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When Zaire Torva, enforcer of the Blue Creek pack, finds his mate near death in an underground fighting ring, he has no idea Lathan Ferox crashing into his life will turn his whole world upside-down. The struggle to save the man who claims Zaire’s heart tests their newly formed bond. And proves there’s nothing Zaire won’t do for him.
Only, sharing him might be an issue.
While on a mission to retrieve a runaway wolf cub, Zaire and Lathan come across a beautiful, fierce young woman, Embry Caelitēs, who watches over the child with all the instincts of a mare guarding her foal. Separating the two is impossible, and Embry possesses powers that can help Lathan tame his beast. Unfortunately, Zaire and Embry are like oil and water, clashing at every turn. All they have in common is how much they’re willing to sacrifice for the ones they love.
Surrendering to the wild passion of the animal within, Zaire’s tempered connection with Embry grows, but will it be enough as Lathan’s very existence proves too great a risk for any peaceful pack to take? As Embry’s past closes in on her, and their little cub faces the danger she tried to escape, will love be enough to keep them all alive?
Bianca Sommerland is one of my all-time favorite authors. She lured me into her ménage web when I read her Cobra hockey series. I had never known there was such a thing has ménage, but she managed to make this one of my favorite genres. Yet again, she has managed to lure me into a web. Everyone who knows me, knows for a fact that I’m not a fan of paranormal romances. However, when Ms. Sommerland’s new release became available, I jumped at the chance to read it. Despite my reservations about shifter books, and I was surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Maybe I have written off an entire genre based on unfortunate experiences, because this one was so very different.
Lathan is a human cage fighter who is saved from getting killed by Zaire, who happens to be a shapeshifter. Zaire was sure he was destined to be alone, but immediately knows Lathan was meant to be his mate, and claims him rather quickly. Zaire is the enforcer for a wolf pack, and he gets sent on a mission to find a young girl, who is the be the next alpha of her pack, and brings Lathan.
Embry is on the run from her family, who is only interested in using her body as a way to further the herd. While on the run, she encounters a young wolf that she immediately claims as hers, though not as a mate.
This story is told in the classic Bianca Sommerland style, with different point of views, so you gain access to all three main character’s thoughts and feelings. This is always a delight when you are dealing with more than two main characters. It was most difficult to be inside Lathan’s mind and see how his childhood still affected him, and his beast. To witness how Embry and Zaire claimed and help him accept who he is, was great. This was truly a story of how a family is made, no matter who (what) you are, and whom you love. Lathan, Zaire and Embry are all great characters that that jump of the page, but the true scene-stealer is Livvie. I am always a sucker for kids in books and she is no different. Her acceptance of her responsibilities and the family she wants around her is amazing, the ideal place she wants for her family truly is utopia.
However, it took me a while to get into this book. As with most of Ms. Sommerland’s first book in each series, it starts right down in the middle of a situation. I understand that this is a part of her writing style, but this time around, she lost me a little bit because of it. I had a heard time keeping track of what was going on for the first 20%, but I stuck with it, and it paid off. I ended up really liking it, and it showed me that shifter books aren’t so bad. It wasn’t one Ms. Sommerland’s best book, but I would still give it 4 stars. It made me reconsider something, I never would have done otherwise, and the storyline was great when I got over the first confused huddle.