Reviewed by Helyce
From Goodreads: Meet Evan Stone. Laid-back, in-control Alpha of the Takhini Wolves. Life’s not perfect, but he’s got a good handle on his world. At least, he did—until the night he ends up in jail, soaking wet and wondering what the hell just happened.
The “what” is Amy Ryba, a vengeful female who’s decided it’s long past time to make Evan pay for his sins. Amy has spent years tracking him down, and the last nine months working in secret to destroy him. She’s ready for anything—except discovering the shifter she hates is her mate.
Suddenly, Evan’s not so very in control, of himself or his pack. And unless Amy can learn to forgive and forget, she’ll have to do the unthinkable: reject her mate.
With two packs watching, one thing is certain. Their personal issues won’t stay personal for long. If Amy and Evan can’t find a way to work together, there won’t be a happily-ever-after for them…or any of the wolves of Whitehorse.
I was so excited to learn that we were finally getting Evan’s book. As the alpha, he’s had secondary roles in the previous books and I was more than a little in love with him and was looking forward to his story. In the previous book, Diamond Dust, Evan sniffs out his mate but she proves to evade him at every turn. Initially, I was okay with this tactic. It provided a bit of suspense or mystery and I looked forward to the woman who would be Evan’s mate.
Unfortunately, I never warmed up to Amy. She grew up under a huge misconception of events that occurred in the past involving Evan and Amy’s brother. For years she’s suffered the loss of her brother and and she blames Evan for everything. She’s made it her sole purpose in life to destroy him as she feels he destroyed her family. Amy is very intelligent and her plot to destroy Evan is quite successful. The one thing she didn’t count on was finding that Evan was, in fact, her mate.
The revenge plot in this story just did not work for me. Not that it wasn’t well thought out and and written really well, I just didn’t like Amy and I really disliked all the nasty things that she set up to hurt Evan, his pack and his businesses. While she strikes out at Evan, others are affected. Mate or not, this is not the type of woman I wanted for Evan. I kept thinking she was a bitch and with every additional horrible thing she slung against Evan I just hated her more.
Even when the mating urge takes over and Evan and Amy are forced to look at their relationship or at least the possibility of it and make important life decisions that will affect both their packs, I just disliked her. Mating urge or not, I wanted Evan to get mad and hold her accountable. He too easily forgave her and everything kind of worked itself out too easily with Amy never really redeeming herself in my eyes.
This story is well written. The plot in and of itself is well done and show’s Amy’s intelligence and strengths. This is fact. What she does and how she does it proves how capable she was and why she succeeded in taking a bunch of packless wolves and creating a community where she is respected and accepted in an alpha capacity. On paper, she’s seems exactly the type of female you’d want for a alpha. I just didn’t like her for Evan.