An excerpt from McKayla Schutt’s Aribelle – The First Female Alpha featured exclusively in Souls & Shadows.

๐–๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ค๐ข๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ฅ๐ฉ๐ก๐š ๐ข๐ฌ ๐๐ž๐š๐, ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ ๐€๐ซ๐ข๐›๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ ๐ฆ๐š๐ค๐ž ๐ฌ๐š๐Ÿ๐ž๐ญ๐ฒ ๐š ๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฅ๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐ก๐ž๐ซ ๐ฉ๐š๐œ๐ค.

โ€œFear isnโ€™t in my nature.โ€ His lips lifted in a smirk while his green eyes challenged her.

She placed her hand on the table palm up. One touch, and sheโ€™d know if this man was her mate.

โ€œDonโ€™t you want my name first?โ€ he asked.

โ€œAribelle, and if we imprint, then you can tell me yours. If not, then we can go in my truck, have our fun anyways, and never bother looking back.โ€ Her wolf growled at the idea of letting him go, but if they werenโ€™t mates, she couldnโ€™t keep him close.

โ€œWhich one do you want more? A hot one-night stand where I ruin you for everyone else or a mate?โ€ His eyes twinkled with delight as he finished his beer. He set the bottle down next to Aribelleโ€™s hand.

โ€œMy wolf is saying one thing, but I know mates change everything.โ€ Her mind hummed with the buzz of alcohol.

โ€œYou didnโ€™t exactly answer the question.โ€ He leaned in toward her but still kept his hands to himself.

โ€œStop stalling.โ€ She moved her hand closer to him but didnโ€™t grab his arm like she wanted to.

A low growl vibrated through his lungs seconds before his hand grabbed hers. A current of electricity zipped up her arm, signaling the imprint. They had three days to complete the bond by mating or lose their wolves.

Those were the magical rules, and no one had ever found a way to break the magic.

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