When a local red werewolf goes on a killing spree, Bella and Devlyn must flee the murderer, the police and their vengeful pack leader. With the full moon rising, and her heat upon her, Bella can't resist the pull to her destined mate, even if means Devlyn will have to face the wicked alpha male in a fight to the death.
My thoughts on this book go back and forth from great to good to great again. Let me explain. The story line was great! However, there seem to be long parts of the book where it gets slow and repetitive.
This is a love story about Bella and Devlyn. Bella is a red wolf, that lost her family in Colorado to a fire. Devlyn, a gray wolf, rescues Bella from the fire and takes her back to his pack where they adopt her.
Growing up, Bella and Devlyn become good friends and eventually fall for each other. But there is a big bad wolf named Volan, the gray's pack leader, who wants Bella for his mate. Bella is deathly afraid of Volan, a secret as to why, not revealed until much later in the book. Because of her fear of Volan, she keeps Devlyn at arms legnth, because she knows the only way she can be with Devlyn is if Devlyn challenges Volan, in a fight to the death, and become the new pack leader.
This is where the story gets interesting. Bella runs away, and lives as a lone, or rogue wolf, for over a hundred years, always moving, to keep in hiding from Volan. She settles in Oregon. She has a career, a bestie that lives next door, Chrissy, a divorcee with two kids. Chrissy's character turns out to be a key role in the book, and let me tell you she's a hoot! Bella is trying to keep her friend out of harms way, but finds it difficult because every time Chrissy comes to her house, Devlyn is buck naked! Chrissy can't resist seeing Devlyn's ass and knick knacks, and I don't blame her! I would be going over there every chance I got too!
Just when Bella thinks that she is safe, she goes to her cabin in the woods for a weekend "run", and discovers the scent of another of her kind. When she follows the scent, this leads her straight in the cross hairs of a Zoologist named Thompson. Thompson captures Bella in her wolf form, trying to "save" her red wolf species. This in turn exposes her to the red wolf pack that live in the area that Bella was unaware of. Now that they know she is here, and a lone wolf, as well as a red, no less in heat. They now have a mission to rescue her from the clutches of the zoo and capture her for their own, to mate with.
The theme of the book seems to be mating. Everyone's pack seems to have a shortage of female wolves at the "mating" age, so this ensues a fight to the death over Bella, because she is in heat and they need pups to sustain their packs.
In Oregon is where we are introduced to the red's pack leader Alfred, and his goons Ross and Nicol. All the while Bella's heart belongs to Devlyn, but he won't step up until Bella admits to him that she wants him as her mate.
The whole time she was in hiding, she stayed in contact with one gray wolf, Argos. Argos was the one who raised her, and she has always loved him like a father. But even Argos can not save her from Volan. Argos has to obey his pack leader just as everyone else, even though he was the previous pack leader.
The story doesn't fall short there though. Once Bella was captured, that, along with a murder spree in the city, caught the attention of the gray pack leader and prompted a rescue party to retrieve Bella and bring her home, where she was to be mated with Volan.
Argos, Devlyn, and his two cousins were sent to bring Bella back. Once Devlyn and his team have Bella, the constant heat between her and Devlyn cause complications for the both of them. Bella is in heat, Devlyn wants her, Bella wants him, but they can't because she's afraid of Volan killing Devlyn. Bella would rather be a lone wolf than to have to face the death of Devlyn.
And don't get me started on the constant nudity. Everybody's naked every chance they get! OMG, Bella and Devlyn, sleeping in the buff together but not "doing anything", was driving me insane! They wanted to, I wanted them to, but they didn't, because she was Volan. Hate Volan, he's an ass!
The story takes a turn when Bella decides she is not going back to Colorado until she solves these murders that have been happening, afraid that if she doesn't it will expose her kind to the humans. Devlyn follows suit easily and the adventure begins.
The sleuthing brings the most unlikely people together to solve these crimes, which creates tension, excitement and danger. I really enjoyed this part of the book. The whodunit was great for the story line. I do highly recommend this book, however it would have received an extra star if it weren't for the slow, repetitive parts.
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