Book #5.5 in the Dark Protectors series.
I own an e-copy of this book.
Maggie is a wolf shifter who was captured and experimented on by the Kurjans. Now that a cure has finally been found for shifters (although not for vampire mates or witches), she can concentrate on creating a new life for herself and finally accepting that her memories are gone forever. Most memories, that is. Sometimes in the hazy world between dreams and dawn, she hears a Scottish voice, dark and deep, that sounds suspiciously like wolf-shifter Terrent Vilks. A man she happened to anger by kidnapping a few years back. Hey, it was for a good cause.
Terrent Vilks knows more than he’s let on for the past several years. After digging for answers, he knows exactly why the demons want Maggie dead. And he remembers his past with Maggie…very well. She is finally where he wants her. Now all he has to do is discover what exactly the Kurjans did to her, beat the demons into so much submission they leave her alone, and get her to fall in love with him. Again. Good thing he’s used to wrangling monsters.
This was a more light-hearted, or fun read in this established series. It could also easily be read as a stand-alone title. If you did not know about the war or Maggie’s history, a reader could still enjoy this novella. Of course though, knowing the whole picture and background make it even more of a delight to read. This was the first time we have really dealt with the wolf shifters in this world, and while I think I prefer the big cats, they were interesting too.
Two books back we got a little taste of the chemistry between Terrent and Maggie. Maggie had drugged Terrent to keep him from killing the mate of her roommate and friend. Of course being a strong alpha male in a paranormal romance series you knew there would be payback and that it would probably involve lots of hot steamy sex. This book didn’t disappoint on that front. For such a short story there was actually too much time spent in carnal pleasures for my taste, I would have liked to have delved a little more into their history a bit. Sure the sex scenes were fun, but I was looking for more substance in their relationship building.
The community where Terrent took Maggie was kinda fun. Of course some of the male members were seriously messed-up old-fashion alpha males, but the women in the community were a hoot. They added some quirkiness to the story that likened things up quite a bit and had me chuckling.
The ending was sweet and I am glad that they got a h.e.a. It would have been fun to stick around a bit longer, like most of the females in this world Maggie is going to give Terrent a hard time. It could have been fun to watch his world spin out of control and turn upside down. Up next is Jase’s story and I can’t wait to read how the author gives this tortured soul his h.e.a. Of all the characters in this world he definitely deserves one.