He can run be he can’t hide. Not from duty. Not from danger. And especially not from the woman who forces him to face the truth.
Malcolm Gunn’s time is running out along with his ability to shift. When confronted with his past he thinks he’s found a solution. With the help of a little rope, he can let nature takes its course. Unfortunately the woman who is the key to his existence harbors a powerful secret that will destroy them both.
Cheyenne’s been hired to track and retrieve Malcolm at any cost. Her only plan is to get in, get out and keep her sanity intact. In that order. But she’s been warned…If he catches her, he will stake his claim whether she is willing or not.
Deceit and lies bring them together. Murder puts them on the run. Their enemies are closing in and there’s only one, irreversible way out. Some choices can never be forgiven and one man’s anger can destroy it all…Malcolm.
Malcolm is the bad brother, the one that everyone thinks is dangerous and maybe even a little crazy. He’s been living as a rogue outside of his clan and Cheyenne, a wolf/cougar hybrid shifter has been hired by his brother Kane to bring him back. Malcolm is being driven half mad by his inability to shift. When Cheyenne suddenly comes back into his life he thinks she may just be the solution to his problem. But Cheyenne is the mate he rejected five years ago and she’s not interested in kissing and making up. She is on a mission that goes well beyond bringing Malcolm back into the clan.
I was really looking forward to reading Malcolm’s story after reading the previous book in this series Kane. Malcolm was portrayed a loose cannon in the previous book; a cougar shifter you want to avoid if you can. He’s got some serious problems and is a man out for his own preservation. But in this book we really didn’t see the overly dangerous predator I expected Malcolm to be. He is a loner and capable of kicking some serious ass but I never picked up on the unpredictable edginess I sensed from him in the previous book. He is a sexy beast though, and doesn’t waste any time sexing up his mate even though he rejected her because of her hybrid nature five years ago.
Cheyenne felt like a bit of a mystery to me at first. I kept wondering why on earth she would accept this mission knowing that Malcolm was her mate but he didn’t want her. With all the pain and suffering his rejection caused her, I wondered what made her think she could accomplish her mission without revisiting the heartache of the past. She forgave Malcolm rather easily considering she ends up feeling used and betrayed once again. The relationship conflict was smoothed over a little too easily.
Although their relationship is volatile the sexual attraction that mates inevitably experience is present and a constant distraction for them both. Again, I wondered why Malcolm’s brother would insist that Chey be the one to bring Malcolm home. But apparently he thought if anyone could do it, she could. The sexual tension is thick and thank goodness Chey and Malcolm did not spend their entire time together fighting off the feelings. They are angry lovers but it worked for me.
There was a surprising twist near the end that I didn’t see coming. I actually liked being taken by surprise like that and if there are to be more Black Cougar novels I’m hoping this twist is an indication of where this series is headed since the story arc for the Gunn brothers seems to have come to a conclusion with Malcolm’s book.
This is not my favorite book in this series but there is just something about these Gunn brothers that keeps me reading. Although I had a few complaints with this one, I still enjoyed it and I’m hoping there will be more from the Gunn Clan.