Series: Dark Protectors #5.5
Published by Kensington on June 20, 2013
Source: Advance Reader Copy, NetGalley
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Maggie is a wolf shifter who was captured and experimented on by the Kurjans. Now that a cure has finally been found for shifters (although not for vampire mates or witches), she can concentrate on creating a new life for herself and finally accepting that her memories are gone forever. Most memories, that is. Sometimes in the hazy world between dreams and dawn, she hears a Scottish voice, dark and deep, that sounds suspiciously like wolf-shifter Terrent Vilks. A man she happened to anger by kidnapping a few years back. Hey, it was for a good cause.
Terrent Vilks knows more than he’s let on for the past several years. After digging for answers, he knows exactly why the demons want Maggie dead. And he remembers his past with Maggie…very well. She is finally where he wants her. Now all he has to do is discover what exactly the Kurjans did to her, beat the demons into so much submission they leave her alone, and get her to fall in love with him. Again. Good thing he’s used to wrangling monsters.
Maggie was captured by the Kurjans and experimented on. This caused her to have no memory from beyond the past 10 years, when she was rescued. In the meantime, she’s been training with the vampires, and has been, well if not happy, content.
But 5 years ago, she met Terrent Vilks (for those following the series, they faced off in Consumed), and this novella is their story.
What I liked about this story was that we got to see both of their backstories, or at least enough to see that there’s more to their relationship than a simple alpha wolf who sees his she-wolf and then growls “mine” the whole book (not that I mind that lol).
We also see that the 2 of them were mated before she was taken by the Kurjans, and Terrent’s been incredibly patient this whole time waiting for her memory to return, which it may or may not ever return. But I think that’s also what I didn’t like as well. I mean these 2 have this intense history and he’s willing to wait 10 years? Wow, I just don’t see a wolf as alpha as Terrent just sitting on the sidelines while his mate lives a life separately from him.
Another thing I really really didn’t like is that while Maggie is endearingly clumsy, she keeps insisting that she’s been trained by vampires and that she’s a kickass wolf who can take care of herself. But she’s not! It drove me nuts! There is nothing wrong with saying, “You know what? I’ll accept your help, and I can’t actually do it all on my own.” Don’t keep saying that you’re trained for this, even though you have PTSD and can’t hold your wolf form all the time.
But other than that, this was a good novella full of more than the usual werewolf romance. There was a side plot going on about some of the vaccines they’d created being tampered with, and fans of the series will enjoy seeing Jase and Dage have some page time as well.
***eARC courtesy of Kensington via netgalley