Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Adrian Rothschild is the Head of Marketing for his family’s multinational company and he is visiting one of the offices when his mother arranges a surprise party for him with all his employees. Adrian is now twenty-seven years old but the important birthday should have happened eight years ago when he was nineteen, the age he should have experienced the Turn and shifted into a werewolf. Every doctor his Alpha mother sent him to agreed that it was a quirk of genetics but it was something he had to face every day of his life, he is human.
Everything in his life changes when Adrian begins to feel sick, headaches, body aches, sounds and smells that are devastating and he immediately assumes the flu, how wrong he was. Apparently puberty for Adrian came at twenty-seven not nineteen. Finding himself in a hospital after he collapsed in the street his mother comes to the rescue by sending a team from Camp H.O.W.L. When Dr. Tate Lewis enters his room a sense of peace comes over Adrian and Tate feels an instant bond as well.
Camp H.O.W.L. is the place wolflings are sent to help during the Turn and to learn to control their shift so that the existence of werewolves stays secret. Now at twenty-seven Adrian is facing the same problems that young teens are facing and the only one able to give him the comfort he needs is Tate. Tate becomes his Turn Bondmate which usually remains platonic but sometimes goes further, Adrian hopes for further while Tate in spite of his feelings growing for Adrian is scared to death of the possibility that he has found his Moonmate.
Tate grew up in an abusive pack run by his domineering and abusive Alpha father who he ran from as soon as he was able. According to his pack the Turn should be done alone and that is what Tate went through, agonizing pain with no one to comfort him. It was his history with his father that has made him into a recluse afraid of commitment and afraid to venture past the Camp that has been his home for the past seven years but being with Adrian is slowly breaking down his resistance.
A wonderful story that was quite different from most of the shifter books I have read. A different look at shifting and the pain and emotional and physical problems it causes when it first happens. My only problem with the book is that it took too long for Tate to make a decision and too long to face his past with a man he knows is his Moonmate.