Daryl plays with fire and gets burned by fate…
Former Primrose Pack member Jason Black happily accepted his role as beta in the new Regent’s Hill pack, knowing that merging the two was the best decision for everyone involved. Daryl Easton is loyal and honest but wary of change. The joining of the two packs wasn’t his preferred outcome, and he’s struggling to see all the newcomers as pack, including those now working alongside him.
When the alpha council proposes a two-week pack-building course to help improve troubled relationships, Jason and Daryl are sent along as backup. It soon becomes clear that the unit members and their betas won’t be the only ones taking part in tasks—Daryl and Jason will have challenges of their own to complete.
With the full moon adding to the rising tension, emotions are volatile, and tempers flare among the unit members. Jason and Daryl become closer than either of them expected, but with such opposing views on relationships, a messy outcome seems inevitable unless Daryl can let go of the past.
I’ve been curiously awaiting Jason’s and Daryl’s story, excited to see how it would play out. It’s not exactly an enemies to lovers romance, but the animosity that still exists between some members of the Primrose Pack and their new pack serves a similar purpose and gives this unlikely couple something extra to overcome.
The forced proximity during the pack-building course was a great touch and I loved how the tension and emotions between Jason and Daryl continued to build throughout. As with the other couples in this series, Jason and Daryl also discover they have the potential for a mate bond, but that doesn’t mean they have it easy. Not in the slightest. They don’t just go happily into the sunset, instantly filled with joy and overcome with blind devotion. And that’s part of what makes their story so wonderfully gripping. The intense emotions, the passion, the angst, painful past experiences, the outside threat to the pack, … it all combines to make this a 5-star read.
Reading this book was bittersweet in a way, because this is the last one in the series and I’m loathe to say goodbye. The world-building, the character development, it’s all so expertly done. It’s not often that you get a shifter universe with such a sense of realism, well-rounded characters and a perfect mix of romance and suspense. I especially love that the alpha’s and even the beta’s are not stereotypical domineering, pumped-up beefcakes, but caring and insightful leaders, of either gender. I feel a re-read coming on.
m/m, gay, paranormal, shifter, opposites attract, fated mates, forced proximity, contemporary
Number of stars out of 5: 5