This book is great. The heroine is an alpha wolf shifter who can’t shift (called a latent) and a healer. The hero is an alpha wolf shifter and leader of a pack that can’t always control his wolf. They both had awful childhoods, they both thought they would never get a chance for a true mate. So, when the alpha of another pack claims the heroine with a bite, and Taryn’s father (alpha of her pack) goes along with it, scheduling her mating ceremony against her will, she is open to almost any alternative. The hero offers that alternative via a pretend, temporary mating, because he needs alliances to protect his pack from being taken over. She accepts.
The pretend mating goes as planned, and she joins Trey’s pack as the alpha female. As time goes on, through many difficulties, they become close. Ultimately, we have a great happy ever after.
Some of the things I loved about this book are the ideas of a latent female alpha wolf, the descriptions of healing, the way our hero’s wolf goes feral, but can be calmed by his mate, the fighting, the dynamics of the interactions within the pack and between packs, and many other very original ways of describing life as a wolf shifter. There is also the development of the hero into a more balanced wolf shifter who is more open to the softer feelings, and in better control of his wolf.
The thing is, that sounds a bit dry as I write it, but everyone should realize the story is spiced up by the heroine’s sarcastic sense of humor, and great, funny dialogue-sometimes for no particular reason. Also, there is sex. Lots and lots of sex (in a variety of ways) between two people who are mated (though temporarily at first) and coming to care about each other.
I strongly recommend this book.
When female wolf shifter Taryn Warner first encounters Trey Coleman, an alpha male wolf shifter with a dangerous reputation, she’s determined to resist his charms. After all, Trey—who was only fourteen when he defeated his own father in a duel, winning the right to be alpha of his pack—can’t have anything to offer the talented healer besides trouble, or so she thinks. Taryn finds herself drawn in by Trey’s forceful demeanor and arctic-blue eyes, and she eventually agrees to enter an uneasy alliance with him. If the two succeed in convincing their respective packs that they’ve chosen each other as mates, Trey will win valuable political allies, while Taryn will escape an odious arranged mating.
But there are a lot of potential pitfalls to this plan—including the very real possibility that the wolf shifters, overwhelmed by their growing attraction to each other, will be unable to maintain the clear heads needed to pull off the deception.
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