This book surprised me in a couple of different ways. I’ve read this series since the beginning when the stories were just about Max and CeCe and their journey together. Since then it has branched out to all the different people who were secondary characters in the first several books and introduced a few more, while expanding on the world-building and adding new story arcs. Giles has been a character that has always been in the background and I didn’t really think too much about him. He was just there. When I found out that the next book was about him I can’t say that I was too excited. And to be completely honest, I couldn’t remember who the heroine was at all. It wasn’t until I started reading that I realized she was actually the sister of Silas, who was the hero from the first spin-off book, Hunter of Shadows. So I had mixed expectations when I started this read.
From the very first chapter this book caught and held my attention. I started reading around 8 pm and finished up at about midnight. Giles turned out to be so different from the person I’m used to seeing him as. How have I never noticed what a hottie he is? This story picks up with Brigit MacCreedy crashing her brother’s wedding after fleeing from a couple of men who are trying to knock her off. Since her brother is leaving on his honeymoon with his pregnant wife, and since Brigit seems to always keep things to herself and not tell anyone the whole story, he asks that Brigit stay in Max’s mansion and that Giles keep an eye on her. Neither her brother, nor Giles has any idea what trouble is about to hit their doorstep.
Brigit was not a heroine who I really liked. She is quite abrasive, cold-hearted and a little too snotty to for my tastes. It seemed to me that she was also a user, and when I say that I mean she will use her body to get a guy to do what she wants, she will use people against each other, etc…: a user. As the story progressed she and Giles keep rubbing each other the wrong way, you can almost feel the distrust that they have for each other. She does things, and keeps information to herself that put everyone in jeopardy. This happens more than once. Brigit was just not a likeable character to me. But…. as I got deeper into the story and found out her background I could believe that circumstances have made her that way. She is the way she is because that is what she had to do to get by.
The relationship between these two people is cantankerous for awhile. There is a moment when her past catches up with her and puts two innocent people, who Giles cares a great deal about, in danger. To try and keep everyone safe he takes her to the backwoods of Louisiana where his own past is revealed. As much as I disliked Brigit at first, I completely enjoyed Giles. He joined Jimmy Legere’s illegal operation as an enforcer to get revenge on someone and has paid the price for that move since. He has his own demons to fight, and he and Brigit are more alike than they think. These two have to fight tooth and nail to finally have a happy ending. Betrayals, misunderstandings, and secrets, but they do get there.
The different plot threads seem to be slowing weaving together throughout the last several books. Max is still shut away trying to regain his memories, Silas and Giles are running his empire in the meantime and trying to maintain the strength of the shifter pack, but something happens that makes me think we might see him come back in the next book. There was some resolution with Tina and Babineau, although I still think he is a complete asshole. All of the different storylines throughout the last seven books are coming together for a satisfying ending to the story arc. It was a little exciting to see everything start to merge so that I got a more complete picture of where this whole thing might be going.
It seems that Nancy Gideon has woven a more in depth world than I realized. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed these two characters, especially when I started out not really liking one of them. I was surprised by how much I still enjoy this series, even when my two favorites Max and CeCe don’t really make an appearance. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I am anticipating the next book in this series, Prince of Shadows. I have no clue who it will be about, but I know I will be reading it as soon as it comes out.
Brigit lay limp and gasping upon his chest, dazed by their fantastic coupling, then further stunned by his husky declaration.
“There’s nothing I wouldn’t do, nothing I wouldn’t accept, to have you, Brigit MacCreedy. Nothing.”
She clung to those words, hoping, praying they were true.