Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society's rules to realize they are destined for one another.
Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. But despite his best efforts, Samuel can’t relate to people, including those he's supposed to lead.
When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack's Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for throwing him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then desperately avoids him. What he can't do is forget Korban's warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.
When a battle between their fathers ends tragically, Samuel struggles to lead his pack while Korban works to break through Samuel’s emotional barriers. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past their society’s rules to realize they are destined for one another.
The first thing I hated about him was his smile. Nobody genuinely smiles that much. It’s fake. I don’t trust fake people; they tend to hide things. And Korban Keller was as fake as they came.
He was older than me. Not by much, just a few years. With our packs being relatively close in proximity, I had seen him a handful of times when we were boys.
My clearest memory of him back then was of his eyes—they were a rich navy, the color of the deepest part of the ocean. He had a weird habit of tracking me with those eyes, and I wondered if it was because he planned to attack me or if he was waiting to catch me making a mistake so he could call me out on it in front of everybody. Whatever the reason, it distracted me, so when we were…
The love and romance hit the mark in that perfect Cardeno C way! ...The chemistry and fervor between Korban and Samuel doesn't disappoint. It might take them a long time to get there but they don't lose any time after they've figured things out. Let's just say they are enthusiastically making up for lost time. They are loving and learning together. They are two halves finally making one whole. Korban's fun side is the perfect complement to Samuel's serious side.
Cardeno has such an amazing way of adding a unique twist on each of her shifter stories...In some ways it’s haunting. Others funny and clever. In this one it’s emotional and rule bending. She shows that the old ways aren’t always the right ways and in doing this brings a clarity and freshness to a modern day shifter story.
Please note that previous characters don't play a role so it can be read as a standalone. ...There's lots of vivid imagery in this well written and paced story ... There's plenty of emotion and angst, and the danger and betrayal is woven throughout the last half which keeps the pages turning. There are several twists, and we even learn a little more about pack history, which I enjoyed.
I thought this story was brilliant...This story has everything you could want in a shifter story: action, conflict, power struggles, confusion and danger, but it also has the warm fuzzies of true love, understanding, forgiveness and making things right. ...I recommend this to those who love shifters, difficult times, trusting your feelings, overcoming danger, accepting love, hot sex and a great ending.