Author: Cheyenne Meadows
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 3 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: With his brother away at a conference, alpha wolf shifter Shadow finds himself paired with IT analyst Mace, the one man he can’t stand. Stuck with the partnership due to his pack leader’s order, Shadow can only count down the days until his life returns to normal. He’s a loner. Period. No matter how much his inner beast protests.
Mace isn’t thrilled either, but can’t resist the temptation to push all the surly alpha’s buttons, even as he fantasizes about what could be. Flirting with danger, he’s determined to make the best of the situation, if he can only get Shadow to give in to both their desires.
Unfortunately, a twisted revenge-seeker has other plans. A series of events rocks the entire pack, leaving innocent people hurt and fear running rampant. Both men are thrust into the chaos, working tirelessly to track down the culprit before someone winds up dead. The pressure of trying to stay a jump ahead, with absolutely no clues, pushes them to the brink. Add in a burning hunger for each other, and their world begins to crumble around them. With no other choice, they have to trust and depend on one another in order to have a chance at solving the mystery and saving lives.
Review: Shadow doesn’t want to work with Mace, but it’s out of his control. What his father decrees his father gets. A lot of stuff needs to get done, luckily, Mace is actually competent even if he is infuriating and sexy as well as infuriatingly sexy. Mace likes that he gets to work with Shadow, but the guy is pretty gruff and difficult. Mace knows there is a huge amount of unrequited sexual attraction between the two of them, but Shadow has to at least accept the moves that Mace makes if anything is going to happen. A series of accidents begin to happen across the pack controlled lands. Technically they could be purely accidental, but it’s all beginning to look orchestrated. As they investigate the accidents, Mace is finally able to see what makes Shadow tick, and he knows exactly what Shadow needs. Shadow finally relaxes enough to accept what Mace is offering. Then one of the accidents hits closer to home than is comfortable for either Shadow or Mace.
Shadow is hangry. Seriously, so much of this plot would have vanished if the guy had a sandwich in the first chapter. Much of Shadow’s character was built upon hunger, stress, and his need to take care of the people in the pack who looked up to him for leadership and protection. It did provide some interesting contrast for the motivations of the saboteur, but a lot of the relationship dynamics and Shadow’s behaviors really just needed to be rectified with food.
There was a lot more sex in this book than I expected. Which isn’t bad, but I didn’t expect it. It’s definitely more about enemies becoming lovers than the mystery of who is triggering potentially fatal accidents. Overall this book was quick read with lots of shifter dynamics and sex.