Marissa never planned on being on any Pack land ever again. She had been thrown out of her Pack years prior to make her way in a world that she didn’t fit into, not that she fit into the Pack world either as she couldn’t shift into her wolf form. She is considered an oddity and while she was dating her former Pack Alpha’s son, was told that it was against Pack law for her to mate with a were. But her sister, Elizabeth, the only family she had left was having a mating ceremony and wanted Marissa there. Marissa is so happy for Elizabeth and her intended mate, Greg, seems like a wonderful guy. So, Marissa is going onto Pack land with the determination that while she will be respectful to this pack’s alpha, she wasn’t going to be browbeaten.
Gage Wolf is the pack alpha. He wants to meet the sister Elizabeth has told him so much about. He doesn’t expect what he gets when Marissa isn’t exactly pleasant or nice. With a warning about disrespect, Gage leaves only to find that he can’t stop thinking about prickly Marissa.
As Gage and Marissa explore the sexual attraction they feel, their wires seem to be crossed due to the laws that Marissa has learned and Gage’s lack on knowledge concerning them. Things really get tense when Marissa’s ex-boyfriend shows up for Elizabeth’s mating ceremony and tells Marissa that she has to come back to her old pack where he is now the alpha. Marissa has no desire to return but is it worth a pack war to stay?
This world of packs is well developed with rules and governing bodies. This is explained in bits and pieces throughout the story giving the reader a good understanding of how packs are run. Because this information comes in small chunks, it doesn’t get confusing and is easily understood. While you don’t know how the society as a whole supports itself, you do have a good working knowledge of how it operates.
The characters are well developed and you know who they are and their fears, strengths and desires. Marissa has been brought up using one set of beliefs only to find that they were lies. Her sister, also believing these beliefs, tries to help her sister only to find that they are irritating Elizabeth’s new Pack Alpha. Reading how Gage is treated gives you an idea of how he is as a leader. He is viewed as being fair and is generally well liked. Even Marissa’s ex and Logan, Gage’s beta are given personalities that are well developed and engaging.
Sexual tension is throughout this book making it definite adult reading as this tension does get released in most interesting ways. Marissa knows that her body is giving off signals that she is ready to mate. This causes the men to react though she turns them all away except Gage. Her encounters with Gage are sensual, sexual and well written.
When I read the blurb about this book, I knew I wanted to read it and it didn’t disappoint. I loved all the conflict, the power struggles and sexual tension. It made for a great story. As this is part of the Were Chronicles, I’m assuming that there will be more books in this series. At least, I sincerely hope so as I’d love to learn how Elizabeth found her mate, Greg and will Logan find a mate. I really like Gage’s beta! With all the different Packs, this could be a very long running series that will be sure to delight its readers.