Clay Bennett is a powerful DarkRiver sentinel, but he grew up in the slums with his human mother, never knowing his changeling father. As a young boy without the bonds of Pack, he tried to stifle his animal nature. He failed...and committed the most extreme act of violence, killing a man and losing his best friend, Talin, in the bloody aftermath. Everything good in him died the day he was told that she, too, was dead.
Talin McKade barely survived a childhood drenched in bloodshed and terror. Now a new nightmare is stalking her life--the street children she works to protect are disappearing and turning up dead. Determined to keep them safe, she unlocks the darkest secret in her heart and returns to ask the help of the strongest man she knows...
Clay lost Talin once. He will not let her go again, his hunger to possess her, a clawing need born of the leopard within. As they race to save the innocent, Clay and Talin must face the violent truths of their past...or lose everything that ever mattered.
I lost and entire day to this book...but it was totally worth it. I love this series so far, every single book has been so wonderful and I can hardly wait until I can get back to the store to buy the next one. I think Ms. Singh has a way of drawing a reader into her story and making it feel important to you, making it life or death for the reader as well as the characters. I am so emotionally involved with these people I could be in the book myself. When one of them is happy, I am happy, if someone gets hurt, I hurt. It is amazing when an author has this kind of ability.
This book somehow felt more intense than the last three books in the series. I have been trying to figure out why and I think it may have something to do with the main character being human, maybe she is more relatable to me and I can sort of be in her shoes. I also love the dark storm that is Clay, he is such an amazing character and the author did a great job of walking the fine line between wounded and weak for the ultimate alpha male.
The plot in this book, though more intense, felt a bit slow and halting through out the story. We had to balance two people coming to terms with themselves and each other in addition to fight a clock to get missing children back. Very hard thing to balance and I don't think she got it quite right. Great plot but just a tad stuttery.
I love how Ms. Singh has started to fill in additional characters for her future books. I know the next characters because they books are out but if you didn't know...you would be racking your brain trying to figure out who would be next...I was...until I looked, and then checked who would be up until I am caught up on this series. Interesting choices, still can't wait for Hawke and Sienna, but she needs to grow up a bit first...so I wait, impatiently.
Anyway, great great book. Sensuality off the charts hot! Definitely read this series if you have not. SOOO worth it!
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