ebook, 119 pages
First published December 18th 2007 by Freya's Bower
ISBN 1934069906 (ISBN13: 9781934069905)
A small town veterinarian has a big time problem. She's not human.
Plagued as a child with an extra-sensitive sense of smell, strength, and eyesight, Anna Callaway always thought she was special. But she didn't understand how special until she met Kieran Hunter.
He insists they are True Mates, but he's not human either. He's wolven.
Kieran is a protector of his race. No longer the Alpha of his pack, he spends his time searching out and punishing any who may reveal their race to humans. While patrolling, he finds two wolven about to kidnap Anna. He battles to protect her, but is surprised to find himself drawn to her in a way he never expected.
The couple must learn to deal with their differences before they can address their similarities. But when three men kidnap Anna, she must decide if she is to embrace the wolven way of life, or return to her quiet existence. And whether to abandon the man who claims her as his True Mate.
I found this series when I stumbled upon book two, Dark Succession, starring Ryland and Nora. Imagine my surprise when Ryland shows up in this book on the verge of raping our female protag, Anna.
Escaping for some fresh air outside a male review, Anna is cornered by Ryland and Joshua, two wolven who seek a female to birth a child for their dwindling race. Despite Ryland's claim of her, Kieran arrives, fights Joshua, and becomes Anna's savior.
Throughout the assault, Anna swears she's infertile, making the declaration in attempt to buy her freedon. When she repeats it again later to Kieran, he's taken aback. Perfect 'Yes, I am/No, You're Not' moment there.
Anna is a tough woman and she comes into this new existence with a fury. As she meets the pack even Kieran sees the alpha in her. And an alpha, in his mind, he is not. It makes for some tension that is only survived by throwing Ryland back in his face.
So yays for SheWolf. I loved this story for catering to the mindset of the only the strong survive and the better man wins. There's a moment where Anna allows Ryland's kiss as her body responds to his suitability as a mate. Then as she forces Kieran to accept what he is, she makes him prove himself worthy of being her choice. So it can't be said I don't respond to a strong female. I'm just very choosy. Most of them just piss me off. Not Anna.
I did want to bitch-slap Kieran though. Don't change her, they tell him. Had me questioning what I had read. Surely he would not change her with this kind of situation looming over them. What does he do? He changes her. What happens then? The inevitable. 4 out of 5 stars.