If your inner wolf and your body react rather enthusiastically to a psychotic Alpha male who’s own wolf has a tendency to turn feral, it can’t be a good thing, can it? Entering into a bargain with him wouldn’t be good either. Unfortunately, Taryn Warner, a latent wolf shifter, doesn’t have many options open to her right now. Okay, she has no options. Basically it comes down to whether she’ll do what it takes to escape the arranged mating with the sick SOB that her father set up. As the answer in this case is yes, it looks as though she’ll have to agree to Trey Coleman’s deal…she’ll have to mate with him instead.
Having always disliked shifter politics, Trey Coleman hadn’t bothered trying to form alliances with other packs. Now that his uncle – a wolf with many alliances – means to take Trey’s territory and his pack, he has no option but to form some alliances of his own very quickly or he’ll be easily outnumbered in the upcoming battle. He figures that the easiest way to do that would be to mate with a female who’s Alpha is powerful and influential. There’s only one problem with that – he would then be stuck with her, and the last thing Trey wants is a mate. When he hears of Taryn’s situation, he offers her a deal – if she falsely claims he’s her true mate and allows him to claim her, he’ll save her from her arranged mating and then let her leave after the battle with his uncle is over.
Sounds like a pretty straightforward deal...but soon Taryn and Trey realize they got more than they bargained for. Their mating instincts to protect and possess are weighing on them, they crave each other’s touch and company, and their inner wolves don’t like it whenever they’re apart. Add in that they’ll have to deal with this for an entire three months until the day of the battle finally arrives, and they’ve got themselves a recipe for disaster – or maybe for something quite the opposite.
Warning: This novel contains an extremely sarcastic Alpha female, a broody possessive Alpha male, bitter in-laws, voyeuristic enforcers, a whole lot of dirty talk, and steamy bedroom battles for dominance. Reader Advisory: This book also contains a graphic ménage scene - not for the faint-hearted.
I loved this Book! It was wonderful! The heroine, Taryn is snarky, smart, strong and funny as hell. She's all of this despite being ostracized by her pack for being a "latent wolf" or not being able to shift into wolf form. She has very special healing powers, and still, her stupid pack picks on her.
But Taryn is an Alpha, whether she can shift or not, she's powerful. Taryn's dad is set on mating his daughter off to someone Taryn knows will abuse.
Enter Trey, Alpha wolf badass of the Pheonix pack and sex on a stick! He makes a deal with Taryn. They pretend to be mates for 12 weeks, hoping to gain alliances through Taryn's pack and for her it gets her a get-out-of-an-abusive-mating free card.
It starts off as an arrangement, but of course it ends up as so much more.
The peripheral characters are wonderful. If this gets made into a movie, Betty White has to play Trey's crotchety grandmother! I'll simply have it no other way.
The sex is crazy hot. Because between two Alphas, submission has to be gifted. Trey loves having to win her submission.
I like the way the the writer talks about the inner wolf. For instance she might say, "Taryn didn't like that at all, but her wolf was all for it. Hussy." The wolves inside are almost a separate entity within the same body, and one that often fights for dominance. But at the same time, the two halves are completely reconciled.
The one thing that may drive some readers batty, is that the point of view skips around a lot, without delineation of any sort. This did not bother me, though. I liked knowing how the two main characters felt in the same scene. It was sometimes, paragraph to paragraph.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely read the next in the series!
Rating: 5 Kisses