Lupine Shifter Dimitri has always had to defend himself to other Shifters. As a red wolf, he’s not considered a “pure” wolf, and the battles have honed him into a tough fighter, a champion of the fight clubs. Jaycee Bordeaux, a leopard Shifter, is Dimitri’s staunchest defender and oldest friend. Dimitri is determined to turn that friendship into a mate bond.
Jaycee loves that idea, but she knows that a mate bond can’t be forced. And when Dimitri and Jaycee are called on to go undercover to protect collared Shifters, she knows the dangers ahead will make or break their future together.
Oo, what a conundrum Ms Ashley poses for this pair! Best friends and now lovers but can Jaycee really give up her freedom? There's obviously so much love and trust between them but that final step just might be a step too far. Still with their undercover assignment in the quirkiest sentient house, Dimitri and Jaycee have lots to keep them on their toes or is that claws? Getting involved with shifters who seem more than obsessed by the Goddess leads them to discover a link to the Fae. Only shifters have come a long way since they were Battle Beasts that served the Fae but what if there are some who still think the old ways are the best? Dimitri and Jaycee will face their worst enemy and confront the past Dimitri has forgotten.
I really enjoyed Red Wolf and thought bringing the Fae into it really opened up this series for future possibilities. It's been fun learning about how the humans view them in previous books but obviously as they were originally servants of the Fae, I've always been curious about just what has and indeed what could happen. Still this is a romance too, so it would be remiss of me to ignore that. Dimitri is a sweetie and his love for Jaycee is palpable. Jaycee is so fiercely protective of him I was truly surprised she wavered so long, but their relationship is without doubt solid. Yes, I got swept away by this book and love that it's ended in a way that means certain characters will return but for now, it's a happy union for Dimitri and Jaycee which leaves me smiling.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from NetGalley and is my honest opinion.