Published September 1st 2010 by Mills & Boon Nocturne Bites
First published April 21st 2010
A month of research pointed shapeshifter Cole to nurse Alicia Ortiz as the only hope for his people's survival. Yet he hadn't needed any of that research the moment he saw her. Her kindness and power shone as strongly as her beauty, and Cole had to fight his desire for her. His duty was to convince Alicia to embrace her heritage, not give in to his passion. But even though it may mean failing his mission, Cole could not resist the urge to claim her as his own.
The blurb sets this one up perfectly which unfortunately brings us through a rather rushed character back story and right into the climax of Alicia's discovery of her people and heritage. And yet, for me, the Kimosh history lesson more than made up for it.
Cole is sent out from his home and his people to bring back Lorne's lost heir to be their leader's mate. He finds Alicia with little effort, leaving the more difficult task being that of revealing her identity and convincing her to return with him. And, of course, resisting his desire for her. The last of which he epically fails at thanks to good old chocolate.
He returns to his family a failure and banishment becomes his punishment. From there, it's a rushed love conquers all kind of ending thanks to a very understanding Sloan. Very sweet. 3 out of 5 stars.