I really enjoyed the supernatural world that Shawntelle Madison created in her Coveted series so I was eager to read this prequel that was written about minor character, Aggie McClure. After reading this one, I have to say that I think I enjoyed this one possibly more than the other books in the series. It has made me want to go back and re-read the series for Aggie moments now that I’ve read what went on before for her.
Agatha McClure is the daughter of the powerful alpha werewolf of the Midtown Pack of NYC. He has recently replaced her mother as his mate and now he’s arranged for her mating like a business deal. After her initial anger at having her choice taken away, Aggie decides to give the mating a try since Victor is so nice to her, but then she discovers that he has made a deal with her father. Victor just has to get Aggie pregnant and he gets a gold mine of a business deal and is the heir apparent to the alpha. In the meantime, Victor controls her every move, takes over her responsibilities in the pack and her father’s business, and gives her a piddly allowance so she is left helpless.
This doesn’t set well with Aggie and see sets out with determination to end this farce of a marriage/mating and live her own life free to make her own choices. Aggie’s efforts lead her into the world of underground fight rings to earn the money needed to break her mate bond and get her mother away from her father. While there is some danger involved in the fighting, Aggie is also the person of interest to a mysterious group who try to kidnap or attack her. Aggie soon learns the true cost of freedom and what some people are willing to sacrifice for others.
The story line kept me riveted from the beginning. I always loved Aggie in the series as Nat’s best friend and roomie, but having her thoughts and seeing her struggles in this story just made her an even better character to me. It was tough seeing what she had to deal with as well as Paula and Helm. I absolutely hated her father, Victor and her mother’s replacement Kelly. The way I got emotionally involved in the characters is a sign that it was a well written story for me. I can’t help feeling greedy and wanting more of the minor characters to get their stories now.
Oh, and the short story that is included as a bonus featuring Heidi the Mermaid, Lillian the Succubus and Abby the Muse with a brief appearance by Nick (my personal favorite) was a fun read.
I can easily recommend this story for fans of the series. To those who haven’t read the series, I would suggest you read through Coveted and Kept first before this one so you’ll have a feel for the worldbuilding of the series even if it chronologically is first.
Thanks to Netgalley for the opportunity to read this story for review purposes.
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