Marcus has just become the only human ever to be Alpha of a werewolf pack and thwarted the plans of Anubis to destroy the goddess Sirius’ creation – the werewolves.
Now, Anubis has decided to focus his efforts instead on Marcus and his new pack, to try and destroy the pack from within. In order to do this, Anubis seeks the one thing Marcus wants above all else and when he finds it, will use that to get him to walk away from his lovers and the pack.
Unaware of the evil god’s plans, Marcus works together with Kellan and Ricoh, not only trying to help Nate recover from the vicious torture he has undergone at the hands of the terrorist group, The Winter Circle, but to also come to terms with leading a pack of over two thousand wolves.
Marcus soon will be faced with a dilemma, but will he give everything up for his mates and the pack or will the temptation Anubis offers him be too much for one human to refuse? Will Marcus put his wolves before himself or will he be tricked into leaving them behind forever?
Oh my gosh so many plot twists this time around. But I seriously love how the relationship between Ricoh, Kellan, Marcus, and Nate grew in this story. They overcame a great many obstacles in their path throughout the book. I was so glad for the lovely happily ever after at the end for these four. There are definitely things ahead for them and more to overall story arc that needs to be addressed and to be resolved. But these four are solid in their relationship.
Nate broke my heart in this story. He still has a long way to go to overcome his fears and his past. But his perseverance and strength in the face of everything is so amazing. I love how all of his mates take care of him but let him be strong when he can.
I loved how much Marcus grew in this story. He realized so many things about himself, what he needs and wants, and how his mates and pack see him. That wonder and astonishment came through clearly in the story and it was wonderful to read. I’m interested to know how he handles all of those revelations in the next book.
Ricoh still has more story to tell. He is still struggling with things and I feel like it’s quickly coming to a head. While the next book is said to be Nate’s story, I really hope we get to see more development of Ricoh. I want to know how he’s handling things and his previous feelings for Hunter.
Kellan is still a bit of an enigma. We got some of his story, though second hand in a way, in the first three books. Plus he really blossomed in book four. But I want to know more about his past and maybe get a chance to see him redeemed a little bit. I’d love to see his interaction with his family now that he’s in a better place. There was definitely some in this story. But Kellan still hurts some. He’s growing to be an amazingly strong character though and I cannot wait to see what happens with him next.
I’m always awed by Ms. Sue’s storytelling abilities every time I read one of her books. She puts things into the story quite deliberately and if you’re not paying attention then you’ll miss a hint at some big clue. Then again even if you do miss the tiny hint you are still following along in a story that keeps you guessing at who the bad guys are and what happens next. It’s wonderful how she weaves her stories. She gives you enough in each book to feel satisfied with both the relationship and overall story arc progression. But she also leaves enough left ope to get you to keep reading. That is quality writing and story telling.
Four and a half
Marcus stops by to share a letter he wrote to himself when he was going through the toughest time in his life. The letter is absolutely heartbreaking but also uplifting at the same time. Read and enjoy!
Landstuhl Regional Medical Centre, Germany
Yeah, life’s complete shit right now. I mean, being a Marine was all you ever wanted to do, right? And you’re lying there after getting your legs blown off thinking your life is completely over.
I’m betting you’ve wondered a few times if it would have been better if you’d never woke up?
I just want to tell you to hang on. You just found out something amazing didn’t you? All this time it wasn’t luck that was making your buddy tell where the IED’s were, but his powerful werewolf sense of smell. Then when you got caught in the firefight and he shifted to heal, the top brass sent him home. If he’d have been there, who knows?
I bet you think if they were allowed to join the military properly, and didn’t have to hide, you could help to make sure this sort of accident didn’t happen to anyone else?
So, go do something about it. Forget being the guest of honor at your own pity party. Werewolves are depending on you. Marines are depending on you. There’s only you that can go do something about it.
And guess what? You’re going to make a difference. You’re going to meet some people that will make a huge difference in your life, and you have lives to save. There’s someone, in particular, three someone’s that are waiting for you. You’re going to be needed, wanted.
You’re going to be loved.
Go get ‘em, Marine.
Nate opened his eyes slowly and looked down. Kellan blinked as they both seemed to shimmer for a few seconds and then gaped as he stared at the white wolf now standing shoulder to shoulder with a black one.
Nate had shifted. Not only had he shifted into a beautiful wolf, his wolf was black. Nate was an Alpha.
“Does that mean what I think it does?” Marcus said quietly.
“I’ve never seen his wolf,” Ricoh said, awe coloring his words.
Then in another second, Nate had shifted back, and that was their second surprise. He was fully clothed. Kellan realized there had been no torn clothes on the floor, and as far as he knew Darric was the only wolf with that ability.
Nate stood. The wolf, Chris, was still close enough so Nate could burrow his hands in the thick white fur.
Marcus took a step forward and Nate lifted his head — and they all gasped. All hesitancy, all trace of fear, all the remnants of pain that Nate seemed to carry with him constantly — it all vanished as the man took a step and Marcus opened his arms for Nate to step into them.
The white wolf shook himself, casually licked a paw, and headed for one of the smaller meeting rooms. Conner followed him with some jeans he had been carrying. In seconds Chris and Conner were walking over to Marcus, Chris fully shifted back and clothed. Nate and Marcus stood quietly holding each other.
Blaze spoke up. “Unless it’s essential for you all to be here would you please give your Alphas some privacy?”
In seconds everyone had disappeared except for both Alpha groups and Chris. Blaze drew some chairs together and sat down. Aden chuckled, his arms full with a sleeping baby. “Well, you don’t see that every day.”
“Look,” Marcus said quietly, holding one of Nate’s scarred hands. The skin was smooth. Injury free, no burn marks, no missing nails.
Aden stared in astonishment. “That’s incredible. Shifting heals, but it doesn’t remove scars.” Darric dropped a hand on his leg. “I should know,” Aden whispered.
Kellan swallowed, guilt immediately swamping him. Kellan had lured Aden back to their old pack the last time when he got injured again.
Aden lifted his head and stared at Kellan. Then he smiled, and Kellan felt the guilt ease. He was grateful. He wasn’t sure he deserved it, but he was grateful.
“I have to ask,” Blaze said when they were all sitting down. Marcus and Nate were side by side, but Kellan had drawn Ricoh to him. Of them all, Ricoh seemed the most shocked. “I understand you were thrown out of your pack as a child. Was it because you are an Alpha?”
Nate sat a little taller. “I’m not an Alpha,” he said hesitantly.
“I can assure you,” Darric interrupted, “your wolf is black. Alpha marked. Besides which, I can feel your energy.” He paused and assessed him. “That’s new, isn’t it?”
“New?” Marcus asked.
“My wolf is gray,” Nate said hesitantly. He looked at Chris who was sitting quietly with Conner. “Did you do that? I felt an incredible amount of power when I touched you.”
Chris put his head to one side and laughed nervously. “I don’t think so. I just remember thinking you seemed hurt and that I had to help you.”
“I felt the Alpha power. I can sense it in you,” Darric said.
Nate turned his head and gazed at Darric. “I’m sorry. I know those are words often said with little meaning, but I—”
Darric reached over and clasped Nate’s hand. “The gods knew what they were doing. I think everything happened as it should.” Darric smiled. “I think you are an Alpha for a reason, and I think the gods have a purpose for you.”
Kellan gazed at everyone’s awed faces and knew that Darric was right. Even he could feel the steady thrum of Alpha power coming from Nate. What did that mean for their future?
Marcus stared in awe. He wasn’t totally sure what was happening here. “Are you saying that because Nathaniel has a black wolf, he’s an Alpha, and that his wolf has changed color?”
“There are different types of Alphas, Marcus. My wolf is silver,” Darric said.
“Stephen’s is golden brown, as is mine,” Conner said.
Marcus frowned. “Then why do you say black means Alpha-marked if an Alpha can be any color?”
Darric smiled. “Alpha-marked also means marked by gods.” He gestured at Blaze. “Blaze’s wolf is black. It’s usually an indication of leadership as well.”
Marcus gazed at Nate. “What does that mean for you?” Did that mean he should be running the pack? But Nate never left their rooms. He looked like he had a newfound confidence, but he was still curled into Marcus’ side as if he needed protection.
Nate looked at a complete loss. Aden spoke up. “I am not completely sure but I would hazard a guess that Sirius has a specific job for you to do,” he said quietly.
Marcus nearly shook his head in complete disbelief, but then he knew all the other incredible things that had happened, Darric being alive, the baby that Aden was cuddling. If they had happened, why was it such a leap to believe Nate had a higher purpose of some sort?
Marcus thought hard. Even as the other Alphas stood and congratulated Nate and fussed over Chris, he let the conversation swirl around him and he knew. Kellan was a strong werewolf. Ricoh had gotten a strength of purpose planning the new school and helping the kids he loved.
And Nate — his fragile boy, the one who Marcus had never been able to leave for long, because he needed him so much … Nate was an Alpha werewolf. If he wasn’t about to run a pack then he was destined to play some important role. God touched.
Marcus eased his arm away from Nate as Nate laughed at something Darric said. At the end of the day, Marcus was fooling himself. Nate healing had just taken away his reason for being here, and he was very much afraid none of them needed him now.
Victoria Sue has loved books for as long as she can remember. Books were always what pocket money went on and what usually Father Christmas brought. When she ran out of her kids’ adventure stories, she would go raid her mom’s. By the age of eight she was devouring classics like Little Women, and fell in love with love stories.
She especially loves writing gay romance because as far as she’s concerned the only thing better than one hot guy, is two of them.
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