Very good, but I wanted some passion!
I really like the overall premise of the book, the characters are well developed and the world building is terrific. The only thing missing was more passion between the two main characters and I would like a few steamy scenes as well. I think this is the first clean shifter/werewolf book that I have read. The book is definitely a romance and there is chemistry between the two main characters (Kai and Aurora) but the most they do is kiss.
I looked up the difference between a shifter and a werewolf because in this book they are werewolves. The main difference is that shifters are born that way and most werewolves get changed by a bite from another wolf, though if two werewolves mate and have a child, that child is born a werewolf. This book follows that line of thinking but also there are some other differences in these wolves. First is that when in wolf form, like shifters, they are aware of themselves and know what they are doing. Second is that they look and act like large wolves, they don’t walk on two legs in a more humanoid wolf form like on teen wolf.
Lastly werewolves that were once human and changed through a bite have some kind of special gift or power. Aurora is bitten by Kai after she gets in a terrible car accident. After her first change it is found that she is the Matefinder, which means that she can tell who the mate is of another wolf. This is especially needed because werewolves are dying out. They can only breed with their mate and their mate could be anyone or anywhere in the world. I like this because it is more realistic than most shifter books where there is only one true mate but most find that person nearby or in their own pack.
Also, without Aurora, the only way to tell if two wolves are mates is that their coloring is opposite each other. For example if a wolf is grey with two black spots on his back, his mate will be black with two grey spots. Aurora and Kai are attracted to each other from the start, but it isn’t until he sees her in wolf form that he knows she is his mate.
There is a big thing about dominance as well in this story. How the alpha is most dominant in the pack and they each know their place in the pack by having a staring contest and the first one to look down is the less dominant. Aurora is a dominant female and she finds her place in the pack right away. There are more twists and turns to the story when Aurora finds what she is capable of, but being the Matefinder come at a price.
Apparently the vampires want her for nefarious purposes of their own and they want to use her to help wipe out the werewolf race and take humans as blood slaves. Werewolves protect humans, so the Vampires are evil in this story. There is also a Shaman and a few witches in the mix to liven things up.
I really enjoyed the storylines, though I wish the romance was hotter. I am not sure if it will be different in the next book, since Aurora and Kai will be having their mating ceremony.
This book was definitely worth reading though if you like a good story with lots of action and supernatural characters and abilities. I enjoyed it quite a bit and it went really fast. I will give this 4 out of 5 ⭐️’s for story and 1 out of 5 🔥’s for heat.
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