First what I liked. Amimee Easterling writes very well. She draws you in with intriguing characters. Her descriptions are vivid and evocative without being distracting. Her dialogue is natural. She has some creative ideas about the shifter genre. I really like her bloodling concept and the resulting prejudice that goes with it.
When I first started reading, I was excited to find a great paranormal romance. Then I got to the second half of the book.
The main issue with the second half is that it moves too fast. There's this slow build up of the main character fearing the male lead and then resisting her growing attraction to him and then you turn the page and she's decided he's her mate. Basically they go on a couple of dates and then they're a couple.
The first half of the book sets up her father as a sadistic, ruthless monster with whom she has a broken relationship. She goes into self-imposed exile to get away from him and remains isolated for years. When he comes for her to bring her back, she's willing to do anything and betray anyone to stay away from him. But then when the final confrontation occurs, we don't even see it. We just hear that it's happening. And the old guy had good reasons to behave the way he did and he's not as hateful as we were led to believe.
The author misses a lot of opportunities to flesh out what is going on in her characters' world. And there are things that happen that never get explained. Like, one of the characters from her new pack follow her to her old pack and then spends a few nights as her roommate. There's never an explanation of why, or if there is, it went by so fast that I missed it. For sure there's no logical reason, especially in the context of a wolf pack.
Aimee Easterling shows promise as a writer. I think she has the ability to become a shining star in this genre. But this book really needs more work.