Ashlee Morrison has a secret obsession—with a dark and mysterious male. The only problem is that he’s a wolf and she’s becoming convinced that she’s insane for thinking about him. But Ashlee’s wolf is no ordinary canine, he is Tristan Kane, third son in the royal family of the Westervelt Wolf pack.
Trapped in his wolf form by his evil father’s men, he has desperately sought a way out of predicament and is shocked to find that the beautiful, sad red head who has come to the wolf cage cannot only hear him, but awakens in him the knowledge that she is his mate, the other half of his soul who he has sought for thirty years.
Ashlee is unaware that she is half wolf-shifter but agrees to accompany Tristan back to his pack to seek answers to her past and understand her future. But as Tristan and Ashlee grow closer, familial betrayals will threaten to destroy the fragile love they have started to build.
With the odds stacked against them, Ashlee and Tristan will either embrace their love to save the Westervelt Wolves or be lost forever to despair.
I would have liked this book a whole lot more if one niggling little thing hadn’t happened. One little thing. Isn’t it funny how one thing can alter your entire perception of a book. Sadly, this thing happened early-ish on and I kept thinking about it. What’s this thing, you ask? Well, her mother and father kept the knowledge of her half wolf-shifter heritage from her and let her think she was crazy and having a freaky ass nervous breakdown. And when Ashlee confronts them on the fact that they let her think she was crazy they’re all “Well, we got you that job at the zoo to see if that would spur your wolf side into putting in an appearance.” Sure, sure, they were all apologetic about it and stuff but… you let your daughter think she was crazy for MONTHS. Sorry, dudes. That’s kinda a deal-breaker for me.
Other than that little rageful bump (for MONTHS, guys!), I really liked this book. Ashlee took all the stuff her parents and her new mate threw at her in stride. It probably helped that she was ushered into their secret by seeing people shapeshift in front of her. Tristan was pretty cool. I mean, he was kind of a dope about a few family things but he stepped up when he needed to. I like the idea of an island of wolves and the way they’ve managed to keep themselves secret. I was not as thrilled by the casual way they tossed around ritual suicide, but who am I to judge? I guess if you have to off yourself, you have to off yourself.
Overall, this was fun way to spend an afternoon. I found out I have rage issues when parents lie to their children and I don’t like it when otherwise healthy, contributing members of a society decide to kill themselves after they lose their mate. I did like the pack dynamics and the way that thing came together at the end. It was just, you know… they let her think she was crazy for MONTHS!