Another wonderful entry in this new series from Sam and Fawkes.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
This time the over-arcing plot moves along at a rapid pace, leading to something I hadn’t seen coming, but now it’s there, makes total sense (cryptic eh!)
For our romance, we get Claudia’s cousin Alexis’ story and he was a real sweetie. Very similar in temperament to his cousin, he’s another go-getter omega, even if he’s been waiting five years for Ridge to finish college and come home.
Now, one thing I will say here, I felt both characters read as older than their 23 years but, as they’re werewolves, I just put it down to them a species being generally more capable of dealing with the vagaries of life!
Through circumstances which made perfect narrative sense, both young men end up with the Grove pack and that’s where the main plot develops its – on the surface – surprising twist.
Ridge may come across as a slow thinker, but he’s actually pretty smart, especially when it comes to farming and how integral the provenance of the food shifters eat is to their way of life.
There’s a not-so-subtle message here in this book to the mass consumerism lifestyle which a lot of people have been kicking back against in recent years and one which I very much agree with. Local and unprocessed is far better than mass produced and shipped from across the world!
The romance is a mix of frustration and sweetness, as both men suffer from LackOfCommunicaton-itis which thankfully it isn’t allowed to linger for too long, and because of Ridge’s demisexuality.
However, once they have the talk, it’s straight to the barn for some extra special get to know you intimately time, very hot.
The rest of the Grove Pack pop in from time to time and there’s a few longer visits with Colt and Linden, as well as Claud and Birch, obviously.
This book also holds another surprise, which I very much appreciated, and we get a sneak into book three, which will be all about second chances and grovelling I suspect 😁
#ARC kindly received from the authors in return for an honest and unbiased review