Here we are at installment two in the series…Remember what I said about ominous clouds on the horizon? Well folks, it clouded up real quick and poured buckets. Oh yeah, things are riding high and in a blink they weren’t. Oh and I really hated to be right about what way the heroine would jump about things too. Oh yeah, when things got real, she was out of there faster than a cat hearing the word ‘bath’.
This was a shorter installment and most definitely needs to be read after book one. They lead right into each other and won’t make a lick of sense out of order. I’ll try not to reveal something that’s not evident beyond the blurb.
Two big events happen at the end of book one: Morgan and Grey get engaged and when Morgan goes through the change as the result of a wolf attack it reveals that she is a rare Silver Wolf that is the stuff of legend. Now everyone is still digesting what this will mean for her safety while she is recovering from her changeover from human to werewolf. She will be coveted by every wolf pack in the world because the legend of the Silver Wolf leads to the fact that she might be a female wolf capable of breeding. And while the wolves will want her for breeding, the vampires will want to slaughter her for the same reason. It’s a lot to wrap one’s mind around and Grey is worried on her behalf and thinks in terms of protecting her and her little niece because he loves them and sees them as his. Only, Morgan figures out she’s different and does a freak out leaping to the conclusion that Grey wants to get married for the sole purpose of protection and doesn’t really love her. She cuts ties with Grey, refuses the safety of the pack and goes back to her old life- or tries too.
Morgan’s actions crush Grey’s heart and her continued actions put him near the breaking point. He is scared because she refuses to acknowledge the danger. He tries to watch out for her, but she won’t let him close so it has to be at a distance. In the meantime, he starts to figure out the werewolf thing and becomes the surrogate big brother for a younger wolf who was changed by a brute just like he was. The inevitable happens because Morgan’s decisions and things get mighty interesting in a dangerous way.
I know my summary was somewhat flippant, but that’s because I get rather riled up every time I think about the stupid-stubborn Morgan pulls putting everyone’s life in danger and crushing Grey’s big, beautiful heart. The only thing that kept me reading through was that firstly this was a shorter piece so the annoyance and watching Grey’s agony didn’t last long and secondly, because girlfriend spent a lot of time miserable and very aware that she screwed up to the nth power. The author did a good job of making the heroine really feel her mistakes and the hero didn’t make it easy on her because she did bruise his heart and abuse his trust so badly. There is a balance and honestly, I was nearly smiling when really it wasn’t a happy moment after all that Morgan, Grey and the pack went through. As impressed as I was by the author’s creative worldbuilding and story of the first one, I think her handling of volatile relationship and character growth in this one was equally impressive.
Another really nice bit was the relationship that grew between Grey and Marissa. She becomes the younger sister he never had and they help each other heal.
In the end, I look forward to the next installment and am crossing my fingers that I can see the two main characters working in harness and dealing with the trouble that is surely coming their way still. Urban Fantasy fans who like shifters taking the starring role and like a slow build on the passion should give these a look-see.
My thanks to Kensington and Net Galley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
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