They are the Arctic Brotherhood.
They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.
Samson Lee last saw Valetta Rickard five years ago when a shared a kiss almost led him to break the promise he had made to himself. Now Valetta has disappeared, and Samson has promised her father he will find her. When Samson finds Valetta leading a rogue gang of bloodthirsty Arctic werewolves, he soon discovers that all is not what it seems. As soon as they see each other again the feelings they denied all those years ago resurface.
Valetta is Shadow Born, a rare and mystical werewolf with legendary powers. If she chooses, she can destroy a whole species. A power that an evil hunter wants so that he can destroy the Arctic wolves. Samson, together with the other members of the brotherhood, must find the hunter before he can put his plans for Valetta into action. At the same time, Samson must put the past behind him and convince Valetta that she is worthy of love.
I was really looking forward to seeing more of the world of the artic werewolves and was thrilled that Samson Lee was the love interest. He was a bit of a jerk to Jenny until he warmed up to her and I was anticipating a deeper look into his life. He had a heartbreaking background and I rooted for him and Valetta’s HEA. The mystery of the Shadow Wolf was pretty good. I did guess what was going on so that made me a little frustrated with the characters not following up on the clues that were right before them. I loved to see the brotherhood come together again. The use of an historical person as the nemesis… I still not sure how I feel about that but I will admit the account of the Beast of Gévaudan fit in well with werewolf lore.
Unlike the first book where I read it non-stop, this one I kept stopping and googling details. With the setting in Alaska, I loved the idea at first. But with the introduction of an outlaw motorcycle gang in Fairbanks who holed up put in the middle of the countryside… I had issues. It all began with Crystal Falls. I knew the Crystal Falls of Alaska to be an actual place. I know that often locations are made up but usually those don’t clash with real locations. But since I knew where Crystal Falls was, the story started falling apart for me, especially when it was stated the area benefited from the midnight sun, which I knew wasn’t true. The region setting started crumbling for me because there wasn’t a clear idea where they were supposed to be in Alaska. Then I was googling things every chapter. There were continuity issues with the midnight sun (which can be seen 50 miles south of the Artic Circle if the terrain allows, and Fairbanks is at least three times as far from that point) and if artic wolves in Fairbanks would or wouldn’t benefit from it. There are no state or federal roads north of Fairbanks. So when they traveled outside of Fairbanks without details how they got to these other communities that motorcycle gangs were supposed to roam, I was flustered and confused. I know all communities north of Fairbanks you either go by plane, sled, or snowmobile. Any other local roads would be dirt tracks. I needed there to be a better grasp on the area and a description that anchored them to the area even if said community was fake. The other thing I needed was a better information on the midnight sun. Fairbanks is too far away but in the summer they have twilight nights where it doesn’t get dark but the “sun” is not above the horizon for them. All of this drew me out of the story because it wasn’t connecting for me. The last thing that I couldn’t suspend disbelief on was Jean Chastel’s ethnic background and ancestry was changed from French to Alaskan Native American. I just couldn’t swallow that.
I’m giving this 3 Stars because despite my issues with facts and details, the plot was one that I liked. Valetta was a good character, though her whining was old after a while but once she grasped on to the hope that was staring her in the face she turned out more powerful than she gave herself credit for. Samson, just let me bring him home. I loved him. I just wish some of the details were nailed down better so I could sink into the story instead of googling what confused me.