Tilly is a woman with a mission from a young age. She became a mother when she was eighteen due to circumstances that left her younger siblings in her care. The circumstances were her absolutely horrid mother who was basically a whore who liked to sleep with shifters. As a result, Tilly is a tiger, and her sisters a bear and another feline shifter. You think the teen years are hard? Try raising a bear.
I liked Tilly immediately; she’s caring and fierce and will do anything for those she loves. She’s built a protective wall around herself that makes it difficult for others to get close other than her sisters and her best friend. She’s what’s called a “halfer” which is a racial slur in the shifter community. That came up quite a bit in the book and was artfully used to expose the true basis of racism is ignorance.
The hero, Mitchell, is a spoiled man with a heart. He’s used to everyone doing as he says when he says due to his status of Alpha. But that doesn’t impact Tilly much and in fact she pushes it quite a bit with him due to her own alpha status. The story line was involved and complex but easy to follow. There was nice drama played out between the sisters, the past that brought Tilly to the town, and then the political problems that Mitchell had to deal with when introducing Tilly and her family into the pack.
All in all, a very good read that kept me interested and guessing. There was romance, action, blood and a lot of witty repartee between Tilly and Mitchell. I look forward to the next book.
Can cats and dogs get along? Maybe. What about werelions and werewolves? If it’s Tilly and Mitchell, definitely. Or rather, maybe. If he’d just get his head out of his…
Half-werelion Tilly McBride owns Bless Your Tart, the South’s latest and greatest bakery. Or at least the best one in Georgia. Fine. It’s the best in Wilder, Georgia, mainly because it’s the only one. She manages to balance running the shop, keeping her middle sister in college, and making sure she doesn’t kill her youngest sister before she graduates high school.
She’s a proprietor, an older sister and… a mate? At least that’s what local werewolf alpha Mitchell Blake seems to think. He also assumes she’ll hop on the Bang Town Express the second they meet. Sure, he’s hot. Hotter than hot with his muscles and that smile and the way he growls… Should. Be. Illegal. But is he better than a chocolate cupcake with buttercream icing? That is the question. She’s afraid the answer might be yes.
Werewolf Mitchell Blake thinks the answer to every question should be yes. Yes, he wants Tilly. Yes, he craves Tilly. Yes, he’d like to bend Tilly over the pack’s claiming altar and mate her so everyone will know she’s his. She. Belongs. To. Him. He just has to convince her first. That shouldn’t be a problem. He’s the Wilder alpha. Every woman wants to be with him. Except one curvy, annoying, delicious package named Tilly McBride.
Mitchell will have her. Just as soon as he gets rid of the one trying to end their mating before it has a chance to start. Permanently.