Fun loving wolf-shifter Colton Albright’s usual concern…his next meal, has been replaced by haunted dreams. The nightly visions of the sad, anxious face of his mate have this jovial jokester withdrawing from his fellow Alpha Unit members.
Rheia Bradley is a dedicated professional that lives to help others, but has long forgotten how to help herself. When she arrives in Lycaonia seeking the protection of the warrior units, Colton is ecstatic to discover that she’s his mate. His relief is quickly eclipsed by one small problem, a tiny, solemn four-year-old girl who happens to be his mate’s adopted daughter. Which means… he is now a father!
While Rheia settles into her new job, Colton and all his fellow warriors are about to get a crash course on little girls. The men quickly learn that not one ounce of their centuries-long training has prepared any them for this precocious child.
When Rheia uncovers something about their enemy that puts her name next to her daughter’s on their hit list, Colton is willing to do anything to keep his new family safe. But will it be enough?
Ms. Alder is a genius at weaving a story plot arc that grows, intrigues, and grips a reader to the point that one never wants to stop. My Healer clinched it for me. The novels in this series are not standalones after all because even though, in this case, Rheia and Colton are the stars, the sense of continuous community abounds. Everyone I met in the previous two books is present although they act like moons orbiting a planet. The point of view is strictly Rheia and Colton’s but Aiden and Meryn, Gavriel and Beth, and others are still relevant and important players on the stage and contribute mightily to the plot conflict, momentum and family atmosphere. My enjoyment level because of it, is immense.
The sense of humor and pop culture references are alive and well with Dr. Who being primary. There is also a shift in the series, a slight darkening and the realization that the external conflict, the feral attacks, are not what everyone is used to fighting. There are some surprises in store for the reader as well as the main characters. The elements of drama and suspense are sinking their teeth more deeply as the story unfolds and in doing so creates in me a drive to read as fast as I can.
One of the surprises early on is the fact that this time around, Colton gets something extra along with his new mate – a daughter. I appreciated how the author handled the youngest addition to the family and how important a role she ends up being. The story is filled with moments showing just how loving, noble, protective and honorable all members of the units, particularly Alpha Unit, can be.
I appreciate that fact that, in each book so far, Ms. Alder takes the time to provide for a reader the justification of her main characters falling in love so fast. Each way has been unique. This is a paranormal romance series with magic, both fae and witch, and its influence is powerful, acceptable and believable.
There is a definite richness to this series and My Healer continues the enrichment. Once the sensual build up erupts to its natural conclusion, the physical loving is as hot and delicious as a reader who prefers that level of openness could wish. Colton may be the jokester but when it comes to loving Rheia, he’s as serious a lover as a lover could be.
Ms. Alder has another winner with My Healer and is not to be missed. This is turning out to be a gripping, exciting and well written series that is blowing me away. This particular novel has an emotional depth that the first two didn’t quite reach, and I credit it to the introduction of Penny. Nothing shows what type of character a person has as when they deal with a young child. This book rocked on so many levels and is an easy recommend. Paranormal romance readers simply have to give this series a whirl. It’s amazing!