As Ashley settles in to her life at the lodge, she meets more of her new pack mates--including wicked, intense Jud. His touch arouses her hunger--and Blake's possessiveness. Lucas, the unyielding alpha, grows concerned with the attachment between Blake and Ashley and sends Blake out on a mission.
While Blake is away, Ashley meets the most elusive member of her new pack—the enigmatic Connor, a hacker who, like her, was raised among humans. For Connor, sex is volatile—dangerous—and being near Ashley draws out the feral edge of the wolf inside him. As Ashley’s connection with Blake--and with Lucas—grows deeper, an outside force threatens the peace of the Last River pack.
Protecting Their Mate was originally published as an eight part serial under the penname Mia Thorne. It has been repackaged, but the story remains the same.
Ashley was brought home by Blake but he knows full well that her inner wolf will choose the strongest for its mate. Blake is very possessive of Ashley but knows that as she descends more into the mating fever he won't be the only one to satisfy her needs. Blake is sent away by the alpha Lucas leaving Ashley with pack mates Mac and Connor who actually came across to this reader as a couple. Mac is fully confident in himself but Connor is like Ashley and grew up outside a pack which means he fears truly letting go in case his base instincts overcome him. Blake returns knowing Ashley still wants him but will her wolf accept him?
Hmm, I did prefer this to the first part as the pack dynamics are being expanded. It is full of sexy times and exploration so if that not for you, then you have been warned. If you've read the Beyond series (penned under Kit Rocha), then you will know this duo delight in delivering kink in all its many forms whilst at the same time giving readers a love story. I'm not really feeling the love side if honest but I am enjoying getting to know the pack and so far, Ashley has been 'fully introduced 'to not just Blake but also Jud, Mac, Connor, and Lucas. Certainly, Ashley's life has been spiced up but as this episode ends there's another pack set to arrive in their territory and who knows what will happen?
As a romantic I'd like Blake and Ashley to be together but with this pair writing the story, it wouldn't surprise me if the whole pack bonded with Ashley! Perhaps more sex than story at times but if you want a book to raise your temperature then this will deliver!
This voluntary review is of an advance copy and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair.