Series: Shifters Unbound #7
Published by berkley on April 1, 2014
Source: Advance Reader Copy
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In the latest Shifters Unbound novel, a man has resigned himself to a life half lived. But a beautiful, courageous woman has him longing for something more…
Graham McNeil knows that his pack is unruly, but he’s not sure he can take the next step toward Shiftertown stability—choosing a new mate. After losing his mate and son long ago, Graham has worked hard to keep his heart in check. And even if he was inclined to bind himself again, his girlfriend, Misty, is human—a fact that won’t sit well with Graham’s old-fashioned wolves.
But Graham is up against a new enemy, one who could spell danger and death to all of Shiftertown. Graham must now defend his leadership and save Misty, the woman he has grown to love—before Shiftertown is pulled into an all-out war.
Graham is one of the heroes I feel Ms. Ashley excels at writing. He’s not necessarily the good guy. In fact, he was the bad guy back in Iona’s book Mate Claimed.
She picks the gray areas in between good guy and bad guy and she exploits them well.
Graham and Misty have been dating for a few months. Graham thinks she could be “The One” so he’s been holding himself back, since he knows he has to find a wolf to secure his spot as alpha in the new shiftertown in Las Vegas. A couple of books back, the government closed down his shiftertown in Elko (mid-northern Nevada), and moved him and all of his wolves down to the Vegas Shiftertown. And that went super smoothly and not at all without dominance disputes, of course (sarcasm needs a font, people, it really does).
But when Misty’s flower shop is ransacked, and she’s kidnapped by some guys who want her brother, she calls Graham. But, something feels…off…to Graham. Either this was too easy, or these guys are really stupid, or they’ve got something up their sleeves. Whatever it is, Graham saves Misty, but at the cost of being shot. This isn’t horrible, he’s a very strong wolf, after all, except that they’re out in the middle of the desert with no water or shade, and the yahoos who shot him took his ride.
Misty weighs their chances, and decides to hike a bit to find some shade. What she finds is a cave with a hiker already in it. He offers her some of his water, and she takes some back to Graham. But what they don’t know is that the water and cave were actually in Faerie, and Misty and Graham just took fae water from a fae who won’t hesitate to control them.
This is a big plot point, because while we know from previous books that the fae created shifters to be their warriors/slaves, and we know the fae were involved in making the collars, that’s pretty much all we know. Now we see why they made the collars. (hint: it isn’t to look pretty!).
There’s a war coming…
I’m not sure if humans are in on it or not, but I wouldn’t be surprised. Not all fae are bad, though, so with a few friends on their side, maybe Graham and Misty can overcome being enslaved by a fae.
But, maybe they can’t…
Meanwhile, Graham still has to choose a wolf mate. This throws a wrench in his relationship with Misty, because no matter what he’d told himself, he can’t let Misty go.
This was a strong addition to the Shifters Unbound series, which as you all know, I love. With last month’s release of her latest book Mate Bond, I’m really excited to see where Ms. Ashley takes us. Combining the fae with shifters, Jennifer Ashley has created an exciting world full of intrigue and danger. You should be reading this series. You’re welcome. 😉
***ARC courtesy of Berkley