An exiled shifter. His alpha mate. And a desire so intense it could be the death of them…
York, England, 1912
Kent was a pack outcast. His shifter instincts cruelly muted, he was collared and kept as a stray. Until he was offered his freedom—for something in return. He must rescue Hadrian, an alpha held hostage in the wolf highlands. It’s a pleasure for Kent to follow the captive’s scent, one so wild and virile it gives him a rush. Though he despises being treated like a mutt called to heel, he’ll gladly fall to his knees for an alpha like Hadrian.
Hadrian has never met anyone like this damaged wolf warrior. His savior who licks the blood from his wounds and who arouses in him feelings he doesn’t understand or want to control. But Hadrian suspects that more than desire binds them. It’s betrayal. Pawns in an elaborate and feral deceit, they’re now caught in the deepening maze of a vengeful shifter world, where navigating the mysteries of the heart could prove just as unpredictable and dangerous as the enemies they face.
This was an interesting story about Kent, a bound to a semi-human form by a collar. His employer, Tabitha, is a magical Warden, and in working for her Kent will soon have enough money for the ingredients to break the binding of the collar. The only thing he needs to do is bring Hadrian to her.
I will admit the blurb for the story made me think this was more of a cloak and dagger plot and I expected the mystery of the deception to start earlier in the telling. But I still enjoyed how the story unfolded. The how and why Kent came to be collared is explained within the first 10% (heartbreaking) and told in a “trail of crumbs” way. If you’re not paying attention or skimming, you could miss the reveal. This same technique was used for the romance between Kent and Hadrian. It sort of sneaks up on you. The prose for Kent is sometimes hard to follow. It was meant to portray how different Kent thought when compared to Hadrian’s POV. I know many readers of Sci-Fi who would love to come across something like this in that genre. I do wish there was a balance between Kent and Hadrian’s POVs but the majority of the story is told by Kent. The plot was interesting but I do feel that there was some information missing. I didn’t get a good sense of how Hadrian really was or what kind of alpha. His background was mostly a mystery that wasn’t revealed. The why of the attack and the reason Hadrian was being kept in the first place wasn’t answered. In many ways, this felt as if it was only one part of a story.
This is not your typical shifter romance and was interested from beginning to end. The action and adventure was well thought out and easily envisioned. Kent was a unique hero in not only how he thought and spoke but the lore behind his character. I would love to read more of that. I would also enjoy reading a sequel because I would love to see Kent bloom and become who he was meant to be, and hopefully, Hadrian would be worthy of his devotion. If you are looking for something different, I would definitely recommend this.