Finding out who you really are is one hell of an epiphany.
Evan is trying to come to terms with who and what he is. After arriving at Highgate, primed to kill, Evan is left pondering many questions. He has no idea where he came from—or whether he’s a wolf or lion. All he knows is he has animal inside him and the urge to shift. Unfortunately, shifting hasn’t been an option. He just can’t manage to do it.
Until he meets Christian—a man Evan is drawn to but doesn’t understand why. Christian is his mate, and has been for a long time. Ever since Evan went missing, Christian has been searching for him, and once he’s found him, he isn’t prepared to walk away, even after learning what Evan has been doing while they’ve been apart.
With Christian’s arrival comes Evan’s epiphany—his realization that his animal will no longer be caged inside him and that he is loved beyond measure. He shifts and finds out which beast he really is. Along with new emotions and some of his memory coming back, Evan also has something else to deal with. Someone who he’d thought of as a friend, isn’t a friend at all. This person is a threat to the Highgate pack, Dillon in particular, and Evan will do anything to stop his mentor being put at risk…
Even though this is book four in the series and I’ve read all the others, in order it’s been a while. I wasn’t lost. The author does a great job giving us enough of the back story with out bogging down the current story that I didn’t feel like I had to do a quick re-read to catch up.
I love how we pick up the story with Evan contemplating his life and place in it. Just him alone, with his thoughts. And while he’s been at Highgate and we’ve been away no miracle cure happened and he still doesn’t remember who he is or his past. Until he spots a strange man from the shop window and his body reacts. Christian know’s it’s Evan will always know Evan even if he doesn’t look like him. I just that mating bond. I love that we find out Evan was not the most handsome man and even before the bond took effect Christian loved him. And he never stopped looking for him or believing that he would find him one day. And in the end, he’s willing to help, move device to keep and show his love and respect towards his mate and his new pack.
Book Four in the Highgate Shifters Series, Evan has lost all of his memory and has no idea who he is, what he is, or where he is. He doesn’t remember if he is a lion or wolf shifter and doesn’t have the ability to shift to find out. He, also, does not remember if he is mated or where he belongs, so when Christian finally finds him, Evan has no memory of who he is and that they are mated. Christian has the ability to look into Evan’s mind, but that doesn’t make the fact that Evan doesn’t remember him any less painful. Eventually, Evan’s memory returns and along with it a host of different other struggles stand in the way of Christian and Evan’s happily ever after.
This story is full of angst and an internal struggle about identity and belonging. Having not read the other books in the series, I found it to work well as a stand-alone, although reading the others would be more helpful in understanding some of the other characters and the back story. For such a short novella, there is a lot of feeling and turmoil within the pages. I really enjoyed how Christian and Evan had to get to know one another all over again. It was a sweet story that was easy to read in one sitting.