Rhia Atkinson is a woman on the run. The same vicious creatures that killed her mother four years ago are still on the hunt, and she’s the prey. She thought she’d come to terms with her solitary existence until Drake comes along, reigniting her dreams of family and belonging. His tall tales of a missing queen and the looming extinction of a race of people she never knew existed has her agreeing to go to Avalore. Traditions as old as time stand in her way as she tries to convince Drake that he’s her choice for a mate. With the enemy breathing down her neck, all she has to do is figure out a way to make it work before she ends up joined to some stranger.
Drake is a soldier of Avalore and together with his fellow warriors have been searching for their missing queen Rhiannon. They believe she's in the human realm but something powerful hides her. When he discovers Rhia confronting a dangerous enemy, he is beyond belief as the females of his race are healers and not fighters but this strong female is about to teach Drake that not all women will bow down. Drake struggles to convince Rhia she is his long lost queen but as they face a perilous journey, it’s much harder for her to ignore the truth. Avalore needs its Queen back but it's increasingly obvious Drake wants Rhia, but he isn’t her fated mate and no matter how attracted they are its not meant to be but Rhia is far more determined than anyone realises!
I'm a little undecided about this book. It's well written and I liked that even though there is a shifter element to the story it's not overriding it. There's no internal dialogue between Drake and his other side as it were, but a unique twist instead. What I didn't like was the females are light energy and males carry dark as it felt a little too much like a certain popular vampire series. That being said, the way in which mates are determined was a complete surprise and I really enjoyed seeing Rhia stand up for what she believes is right. Throughout the book, Rhia is plagued by dreams and some she shares but there's a lot she doesn't which for me made it a tad disjointed.
I would read another book by Ms Adams and it's clear Rhia's brother has quite a complicated story to tell. It's a complicated and indeed quite fascinating world the author is creating and with Drake around, "sharing" is certainly a wondrous thing. So if you enjoy a paranormal story with a hot hero and a woman who pushes all his buttons then this book should certainly be on your shelf.