Two battered souls find each other when they least expect it.
Nash Rhodes roars into Fallen Creek one day, and nothing is ever the same again.
Nash Rhodes is trying to find his path in life, after leaving Nashville and his motorcycle gang in the dust. Fallen Creek, Wyoming, isn’t where he plans on spending the rest of his life, but it’s a nice place to rest for a while, and take stock of things so far. Yet Nash has secrets he doesn’t want to share with anyone, especially not a taciturn scarred cowboy.
Cullen O’Murphy is a lone wolf, and he’s been fighting a losing battle against the local shifter pack. He doesn’t want to become part of their pack, knowing what they do for a living. Oh, he’s not afraid. Cullen knows he can defeat the Alpha, but Cullen doesn’t want to lead. He simply wishes to be left alone.
One night, he goes for a drink at the Watering Hole, a local bar, and he meets Nash. The lust is combustible, yet both men are leery about trusting the other with all their secrets.
Unfortunately, neither one might have a choice as circumstances spiral out of their control.
Publisher’s Note: This book has previously been released elsewhere. It has been revised and re-edited for re-release with Pride Publishing.
Nash used to be a Sargent-in-Arms to a dirty MC Club in Nashville. Events landed him in the hospital and later on the run from the men who he used to call brothers. Realizing he can’t ride his motorcycle across the country in his condition, he stops in a Fallen Creek to give his body some more time to recuperate. Before he knows it, the sheriff is sniffing around and Nash is embroiled in an altercation that brings him to the attention of Robinson, the local drug deal who has the town firmly under his thumb.
Cullen, a small time rancher and lone wolf, likes his solitude. He knows who and what Robinson is and has no interest to disturb the status quo. He stays on his ranch, watching over the land that belongs to him and he’s content. He doesn’t have friend nor does he want the complications of them. Not until Nash rides into town and Cullen can’t seem to stay away. Whether he wants to take on more responsibility or not, Cullen will have to do what he has avoided to do since he rolled into Fallen Creek four years ago. He doesn’t want to be the alpha of any pack but Robinson is threatening Nash and Cullen won’t have it.
This story is told from alternating POVs between Nash and Cullen, broken up by chapter which I appreciated. This isn’t a fated mates story though the romance is rather quick. Nash and Cullen are steamy together. In the beginning, I wasn’t fond of Cullen because he looked the other way with the drug dealing pack. He was more than powerful enough to knock Robinson out of the equation, but he really had no interest in taking over a pack. He was raised by lone wolf parents and the one time he made a connection with someone, tragedy struck, making him shy away from developing ties to those around him. Then I ran across a couple of lines in the story that explained Cullen to a T.
“We all do things we hate in order to protect ourselves. It doesn’t make you a bad guy because you chose to save yourself.”
Nash still has a couple of secrets of his own that are gradually revealed. I liked that Cullen was the one thrown for a loop and that the internal problems with Robinson’s pack didn’t bleed over into the main plot. By the end, there were a couple of open ended issues that I wouldn’t mind reading about in a sequel. I would love to know more about Nash’s family and I definitely want to read more about his best friend ,Ten. This was a story I could sink into and read it start to finish in one day. I will reread this again in the future and is one I recommend to those who enjoy paranormal romances, sexy badass bikers, and reluctant alpha wolves.