When alpha shifter Mikael Volokov is called to witness a challenge, he learns the evil and power-hungry Anton Gregor will stop at nothing to attain victory. Knowing he will need alliances to keep his pack together, Mikael requests a congress with the nearby Evergreen pack and meets Denton Arguson, Evergreen alpha, to ask for his help. Fate has a strange twist for both of them, though, and Mikael and Denton soon realize they’re destined mates.
Denton resists the pull between them—he has his own pack and his own responsibilities. But Mikael isn’t willing to give up. The Mother has promised Mikael his mate, told him he must fight for him, and that only together can they defeat the coming darkness. When Anton casts his sights on Denton’s pack, attacks and sabotage follow, pulling Denton and Mikael together to defeat a common enemy. But Anton’s threats sow seeds of destruction enough to break any bond, and the mates’ determination to challenge the darkness may be their only saving grace.
I’ve read many, many shifter books and even though I enjoy most, they all have pretty much the same base. Fated mates, Alpha’s good and evil, good v’s evil fight to the death. What I enjoyed most about this one is the fact that yes, it had all that, we also had some new twists. A ‘higher power’ called Mother. This is a voice that tells them what to do. (more or less). It’s two Alpha’s that are fated. The one thing a didn’t like was the fact that the main MC knew he had a male mate waiting for him was going to marry a women, non mate, and then just deal with what ever happens when said mate shows up. I get he claims she needed protection, but Mother had already spoken.
The was the two MC’s had this love/hate greater good for my pack was noble, the ending was kinda anti climatic when all said and done. Although listening to the banter and you know…. for them to get there was very entertaining.
The ultimate fight at the end to remove the evil threat to the packs in the area was well written and played out.
The secondary pack mates on all sides rounded out the story nicely.