One night, Callum is driven into the woods by instinct, an instinct to protect. In the form of wolf, he meets a young human child who he is instantly drawn to in a fierce way he doesn’t quite understand.
Sonia Arlington has lived a lonely life. She has certain abilities that make her strange and she has a rare disease that, if untreated, could kill her. Her father makes her vow that she will never let others discover her abilities. This forces Sonia to stay distant, always guarding against exposure.
Intelligence leaks that Sonia is Callum’s human mate. He is now King of the Werewolves and has war on his hands. He’s forced to claim his mate and integrate Sonia into a world that is strange and frightening.
As Sonia attempts to adjust, Callum attempts to cope with the knowledge that his mate is mortal. He will have her beauty and gentleness only the length of a mortal life making their union unbearably bitter even as Sonia makes it unbelievably sweet.
I picked up the audio book. I am on a shifter kick and was intrigued by this one. Plus I have read a few of Kristen Ashley books and thought if she can write shifters like she does the others I could not go wrong. This is the second book in a three book series but can be read as a stand alone.
Sonia dreams of her wolf the one she saved when she was little. Sonia losses her parents and is taken in by a family friend.
Callum is waiting to court his mate but when she is in danger that plan is tossed out the window. He has to take Sonia however, since Sonia knows nothing about supernatural being he tries to keep this from her but in doing so Sonia is convinced he is the leader of a cult. A cult that has rules she does not know and doesn’t understand.
Once she is told about them being werewolves she begins to wonder if the heighten senses she has may not be so abnormal. Sonia has a disease that will take her from Callum. It is stated in the prophesies. Will Callum find a way to keep her? If he cannot what is he going to do if he losses Sonia?
I liked the chemistry between Callum and Sonia. I loved that Sonia tested and kept Callum on his toes. What I liked was most paranormal books are slow at first because they are setting their wold but Kristen Ashley jumped right in no real world building it was great and didn’t loss me. I was captured and wanted to know what was coming next OMG the twists had my stomach in knots and my heart racing. I have to say the narrator, Stella Bloom, for the audio book was great she kept me in the story and never pulled me out.
She’s a hybrid author, publishing titles both independently and traditionally, her books have been translated in fourteen languages and she’s sold over three million books.
On October 23, Kristen released LOOSE ENDS, her first anthology of novellas and short stories. Upcoming from Kristen will be FREE, the finale to her Chaos series, out January 29, 2019, THE SLOW BURN, the finale to her Moonlight and Motor Oil series, out April 30, 2019, and QUIET MAN, a Dream Man novella coming 1,001 Dark Nights coming August 13, 2019.
Kristen, born in Gary and raised in Brownsburg, Indiana, was a fourth generation graduate of Purdue University. Since, she has lived in Denver, the West Country of England, and she now resides in Phoenix. She worked as a charity executive for eighteen years prior to beginning her independent publishing career. She now writes full-time.
Although romance is her genre, the prevailing themes running through all of Kristen’s novels are friendship, family and a strong sisterhood. To this end, and as a way to thank her readers for their support, Kristen has created the Rock Chick Nation, a series of programs that are designed to give back to her readers and promote a strong female community.
You can learn more about Kristen and the Rock Chick Nation on her website: www.KristenAshley.net