As a few of the other reviews have mentioned, by far the most interesting part of this otherwise standard shifter story is the world it's set. Frustratingily, that's also what we get the least info about. With some more detail, even haphazardly thrown as pure info dump, I might have been interested enough to buy the second book. Unfortunately I'm not.
One of the top rated reviews mentioned that they loved the idea of a female. I do too! Unfortunately, _again_, we only get that as an idea. Sure, Sasha is "alpha" and sits on the council. She's treated just like if she was simply a pure-breed (raised in the wild shifter who never tried to be human). The big point of contention is the pack wants her to mate another pure-breed (it's more arranged marriage opposed to just "breeding", thank god). She has a "for the good of the pack" mindset, presumably from upbringing, until the council makes it clear that she's a womb-on-legs vs a person. Then she has an incident that makes her see that's BS. But she doesn't stand up for herself til about 60%+ (she has a little silent rebellion instead). Can you imagine a male alpha character putting up with that? Of course not. He share the same 'for the good of the pack' mentality but we'd expect him to make sure the council understood it was because he understood duty and not because they made his choices - and he sure wouldn't be angry but silent being treated like a d***-on-a-stick.
On to the story's inciting incident. The hero (Tabor? Whatever) is an outcast and has moments of doubt whether he's worthy of her (after he decides himself to pursue her although she's never shown a specific interest). Sasha has her own doubts of self-worth after her sorta-fiance left her. So after they get together the elders push those buttons (esp his) - imagine my surprise and delight when he almost immediately told her and they agreed that people were going to try to play head games and they had to trust and be stronger together. Yay! Characters acting like smart adults in a relationship! Be still my heart!
But then... *sigh*
The author caved to the easy trope of having one of them overhear a few sentences of a conversation (and a few other silly things) and throw all that trust nonsense out the window. I loathe that trope. It's so overplayed in romance that it makes me literally growl. If they had been quietly doubting themselves the whole time, it would have at least in character, but they weren't. The character 180 made me drop it from 3 stars to 2.