Three years ago, Summer Morrison’s happy, normal life was thrown into upheaval. Forced to discover, before she was ready, that she was half-wolf shifter and mated to the pack’s enforcer has left Summer moody, shaken, and resentful. When tragedy strikes her family, Summer is forced to come back to the world of the Westervelt Wolves and into the arms of Cullen Murphy.
Cullen has waited three years for Summer, having promised her mother he would give her time to grow up. But he’s never forgotten his mate and craved her presence since he first saw her on the battlefield three years earlier. The trouble is, now that Cullen has Summer, he has no idea what to do with her. Three hundred years of being alone has left Cullen socially inept and more lonesome than he would ever admit. He lives with the guilt and shame of his deeds, while knowing his role is pivotal to the pack’s survival.
Together, Cullen and Summer will heal each other’s wounds and discover that life is worth living as long as they are together. Now there’s just the little matter of Kendrick and Claudius, their evil henchmen, the army of miscreant wolves, and the demons that keep attacking. If they can survive, their love will be everlasting. But failure will mean not only their destruction, but the end of the Westervelt Wolves. When love is eternal, failure is not an option.
I had one major issue with book 1 and that was that Mama and Papa Morrison neglected to tell their spawn that they were, in fact, half wolf and might be doing some shifting at some point in the near future. I still enjoyed the book, but it was touch and go for a while there. This time around, I was a little disheartened to see that Summer is now the one getting the short end of the stick as far as her family is concerned. I have sisters. I know they can be a major pain in the ass upon occasion, but I’d still expect to be invited to their weddings regardless of whether or not I was feuding with my parents because they were douches who didn’t tell me I was a shapeshifter until things got REALLY BAD.
Am I expecting too much when I think that family should, I don’t know, TALK TO ONE ANOTHER?
Guys, I am 100% behind Summer on being hurt and disillusioned that her sister didn’t bother to invite her to her wedding. ONE HUNDRED PERCENT. That’s like when a guy is all “I’m not good enough for my lady love. Instead of letting her decide if she’s strong enough to deal with my shit, I’m going to make the decision for her because she’s clearly addle-brained and can’t think for herself” in a romance novel. Dude, face the facts, chicks kick ass. Girls can deal with a lot of stupid shit and I’m SURE that if Ashlee had bothered to lay things out for Summer and told her that the parentals were going to be there, Summer would have been cool with it and managed to not cause a scene in the middle of the ceremony. And if she wasn’t cool, she would have politely declined the invite and everything would have been fine and dandy. But NOOOOOOO. Ashlee had to make the decision for her. And that bugs the crap out of me.
For the record, I freely admit that I have issues regarding family dynamics. I have LOTS of sisters. We get cranky with one another. Sometimes often. Communication is key. For serious.
Anyway. Ashlee and Summer’s crappy communication issues really had no bearing on the rest of the book (not that you could tell by the amount of wordage I dedicated to it). Cullen and Summer’s communication issues, on the other hand, did. The guy is pretty quiet when all is said and done. He’s used to being the boogie man, the enforcer, the guy who takes care of problems. He’s not used to meeting his match. Especially since she’s a little bit of a thing. I did enjoy watching the two of them butting heads.
The overriding arc movies forward with this book and it looks like the hidden females of the pack are slowly starting to pop up. I did enjoy the cryptic hints Summer dropped about future mates for the other royal brothers to give them hope. Will I continue with this series? I honestly don’t know. Although I’m enjoying the overall arc, I’m having a hard time getting past the choices the characters are making. Only time will tell if I get a hankering for the next book.