Cains are known for being big, brutish and not-too-bright. The mutt clan embodies all the supernatural world’s worst stereotypes about werewolves. But not even the Cains deserve to be hunted down and skinned like animals.
When young Davis Cain comes to the Pack for help, Alpha Elena Michaels can’t refuse him. It isn't about morality or justice. It’s about not letting anyone think they can do this to werewolves and get away with it.
But Elena is also dealing with the Pack’s homegrown monster—Malcolm Danvers, onetime enforcer, full-time psycho. Malcolm is now under Elena’s control, as part of the most difficult decision she’s had to make as leader. But if she has to let Malcolm in, she’s going to make full use of him…and the best person to catch monsters is one who knows exactly how they think.
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Long term fans of this series will know better than to trust Malcolm Danvers as he truly is a self-serving killer! Yet here he is requesting to rejoin the Pack even though he clearly has no respect for the new alpha because yes, it's Elena, the only female werewolf. As if treading carefully around that minefield wasn't enough, someone out there is hunting and skinning werewolves! So if someone is behaving monstrously, doesn't it kind of make sense to use the Pack's very own psychotic monster, Malcolm, to hunt them down? Or is that going to be a huge mistake?
Driven had so much going on. Not only does Elena want to protect those she cares about, but she also has to let them make their own decisions whether right or wrong. Elena is so protective and it doesn't matter if werewolf or mated to one, once you are in her Pack, she will fight tooth and claw to save you. Unfortunately, she has to allow her Packmates to deal with issues (in this case Malcolm) in ways that make them comfortable. So yes, it's a story set within a story if you will.
On one hand the development of the Pack and on the other we have the danger the hunters pose. If action and drama are what you enjoy, then there's plenty of that here. Humour too, as Malcolm gets to meet younger werewolves with attitudes that had me laughing out loud. I'm guessing that tact and werewolves are definitely not close bed mates! Best of all though is the growth and development of Clay. Always the fierce wolf with little empathy for others and yet here we see just how fatherhood, love, and stability have changed him.
I actually think Driven does work as a standalone book, but if honest would urge my fellow readers to get this series starting with Bitten as I doubt anyone would regret it.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.