Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by VanScoy Publishing Group
Released on March 23, 2012
When the author picked out pictures of people representing characters in this series, I felt a need to re-read them. Once again I was facinated with the world of shifters from Cherise Sinclair’s mind. Then I found out I only wrote reviews for books 1 & 3. I had to fix that right away. So sit back and lets walk back to shifter world!
Breanne is feeling upbeat after winning a culinary contest and ready to share a celebration with her best friend. When a beast crashes through their sliding door, Breanne uses everything she can to stop it, but nothing fazes the beast. When the night is over, Breanne is left with a mess, heartache, pain and a mystery of why nothing could kill the beast. Oh, and the beast turned into a man and did painfully awful things to Breanne.
Needing to get away from her apartment, Breanne goes on a journey to find the bar that is pictured in the one things she has from her parents, a photo. Found at what they figure was age 3, Breanne only had the photo. Put into foster care, she didn’t have any family besides her best friend. Tired, sad and just trying to forget what happened, Bree ends up a town where the bar is, asking people if they know the people in the photo.
Zeb and Shay are wolf shifters, but also cahirs – shifters gifted with the God’s extra power to protect their territories from everything, but especially Hellhounds. The two have the most kills as a Hellhound has armor protecting their bodies making only two places vulnerable: the belly and the eyes. Working as a team, they have worked ways to take them down, but also they usually get injured as this is the life they have been chosen to lead. Kicked out of their territory, they come to a new one being called by the God.
Callum the leader of the territory values his territory and protects those under his care. Gaining two new cahirs with skills to fight off Hellhounds is something he wants shared with his cahirs, but he also hopes to keep them in his town. To help make roots, he orders the two men to stay in the same building as brothers. They also are tasked with fixing up the hunting lodge and cabins during their time there.
When Bree is mistaken for a human, the men can’t figure out why they are so attracked to her. Shifters aren’t attracted to human as the Mother needs to increase their numbers. There are monthly Gatherings where the women go into heat and can select any male that they are attracted to. Hence there are pregnancies with no mates. Usually the pack helps the mother as she will more than likely have a litter. This is where their attentions should be, but they are constantly feeling things for Bree.
The story weaves in and out of this community and it’s hard to explain it all without giving to much away. Needless to say, Bree finds out she is a wolf like Zeb and Shay and they are made her mentors to help her learn about the shifter world. Bree does purchase a gun and practices for the event of going back to kill the beast that attacked her. When she becomes aware, she continues to practice for the day she will kill the Hellhound.
Shay is bound to go where the Herne sends him. Even though Zeb and Shay want to claim Bree as their lifemate, they know the life they would give her would never be settled nor safe. Bound by a blood brother bond, Zeb becomes bound to this promise as well. Throw in the wolf alpha being a dick, this turns into a page turner all the way to the end. At 500 pages, it isn’t one to write a short review of as well.
The rituals of the species are bound in history and often those not raised in the world would find them weird. Also littermates usually mate the same woman, be it 2-3-4 or whatever. And usually women only have one litter in their lifetimes. Hence why the Gathering happens each month and having sex with multiple guys could cause pregnancies with multiple kids from different fathers. Oh, the fun. So each book has a Gathering scene or two with the human turned shifters dealing with their bodies needs, the heart wants and their practical minds.
Bree, Shay and Zeb have a lot to deal with in this story and I enjoyed reading it from page 1 to page 500 for a second time!
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