Samantha Demakis doesn’t want a mate right now. She wants to finish her degree and work as a doctor in third world countries. Her birth-rite and family obligations to her status as the first daughter of a noble family beg to differ. In fact, even her wolf seems to be against her. When a chance encounter reveals the man who might just be a perfect fit, will she run? Or will she fight?
Chase Michaels has been alone for seventy-five years. He’s fought in Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and Afghanistan in the US Army. Somewhat resigned to never finding his true mate, he is shocked when his wolf reacts so strongly to a woman he runs into in the airport. Unprepared for the politics and snobbery of the noble families, Chase finds himself fighting in a different type of war —a war for the heart of a woman he knows should be his.
Samantha, Sam, has been in med school and did not want to come home to visit. As a royal bloodline wolf she is expected to have a mate chosen for her per tradition. She is nothing like her aristocratic parents and wants to be able to mate with someone of HER choosing. Chase has served three tours with the Army Rangers and is home for the holidays to visit his family. He bumps into Sam at the airport and their inner wolves feel an instant connection with each other. But, he is not of royal descent and Sam doesn’t want him to put himself in danger in order to win the right to mate with her.
I love Sam. She is strong willed, independent, and has a good heart. She has been in medical school so that she can get her degree and serve with the organization Doctors without Borders. Unlike her snooty parents who only see her as a prize to give away to the wolf that meets their high standards to be her mate. She wants nothing to do with mating and settling down. Chase is a lot older than Sam, but as a shifter he does not age. He has never wanted to settle down and mate with anyone until meeting Sam. He is strong, sweet, and will face any obstacle to win the Chase for Sam.
This is a well written story featuring a lot of different characters and personalities. Sam’s mother is pure evil. Her sisters all want their own freedom, but are afraid of betraying their parents. The chosen wolves/men were a bunch of overzealous idiots all trying to win the right to Sam’s heritage. For such a short story, it sure packed a lot of elements within it. I’m curious to see where the rest of this series goes.