Candi's Buck is one of a series, but can easily stand alone. It is also a very short read, but full of plots and twists. I enjoyed every moment I spent with this story. The only complaint I have is that it ended too soon and I feel it should have been expanded.
Candi Smith works as a waitress at the The Health Nut Cafe. After leaving work she sneaks off to enjoy the beauty of nature to be found in the alcove of the forest. It is while she is there that she first sees the buck. When she moves the buck runs away.
Professor of zoology, Aiden Montgomery, enjoys his time in the forest, but has learned to be leery of strangers. The exception to the rule is Candi; the reason is simple, she is his mate. Yet he feels himself too old and too weak to protect her. He decides to ignore the mating call and let Candi go on to find herself a more suitable mate. One as human as she is. When he sees her in the forest again he cannot resist and finds out who she is. His shifter side desires one last moment with her and he begins visiting her at work.
Each is drawn to the other. Candi is confused, then poachers come to the forest and time runs out as do the shots. Did they wait too long? Will Candi ever know the love of her destined mate? Did Aiden throw away his only chance?
Candi Smith spends her days working her dream job as head chef in her brother’s new restaurant. The café’s early operating hours allow her a daily walk in the forest and time to visit her special place, the alcove. When a buck starts to visit the alcove as well, she learns there’s one thing better than being alone in the forest. Candi’s feelings for the buck are confusing but they become more unusual when she meets Aiden.
Aiden Montgomery is a zoology professor and a deer shifter. His job is rewarding, but a run through the forest in his buck form is the perfect way to end to his day. Forty is fast approaching and his age, combined with his scarred leg, are reminders he isn’t worthy of a mate. He keeps the loneliness at bay by drowning in projects for work, seemingly content with his life. When he sees Candi for the first time, and recognizes her as his mate, her youth and perfection persuade him he doesn’t deserve her.
Aiden is driven to spend small amounts of time with Candi, convinced his intense feelings will be easier to control if he gets her out of his system. The plan backfires and leaves the pair unhappy, despite the love they share. He knows they can’t be together, but Aiden feels he owes Candi the truth about their connection. Candi’s not as naïve as she seems and she has her own plans for her buck.