Hiking through the snow, holiday baking and playing board games by the fire – what’s not to love about an old-fashioned family Christmas?
Werewolves Elena and Clayton Danvers want to give their four-year-old twins, Kate and Logan, something their parents never had: a nice, normal holiday. No Pack responsibilities, no homicidal half-demons or power-hungry sorcerers to deal with – just the four of them, alone, at a chalet outside Ontario’s Algonquin Park.
Then a strange werewolf shows up at their door…while the town is buzzing about a young man, back from college, found half-eaten in the woods. And there’s the missing little girl …
With all the signs pointing to a rogue mutt with a taste for human flesh, Elena and Clay have no choice but to investigate. But are they the hunters – or the hunted?
Clay and Elena want some alone time with the kids before the Pack arrive for Christmas at the cabin. The kids are four now and their parents are wondering whether or not to tell them the truth about their heritage as nobody knows if they will be werewolves themselves.
However, a lone wolf approaches them soon after they arrive, introducing himself and promising that he will not give them any trouble but Clay and Elena are instantly suspicious of him. The fact that a brutal murder blamed on animals has taken place in the local area get them even edgier and they interrupt their holiday to start to investigate. Nick, Noah and Reese arrive to look after the kids and provide backup. Yea! I love Nick! Well, I love ALL of the wolf pack but I've always had a soft spot for Nick. It doesn't matter if he isn't in it too much, I always like him to be there. My one niggle is that Kate is a little madam and annoys the hell out of me!
As the investigation continues, there is evidence of a second mutt in the area, and the one that came to the cabin seems to be lurking around too much. Elena is getting edgy and when it looks as if one of the mutts might have set his sights on Kate, it brings back many bad memories of the abuse that Elena once suffered. She is determined to save her daughter from that fate.
What I liked about this plot is that we are seeing Elena and Clay as the parents, worrying about hiding their werewolf side from the kids, worring about whether or not they will develop as werewolves or what happens if one does and the other does not. There is the fear that parents have of something happening to their kids or not being there to protect them. It is quite an emotional story and there is a lot of tension as we wonder who is sneaking around and what is going to happen.
I also liked finding out a bit more about the newer additions to the Pack. Noah is starting to come out of his shell and is bonding with Nick, and he and Reese prove capable of helping with Pack business.
The wolves are my favourite characters in the series and are the reason I started the series to begin with. I was really disappointed with the way the series was taken over by Savannah and her tantrums so it was great to get more of the Pack and I will never get bored with more novellas about them! I read this story in the anthology Otherworld Nights, but I loved the cover of this so much that I had to get the hardback novella to join the others on my book shelf!