Author: Draven St. James
Publisher: Loose Id
Pages/Word Count: 154 Pages
At a Glance: Overall, I would say this was a fun book with some great characters.
Reviewed By: Janet
Blurb: Sean Maddox has one basic goal: to protect the Northwest Pack. That priority helps him stay grounded–until the day the pack rescues Liam. Suddenly Sean is finding any excuse to be around the sweet, blind shifter. But trying to focus his thoughts on keeping Liam safe and not exploring the whole laundry list of carnal fantasies he’s been having is anything but grounding. It doesn’t help that Sean’s wolf makes it damn clear it believes Liam belongs to him.
From the first deep breath of Sean Maddox’s intoxicating scent, all Liam wants to do is strip naked for the sexy beta and let the wolf claim him. Hiding away his desires seems like the best plan, given after a lifetime in captivity Liam is just learning what it means to be free. What does he know about being a mate? More to the point, would Sean even want him if he knew the truth?
As Sean and Liam struggle with their growing craving for each other an old enemy steps out of the shadows. With secrets lurking and fate twisting two worlds together a sacrifice must be made, but can the two mates live with the consequences?
Review: This is the second book in a series about the Northwest Pack. They are shapeshifting wolves who, in the first book, were able to rescue a couple of shifters who had been held captive, and were tortured and being experimented on. A deranged Alpha shifter and his bunch of crazy scientists created these hybrid shifters by cross breeding regular shifters with enslaved females of the Pack of Light, an extraordinary and rare pack with extra senses and abilities.
Sean is the Beta for the Northwest Pack and as such, he is very concerned for the safety and wellbeing of the members of the pack, and for the pack as a whole. Liam is frail and blind from the abuse he suffered in captivity so at first, Sean believes he is drawn to him due to the weakness he perceives. Liam has no scent, so Sean is unaware that Liam is his mate, but Liam knows and tries to avoid him as he has a secret he doesn’t want Sean to know and, in fact, he doesn’t want a mate at all. Emma is the pack healer and is a member of the Pack of Light as well, although she hides this information from most of the pack, for their safety. She treats Liam and keeps his secret with her own for as long as she can.
The Alpha is still hunting Liam and his brother, though, so there are a lot of safety concerns to keep Sean and his enforcers busy, and allow Liam to make his sacrifice and do what he can to help the pack. St. James clearly has more stories to be told in this series, and this book drops hints to future stories while the action takes place. More shifters are rescued from another testing installation while rescuing Liam again, and we discover that there are many more types of shifters and others in this world as well.
There wasn’t a lot of gratuitous sex in this book, it was hot and sweet as befitting the virginal status of Liam, and it grew even hotter at the end of the book as Liam heals and claims his mate. This book was an easy read as the author juggled all of the plotlines very well, never dropping them, and holding a few on standby for possible future stories. Overall, I would say this was a fun book with some great characters, and I will look forward to the next installment in the series. It can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading Scent of a Wolf first, for added enjoyment of the characters and their interactions.
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