The Rock Prowler alpha condemns Viola for her inability to shift. Forced into poverty and isolation, she ekes out a meager existence as a healer. As the pack omega with a crippled knee, she’s forbidden to mate. Her first heat beckons, but no wolf will dare to bed her.
Titus, a wolf rejected by his true mate, overflows with violence and anger. The Lykae King sends him to take over the Rock Prowler pack. He condemns Viola for wanting payment before she treats her patients and threatens to bring in a new pack healer. With her crippled knee and no other income, she’d starve.
She-wolves from families who disagree with the alpha have vanished. When Titus investigates, the alpha’s allies imprison both him and Viola. To escape, he must seduce Viola—the she-wolf he insulted and reviled. If that’s not bad enough, she despises him for his seeming allegiance to the alpha. As he gets to know her, she steals his heart, but after all that’s happened, how can she accept him when even his fated mate refused him?
This paranormal book was full of surprises that easily captured and held my interest until the very last page.
I’m always delighted to find another sexy shifter story, but this one turned out to have some of everything. The plot was loaded with rich emotion, intrigue and mystery, and steamy passion, and several surprise twists. I liked the main couple and their pain and angst pulled me into the story like no other. Viola had suffered so much and continued to do so throughout the story, but she never let the adversity of her life break her. She was a refreshing change from most of the heroines who I sometimes like at first until they turn into the helpless damsel who has to be saved by her man. Viola had been forced to take care of herself and spurned by everyone in her clan. It made her strong but she still had compassion and forgiveness in her heart. It took me a minute to warm up to Titus because of the way he got off on the wrong foot with Viola. Their relationship was tense and fueled by misunderstandings from the outset. He believed she was cold hearted and acted harshly towards her. Partly because he was attracted to her but felt guilty for wanting another woman after his “true mate” had rejected him. It didn’t take long for him to learn the truth and begin making amends but by then there were complications, secrets revealed and rescues to be made.
All in all this book was well written and the characters were wonderful. It had interesting secondary characters that I realized some were from previous books so that means a series that I had somehow missed. That was good news to me since I am always pleased to discover a great new series to read.
I enjoyed this book and happily recommend it to paranormal readers.