it had always sounded too fairytale-ish. As far as he was concerned, he’d be perfectly happy if he never found his mate. There were a lot of Shifters who were unmated and they were happy just the same. But no one had ever mentioned imprinting on a human or the feelings that Kristof had just experienced.
If the thought of his brother being stuck with a human for the rest of his life hadn’t been so horrifying, Lajos would’ve found Kristof’s imprinting almost comical.
It had all started so innocently. There they were, on an assignment, trying to find out who had targeted the outside firm that Kristof had hired to audit their company. And boom! Out of fucking nowhere, the first night he’d met Trudy Hollander, the owner of Hollander Accounting, he’d imprinted on her.
And with that, there went Kristof’s plan to terminate the contract between Dark Wolf Enterprises and Hollander Accounting.
Lajos glanced toward the bathroom door, where light clanging could be heard. “Do you think she knows what happened to her?”
“Hopefully not. If we can get what we need, see to her safety and be on our way, I’d call this a successful trip.”
Lajos rounded on Kristof, not believing what he’d just heard. “Wait, are you thinking about leaving her behind?”
“Of course,” he said, with a poor attempt at nonchalance. “She’s human. She doesn’t have a place in our world.”
“But is that even possible? Will you be able to leave her?” Wolf-Shifters mated for life. He had seen some of his best friends go from independent wolves to love-sick puppies in mere minutes. Life-mates were always joined at the hip. He’d never heard of one talking about leaving the other behind.
Beads of sweat had formed across Kristof’s forehead. The strain of trying to hold himself together showed on his face. “Lajos, right now your job is to go to her office. I don’t need you poking your nose into something that doesn’t concern you.”
Lajos crossed his arms over his chest. “What’s going on with you does concern me. You look like shit on a wet stick.”
Kristof grumbled under his breath. Out of the three brothers, Kristof was the one who was always impeccably dressed without ever being caught with a strand of hair out of place. Now he appeared to be unraveling at the seams. “I can take care of this…setback. Go to her office to do your job, search for clues.”
“How are you going to be able to hold up with me gone?”
“I’ll be fine,” Kristof ground out. “Stop coddling me.”
Lajos snorted. “Well, you don’t look like you’re fine. Your wolf is about to break free and that poor woman in there is going to get the shock of her life when he comes strutting through the bathroom door to meet his mate.”
Kristof shook his head. Lajos couldn’t tell if he was trying to communicate that he wasn’t okay or if Kristof was having some kind of internal battle with his wolf. “I can’t believe this just happened,” he muttered.
“You and me both. What the hell? I didn’t even know we could imprint on humans or I would’ve stayed clear of them.”
Kristof huffed. “Yeah right. You like bedding the humans too much to stay away from them.”
Lajos smiled. It wasn’t as if he preferred humans over his own kind. It was more that when he slept with a human, the odds of seeing her again were slim, while fucking a wolf meant he would eventually run into her again. Despite the multitude of Shifter Packs and clans, their community often felt small and alliances were always being tested. There was no point in having a dispute between the Packs because of a jealous lover. Something he didn’t have to worry about with humans. “Right, but maybe from now on I’ll wear shades while I’m doing it.”
Kristof smirked and shook his head again.
“Was that for me or for your wolf?” Concern laced Lajos’ voice.
“For you, you idiot. My wolf is beyond reasoning with. He wants Trudy. End of story.”
“Tell me this,” Lajos asked. “Did you have any indication this would happen? Even a little bit?”
Kristof ran a hand through what had once been his perfectly styled hair. “None, or I wouldn’t have come. When I spoke with her on the phone my wolf was interested…curious, but nothing more.”
“So now what? This isn’t going to be as cut and dried as you first thought.”
“You’re right. The plan to come down here and dissolve our contract will need some reworking. It seems the wolves who sliced up her employee want to do the same to her.”
Lajos scanned the small bedroom, and if he hadn’t known better he would’ve thought a hurricane had passed through. From what he knew, two wolves had entered from another bedroom window. When Trudy had seen them coming down the hall she’d tried to keep safe by closing and barricading her bedroom door. She had then taken her Beagle and jumped out of her bedroom window. That was when Kristof had had his first encounter with her. Mistaking him for one of her pursuers, she’d kneed Kristof in the nuts and run to a neighbor’s house.
While Kristof had lain writhing in on the dirt, Lajos had chased the wolves. Unfortunately, the wolves had shifted and gotten away. Even though his wolf had wanted to do the same and follow them, Lajos had held back. He and Kristof were from Marquette, Michigan, and knew nothing about Jacksonville, Florida. He couldn’t risk getting caught with his pants down—literally.
“And you’re sure you didn’t recognize their scent?” Kristof asked.
Lajos and his brothers had built Dark Wolf Enterprises from the ground up. While his brothers had a knack for business, Lajos didn’t. Kristof was good with numbers and was the Chief Financial Officer, and Andras, the Alpha of the Pack, was the Chief Executive Officer. Lajos couldn’t imagine being trapped in an office for hours on end, stuck in front of a computer, talking on the phone or conducting business meetings. His wolf would’ve driven him crazy if he’d even tried.
When his brothers had first thought of the idea of Dark Wolf Enterprises, mainly as a way to funnel the money they’d accumulated over the one hundred plus years of being on their own, both Andras and Kristof had come to him, hoping he’d partner with them. ‘Hell no’ had been Lajos’ answer. Lajos even remembered shuddering at the very thought. But, when Andras said he could be head of security and wouldn’t be confined to an office, he’d relented. Andras knew no one had a nose that was better than his.
Lajos had the ability to walk into a room and spot any Shifter in the area, wolf or not. Most wolves were drawn to each other, but Lajos was the only one in their Pack who could not only sniff out others, but place them in a Pack. Lajos had found that all Shifters carried the scent of their family. If he met one member, he could identify any other members. Unfortunately, finding out what Pack or clan a Shifter was from meant he would’ve had to have dealt with that particular Pack or clan before. Which wasn’t the case with the two wolves they’d encountered tonight.
“Not at all.”
Kristof let out a hard breath. “So, we don’t know them. Or at least you don’t know them.” He frowned and stroked his chin. “I just don’t get why the embezzler is going through this much trouble to bankrupt us. Embezzlement and murder? That’s excessive. And the bigger question is how they’re able to pull it off right under our noses.”
Trudy had finished packing her overnight bag and had come to stand next to Kristof, watching him with faraway eyes. She hadn’t wanted to go with Kristof to his hotel room for the night, and she’d vigorously declined his offer of protection. But it was too dangerous for her to stay at home, since the wolves would probably return. So Kristof had had no other choice but to push thoughts into her mind in order to make her leave with him. Lajos knew Kristof was telling Trudy that she wanted to go to the hotel with him and she wanted Kristof to protect her.
Lajos inclined his head toward Trudy. “Hopefully your new mate can help answer that question. She said she found something in the records,” Lajos pushed his thoughts to Kristof.
Kristof narrowed his eyes at him.
Lajos put up his hands. “What? What did I say wrong?”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Looking for a tender and sweet love story between a powerful, alpha shifter and a sweet, unassuming human or would you rather have a little tension and attitude in your characters? Hang on to your scorecard as Meisha and Lajos go toe to toe against some nasty shifters on the prowl, only to end up going toe to toe with each other like a volatile dynamic duo. Can you say explosively humorous dialogue and actions? Lover Claimed by A. M. Griffin is another great addition to her writing repertoire. Lajos is investigating the embezzlement of Dark Wolf Enterprises funds and people close to him are being threatened. Meisha feels the danger she has been in most of her life is spilling over on to her friend and is determined to do whatever it takes to end the threats. Of course, their missions clash and overlap and, let’s just say, let the fireworks begin! Enter Lajos’ inner wolf who has found his lifemate in the human, Meisha and he becomes torn between wanting to throttle her and wanting to…well, you get the idea! Another fun, feisty and entertaining read by the talented A. M. Griffin as she manages to bring intrigue, a little humor and a few sizzling sparks to another great shifter read. This woman can write without all of the overdone darkness and gore, using her words to paint each scene and create the mood for every event!
Those who read and enjoyed Dark Wolf Enterprises will find much of the same here as the hero, Lajos, is the brother of that book's hero. The action here takes place alongside that story's timeline and is equally exciting, action-packed, and sensual. With two strong-willed and independent-minded main characters it's a rocky road to HEA though as both battle continually against what their hearts and minds want. Lajos isn't expecting to be roughed up by a girl while helping his brother's mate but it's an unexpected first meeting that sets the tone for the burgeoning relationship between him and Meisha. Lajos isn't looking for love but is inexplicably drawn to her and desperate to keep her safe as she continually runs head-on into danger as she wants to be a part of seeing justice done. As a shifter though his mating instincts soon kick in and their fling is no longer enough but to fully claim her he must save her from herself as well as the bad guys. Lajos is a sexy man who exudes confidence. He's comfortable being on his own but enjoys the merry chase Meisha leads him on even as it exasperates him. The mating process is intriguing too with a bit of a twist from what I've read before. Meisha is a likable heroine, strong-willed and immensely independent. She's more than capable of taking care of herself and knowing her friend is in danger, as well as herself, puts herself in jeopardy time and again. Trying to keep her safe is the sexy Lajos who she's attracted to but doesn't want a relationship with. Their verbal battle of wills and sensual back and forth banter soon leads to a relationship that takes an unexpected turn that will change her life completely and introduces her to a world she could only dream about. Meisha gives as good as she gets and her verbal sparring with Lajos is exhilarating and sexy to see. They're a perfect match with a journey to HEA that was rocky but full of sexiness. Her introduction and reaction to the world of shifters was believable and added to an already rocky relationship but it ultimately made their connection stronger. This was an exciting and sensual addition to the Dark Wolf Enterprises series that can be read as a stand-alone but will be a richer and more satisfying experience having read the first book. The characters are strong-willed and immensely likable, though I wish Meisha would've looked before she leaped more often. The story is fast-paced with exciting twists and turns with a romance that is super sexy. Fans of shifter romances will find some of the elements familiar but with a bit of a twist too. Overall it's a satisfying and suspenseful romance and a welcome addition to the paranormal genre.
Lover Claimed is book two in the Dark Wolf Enterprises series by A.M. Griffin. It takes place during the same time period as book one, Shifter Claimed, only with a different brother Lajos. We are treated to embezzlement and murder. Action and adventure. The story gives a little recap of what took place at the beginning of Shifter Claimed; before the brothers split up. Lajos, ends up having Meisha, Trudy’s best friend tag a long. She doesn’t need a man to save her and he’s never run across a women, like Meisha, one that makes his Wolf stir. Lajos and Meisha both have dominant personalities and are both strong willed. I liked that Meisha can kick butt and is dedicated to protecting her family, which includes Trudy. Lajos is the same way. He will protect his family and pack. These two where good together. I liked the banter and how Meisha kicked Lajos butt in one scene. Oh my, what fun! I enjoyed that we don’t have the instant imprinting that we got in book one. Here these two spend more time together and it’s not until around 60% in that they fall in bed and the imprinting happens. Lover Claimed was a wonderful read. It’s fun, feisty, and entertaining. Giving us a little intrigue, humor, and sizzle. Rated: 4 Stars *Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy provided by Totally Entwined with the sole purpose of an honest review. All thoughts, comments and ratings are my own.
The author makes it easy for new readers to catch on for those that are starting with the second book in the series since AM makes sure to fill in the extra background information new readers may be missing and in a positive way includes it without it being repetitive or annoying. I especially liked Meisha because who doesn't love a tough chick that's willing to stick it out and stand out and stand strong among males who do a wonderful job of dominating the pages. I love that AM creates a female that can hold her own and think for herself and still stand out as feminine on top of it all. You just don't get too much of that in stories like this these days. I totally dig the strong female with strong heart and strong passions that include a strong mind. Its great. Every character stands out as an individual and they all have their moment to shine. AM is a great writer and I look forward to reading more in the near future! Another great addition of the WE series!
Lover Claimed is book number two in the Dark Wolf Enterprises series. I have had the chance to read both books and I have enjoyed them both. I have to admit that they have both had me on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. Meisha is one kick butt kind of girl. I have to say I loved her attitude and skills. This girl can kick butt and then find out what is going on later. This makes for an interesting first meeting between Meisha and Lajos. Lajos really had no idea what he was getting himself into when he walked into Meisha's home. Once Lajos explains what has happened, Meisha is even more freaked out. She is petrified for her best friend. Lajos isn't thrilled with the idea of Meisha coming along to investigate, however she doesn't leave him much choice. Once these two start to trust each other a little bit they work well together. They also steam things up quite a bit. I really enjoyed reading Lajos side of the story. I had the chance to read Kristof's story in the first book. The nice thing that I liked is that A.M. Griffin really has written this story that it will totally stand on it's own. You will have no trouble reading Lajos and Meisha's story even if you have not had a chance to read Kristof and Trudy's story. Lover Claimed is chock full of suspense and drama that kept me turning pages quickly. I could not wait to see how things were going to work out for Meisha and Lajos. They find themselves in many dangerous situations. There is also plenty of steam in this book. If you enjoy a hot and steamy shifter book then you really should check out the Dark Wolf Enterprises series from A.M. Griffin. I think you will enjoy it. I know I have certainly enjoyed both stories so far. I have not had a chance to read any other work from A.M. Griffin but after reading these two stories I would certainly enjoy reading more. I was given the opportunity to read this great story so that I may share my thoughts with you. As always it has been my great pleasure to share my thoughts with you on Lover Claimed.
Lover Claimed (Dark Wolf Enterprises #2) by A.M. Griffin Lajos Farkas is on a mission to discover who’s embezzling money from Dark Wolf Enterprises. The last thing he needs is the best friend of his brother’s mate, Meisha, tagging along on the investigation. Meisha’s character is very entertaining. She is unpredictable and highly trained in martial arts, making her dangerous and an asset on the mission. Her past makes her rightfully paranoid that she is responsible for what is happening; fueling her desire to help solve the case. Being of Hungarian decent, I appreciated that Lajos Farkas is a fellow Hungarian (even if he is fictional). I love that his last name means wolf. I like that Lajos appreciate the qualities in Meisha that most men would disapprove of, making them a good fit. I did not read the first book in the series, which is in the Brought To His Knees anthology; however, I had no problems following the story. A. M. Griffin did a great job recapturing the important issues from book one in Lover Claimed. The story is well-written. The plot is exciting and full of suspense. This was an easy book to read, that I could not put down and went through quickly. Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review.
I just loved this book without having read the first book in this series! The chemistry between the two main characters was there, hot and intense. Great job with the writing of this story. I was never lost or confused. Smooth flow that kept me reading til the end :)