Protecting Kai (True Mates #3) Cover Reveal

Protecting Kai Cover Revel

From J.R. Loveless: I’m really excited to be here today to share the cover of long-awaited novel Protecting Kai, the third installment of the True Mates series. I poured my heart and soul into this book and it is my hope those who’ve been anticipating this installment are pleased with the story of Cole and Kai. I am excited to be able to share the cover and release date with you all. I think it’s my favorite cover in the series so far!

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Release Date: February 25th, 2020.

Title: Protecting Kai (True Mates #3)
Authors: J.R. Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 25th, 2020
Genre(s): Romance, shifters
Pages: YBA

Cole, heir to the wolf pack’s Alpha, found his fated mate but lost him soon after. Knowing they are meant to be together, Cole won’t rest until he finds Kai again.

Having finally escaped his uncle’s clutches, Kai ran as fast and as far as he could. Escape was supposed to mean freedom, but Kai found danger instead. With nowhere to go, he agrees to stay with Cole—for one month.

Cole knows he’ll have to work hard to earn Kai’s trust, but time is short and being denied the ability to claim his mate is driving him crazy. With the threat of Kai’s uncle, desperate to get him back, looming, Kai stands to lose much more than his freedom. But as he lets his guard down, he risks losing his heart to Cole.

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Midstride, something hit Kai in the side, and he tumbled down, the backpack dislodged and sent flying into a nearby tree with a loud crack. His attacker wrapped around him, they rolled in a ball of fur for several feet before coming to a complete stop. A heavy weight on top of Kai pinned him to the ground. Kai issued a sharp, high-pitched scream. The sound echoed eerily through the forest. He scrabbled for release, punching his hind legs at the soft underside of whatever animal had tackled him. Another cry, an alarming bark, rattled in his throat. He didn’t want to die, not here, not as some wild animal’s dinner. He screeched again only for the sound to die halfway when the warm length atop him shifted in a bright flash of light and Cole’s human form appeared, holding him down.

Elation rushed through Kai, followed by relief and then fear. Would he beat Kai for running? When Kai met Cole’s gaze, the disappointment and despair there punched him in the gut worse than a fist.

“Why?” Cole asked, his voice a broken sound in the silent night.

Kai couldn’t answer, not just because of being in his animal form, but because he didn’t know how to answer Cole. He didn’t understand the feelings eating away at him the longer he remained in Cole’s presence, or the way he wanted to bury his furry face in the hard chest above him and beg for forgiveness. Kai closed his eyes and returned to his human form, keeping his head turned to the side to avoid the piercing stare. “I don’t know.”

“You promised to give me a month. I didn’t ask for anything else. Just one month.”

“I know,” Kai whispered. He couldn’t even begin to sort out why Cole’s hard body pressing his into the ground didn’t terrify him. Rather, to his utter horror, he felt himself getting hard and twisted his body to the side, trying to hide it. Cole must have taken it as a sign of struggling to get free because he abruptly rolled off of Kai into a crouch a few feet away.

Kai curled into himself to hide the bulge in his jeans. He knew about sex. He’d experienced wet dreams and masturbated a few times over the years, even heard Jerrod with his women sometimes. He’d never once been turned on by anyone. Maybe the fear of what they would do to him if they knew the truth kept his libido in check, but his body’s reaction to Cole embarrassed and shamed him.

“Is being around me so unbearable to you you’d rather live scared and alone? Rather be on the streets and hurt by strangers than let me help you?” Cole asked quietly.

Shaking his head, Kai closed his eyes again, fighting the burning sensation of tears.

“Then why? I have asked nothing of you since bringing you here. Nothing except to remain with me, get to know me, if only for a little while. Why did you agree if you can’t stand to be near me?”

Kai heard a hitch in Cole’s voice, and he shuddered at the intense desire to throw himself at Cole, plead for the other man to absolve him of the agonizing guilt liquefying in his veins. He’d never hurt anyone in his life on purpose, but in some way he’d deeply wounded Cole, the one man who seemed to want nothing except to help him. Kai swallowed several times past the lump in his throat.

“I-I can’t….”

“Can’t what, Kai?” Leaves rattled, and Kai opened his eyes to find Cole kneeling now, studying him intently. Kai couldn’t answer. The words stuck in his throat. “Kai?”

“Please stop,” Kai pleaded. “I can’t!”

“Tell me. You can’t what?”

“I can’t care about anyone!” Kai exploded. He sat up in agitation and gripped at the sides of his head. “I just can’t!”


About JR Loveless

J.R. Loveless began her adventure in writing romance at the young age of twelve. Her foray into creating her own worlds and telling her characters’ life stories was triggered by her own love of reading. She currently resides in South Florida with her two dogs and two cats, volunteers for an animal rescue in her spare time, and works as a manager for a financial lending institute. Someday she hopes to begin writing as a full-time career and bringing more of her ideas to life.

Her journey into gay romance began in 2005 when she began posting her original fiction on a forum for feedback and readers’ pleasure. In 2010, a good friend urged her to submit to a publishing company, and the day she received the acceptance and contract was the best day of her life.  Since then, she has been noted to be one of the most purchased audio books after Fifty Shades of Grey on, received best gay romantic fiction for Touch Me Gently in the 2011 TLA Gaybies, and even received an award for Chasing Seth in 2012.

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