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Jungle Law

K. Piet
S.L. Armstrong

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There is a rainforest in India that the wise poachers avoid. Few who venture in ever return, and those that do rarely come back all the way. The leopards in this forest have a protector who walks the worlds between leopard and man, but who calls the leopard kin and the human only enemy. When a frightened boy escapes from the latest hunting party to feel the protector's wrath, he tracks the boy down, determined to leave no survivors. But when he comes fact-to-face with the exotic, defenseless boy, he cannot bring himself to end that life. Instead, what he has reviled for years becomes his constant companion. That is, until the humans dare to set foot in his forest once more.

He'd made quick work of the poachers. Poachers in his territory never lasted long. He liked it like that. It meant the leopards he protected, claimed as his, were safe. Well, safer. Men with their guns and knives and lack of care for what they mutilated, killed, and destroyed were nothing but meat to him. Meat to be slaughtered. Not eaten, though. Never eaten. Left to rot as they left behind those of his kind, killed for their fur and little else. He had no patience for such destruction, and he had no mercy for the humans that infiltrated his forest.

In the midst of the attack, though, he'd lost sight of one of the culprits. Young with dark hair, slanted eyes, and a scent of pure fear that he remembered vividly. The boy had run from him, but the men had taken out their guns, shot at him, and he'd forgotten about the boy until it was all over. Still, the boy's scent was strong, intense, leading him along a mindless path through the dense, humid jungle. The boy was still here, somewhere, and he was determined to find the last interloper. He'd leave no poacher to return to the cities, to bring back tales of a vicious leopard that killed men.

No, no witnesses. If there were no witnesses, fewer hunting parties came looking for leopards. For him. He had to find the boy. At some point, the boy had washed his stink off in a little pool of water. The boy was clever, but that cleverness didn't help against a leopard. He could still smell the boy, potent and terrified, and then the boy's cleverness ran out.

5 - Gabbi at Top 2 Bottom Reviews
"I really appreciated the fresh spin these authors gave on the typical shape-shifter story and loved the way the relationship developed between the two characters. For such a short story, it reads as a longer one and is very fast-paced and uniquely told."

4.5 - Tam at Brief Encounters
"As a reader, I do adore shifter stories and this was significantly different. I found it fascinating and sweet. Kaanan is a leopard shifter who spends most of his time in his natural leopard form protecting the jungle and the other animals.... So while he is a shifter who can change at will, he's not the suave shifter of most m/m romance who's a lawyer by day and runs in the woods once in a while. This is a whole other species that keeps the animal quite close to the surface."

3 - Alex at Between the Covers
"[E]verything was well done, and while shifters are a very popular (maybe too popular) choice, we get a slightly different feel with this shifter who lives in the wild and thus doesn't confront many of the "issues" that normal shifter stories deal with."

0 - Serena at Rainbow Book Reviews
"If you like stories that take you "out of this world" into a different realm, if a wild man and a "civilized" man meeting and struggling to understand each other fascinate you, and if some hot action in the jungle sounds good to you, then you will probably like this book as much as I did."


11,000 words
27 pages

Release Date

June 18, 2012

Book Type

Free Read



Cover Art

Dare Empire eMedia


fantasy, shifter, virgin, interracial, interspecies, M/M