Author Name: Victoria Sue
Book Name: The Dilemma
Series: Sirius’s Wolves
Series should be read in order.
Publisher: Dark Hollows Press
Cover Artist: 3 rusted spoons
Release Date: April 7, 2016
Now, Anubis has decided to focus his efforts instead on Marcus and his new pack, to try and destroy the pack from within. In order to do this, Anubis seeks the one thing Marcus wants above all else and when he finds it, will use that to get him to walk away from his lovers and the pack.
Unaware of the evil god's plans, Marcus works together with Kellan and Ricoh, not only trying to help Nate recover from the vicious torture he has undergone at the hands of the terrorist group, The Winter Circle, but to also come to terms with leading a pack of over two thousand wolves.
Marcus soon will be faced with a dilemma, but will he give everything up for his mates and the pack or will the temptation Anubis offers him be too much for one human to refuse? Will Marcus put his wolves before himself or will he be tricked into leaving them behind forever?
Pages or Words: 50,000 words
Categories: Fiction, M/M Romance, Ménage/Poly, Wolf Shifters
The Dilemma – excerpt 1
Nate opened his eyes slowly and looked down. Kellan blinked as they both seemed to shimmer for a few seconds and then gaped as he stared at the white wolf now standing shoulder to shoulder with a black one.
Nate had shifted. Not only had he shifted into a beautiful wolf, his wolf was black. Nate was an Alpha.
“Does that mean what I think it does?” Marcus said quietly.
“I’ve never seen his wolf,” Ricoh said, awe coloring his words.
Then in another second, Nate had shifted back, and that was their second surprise. He was fully clothed. Kellan realized there had been no torn clothes on the floor, and as far as he knew Darric was the only wolf with that ability.
Nate stood. The wolf, Chris, was still close enough so Nate could burrow his hands in the thick white fur.
Marcus took a step forward and Nate lifted his head — and they all gasped. All hesitancy, all trace of fear, all the remnants of pain that Nate seemed to carry with him constantly — it all vanished as the man took a step and Marcus opened his arms for Nate to step into them.
The white wolf shook himself, casually licked a paw, and headed for one of the smaller meeting rooms. Conner followed him with some jeans he had been carrying. In seconds Chris and Conner were walking over to Marcus, Chris fully shifted back and clothed. Nate and Marcus stood quietly holding each other.
Blaze spoke up. “Unless it’s essential for you all to be here would you please give your Alphas some privacy?”
In seconds everyone had disappeared except for both Alpha groups and Chris. Blaze drew some chairs together and sat down. Aden chuckled, his arms full with a sleeping baby. “Well, you don’t see that every day.”
“Look,” Marcus said quietly, holding one of Nate’s scarred hands. The skin was smooth. Injury free, no burn marks, no missing nails.
Aden stared in astonishment. “That’s incredible. Shifting heals, but it doesn’t remove scars.” Darric dropped a hand on his leg. “I should know,” Aden whispered.
Kellan swallowed, guilt immediately swamping him. Kellan had lured Aden back to their old pack the last time when he got injured again.
Aden lifted his head and stared at Kellan. Then he smiled, and Kellan felt the guilt ease. He was grateful. He wasn’t sure he deserved it, but he was grateful.
“I have to ask,” Blaze said when they were all sitting down. Marcus and Nate were side by side, but Kellan had drawn Ricoh to him. Of them all, Ricoh seemed the most shocked. “I understand you were thrown out of your pack as a child. Was it because you are an Alpha?”
Nate sat a little taller. “I’m not an Alpha,” he said hesitantly.
“I can assure you,” Darric interrupted, “your wolf is black. Alpha marked. Besides which, I can feel your energy.” He paused and assessed him. “That’s new, isn’t it?”
“New?” Marcus asked.
“My wolf is gray,” Nate said hesitantly. He looked at Chris who was sitting quietly with Conner. “Did you do that? I felt an incredible amount of power when I touched you.”
Chris put his head to one side and laughed nervously. “I don’t think so. I just remember thinking you seemed hurt and that I had to help you.”
“I felt the Alpha power. I can sense it in you,” Darric said.
Nate turned his head and gazed at Darric. “I’m sorry. I know those are words often said with little meaning, but I—”
Darric reached over and clasped Nate’s hand. “The gods knew what they were doing. I think everything happened as it should.” Darric smiled. “I think you are an Alpha for a reason, and I think the gods have a purpose for you.”
Kellan gazed at everyone’s awed faces and knew that Darric was right. Even he could feel the steady thrum of Alpha power coming from Nate. What did that mean for their future?
Marcus stared in awe. He wasn’t totally sure what was happening here. “Are you saying that because Nathaniel has a black wolf, he’s an Alpha, and that his wolf has changed color?”
“There are different types of Alphas, Marcus. My wolf is silver,” Darric said.
“Stephen’s is golden brown, as is mine,” Conner said.
Marcus frowned. “Then why do you say black means Alpha-marked if an Alpha can be any color?”
Darric smiled. “Alpha-marked also means marked by gods.” He gestured at Blaze. “Blaze’s wolf is black. It’s usually an indication of leadership as well.”
Marcus gazed at Nate. “What does that mean for you?” Did that mean he should be running the pack? But Nate never left their rooms. He looked like he had a newfound confidence, but he was still curled into Marcus’ side as if he needed protection.
Nate looked at a complete loss. Aden spoke up. “I am not completely sure but I would hazard a guess that Sirius has a specific job for you to do,” he said quietly.
Marcus nearly shook his head in complete disbelief, but then he knew all the other incredible things that had happened, Darric being alive, the baby that Aden was cuddling. If they had happened, why was it such a leap to believe Nate had a higher purpose of some sort?
Marcus thought hard. Even as the other Alphas stood and congratulated Nate and fussed over Chris, he let the conversation swirl around him and he knew. Kellan was a strong werewolf. Ricoh had gotten a strength of purpose planning the new school and helping the kids he loved.
And Nate — his fragile boy, the one who Marcus had never been able to leave for long, because he needed him so much ... Nate was an Alpha werewolf. If he wasn’t about to run a pack then he was destined to play some important role. God touched.
Marcus eased his arm away from Nate as Nate laughed at something Darric said. At the end of the day, Marcus was fooling himself. Nate healing had just taken away his reason for being here, and he was very much afraid none of them needed him now.
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Today I’m very lucky to be interviewing Marcus. The first human ever to be the Alpha of a werewolf pack!
Hi Marcus, please tell us how this book, The Dilemma fits into the series.
The Dilemma is the fifth book in the series Sirius Wolves. The series premise is that werewolves were created in the goddess Sirius’ own image to save mankind. The first three books concentrates on the three Supreme Alphas and how they find their omega.
The second three books is another group of four, but all about me and my three mates.
Three? You have three mates? I can’t decide if I’m confused or jealous.
(grins) Oh, yeah – I’m greedy. But it works. What can I say? I keep them on their toes.
How did a human become Alpha of a werewolf pack?
That happened in the last book – The Promise. And yeah, it surprised the hell out of me, too. In the first books of the series humans found out about the werewolves and I was made the Human Liaison Officer to the pack. I didn’t expect to have to challenge one of the other Alphas, and I didn’t expect to fall in love, either. I mean, the wolves are all stronger and faster than any human, especially me.
(taps his legs) I lost both legs when my Humvee ran over an IED two years ago. But, let me back it up a little. I didn’t know about werewolves. I thought my buddy just had the most incredible luck in finding the IED’s and warning us. It was only when he got shot and shifted to heal himself, right in front of me that I found out. Of course when the top brass found out, he got shipped home. The next day without him to warn us, we got caught up, and I lost my legs.
I decided right then I would make sure that if a werewolf wanted to serve in our military, he could do. The first joint werewolf and human company was just created
So, is this your last book?
No, there is one more to complete our story. There is going to be a showdown I think. There’s a terrorist group we’ve been having a lot of trouble with, and they need taking care of for good. There’s a little surprise I found out about at the end of this one, so umm, I’m going to have my hands full for the foreseeable future.
5 out of 5 stars
The Dilemma is the 5th book in Victoria Sue's Sirius Wolves series. This is an interconnected series so these books need to be read in order or you will miss a lot of the storyline.
I have loved this series from the first book and while I thoroughly adored the first quad-couple, I am hands down in love with Marcus, Nathan, Kellan, and Ricoh. Especially Marcus, he's been able to hold his own as a human Alpha among wolf shifter Alphas. I love his protective side for his pack. However his instincts to protect his men is swoon-worthy. Marcus is the glue that holds the four of them together, but Kellan, Ricoh, and Nathan are also his support network. With him dealing with being a new Alpha, he gives it his all but he doubts that he's what the pack needs because he's human.
The Dilemma also shows the individual strengths of Kellan, Ricoh, and Nathan. As he's working through his terrors from the kidnapping, Nathan grows stronger and more confident in himself due to his partners, and finally being able to reconnect to his wolf. Even though he was still terrified of his wolf, reconnecting allowed him to heal the rest of the way. Kellan is the one offering silent support and strength most visibly to Marcus, but with touches, and pack connections pulls Ricoh deeper into their foursome.
While the book furthered the Anubis/Sirius storyline, it was just as much a story of deepening relationships, and realizing that they (the characters) were stronger than they thought they were and were able to overcome whatever was thrown at them. Of course, the author gave us a nice little twist toward the end of the book that I look forward to seeing the conclusion in the sixth book of the series.
The Sirius Wolves series is, in my opinion, one of the better mpreg shifter series available. Each book carries the storyline further, and adds depth to each of the characters. The pacing is just right for these stories. The books are well balanced between storyline, romance, and sexy times for the quad-couple in each book. I can't wait for the next book and highly recommend this shifter series to those that love sexy, Alpha shifters and their equally sexy or in some cases adorable mates.
Meet the author:
Victoria Sue has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids' adventure stories, she would go raid her mom's. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.
She especially loves writing gay romance because as far as she’s concerned the only thing better than one hot guy, is two of them.
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