Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team
Thane Marrok is a wolf shifter and a soldier in an organization known as the Guardians. He is someone even other Guardians fear, but when Edwin, the leader of the group, insists on Thane attending a masquerade party held by hunters—hunters who have recruited so many that their numbers are out of control—he has no choice but to go. The party is held at Grosvenor House, the home of the leader of the hunters, Richard Grosvenor, and Thane has no clue why Edwin insisted he attend.
When Thane’s mentor and friend, Lucas, was taken by hunters twenty years ago, everyone assumed he was dead. But Thane is not one of them and he has spent his time searching for him. As such, being at a party when he should be looking for Lucas just makes him angry… until a familiar scent catches his attention and leads him to a girl he is unexpectedly drawn to.
Thane’s hatred for humans is no secret and this girl is human, and no matter how much she appeals to him, he will not pursue her. As far as Thane is concerned the true monsters are humans.
Thane learns that, since she was four years old and left on his doorstep with a note saying she was rescued and to look out for her, Edwin has been a father to her. Anya Shaw remembers nothing of her life before Edwin took her in and she is unaware of the existence of shifters, though she was brought up by the leader of a shifter organization.
When Anya’s friend, Keri, invites her to come to Hugh Grosvenor’s home she is hesitant, but she goes anyway. While there, she meets Hugh’s father, Richard, who for some reason scares her. And when he invites her to the basement to see a man locked in a cage, her fear reaches new heights. The man in the cage seems familiar to her but, when he is forced to shift into a wolf, she has no fear of him and I will not reveal who he is.
Thane’s feelings for Anya are strong and he realizes that there is a strong possibility that she is his mate. But he pushes her away. He has a secret from his past and knows that he is a danger to those around him including Anya. He also begins to realize that there is something more to Anya than meets the eye.
This was a wonderful book filled with secrets, surprises, lies, and betrayal. I loved Anya and Thane as well as the secondary characters in the story and can’t wait for more.