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This was a very good story. I really liked Heidi and was happy to see her story (I have listened to the previous 2 books in the series).
Heidi has 6 shifter brothers but can't shift herself. For shifters (in the world of these books), in order to have kids there has to be 2 male shifters for a human female. Females with shifter blood are pretty much unheard of (Heidi is very, very rare) and the only way she's likely to have kids is to find another shifter male because it's not likely to happen with a human. Since the only shifters she knows of is her family she's not very hopeful on her prospects.
Heidi is a vet and is a kind woman that people tend to like. She gets a call from a hunter that shot something he shouldn't have. What she finds is a shifter that's been shot, a jaguar shifter. She is very interested in getting to know the new shifter and finds herself drawn to him.
Javier had a twin brother and a mate that were both killed years before. He has been chasing the killer for 2 years on a mission of revenge. While chasing the enemy he's shot by a hunter and helped by Heidi. He doesn't trust her at first but has to in the end. He gets permission to stay until he's healed and plans to leave to find the killer ASAP. This is hindered when Javier finds himself attracted to Heidi. He's confused and fights it because he had a mate and lost her. He fights against believing that Heidi is mean to be his because he's afraid it takes something away from his previous mate.
Regardless of his foibles, Javier can't resist Heidi and they end up getting to know each other as he recovers. I really wish the book had been a bit longer and added more in at this point. I wish we'd have gotten more time seeing Heidi and Javier bond and grow the thing between them. We saw some but I think with a little more I might have given this book 5 stars...maybe. Regardless of this I liked seeing them together although there was a little sadness because Javier still felt he had to leave to revenge his brother and late mate.
Things do come to a head when the bad guy finds out where Javier is hiding and comes after him. There's some drama and Heidi's left behind while Javier chases the enemy away during the fight. Everyone is left not knowing how the fight ended and it's kind of sad for a bit. TBH I thought Heidi's brothers were kind of being jerks about the whole thing but whatever. Fortunately Javier survived and I was very happy to see Heidi and Javier's reunion.
This was a very good book. I really liked Heidi and Javier and just wish there had been a little more buildup in their relationship. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series because I'm already planning to buy it. :D
This was a great addition to the Mercy Thompson series. As the description notes, Adam's ex, Christy, has a stalker that she needs saving from. Things turn more difficult when they find the stalker isn't human and is extremely dangerous. Christy comes in to Adam and Mercy's house and starts stomping all over Mercy in ways that makes it difficult for Mercy to fight back without looking petty. Somehow Christy has this whole "poor me" thing going that makes everyone blame Mercy for any thing wrong whether it's Mercy's fault or not. Things aren't good for Mercy when it comes to the whole Christy situation so she does what she can to help further the investigation quickly to hopefully get her out sooner.
Things in Mercy and Adam's lives are complicated further when a Fae comes to Mercy demanding the walking stick (a Fae artifact that is currently in the hands of Coyote, the native american "god"). Since the Fae is threatening terrible things, Mercy feels it's necessary to find Coyote ASAP to get the walking stick back. There are other things going on as well, as Mercy meets a half-brother she didn't know about, the pack gets a new member and there's trouble when Mercy is targeted by a federal agency that wants to study a captive werewolf and thinks she's a werewolf. Regardless of the multiple issues thrown at them, Mercy and Adam stick together and show just why they're such a good couple. Even with the issue of the "ex" being in the house Mercy never had to fear that Adam might be tempted by Christy. Adam didn't do real well at standing up to Christy but he never let her steal his love and attention from Mercy. The bad guy is a rough one and there's much drama as they prepare to take on the enemy and then get surprised at the last minute. Things don't work out exactly as planned but they do work out and everyone recovers in the aftermath. Adam and Mercy (of course) continue their HEA.
This was a great addition to the series. Adam and Mercy are great together and this book shows why that is. I hated Christy with the heat of a thousand suns...I just hope she doesn't actually move to town...Mercy doesn't deserve to have to deal with Christy that much. I do hope Mercy's brother (Gary) sticks around...he seems pretty cool and I can see good possibilities there. The action plot was frequent and kept things hopping while the personal stuff was hit on multiple fronts but all blended well in to a great story that kept me engaged until the end. Briggs is a great author and I love this series. I can't wait until the next book comes out. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up. :D
This was a good story. I liked both Erin and Ivan and liked their story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked this enough that I'd be willing to consider trying more of her work in the future.
Erin is a good woman that's in a bit of trouble. She lost her parents years before and her sister, Rose, is a drug addict that seems beyond help. Erin spends a lot of time looking after Rose and cleaning up her messes but since Rose doesn't care enough to stay off the drugs, all Erin's efforts are pretty much just enabling Rose to be that way. Now Rose is missing and Erin is trying to find her before things go bad.
Ivan is a Russian that used to be in the Russian mob. He moved to the US years ago and straightened out his life. Ivan is a big man and is feared by most because of his looks and reputation. Although Ivan never fought professionally, his fighting skills were well known enough that he was able to open a successful business training fighters in his gym, spending most of his time doing this.
Erin approaches Ivan for help and to be honest, I didn't know how she expected it to turn out because she didn't know him, he didn't know her and there was no reason at all for him to help out. Even his reputation doesn't give the idea that he's a helpful sort. Regardless, Erin goes in to Ivan's gym and asks for help with the heavy crap Rose got mixed up in. Ivan refuses her at first but evidently can't stand to turn her away and agrees to see what he can find out (but makes no promises). There's an attraction between them right away and Ivan does his best not to scare her. Surprisingly, although she realizes that Ivan is a scary guy, he doesn't scare Erin and she's intrigued by him more than anything. Soon after their meeting, Erin gets in to some trouble with the people looking for Rose and Ivan helps get her out safe. After this she stays with Ivan while things get worked out. The story is very short and I do wish there had been a little more of a fleshing out of their relationship within the short time frame given by the book but it worked overall and I enjoyed the story. The story is resolved with Rose out of danger and things proceeding well for Ivan and Erin as they start their HEA together.
This was a good story. I liked the characters and story but I do wish there had been a little more fleshing out of their relationship. Still enjoyed the story though and ended it satisfied. I'm curious about some of the other Russian guys and am considering trying book #2 in the series. :)
This was a really good story. I liked both Nick and Becca and enjoyed their story. This is the first book I've read by this author and I liked it enough I've already bought the next book in the series to start next.
Becca is an emergency room nurse and has lost all her family except her brother, Charlie. Her brother got mixed up in something bad and is now missing and Becca's determined to get him back. Charlie left her a message to go to their father's old team (their father was a commander of a special forces team) for help. Becca goes to Hard Ink looking for Nick (the second in command of the team) but is surprised to find herself turned away rudely without even a chance to explain what she needed.
Nick is a good guy but isn't in a good place when the book starts. He spent years in the special forces but because of a corrupt commander, he and the members of his team ended up blamed for the something that wasn't their fault in a cover-up and forced out of the Army in dishonor. Nick felt a lot of guilt for not seeing what was happening beforehand and has isolated himself from his team since they all got back to the US. Nick has been working as a Process server and doing tattoos for his brother on the side. Nick wasn't prepared for the daughter of the man that betrayed them to come looking to him for help. He sends her away but has trouble forgetting her.
Regardless of the fact that Nick sent Becca away without hearing what was wrong, he couldn't forget her and ends up checking up on her. At one point he's outside her place when she's just gotten home and he realizes someone else is in the house with her. Becca isn't a stupid woman though and is already making her way out of her house (without alerting the intruder) as Nick goes to help. The intruder escapes and Nick insists that Becca should come stay with him. Considering his past attitude, Becca isn't sure why she should trust Nick but he eventually convinces her it's not safe to stay where she is. Once they're somewhere safe, Nick gets the whole story from Becca and knows he has to help her out because she's not guilty of her father's actions and doesn't even know about them. By this point, Nick is feeling very protective of Becca and is determined to help her out. As he starts to help her he discovers things are much worse than what he originally thought and that things may go as far as corrupt police that aren't even filing the reports for the issues Becca's been having and Charlie being missing. The more he discovers, the more sure Nick is that Charlie found something out about his father's dealings and was kidnapped due to that. Since the police are of no help, Nick realizes he needs help and the only likely source is his old team.
Since Nick has isolated himself from his old team due to guilt, he doesn't exactly get a warm welcome when he calls his teammates for help but they still come. They're rough on Nick for a bit due to his isolationist actions but as they start working the case, things between them all start getting back to something good. The team isn't too sure about Becca either but she soon wins them over with her warm attitude. While the team investigates leads to find Charlie, Beacca and Nick become close quickly and soon the attraction between them explodes. Nick messes up in his initial handling of things but soon realizes his mistake and does better. Nick realizes very quickly that Becca is something special and worth fighting for. Becca is actually a great heroine. She's strong but still very sweet and she's smart...no TSTL moments for her. Even when she's under duress she's able to keep her head on straight. Once Nick got his act together and they started seriously in the relationship I think they complimented each other very well. There's some danger and more investigating as the case progresses. There's some drama as Becca discovers what happened between Nick's team and her father but over all she did very well at handling everything. I liked the way Becca and Nick's relationship came together. It was quick but considering the strong initial attraction and the intense situation they were in at the time, the quick time frame doesn't necessarily seem all that rushed. The action story line is not exactly resolved...the issue with Charlie is handled but the team isn't able to get the info they need to clear their names. The books ends with the team (and Becca and Charlie) pledging to stick together and do whatever it takes to bring the truth to light. And of course, Becca and Nick start their HEA. :)
This was a very enjoyable story. I really liked Becca and Nick and liked how their relationship worked out. I really liked the story, both the action and romance story lines were well done and well balanced. I also liked some of the more light parts of the story, like Becca saving the 3 legged-dog and the ensuing arguments about the dog's name. And the banter between the members of the team or Nick and his brother (Jeremy, who was a very cool character). I found the story and characters to be interesting and engaging and I didn't want it to end. I'm starting book #2 immediately so hopefully I can sustain this book high a bit longer. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up! :D
This was a really good story. I liked Max in the previous book he was in Mine to Possess and I was happy to see him get his story. Sophia is a good match for Max and I liked the way their relationship developed.
Sophia is a J-Psy (a Justice Psy, they have the ability to not only read memories but also project them to others) and has been working in that capacity since she was 16 years old (and she's now 28). Sophia has a troubling past that messed up her conditioning at an early age but she's worked to keep herself together and avoid showing any signs of problems. Her conditioning is slowly unraveling though and she knows it means her end is coming.
Max is a human cop but happens to have a natural shield that protects him from Psys intruding in to his mind. He grew up in the care of a mother that hated him and then foster care so his life hasn't been the best. Max is a good cop but he hasn't made it as far up in the ranks as he should have due to the inability of Psy to be able to read him (they like being able to spy in the human police’s minds). Regardless of him being held back, Max does a very good job and takes his job very seriously.
Sophia is a typical J-Psy in her failing conditioning. J-Psy all have issues with their conditioning because of all the emotions they encounter regularly in their job. They’re constantly monitored and reconditioned but that only lasts so long. After a number of years, all J-Psy are completely reconditioned which wipes everything of them so they're no longer who they were which is basically the same as death. Sophia knows that her complete reconditioning is coming as her conditioning is almost completely gone. Sophia and Max don’t know each other but are pulled together in a case. The Psy counselor Nikita Duncan (mother to Sascha Duncan from Slave to Sensation) is having issues with her closest advisers showing up dead and they’re called in to find out what is going on. Sophia and Max have a connection from the start and Sophia is curious about Max and can’t help letting out snatches of non-Psy behavior. Max is intrigued by Sophia and is attracted to her. He sees the pitfalls of getting involved with her but he can’t help but dive in when the opportunity presents itself.
Max and Sophia start working on the case and flowing the leads. They don’t have immediate luck and things are rather sketchy as they try to find clues that would lead them to the culprit. Max and Sophia dance around each other but not in a denial way, more in a cautious way. They both acknowledge the attraction and since Sophia knows she’s dead with her next conditioning, she wants to take what she can with Max before she’s gone. They start with brief touches and it evolves in to more as they continue to spend time together. They come to realize that they want more together and they discuss Sophia’s situation but since she acts as a minor anchor in the Psy web she doesn't think it’s possible to leave the web without wiping herself. There is a lot going on as the action plot heats up with danger from multiple opponents. I really liked how the Psy counsel story line is proceeding and Nikita is proving to be a lot cooler than I expected. With the way things were going on the romance side, I didn't know how Singh was going to pull out the ending but she did and did it well. With some unexpected help they're able to solve their case and figure out a way to have their HEA and I was very happy with the ending.
I really liked this story. Max and Sophia are both great characters and the storyline was interesting and engaging. It felt like there was more action/suspense in this story than some others in the series and I really got pulled in to it. The story left some good open threads of things for us to look forward to in future books. I can't wait to see how they turn out so I'm looking forward to the next book. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :)
This was a very good book. Mercy and Riley made a good couple, regardless of the challenges they had to get past in order to be together.
Mercy is a leopard changeling (shifter) and a Dark River Leopard pack sentinel (sentinels are the warriors that rank immediately below the Alpha and are blood bonded to him). She's worked hard to reach her current rank and takes her responsibility to her pack seriously. Mercy is a very dominant female (pretty much a given considering her rank in the pack) but this is an issue for her because all the males in the pack that were more dominant are mated and Mercy doesn't like less dominant males. Since changelings need touch, especially sexual touch, to sooth their beast and keep their emotions steady, Mercy's lack of options for a partner is problematic.
Riley is a wolf changeling that is a Snow Dancer Wolf pack lieutenant (roughly the same position Mercy holds in her pack just a different name). Riley had to raise his sister and little brother and grew up with a load of responsibility. Because of this he tends to be rather serious and focuses on his responsibilities. He became even more serious when his sister was kidnapped and brutalized and it hasn't gone away even after she was saved.
Riley isn't currently in a relationship and he figures that his future mate will be a submissive, maternal type (thoughts that are fueled by a tragedy in his past). Unfortunately for Riley, he can't get Mercy out of his mind and he decides he needs to get Mercy out of his system. Mercy has an attraction to Riley but has no interest in a wolf and beside...Riley tends to be a pain in Mercy's butt and she doesn't want to deal with him. That doesn't stop the heat from ratcheting up when they encounter each other in the woods when Mercy is dying for touch. Their attraction quickly explodes and they have sex. Mercy insists that it's a one time thing but Riley isn't willing to let things lie. When they end up getting pulled in to an investigation regarding a kidnapped shifter together it becomes impossible for Mercy to avoid Riley or their attraction.
Mercy and Riley begin working on their investigation, which reveals a plot by the Human alliance. They start taking the needed steps to safeguard their people and figure out the plot and the reasons behind it. In the mean time, Riley does end up getting Mercy to give in to him again and starts feeling very progressive. Mercy isn't sure what to think, she's strongly attracted to Riley and part of her wants him but then he's a wolf and they're in 2 different packs...where would they end up if they did mate? Also she's worried because Riley revealed his thoughts on having a submissive, maternal type as his mate and that's not Mercy and will never be her. Mercy has to figure out if she's still willing to be with him knowing that they may not end up mating. There's some difficulties as they try to figure out how they fit together and how to work together. Riley doesn't make things easy as his urge is to protect and when he gives in and attempts to protect Mercy she just about flays him alive. Riley does recover from his bout of relationship stupidity and manages to get Mercy's forgiveness. Things don't go easy for them but I liked the chemistry between Mercy and Riley. Mercy brought out Riley's less serious side and it's evident that they're good for each other. I loved seeing them work things out and how things turned out for them in the end. I was happily satisfied with the way things turned out and their HEA.
This was a very enjoyable story. Riley and Mercy made a cool couple and an interesting story. The action plot wasn't a major part of the story but it added some good content and continued the series storyline in an interesting fashion. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :)
This was a pretty good story. I liked the characters and enjoyed the storyline. This is the first story I've read by this author and based off this I plan to try more of her work in the future.
Freya is a Graphic design artist. She had to grow up fast as her parents both died and she had to give up her dreams of travel and becoming and artist to take care of her little sister, Anna. Anna's in college now and Freya is helping her through college. Freya doesn't have much of a social life...the closest she's come recently to a date was spending a day with her new neighbor but she dropped him immediately upon hearing he's a lawyer because she hates lawyers.
Greg is a good guy who happens to be a divorce lawyer. He moved to town not too long before and bought the place upstairs from Freya's. He liked her immediately and loved the day they spent together. He can't understand why she all the sudden started acting like she hated him but he's been trying to get her to go out with him since then with no success.
Because her sister still depends on her, Freya can't afford to lose her job but her creations at work haven't been very good lately and with a big design for an important customer she has to do, her boss is threatening her job if she doesn't get her mojo back and come up with something great to wow the customer. Freya decides the best way to get her muse working again is to get out and date and hopefully get some good sex to get her feeling good. She decides to put an add in the paper. The very same day, as she's walking her sister out, Freya and Anna run in to Greg. Greg tries to get Freya to give him something, anything but as normal she tries to brush him off. Anna however, notices that Freya is actually attracted to Greg but just trying to hide it. Anna knows that Freya hates lawyers. This came from lawyers causing their family much heartache and loss years before. It's irrational to blame all lawyers and say that they're all automatically scheming slime because of one instance but Freya isn't exactly rational about this. Anna decides that Greg would be good for Freya and them getting together would help Freya get over her hatred of lawyers which helps Anna (for her own reasons).
Anna decides to meddle in Freya's love life and this includes checking out Greg. Greg passes inspection so Anna goes about trying to help Greg get the inside track and doing what she can to chase off the other suitors that Freya is attracting through her ad. Fortunately most of the men that answer the ad are hopeless but there is one that is a good option even if he only brings up luke-warm feelings in Freya. Greg brings up hot and spicy feelings but Freya tries to ignore that. Soon it becomes apparent that Freya only gets sparks of inspiration after Greg has done something to turn her on. She propositions him for a fling to help her get her mojo back for her project at work. Greg agrees but tells her that he's not just in it for sex...he wants it all and is going to take this chance to prove to her that they're perfect for each other. They have a wonderful first date and Greg does well at getting under Freya's skin. They spend a couple weeks together but Freya is still somewhat seeing the other man as well. As her work deadline gets closer, Freya has to decide if she's willing to give Greg up just because of his job and she's unsure what to do. There's some drama as she finds out some erroneous information and thinks that Greg is responsible for some bad behavior but the true culprit does admit their guilt and Greg and Freya are able to share their feelings with each other and start their HEA.
This was an enjoyable story. I really liked Greg and Freya (outside of her dogged insistence that all lawyers are evil) and was glad to see them work things out. I also liked Anna...she had some selfish reasons for her actions but I also felt that she was partially doing it to help her sister as well. She just didn't take in to account how things could backfire but I liked how she did the right thing wen it was needed. I'm glad I tried this story and I'll probably try more of the series in the future. I'd recommend this story. :D
This was a very good story. I liked Basha and Marcus and was glad they got together. Because of how they start out it is difficult on both of them but I think things worked out nicely. Sands has done a pretty good job of keeping the series interesting as it goes and this addition to the series is a good continuation of the overall storyline.
Basha was born and raised an Argeneau but didn't have a good life. She suffered the loss of her family early and just when she got them back and was enjoying life, she is kidnapped and lives through a year of hell. Afterwards (due to manipulation by others) she believes that if her family finds her they will kill her and the baby she had due to the rapes she endured. Basha's been running all her life, raising her son the best she could and then (when he was a man and she couldn't stay with him any more) moving on by herself. She kept traveling through the centuries until she finds herself with a carnival working as a fortune teller.
Marcus is a Notte and he's spent most of his life watching out for his family and protecting them from danger. He also helps his family run their large business conglomerate. He's found himself bored with life recently and looking for something more to do so he agrees to help out Lucien when he asks him to track down a lead on his niece that's been missing for years and thought to be rogue. This journey takes his to southern California where he takes a job with a carnival in order to carry out his task.
Basha is known as Madame Divine for her fortune telling act and is quite popular. She reads info about the women from their minds and/or people with them when they show up and then gives them the best advice she can. One night, she encounters an issue with a guy harassing her that had been planning to kill his wife. Basha read the guy's mind when he dropped his wife off for a reading and Basha tells the wife his plans to kill her for her money. The guy gets pissed at Basha for spoiling his plans and tries to get physical but she can handle herself, sending the guy on his way terrified. This is when Marcus shows up. Basha doesn't know who he is but is leery of another immortal showing up at the carnival. She decides to keep her eyes open around him and see what happens because running would just look suspicious and might be an overreaction. There's some interaction with her son and grandsons but it's evident that she's not happy with the company her son keeps, Regardless of these concerns, Basha thinks her son is still following all the rules she taught him growing up (like not harming others). Basha hasn't been harming anyone but finds out that she's been doing wrong for years as she hasn't fed on bagged blood (due to being lied to by others), thinking it wasn't able to sustain them nutritionally. She also finds out more things that don't add up causing her to have more and more questions.
As Basha is starting to realize things might not be how she thinks they are, she also starts growing closer to Marcus. They help each other out when she has a fire at her RV which helps thing but she still doesn't trust him. The fire ends up bringing Jackie and Vincent in to the picture and they even end up going back to the carnival with Marcus and Basha to help. No one is sure yet if Divine is Basha but they are sure that her and Marcus are lifemates. It also becomes evident that Basha is a good woman and her being a rogue is hard to believe. Marcus is able to convince Basha that they're lifemates (the shared pleasure helping with that) but she's convinced Lucian will kill her on sight and is determined to run. Marcus is trying to get to know Basha better and get her trust while trying to figure out who seems to have been trying to kill Basha. As they try to understand what is going on, Marcus and Basha spend some time together as he tries to encourage her to trust him with the truth. Things don't work out smoothly and there's some major drama, trickery and a hostage situation before all is concluded but Basha and Marcus do end things with a good HEA.
This was a very enjoyable addition to the series. I liked Basha...she's strong and her worse crime ended up being the mother's love for her son. Marcus was strong and did everything he could for Basha, even willing to run with her if necessary. This book didn't have as many funny moments as some other books from the series but I wouldn't call is a dark read...maybe just a little more emotional with all the conflicting emotions and loyalty issues. I can't wait to see how the series storyline (which just got spiked up with this book) works out in the next book. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
This was a very good story. I liked Cella and Crush and their story was a good addition to the series.
Cella is a tiger shifter. She works for an agency that protects cat shifters and also is an enforcer on the all shifter pro hockey team. She's the daughter of a shifter hockey league legend and she's also a bare-knuckles champ for 5 years running. She got pregnant at 16 and had a daughter but with the help of her family (which unlike most cat clans is very close) she was able to join the marines for a number of years before coming back to New York to take up her current work. She hasn't had much time or inclination to date though and this ends up causing problems for her later.
Crush is a polar bear shifter and has been a cop for years, mostly working undercover jobs and living on the seedy side of things. He likes what he does though and has no interest in changing. He was an orphan and was raised with a foster mother that he doesn't get along with. He's one of triplets but he also doesn't get along with his brothers. Crush isn't happy when the story begins because his cover was blown through no fault of his own. Because of this he's getting transferred to the shifter unit of the police and he's unthrilled with the change. Crush has no interest in a relationship when he meets Cella and it takes him a while to change that opinion.
Cella and Crush wake up the morning after a party that Dez (from The Mane Event) threw. Apparently jello shots didn't agree with either of them and Crush wakes up with a naked Cella asleep on top of him. He can't remember if he slept with her or who she is and freaks a bit. Then he gets a bit testy when he can't get her to wake up and get off of him so he can go to work (and Crush is too polite just to dump her off of him and just leave). Cella wakes up to find a handsome bear that has a bit of a stick up his butt so she decides to tease him and give him a hard time. Crush makes his escape and Cella goes on with things. We get to meet Cella's daughter, who is 18 and just getting ready to graduate high school and head to college. We also get introduced to her family which is loving and protective for the most part, but there are some problems. Soon after, Crush is at a hockey game and Cella sees him there. Crush didn't realize that she's "bare-knuckles Malone", the enforcer on his favorite team and he's both horrified and thrilled as he gets to spend time with her father in the owners box. Because of Cella's trickster type antics, her father thinks that Crush is Cella's boyfriend. After the game, Crush hears some other stuff out of context and runs for the hills and away from Cella. Cella's a bit disgruntled but she lets it go. In the mean time, Cella works on things for her agency and her hockey team.
Things come to a head for Cella when her daughter gets her to promise not to fight (for the space of a month) with her aunt Dedra (who tries to cause problems for her and makes her life hell). Right after promising this, Cella finds out her aunt has convinced her family to try to marry her off to a distant cousin. When her father tells the family that she has a man, in the form of Crush, Cella decides he's her key around breaking her word to her daughter. She manages (with some help from a friend) to convince Crush to help her out by acting like her pretend boyfriend. He does so reluctantly but as he spends more time with Cella (both personally and at work) he starts realizing that there's a lot more to her than he originally thought. Cella starts seeing more in Crush too and realizes he fun to have around for more than to just give a hard time. Things in their work situation escalate when it becomes apparent that a a bear of some power with ties to Crush is doing some bad stuff but they have trouble figuring out exactly what and the threat against Cella and Crush ends up pushing them together more. They finally end up sleeping together and slowly allow their relationship to become more. They don't really talk about things but they also don't really fight it once they both realize they have deeper feelings. Their friends realize they work well together and Crush gets accepted by her hockey teammates, even making friends with Bo Novikov (from Beast Behaving Badly). There's a lot going on as Crush and Cella work their case and go after the bad guys while handling hockey stuff and working out their relationship. There's drama and some issues but things get worked out and I liked how the story was resolved. Of course the best part of the ending...Crush and Cella deciding they should be together and starting their HEA.
This was very enjoyable. I liked both Crush and cella. Their interaction was priceless as there was a lot of poking fun and spicy interaction between the 2. Cella was just what poor grumpy Crush needed to pull himself out of his dull life, taking him from black and white to technicolor. And once Crush realized he liked Cella and started being a part of the relationship he proved that he was good for her in return. This was a very good addition to the series and I'm looking forward to the next book. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
This was a really good story. I've always liked Ric and was happy to see him get his book. I wasn't so hot on Dee-Ann from previous books but she pulled it out in this book and by the end I loved Dee-Ann and was happy with her and Ric being together.
Dee-Ann is a Smith wolf shifter. She was raised in Tennessee by a daddy that most people fear and who taught her killing at an early age. She joined the Marines for years but got out recently. She joined her cousin's pack in New York and took a job working for "The Group" which is a covert shifter team that takes out threats to shifters. Dee-Ann doesn't really date but has been hanging around Ric (who is her supervisor for the Group) a lot lately and not just for work related reasons.
Ric is a Van Holtz wolf shifter and the son of the Alpha wolf for the Van Holtz pack in the New York area. Unfortunately, since his father hates Ric it just makes his life harder. Ric was raised more by his Uncle Van (from When He Was Bad which I loved. Van's always been a fave of mine) than his father and they're still close. Ric fell in love with Dee-Ann a while ago but has been trying to creep his way in to her life knowing that she's not a woman that can be forced in to anything.
Dee-Ann is working a case that's been ongoing through the last few books in the series. Some jerks are capturing hybrid shifters and using them in illegal fight clubs (and killing many of them). They've managed to shut down some of the fights but they know there's still some fights going on and someone knows they're on to them because recently they've been getting to the fights right after they've been closed down. During one of these instances, Dee-Ann and her team run in to a shifter team from the cat clans. Where "The Group" works to protect all shifters (no matter what breed) this other agency is run strictly by the cats. The leader of the other group is Marcella Malone who doesn't exactly get along with Dee-Ann. Because of their animosity towards each other, neither is thrilled when their superiors decide to team up agents from 3 groups, the human police (which means Desiree from book #1 The Mane Event), the cats (Marcella), and The Group (Dee-Ann). These 3 women are all rather alpha so trying to work together is not an easy task but they make the effort for the sake of the job. While all this is going on, Ric tries to get Dee-Ann to soften towards him. He teases and flirts lightly trying to push his suit without her killing him. I liked how Ric worked on getting Dee-Ann to accept him...he wasn't overbearing and pushy because he knows she's to alpha to get trapped in to anything, she needs to do the chasing to a certain extent.
Ric chases Dee-Ann without seeming to chase, feeding her whenever he can (his way of trying to take care of her and I loved that he kept saying that she's too skinny). Dee-Ann is attracted to Ric and eventually gives in to her attraction...falling a bit in to Ric's trap (Ric is rather wily and determined). At first not many people know but as they become more public many people are rather surprised and wondering how long it'll go on. Also, many people are worried about Dee-Ann's daddy and how he'll react to his little girl with a Van Holtz wolf (most people bet the reaction wont be good). Ric accepts Dee-Ann for who she is and doesn't try to change her (except to try to fatten her up) so she actually has a pretty easy time falling for him. They ease in to things but they've already known each other a while at this point so once things get going it doesn't take too long before things come to a head. Dee-Ann manages to make progress on the case as well as her relationship with Ric. Ric also has his own issues to deal with as his father and brother end up involved in some dirty dealing involving their pack that have to be handled as well. There's a decent amount of drama and a kidnapping attempt before things get settled but everything works out and Ric & Dee-Ann head in their HEA.
This was a really enjoyable book. I really liked Ric and Dee-Ann together and thought they complimented each other well. Ric's strong but doesn't feel threatened by Dee-Ann's strength (she could probably beat Ric's butt if she wanted to) and doesn't need to change her. The story was a good combination of romance and action plot, it was interesting and engaging. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series which is about Marcella (who I kind of grew to like in this book). I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up. :D
This was a really good story. I liked both Shaya and Nick in past book but couldn't see why Nick wouldn't claim her. I've been looking forward to this story and Wright did a good job with it.
Shaya is a half-shifter and a good woman. She's kind and easy to talk to but has a strength on many levels that most people don't see. Shaya is best friends with her pack's Alpha female, Taryn (the heroine from book #1 in the series Feral Sins) and has been since they were kids. Shaya's mother has never treated her well and her relationships with men have just reinforced her mis-trust and abandonment issues. When she finally finds her true-mate, the one person that should place her above all else, he ignores her and their connection, acting like she doesn't exist.
Nick is the Alpha of a pack and a born Alpha wolf and leader. He never wanted to become the Alpha of a pack but does what needs to be done. Nick hasn't had a nice path through his life and has suffered much. Some of what he suffered caused a sickness that causes problems with his brain functions and threatens his long-term welfare. When Nick meets Shaya he treats her badly and denies her as a mate and then can't seem to stay out of her life. He seems like a total jerk but being the Alpha that he is, he can't stand the thought that he might burden his mate if his sickness got bad.
Shaya gets pissed at Nick because he wont stop sticking his nose in her life even though he denies her as a mate. She decides to escape somewhere that he wont find her. She finds a likely place with an old friend but lives as a human and not in another pack. Because she does pretty good at hiding (and some of the Phoenix pack helped out) it takes Nick 6 months to find Shaya. She hasn't been happy while away but has been getting by. When Nick shows up her initial reaction is violent. Nick manages to get her to calm long enough to talk a bit and he tells her he's stepped down as the pack Alpha and when lone-wolf so they can be together (since Shaya isn't dominant there was some worry about her being able to function as a pack alpha female). He doesn't mention his sickness though as he doesn't want her to come to him out of pity. He went through healing sessions that has him thinking he'll be ok so he doesn't want to tell Shaya about it. This causes more problems though because without knowing the full reasoning for him denying her in the first place, Shaya had trouble understanding the validity in his actions. Nick promises Shaya he'll take tings slow and convince her that he's serious. I do have to admit that Shaya made him work for it. As well she should with the way he treated her (although she didn't have the full story) but she does push the line before realizing that Nick has earned a second chance.
While Nick is trying to get back in to Shaya's good graces, there is some trouble taking place in the local area that has ties to Nick's past. He had been in juvie as a teen and one of the evil guards (Logan) is now part of an extremist hate group that's targeting shifters in the town Shaya's staying in. These extremists start causing problems for shifters trying to get a violent reaction from the shifters in order to shift public support away from the shifters due to a court case about shifter rights coming up soon. When Logan sees Nick he starts targeting Nick and those with him. Once Shaya agrees to give Nick a second chance he does everything he can to make her secure in his commitment to her and want to proceed with the mating (something he promised to hold off on until she was ready). To be honest, it takes a while because Shaya has some deep issues and insecurities that take some work to get past. This isn't helped by a jealous wanna-be girlfriend that tries everything she can to plant doubts and cause problems in order to get Nick for herself. It takes time but Nick is pretty steadfast in his commitment to Shay. He does let himself freak once but fortunately Shaya was on top of it and didn't let his fear mess things up for them again. As Shaya and Nick work towards bonding fully the drama with the extremists comes to a head and there's much drama before things get settled. A traitor is uncovered and the bad guys get taken out so it all works out in the end. As things get settled, Nick and Shay find themselves the alpha's of a small pack (a "dispersed" pack which seems to be one without territory) and starting their HEA together.
I really enjoyed this story. I love Shaya and Nick and was so happy they got things worked out. I also loved that Shaya's a submissive wolf but she still had the strength not to just roll over and forgive Nick as soon as he came to find her. I also really liked how their pack (the Mercury pack) got started..I wonder if Wright will do an off-shot series for the members of that pack...it would be cool. I can't wait for the next book in this series. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up. :D
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