Guest Review by Lisa Lester
Werewolf Victoria Storm knows all about duty. Alpha to a dwindling pack decimated by war with the Barrett family, and with new pups on the way, she must find safe harbor away from the pursuing human hunters that have sworn to wipe her pack from the face of the Earth. After praying to her goddess Freya for guidance, Victoria is led to Sierra Pines, California to find an Alpha to protect and shelter her pack. Arik Koenig, a powerful alpha male with a murky past, promises to be the protector her pack so desperately needs, and agrees to be Victoria’s mate. Yet nothing is ever easy, and Victoria soon finds that the wickedly handsome Arik comes with his own baggage; his murdered wife’s spirit cries out to Victoria to protect her son, Logan, who has been rumored to be his mother’s killer. Can she trust the attraction she feels with Arik, despite the rising contention between father and son? Or will the mystery of his wife’s death lead to the destruction of her pack? She has to find the answers, and fast, to keep herself and her pack safe.
This book was literally a page turner for me. This was one of those books where I would look at the clock, groan aloud at how late it was, and move on to the next chapter, until I finished it in one sitting. Melissa’s concise writing style keeps up a good pace without slowing down, and the characters are alive and seem to leap off the page. I also loved the inclusion of Norse mythology into the story; the world and mythos building here is just enough to be immersive without bogging down in the details. Another aspect of the book I liked was that even in their human forms, the shifters in this world still have characteristics of their animal counterparts, such as showing submissiveness to a dominant pack leader. I particularly enjoyed the snappy dialogue between Victoria and Logan, as well as the sparks that fly between her and Arik. Let me tell you, parts of those interactions were definitely hot! While I missed the first book in the series, that is definitely a mistake I will have to rectify. I’m intrigued to see where Melissa takes Victoria and her pack, and to learn more about the role she plays as a Valkyrie and the dynamic between her and her goddess Freya. A definite must read for anyone who enjoys urban fantasy.
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