Author: Zoe Perdita - http://zoeperdita.blogspot.com/
Format: Kindle eBook (free at the time from amazon)
Did it feel like a full novel: yes
Genre: m/m romance, werewolves
Dates Read: Aug 8-10, 2015
Official Blurb: Rowan Gregor is a CIA agent who vows never to get close to another wolf after his pack is brutally murdered by hunters. Enter Elijah Kane, an efficient and shadowy omega assassin on the run from the CIA. When Rowan is tasked with hunting down Kane, he ends up at the mercy of a wolf with nothing left to lose - a wolf who is sure Rowan is his mate. Elijah Kane is hell bent on proving he's stronger and smarter than every alpha he meets - including the alpha CIA agent sent to kill him. But Rowan lights a fire of lust that Elijah can't ignore. They share a rare connection - a mate connection - and he's not going to give up on Rowan until the man sees it too. Trapped in a snowy wilderness and besieged by hunters, desire sizzles between Elijah and Rowan. Can they overcome their differences, and their pasts, and forge a bond to save their future?
The two characters really drove the story. They didn’t need for any other character (pretty much all antagonists of some kind) to be more than 2-dimensional. It was enough for them to work off of (since they were great at foiling and later holding each other up). Rowan is a big brooding alpha, and Elijah is an omega who is done with the world treating him like crap. At the very beginning you don’t see how these two are gonna get together realistically without being railroaded, but Perdita handles it well. The two guys may be mated by their moon goddess, but they also start to get to know each other and care for each other’s true self. I am a bit picky when it comes to ‘pretermined mate’ books though I love werewolves, so I was delighted to read how she handled it. Granted, Kane killed someone, then breaks an innocent person's arms later, and it feels like this was added just to make him sound like a heartless assassin. But the more you learn about him later, like his reason for why he does his job and his past, you don't see that he would be able to do both so offhandedly. But I guess it was needed to make him feel more of a 'bad guy'.
I LOVED the scenes where one doesn’t expect the other to help/save/stand up for them and they DO. Lots of that in here which is so perfect. A wee bit of torture, and lovely hurt/comfort points. Elijah was a badass assassin with his need to prove himself as strong. Even though he did have a solid inner strength, he just was so sure he had to bluster and bluff since he stopped being a punching bag that he didn’t see it. Rowan was stoic-hot, I like those kinds of characters. He ‘discovers’ he gay in a slow progressive method, not just all of a sudden in a fake manner. The two hurt each other on purpose and later by accident as well, and you see they could destroy each other later on if they choose. But it’s all about trust, and that just gets me in the feels. I wish I could reread this book again for the ‘first’ time, just to experience it all.
There is a tub scene where I lose track of what’s going on, though it’s still a wee bit hot. And the final battle climax has a beautiful build up, even within the scene, then it’s suddenly over and though it kinda makes sense, you feel it was so quick as to be a little cheap. Easy to overlook if only because having these two together is soothing. I am hoping for a sequel of their story, but I suppose it’s enough of a HEA to satisfy, though I really want to see how Perdita’s other character find their partners!
I think the main guy on the cover is supposed to be Kane, but I actually saw him a touch more as Rowan. Instead my mind brought a specific Elijah Kane to mind when I started, and once there, it would not leave. Who? Someone lean who is used to using his brains and dresses in fabulous clothing.... Matt Bromer! Particularly when playing Neal on White Collar, he felt like the perfect choice. Have some photos of this gorgeous man!
I tried to find others of a specific Rowan, but couldn’t really do him justice. Especially with the combination of auburn hair and dark eyes. So instead, have some Matt and Tim DeKay (plays Pete on White Collar) fun, which may not fit the wild aspect of this, but there is a lot of chasing and being irritated by each other in a similar way. It did remind me of the show, enough so that if you like either this book or that show, it couldn’t hurt to try the other ;) Pete is very protective of Neal, and yet still needs to tell him what to do and keep a watchful eye on him, plus he uses a lot of physicality in his body movements I can see Rowan have if he could relax a bit.
Rating: 5 stars