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Realization, blessing and curse
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on November 14, 2022
Quinn is a lycan. Sort of. She's half lycan, but unlike the other halflings she can't shift. She has all the senses but is trapped in a human form. So imagine her surprise when her mate turns out to be the alpha's son. But, things aren't what they seem. Rogues are getting bolder and invading pack lands. And packs are merging, taking over other packs. Like her pack. And when her mate's older brother dies it lands on him to be the one to marry into another pack for safety. Her bond was ripped out for the good of the pack. Small comfort. So when an unknown inheritance lands in her lap she's eager to get away. Until the alpha finds out about it and wants to use her to steal a relic that would protect them all. And he dangles her broken mate bonds back on her face.
So this is definitely not a rejected mate trope. There's a couple mysteries going on here. Why that town? What is the Calling? What happens to those Called? What is the pack that protects the town? What is that relic? Why is it fae that are Called? What do the symbols mean? Quinn grows so much in this book. She starts off with her tough girl persona, and yes, she is strong. What happens shakes her foundations. Lycans want packs. She's fighting her very nature at the end but I was so proud of her for that epiphany. I've also discovered that Cassidy is brutal on those cliffhangers lol.
Edit to change my original stars down to a 1 because after the 4th book I'm done with authors with no respect for readers. Three books in a row of s*xual assault themes and a r*pe by her mate. And not a single warning anywhere. This first book is the only "safe" one in the series. But I'm still leaving a single star to warn readers away before they delve into the second one and the trauma starts.