Desperate to escape her controlling family, Chloe Bradford scrambles up to the housetop of her Texas home on Christmas Eve. There she discovers a sexy stranger cloaked in shadow. He convinces her to shed her good-girl image and give into her most secret desires. The man's low, raspy voice tugs at her memory as much as it awakens her passion. Is he a Christmas miracle, or some figment of her imagination? When he tries to leave, she follows him, eager to learn his identity.My Thoughts: Another in my "sexy, misunderstood shifters need love too" phase of reading. Sometimes you just want a certain type of book. You now, one where the hot, presumed dead love interest talks the heroine into having a Christmas Eve tryst on the roof of her house. Yeah. One of those. It always makes it so much better when the sexy shifter happens to be the love of said heroine's life and the one she's been pining over since his mysterious disappearance years before.
Zach can't stop thinking about Chloe, or their reunion on the roof. His wolf-half urges him to reveal his identity and claim her, but he doesn't dare. For both their sakes, he must remain in the shadows until he can control his inner beast's bursts of rage. After a decade of struggle he thought he could handle his curse, but Chloe's presence causes his control to slip. As the moon-rages become more frequent, he knows he's slipping toward the insanity that claims many of his kind. Only Chloe can save him, but he broke her heart over a decade ago. Her forgiveness would be the real Christmas miracle.
I know it probably sounds like I'm making fun of this book, but I'm not. Guys, this was exactly what I wanted to read. It was sexy, holiday-themed, and it looks to be part of a much larger story. In fact, that's my only complaint- because it's the first piece in a larger story, it lays out some plot threads that don't get tied up. You get the resolution with Zach and Chloe but there's a whole other thing going on with the Pack that Zach's been spending the last 11 years of his life with that is left dangling. It's like cliff-hanger central! Because I want to know what's going on! Dang it.
Overall, I liked the story. Chloe does go into a radical personality tailspin when Zach slinks back into her life by tossing aside the life her family has forced her into, but the author lays out her restlessness and dissatisfaction with everything she's been forced to take on since her brother's death well and it doesn't seem implausible.
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