Bridged by Love (Kagan Wolves #1) by Nancy Corrigan


Bridged by Love Follow his head, he breaks her heart. Follow his heart… he breaks his pack.

From the moment he was born, Nic Kagan’s future was sealed. He’ll accept a mate, have kids, and eventually take over his father’s role as pack alpha. There’s just one problem.

Long ago, his heart settled on Riley, the pack’s human doctor and honorary member. Except only half of him can have her. The other half—his wolf—won’t give a weak non-shifter female a second sniff.

No one—human or shifter—has left a mark on Riley’s soul like Nic. But with his father hospitalized, any hope things could work out between them is slipping away. Yet Riley understands something else about pack life. Power isn’t always a physical gift; love is just as strong. What she and Nic have is worth fighting for.

With rival threats mounting, Nic realizes he can’t simply turn his back on Riley. Though his wolf could tear his heart out for it, he must fight for what he wants before he loses his mate. His pack. Maybe even his sanity.

Warning: Contains a reluctant alpha with only one roadblock between his heart and the woman he loves—biology. And a woman who isn’t giving up on him, even if it means risking her life to fool Mother Nature.addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da16Angela_s PonderingsTAGIn Corrigan’s world, a shifter’s wolf can prevent him or her from taking a human mate regardless of its non-shifter side’s wants, desires, or love. As this is the first book I’ve ever encountered with this twist, I spent much of the book heartbroken as Nic’s wolf actively kept him from mating with the woman he loved simply because she was human. Were this not bad enough, Nic’s attempts to distance himself from Riley often resulted in emotional wounds – to both of them. And even when his wolf finally concedes to Nic’s wishes, Corrigan insures that other events occur that kept me teary-eyed, both in happiness and sadness.

 

The author provides a built in history for Riley and Nic and with each piece of information that is revealed over the course of the story, I found myself wondering more than once how Nic could ever be expected to be a strong Alpha when his heart belonged to someone nature wouldn’t let him have. This is one of those cases where the memories of their time together, their breakup, and Nic’s departure were more than capable of conveying the hurt each experienced. This made Nic’s return to the pack after an attack on his father so significant and I could feel his frustration and her pain rolling off my Kindle. There were times I wanted to hate Nic for his inability to protect Riley’s heart, especially when their ending up back in bed together gave her a sense of hope in a hopeless situation, but I couldn’t because he was just as much of a victim of his nature as she was (and we find out later in the book why he couldn’t stay away). It also made Riley’s early decision to leave the pack just as understandable as her later decision to stay and fight for Nic. And it proved to be one heck of a fight.

 

As I expect in any shifter book, the chemistry between Nic and Riley is intense and Corrigan does an excellent job of conveying this both in and outside the bedroom. Yes, the sex was smoking hot. But in addition to the heartbreaking romance and the steamy sex, the author includes some major pack politics the likes of which I don’t see often in shifter books. But rather than the infighting I expected to see once the true extent of Nic’s father’s injuries were known, Nic had to deal with threats from an outside pack trying to take over. The level of deception and lack of integrity the opposing pack displayed ratcheted up the action and the suspense even as it served as a reminder that there’s good and bad in all species. And Corrigan does an excellent job in keeping some of the characters’ true nature hidden until the last minute, leaving the reader unsure of who Nic and Riley could and could not trust. I thoroughly enjoyed Bridged by Love and look forward to the next book in the series and spending more time with the Kagan Wolves.

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