Cade Bowman leads a small werewolf pack in Bellingham, Washington. Or he did, before a fire elemental intent on revenge traps him as his wolf. His pack gone, held prisoner by the elemental's charms, he knows death is coming for him.
Mara Taylor is dying. A mysterious blood disorder is taking her life and her doctors can't seem to stop it. Only her daily swims offer her any relief. Resigned to her fate, she heads to Orcas Island for one last swim.
When Cade's wolf finds Mara, he knows instinctively that she's the key to freeing him from the fire elemental's charm. She's more than that. She's his.
Can Mara free Cade from his wolf and save her own life in the process? And if she does, can they survive when they learn the identity of the fire elemental hunting them both?
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This was definitely a unique werewolf read. Sure, the werewolf lore is the same as most every book out there, but the plot draws absolutely no comparisons in my mind, which is impressive in and of itself. I loved how the two characters found each other at their absolute lowest. They had pretty much given up on life. But a little compassion and companionship goes a long way in healing some wounds. It wasn't quite as simple as that, of course, but that certainly was the start.
This was a well-rounded story. We got a good look at the hero in both wolf and human form, elementals, desperation, loss, friendship, hope, love, lust and... a pretty intense final showdown. I loved that the heroine is surrounded by friends and family that are loyal and protective of her. I think it would have been far too depressing in the beginning otherwise. This was also not a story where sex makes up a large portion of the content. In fact, it takes quite a while for things to even progress to that point. There is an insta-connection, but I would not classify it as insta-love by any means. The heroine is really quite pragmatic in that manner.
The book is the first in a series but it is not a cliffhanger. The main story arc wraps up tidily at the end so fear not. It looks like the next book in the series revolves around different characters but the hero and heroine's story from this book isn't quite done so I'm sure they will make a reappearance. This was also well edited, or at least it was so engrossing I didn't notice a single typo, so either way it is a great choice.
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