To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.
Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.
In most mate pars there's a mystical mating bond that the pair shares but Kenzie and Bowman have yet to experience it even though they have been mates for years and have a son together. But they love each other and they hope that will keep them together. It was kinda obvious that they were both scared that they might feel the mate bond connection with someone else and that would break up their family.
This book is different than the other books in the series in that the hero and heroine are already married, have a kid and there's no real problem in their relationship other than they think they don't have the mate bond. The real story here is seeing how a relationship works, how two people who are in love can be so blind to what's right in front of them until something bad happens and scares them so much that they realize they really are mates, bond or not.
Then there's the fact that there's something out in the darkness trying to kill them. Something that shouldn't be there, something they've never seen before and it scares them. The secondary characters I can see showing up in future books, especially their son, Ryan. He was smart, witty and exactly what you would expect from the alpha's son.
I really liked this story and think that if you've been reading this series, you'll really like it too.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.
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