Magical species must never mix. According to the rules, Simon Osborne should ignore the children’s cries for help. After all, they’re werewolf cubs, and he’s an apprentice mage. But for once in his life, Simon breaks the rules and rescues the cubs, saving them from a demon intent on draining them of their magic.
Of course, all actions have consequences, and Simon’s bold move earns him the displeasure of his peers and the attention of the cubs’ alpha, a man named Gray Townsend.
The last thing Gray needs is a mage in his life, but Simon did save his son. Since Simon is now a friend of the pack, Gray doesn’t have much choice about it—or the forbidden attraction that goes along with it. Unfortunately for the alpha, he needs Simon’s help to track down the demon behind the kidnappings—before it strikes again. Simon and Gray must join forces to protect the pack, even as they struggle to resist the temptation that threatens to destroy them both.
Simon is not sure what to do. He could hear the screams coming from the strange house and he knew he had to do something. If it were adults causing the distraction, he might not be worried, but he could tell the help calls were coming from kids. He could feel their fear and he knew he had to help them somehow. The problem is, if he helped them, he would be risking his status as a mage. As a mage, he is not allowed to mix with “others” and that is exactly what he was dealing with. Those children were not just any children, they were “others”, werewolves to be exact. When he finally makes up his mind to use his magic to save the children, he is confronted by a very dark magic holding them against their will. The man holding them captive attacked Simon and but when he was able to rescue the children while being with a feeling that something just wasn’t quite right. When he returns the kidnapped wolves to their home, he is confronted with their Alpha, Gray, and the sparks flew. Not only was Simon stunned at the man’s commanding presence, but he found himself utterly captivated by him.
Alpha Gray could not believe that a group of cubs had been kidnapped from the grounds he protected. They searched everywhere and could not figure out why an “other” would attack them when they had done nothing to provoke them. What is worse, one of those cubs was his very own son. If he didn’t get him back soon, the confidence in the pack would falter and his ability to lead as Alpha could be challenged. When the kidnapped cubs turn up with a strange mage, Gray isn’t sure what to think or why the man bothered to help them in the first place. But when the mage stepped out of the vehicle and introduced himself, Gray felt a connection he simply could not deny. His lust hit him so hard he almost couldn’t hide it. He needed to learn more about Simon and fast.
When Simon is called to help the pack Alpha’s son again, Alpha Gray knows in his heart that he and Simon should be together. The problem is, as far as he knows, mages and wolves don’t mix. Simon has already been reprimanded by his mentor for helping the wolves and if he found out about Simon helping again, he could be shunned by the mage population all together. When Simon’s mentor sees him again, he noticed something different about Simon that could ruin everything. The darlk magic is still lurking and they must figure out who is causing it before the pack and Simon become victim to it again.
This is my first strictly male/male romance and I must say, I was not disappointed. The author has created a loving relationship between two men that is sweet and heart warming. You can actually understand how much each man cares for the other and when they are together intimately, things heat up fast and hard. What I love even more is the relationship between the Alpha and his son. It is not the typical macho man trying to toughen up the eldest son. Alpha Gray is tender and loving, offering play time, hugs, and gentle words to his son. I also loved the fact that everyone in the pack was excepting of their dominant male falling in love with another male. The author did an amazing job at portraying a strong male character that is able to show tenderness and love while maintaining his dominant charactistics throughout the story.
Overall, a pleasant read that left me satisfied. I wasn’t sure what to expect when the book was recommended to me and am glad that I have a new author to add to my TBR list for the future. If you like paranormal romance with male/male relationships, this one is beautifully told and very enjoyable.