A werewolf shifter story? A hunt to the death? This book sounded appealing to me just from reading the blurb and I wasn’t disappointed. I love encountering unique paranormal romance lore and Krystal Shannan delivered with this extraordinary take on the werewolf mate bond ritual. It was a dash of fated mate with a bit of something darker or more dangerous.
An unwitting Samantha Demakis returns home from school for the holidays only to be confronted by her noble werewolf family’s time honored tradition of arranged mating for each female who attains the age of twenty-five. Sam wants nothing to do with the ritual, but her parents give her no choice.
There is a ray of hope however in the form of Chase Michaels. Chase comes from a commoner werewolf family, but it is the fact that he is a rarity. Chase is Sam’s mate. The weary soldier has come home for the holidays too and after all, but giving up hope he scents his fated mate in the airport. He wants his mate and will not let the archaic rituals of the nobility in the form of this mate hunt stop him from claiming Sam. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against him even before the hunt to the death even begins.
The plot was tight and moved along well providing background, character development and action all in this short exciting read. I really liked Chase and found myself rooting hard for this handsome underdog and Sam was likeable too with how hard she fought for a chance at a true bonding and a life that wouldn’t slowly smother her. The story ended quick with a few unanswered questions for me, but I assume this will be teased out in the other books in the series.
It was a fantastic beginning to a new to me series. I recommend it to paranormal romance fans who either need or enjoy a shorter story that still packs a punch for both action and passion.