After killing one of her father’s enforcers, half-blood lion shifter Jillian Winters ran for her life, landing in an upscale bar halfway across the country. Her boss, Carrick—a pure-blood shifter—has no idea his barmaid is a fugitive.
When her father’s recklessness puts the Pride at risk, Jillian must return home and assume his place as Alpha. But not before she indulges in a taste of the attraction that’s been building for years between her and Carrick.
Carrick Granger has had a soft spot for Jillian from the moment she stepped into his bar, soaking wet and afraid of her own shadow. He knows she has secrets. So does he. He’s also the outcast son of an Alpha—and now that his father is dead, he, too, has been summoned home.
Thinking they’ll never see each other again, the simmering heat between them ignites like a match to gunpowder. But then the bullets start flying, forcing them to choose—duty to their Prides, or the one person they can’t live without.
As the first in a series, Dance with the Devil took some time to get to the meat of the story. The beginning is full of backstory and sets up the rest of the series. Necessary? Yes. But, it is still hard to push through to get to the good stuff. With that said, it is well worth the time to keep going!
Jillian and Carrick both have their secrets. Some were suspected, but others were surprises to each other. When they are each summoned home to their respective packs, they find chaos and danger. While trying to do their honor and duty, they must also make the decision to fulfil that duty or put it all aside for each other.
I found the set up to the well done and the characters to be interesting – flaws and all. Like I mentioned, the beginning is a lot of set up, so you need to be patient to get to the actual storyline. I did enjoy the intense action in the beginning that set up the couple finding out about each other. Plus, the sexy scenes were HOT!! There is a lot left hanging at the end, which is what keeps this from being a 5 star book, but I have a feeling that the author will address everything in the coming books for the series. Well done!