Raised to become Alpha of the Yafenack pack, Samuel Goodwin dedicates his life to studying shifter laws, strengthening his body, and learning from his father. Taking control comes easily to Samuel, but relating to people, including those he's supposed to lead, is a constant challenge.
When Samuel meets Korban Keller, the son of a neighboring pack’s Alpha, he reacts with emotion instead of intellect for the first time in his life. Resenting the other shifter for putting him off-balance, Samuel first tries to intimidate Korban and then tries to avoid him. What he can’t do is forget Korban’s warm eyes, easy smile, and happy personality.
When a battle between their fathers results in tragedy, Samuel and Korban are thrown together. With his world crashing down around him, Samuel must save his pack and show them he can lead. But first, Korban needs to save Samuel by inspiring him to feel. Two very different men with a tumultuous history must overcome challenges from all sides and see past the rules they’ve been taught to realize they are destined to fit together.
Cardeno C's books are like a balm to my soul. I don't mind angst and drama when I know the payoff is a glorious HEA.
I loved the other two books in this series, and this one certainly didn't disappoint.
Told from Samuel's first-person POV, this book seems to be set a couple years after book 1 ends. There are references to Zev and Jonah, as well as Ethan and Miguel, but there's no on-page interaction with the other two couples besides one phone call between Samuel and Zev.
Samuel, who's next in line to be his pack's Alpha, is so focused on rules and logic, he completely misses the forest for the trees. He's serious, obsessive, detached, and not very likable. His unwillingness to be around other shifters, much less to tie, leads to difficulty letting go of his wolf.
Even worse, every time Samuel runs into Korban, the son of the Alpha who rules the neighboring pack, he's thrown for a loop. Korban unnerves Samuel, and Samuel resents feeling unsettled.
What Samuel refuses to acknowledge is that Korban is his true mate. It takes Korban's vicious, power-hungry father to make Samuel truly see (and feel) for the first time. In the midst of injustice and chaos, Samuel acts impulsively, and his impetuous behavior puts Korban in danger. Only then does Samuel let down his guard and listen to his heart for the very first time.
This book blends tenderness with hawtness (CC's trademark!). The MCs don't get together until approximately 60 percent into the book, but there's still plenty of tension and steam. And biting, of course!
The secondary characters, especially Samuel's gentle father, were wonderful! There was some conflict and angst, but once the guys found each other, they didn't let go!
Wonderful writing, wonderful wolves, wonderful book!
I really hope there's a book 4!
(This book can easily be read as a standalone, although the other two books in the series are wonderful and I wouldn't recommend skipping them.)