Coming from a family with psychic gifts, Derek Gabriel was aware of but separate from the dangers of the supernatural world, until a rogue wolf shifter stripped away his humanity. The change he barely survived didn’t drive him insane, but the cultural bias against him as an inferior transformed wolf might. And it doesn’t help that he’s fallen for the daughter of the most powerful wolf in the country.My Thoughts: Oh, guys. I absolutely love this series. Love it. And every time I jump back into I'm reminded again of why it's captured me so completely. It's the perfect blend of sex, magic and mayhem. Sometimes the magic is found in the form of shapeshifters and sometimes it's found in sexy Southern gentlemen who find themselves knee deep in shapeshifter affairs, but either way it's fantastic.
Almost from the moment she was born, Nicole Peyton started planning her escape from the strict confines of elite shapeshifter society, an old-fashioned world where women are valued only for their bloodlines and bank accounts. In New Orleans she has a bar she loves, friends in decidedly low places, and a smoldering sensual tension with an incredibly attractive and deliciously unsuitable man.
Their forbidden longing erupts into unbridled need—until Nick’s sister burns into town with a strike team hard on her heels. Saving her means Nick has to play by the Conclave’s rules…and give up the man she is growing to love.
Unless Derek does something completely crazy—issue a challenge that could shake the foundations of their world.
Derek and Nick are... Oh, god. They made me cry. CRY! When things start falling apart and Nick is being drawn in too many directions and it doesn't look like there's anyway she's going to be able to follow her heart, let the wailing commence. When things are so ever-loving bleak and Derek is doing what he has to do because it's the only way he can keep Nick safe- sobbing!
Having read later books in this series (okay, one book and a handful of short stories), I love being able to see how the secondary characters are being set up for later events. This series feels so wonderfully epic and grand.
If you're not reading this series and you have any interest AT ALL in sassy werewolves, dominance games, and/or werewolf politics YOU'RE TOTALLY MISSING OUT! Do you see how serious I am? I used all caps! YOU'RE MISSING OUT! If you like waffles, get on this series. Or, at least this book. Because Derek likes making waffles. And I like Derek. Go. GO!
Other reviews in this series:
Book 1: Crux
Short Story 2.1: A Peyton Family Christmas
Short Story 2.5: Zola's Pride
Book 3: Deadlock
Short Story 3.5: Two Weddings (and One Near Funeral)
Book 4: Cipher (release date - September 6, 2011)
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