We all have tragic backstories in today's world.
I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.
When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.
As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first...
Yay! The start of another new shifter series, and from Megan Erickson, no less. #HappyTodd : )
For years now, the majority of the shifter stories that I've read have stayed pretty firmly within the lines of usual shifter lore; however that trend seems to have changed a bit as of late.
First, TJ Klune went way off the reservation rule-wise, with his truly epic first attempt at shifters, in "Wolfsong," with spectacular results.
And now, Megan has again pushed that envelope by first killing off all those pesky humans and giving us three different sub-types of werewolves.
Her lore includes weres, which are the werewolves that we're all used to seeing. Then we have Weres (capital "W", because they're the shit), who are larger and more powerful than regular weres. And lastly, we have Noweres, which are zombified Weres, who are scary, instinct-driven badasses.
This first book in the Silver Tip Pack series was The Shit. No exaggeration.
Although it was necessary to spend several pages on the world building for this new were/Were/Nowere universe, I was enthralled by the process.
The characters that are introduced so far include not only blood related family, but also chosen family. In other words, pack. And pack is everything.
In this first book, I see potential for at least two books, hopefully more, because I'm just that hooked.
As the blurb mentions, the initial story is that of Fated Mates Reese, an orphan and refugee fleeing from an evil, iron-willed were Alpha, and Dare, the kind and caring Alpha of the Silver Tip pack.
I'll be honest here. To begin with, I wasn't sure if Dare was going to be my cup of tea. He came off a bit like a stereotypical "what I want, when I want, how I want it" Dom/sub pushy asshole Alpha.
To Dare, his pack was his only priority and his fated mate was his property, full stop. As I'm soooooo not a fan of that, I was very pleased to see that Dare's change in attitude toward Reese happened quickly, and very much for the better.
Plus, Reese's initial opinion that Dare was only the latest in a line of controlling dickheads from which he needed to escape changed pretty fast, too, as they began to get to know one another on a deeper level.
Was there a lot of sex, while they figured one another out? God, yes. I mean LOTS. Possibly bordering on almost too much, at times, for my personal tastes, but that was just me.
But during the entire process, Megan kept me fully engaged. I was on the edge of my seat and loving it, dying to see what was going to happen next.
There are plenty of good guys and a few bad guys, not to mention the 9 feet tall, pure evil Noweres outside the walls, but the majority of the conflict for me was Reese's struggle between saving his remaining family and what he felt like was the inevitability of losing the first real happiness he's had in the past 15 years.
This was a good one, folks. Really good and definitely worth a read, but I'll stop there before any spoilers start flowing.
A very solid 4.5 stars for this one.
My ARC copy of the story was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.
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