Blurb: York, England, 1912
Kent was a pack outcast. His shifter instincts cruelly muted, he was collared and kept as a stray. Until he was offered his freedom—for something in return. He must rescue Hadrian, an alpha held hostage in the wolf highlands. It’s a pleasure for Kent to follow the captive’s scent, one so wild and virile it gives him a rush. Though he despises being treated like a mutt called to heel, he’ll gladly fall to his knees for an alpha like Hadrian.
Hadrian has never met anyone like this damaged wolf warrior. His savior who licks the blood from his wounds and who arouses in him feelings he doesn’t understand or want to control. But Hadrian suspects that more than desire binds them. It’s betrayal. Pawns in an elaborate and feral deceit, they’re now caught in the deepening maze of a vengeful shifter world, where navigating the mysteries of the heart could prove just as unpredictable and dangerous as the enemies they face.
I had a hard time feeling the chemistry in this one. It was kinda choppy and it switched back and forth from attraction to danger too quickly I felt. Also, the progression of the story didn’t flow very well with their developing feelings. For instance, they would be traveling together and share heated looks with very little dialogue. Then they would *ahem* ‘do stuff’ and I couldn’t see how they got there. I couldn’t understand how they knew what each other felt without saying something more profound.
The plot was a good one but could have been explained a bit better. Something along the lines of Hadrain being low on the alpha totem pole until several higher ups die. Then everyone wants a piece of him so Kent is hired to bring him to Tabitha. But its not really explained very well because I never knew if she meant to help him or to harm him. If it was explained, I didn’t catch it.
And I never did understand WHY Tabitha wanted to help him or why Felicity helped them. And I didn’t get Kent’s backstory. Why are wardens bad? Because it seemed like it was just the ones who put the collar on Kent. But references are made to them being evil, yet Felicity helped them. And Kent’s ailment wasn’t really explained in detail. Is he a half-shifted wolf? Or is he a wolf kept in a constant state of in-betweeness? Can he ever be made a full wolf? Or is being made a full wolf just a symbol and he doesn’t physically change? It was all kept very mysterious. But it was so mysterious that I never really found out what he was. And it wasn’t made clear if in this world shifter’s were a common occurrence and everyone knew about them or if they were all in hiding from humans.
Just….a lot of confusion all around for me.
I received this book in exchange for an honest/unbiased review.