by Suzanne Wright
4 of 5 stars
If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.
Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female whose Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.
Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal…but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.
This novel contains an extremely sarcastic Alpha female, a broody possessive Alpha male, bitter in-laws, voyeuristic enforcers, a whole lot of dirty talk, and steamy bedroom battles for dominance. Reader Advisory: This book also contains a graphic ménage scene – not for the faint-hearted.
Taryn Warner: She is a latent wolf, meaning she can’t shift. Because of this she has been an outcast and would be more so if she wasn’t a healer.
Trey Coleman:Dirty talking alpha werewolf; and damn sexy. He is wounded in spirit and was not expecting Taryn.
You have an alpha male not interested in any form of relationship, a very strong willed spitfire of a heroine with the skill and balls to back up her mouth.
“Just give me a second. Attempting to give a fuck…Attempting harder to give a fuck…Sorry, there was an error; fuck not given.”
The POV jumps from one to the other but does not get confusing, which to me is a big deal. I am so tired of reading books where the POV gets all jumbled up.
The sex has plenty of dirty talk and dominance without making Taryn submissive (seems impossible but they pull it off). The group scene does seem a little out of place, but if you pay attention to the book it is not as odd as most reviews are making it out to be.
“I’ve met guys like you before. They talk the talk but, well…talking doesn’t exactly get people to orgasm, does it?”
When all is said and done, you have and erotic shifter romance (more erotic than romance) with an actual plot.
Length: 367 pages
Price: $3.99 on Amazon
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