Author: J.R. Loveless
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages/Word Count: 290 Pages
Rating: 5 Stars
Blurb: Nicholas Cartwright has done everything in his power to forget that night six months ago in Senaka, when his true mate rejected him, leaving him shattered and disillusioned. Burying himself in his work, he pushes himself to the point of exhaustion while finding the touch of another unbearable. Suddenly his mate needs his help, and he may be asking for more than Nicholas can find it in himself to give.
Thayne Whitedove has always been a wanderer, spending his days on the road and his nights wrapped in the arms of whatever random hookup he meets, until a fateful mistake sends him rushing for the comforts of home. To his utter dismay, the only way to correct his error in judgment is to accept the one thing he’s never wanted… his mate. Thayne must decide whether to keep running or to stay and fight for Nick’s forgiveness.
Review: Nick and Thayne were briefly introduced to us in Chasing Seth, and from that point on I had a serious hate on for Thayne. I am a true fangirl of the fated mates love story, and the “reluctant mate” storyline is always a tear-jerker for me. You see, most shifters live their entire life searching for the one person that fate made just for them. In this story, Nick was the one searching, he was the one who was thrilled when he found said mate. Thayne, on the other hand, was in that very small percentage of shifters that swore he never wanted a mate and would never accept one. A very traumatic experience in his childhood convinced him that no matter how happy a mate could make it him, that happiness wasn’t worth the pain it could also cause.
When Thayne and Nick met, there were definitely some sparks between the two men, but once Thayne finds out Nick is his mate, he not only rejects the man, he damn near kills him. When Nick realizes that his mate doesn’t want him and never will, he returns home to his pack and does everything he can to forget Thayne Whitedove exists. Unfortunately for shifters that will never work, and Nick comes close to losing his sanity and his life from the separation. With the help of his friends he begins to find a way to survive his devastation. He may never be “happy,” but he will live, and that is the best he can hope for.
When Nick answers a call for help from his best friend Seth, he has no idea that it is actually a set up. His wayward mate is asking a favor, and this favor is something his wolf yearns for, but the human side of him wants nothing more than to get back on a plane and run far, far away. His wolf wins the battle, but his human side wins the war by setting some rules in place to protect his heart.
Nick and Thayne return to Nick’s pack and begin to live a less than happy life together. There is resentment on both sides of their relationship and a mutual enemy that could very well be their undoing.
J.R. Loveless did an absolutely wonderful job with this story. She had me so invested in these two men that I could not put the book down until I found out what would happen between them. I had a total hate on for Thayne, but she managed to make me end up rooting for him by the end of the book. That, to me, is the mark of a great story written by a great author. I was completely invested in their journey and when the book was done, I just wanted more.
I would not only recommend this book, but the first book of the series as well. J.R. Loveless has created a fabulous universe here, and I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
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