For decades, he’s been alone. Now, she’s here. His fated mate. His to win. To protect. To provide for and pleasure. Priest Rahandras has lived with the darkness trapped inside himself for years. Betrayed by his own brother and forced to watch his clan’s brutal annihilation, the only thing Priest wants more than to escape the curse that haunts him—as both man and beast—is to rebuild. Until the mate he’s longed for walks into his life with an elder from his past. She’s everything he’s wished for, and the key to the clan’s very survival. Kateri Falsen is a woman of logic and facts. While Priest’s cat can sense her arousal, telling her they’re fated won’t be enough. He’ll have to show her his love: with his words, with his actions, and with his body. Protecting Kateri from the evil trapped inside him is paramount. But when lost clan members are systematically murdered, he’ll have to choose between exposing his mate to his black magic, or risking her as the next victim.
Source: Netgalley and Audible My Rating: 4/5 stars
The Bottom Line: I am new to the audio book world, so I just assumed every book would be awesome to listen to. I was wrong! I made it more than halfway through the audio version and finally gave up. I had this title on my DNF list, but just couldn’t accept I would really dislike a book seemingly so far up my ally. I liked this book so much better as a physical read and am quite glad I listened to my instincts on this one.
By far, my favorite character is Priest with his strong will and determination to keep his people safe and once again see them thrive. Priest is an absolutely dominate personality though is never heavy-handed. Priest’s goal is two-fold: to convince Kateri she is his true mate, and to verify the continued existence of his evil brother. Kateri is an OK character until she finally pulls her head out and accepts what Priest (and everyone else!) has been telling her from the beginning. Once Kateri steps up, the story becomes even more interesting.
There is so much tension, sexual and otherwise throughout this read, which leaves the reader somewhat on edge. I found I generally liked this and am curious to see if this high level of tension is going to carry over into the next book(s) in the series. With the number of characters introduced in this first installment, Morgan is clearly intending to continue this series for some time. I find, as long as I stick with the physical reads and not the audio, I’m going to be just fine with this series continuing on 😊