They say opposites attract. And in the case of werewolves Anna Latham and Charles Cornick, they mate. The son-and enforcer-of the leader of the North American werewolves, Charles is a dominant alpha. While Anna, an omega, has the rare ability to calm others of her kind.
Now that the werewolves have revealed themselves to humans, they can't afford any bad publicity. Infractions that could have been overlooked in the past must now be punished, and the strain of doing his father's dirty work is taking a toll on Charles.
Nevertheless, Charles and Anna are sent to Boston, when the FBI requests the pack's help on a local serial killer case. They quickly realize that not only the last two victims were werewolves-all of them were. Someone is targeting their kind. And now Anna and Charles have put themselves right in the killer's sights...
Anna finally gets through to Bran that Charles is suffering from all the killing he is doing in his father's name and Adam advises Bran to send Charles and Anna to consult on the Boston serial killer case where the victims are all werewolves. Charles has not told Anna how serious his problems are and it does affect his usefulness on the case, meaning Anna has to rely on Brother Wolf as well as the team assigned to the case. Now a half fae woman has been taken and the group only have days to find her before she becomes the next victim.
This was the best book in the series for me. I have always liked the dynamic between Anna and Charles as a couple but in this one, Anna is having to work more with Brother Wolf as Charles is literally facing his demons, haunted by the werewolves he feels he unfairly put to death on his father's orders. We really see the damage that being enforcer has done to Charles and I liked seeing this vulnerable and tortured side to him, and the problems that it causes with Anna. Anna is unsure what to do to help him but she forges a strong bond with Brother Wolf, Charles wolf side, in order to solve the case, and I so much enjoyed seeing that.
There are some interesting characters in this book. Leslie Fisher is the FBI agent in charge of the case and I liked her. Her past dealings with supernatural creatures means she is happy to work with Anna and use the werewolf skills that she and Charles bring to the table. She also tries to manage team relations with representatives of the FBI, Homeland Security and Cantrip all wanting to be involved. Isaac is the flamboyant leader of the local Pack who is very concerned about the dead werewolves-his appearance is fun! I also liked the fae Beauclaire, whose daughter has been snatched by the serial killers, as he is prepared to do anything to get Lizzie back safely. The team reluctantly require the help of the creepy dark witches who revel in the blood and death but who can perhaps help them find where the prisoner is being held.
I liked the murder plot. They are dealing with a serial killer of werewolves which is probably linked to the werewolves having just come out to humans. As they look into the case files however, it looks as though the serial killers have been around a lot longer, killing both human and fae victims over the years. It also seems that the killers are using some kind of magic to make them harder to track down. With the clock ticking, it becomes necessary to involve the dark witches though nobody on the team really trusts them.
Brother Wolf very much becomes a full character in his own right in this book, taking a leading role in the investigation and trying to alert Anna that Charles is having a personal crisis. Charles wants to hide his ghosts from Anna, scared that telling her about them means that they can then torment her too, but it is messing up the mate bond that both of them rely on. Charles is unaware that his actions could have consequences when the serial killers decide that their next target will be Anna...
This was a very enjoyable book. We further explore the bond between Charles and Anna without it slowing down the plot this time, which certainly is a good thing. It was also interesting to see that even a really tough man like Charles can be affected by the work that he has to do for Bran, and the toll it takes on his health and relationships. Anna continues to blossom into a strong and resourceful woman which was also something I liked seeing. She is learning to rely on her own instincts and strengths, and really takes charge on this case. I really love her character.
This series is really finding it's feet now and I'm very much enjoying it.
Read December 2016.