Series: Phoenix Pack, #3
A pack Alpha and his estranged, true mate wrestle with painful secrets, ruthless enemies, and their own irresistible attraction, in the sexy third book of the Phoenix Pack series.
Half-shifter Shaya Critchley may hold a submissive role in her pack, but she’s done taking orders. After her Alpha wolf mate refused to claim her—but committed to interfering in her life—she took off. Now she hides from him, posing as a human in a town full of anti-shifter extremist groups. She thinks he’ll never find her again, and that suits her just fine. But she’s wrong.
Nick Axton can barely control his feelings for Shaya, but he could never claim her—not if he truly cares for her. The degenerative brain condition he keeps secret would ultimately leave her with a burden rather than a mate. But when Shaya runs away, Nick can’t bear the thought of never seeing her again. After tracking her down, he discovers Shaya’s feisty and passionate side in the process…a side he’d never seen before.
Under the menacing gazes of territorial local packs and violent human extremists, Nick vows to finally claim the spirited Shaya…and despite her initial resistance, Shaya just might find his fiery determination to be the ultimate aphrodisiac.
So I felt really bad for Shaya in the last book... but I flipped the script for this book and felt really bad for Nick instead. Once we learned Nick's reasons for not claiming Shaya immediately, you couldn't help but empathize with him. And Shaya got on my nerves when she continued to reject and hurt him no matter what he did to make up for his past mistake. That date was a huge insulting no no!
The drama in this book dealt with some human hate groups that targeted shifters, and some pretty nasty individuals from Nick's past. It wss nice to see them get what they had coming. Dominic continues to be one of my favorite secondary characters, but he is now joined by the very dark and broody Derren. I am looking forward to reading both of their books, as I am sure they will each have one.
In sum, this is the same trope as the previous books. Alpha male finds his fated mate, has lots of hot steamy sex, caveman behavior, and encounters some kind of crazy drama along the way. I probably would've rated this book higher if I wasn't reading the series one after the other because that makes me compare each book to the others, and also makes me notice how similar they are. But they are quick enjoyable reads so I'm not complaining.
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