I’ve been a bit disappointed in the shifter books I’ve read recently. I’m not sure why, but most don’t have a whole lot of shifting going on. Not sure about anyone else, but that’s one of the main reasons I read shifter stories – I want them to shift. I want to see them in their animal form as much as possible. So I thought I would give a new-to-me author a chance to see how she writes one of my favorite romance subgenres.
Unfortunately, Ms. Summers doesn’t give me what I wanted. She also goes so far to have the hero dislike being a wolf, along with his friends whom he turned and feels guilty about it. Which is too bad, because I do like Finn. He’s alpha of his pack – a very small pack – and he’s been protecting them all from the Others, who feel Finn and his pack should not exist. Then Finn is hit with a surprise – he has a son. Thus, he needs someone to take care of the child temporarily, until he can figure out how to keep him safe.
I also like Jessa, who is an employee of Finn’s company, whip smart and on her way up. She’s taken care of her brothers for a while now, so she’s the perfect candidate for Finn. Of course, Jessa falls instantly in love with little Oscar, and the boy’s father ain’t bad either. Things begin to go wrong and Finn moves them to a safer place, his pack joining them for an extra layer of protection from the Others.
I did like meeting the other wolves, each with his own issues at having an animal inside. The second half of the book is grittier than the first, with the pack fighting for survival, so there is more shifting going on there. The chemistry between Finn and Jessa is somewhat lackluster, mostly because Finn doesn’t want to taint Jessa with his world. I’m also not particularly happy with the cliffhanger, leaving enough questions unanswered to put a tinge on their HEA. No word on the author’s web site of future books, but I would hope with this ending the other wolves will also get their stories so those questions can be answered.
All in all, an okay book with only a few bright spots to keep my grade from going any lower.
When Jessa Talbot’s boss offered her a promotion, she agreed—no questions asked. Her family needed the money, but fighting the attraction she feels for her brooding employer is tough. Worse, she instantly bonds with his infant son she’s caring for. But this is a temporary solution and she can’t get attached to either of them.
Finnegan Dean is cursed. He’s a nicely dressed monster, the wolf inside always looking for a way out. But there are two things he and his wolf agree on. They must protect baby Oscar and Jessa—his mate. While the wolf hungers to seal their bond, Finn fights the instinct. After all, if he really cares for her, he’d never doom her to the life he lives.
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