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This is a new to me author and I’m already hooked. I got drawn into Addison and Drake’s story very quickly. I loved the characters and the world building was a little different which I liked. I particularly liked the take on fated mates which is a trope I love. An added bonus for me was the UK setting, as it’s one I enjoy.
I liked that the shifters are familiars and protect witches, and that their other form is a dog, rather than a wolf. And that other packs might not necessarily be dogs. I thought their reasoning for needing to stay hidden from humans made a lot of sense. I also liked how their breed of dog reflects their personality.
Drake and Addison are both interesting characters, and come from very different worlds. The plot twist is nicely done, and I loved how Addison didn’t follow the usual rules about how to react around an alpha as he doesn’t know anything about pack protocol. I thought his grief over the death of his foster father, and how alone he feels came across very well. Drake, too, struggles with what he wants and what he perceives he should do, and I was cheering him on, yet wanting to smack him in case he’d left acting too late.
The showdown with the bad guy was well written and exciting. I liked the twist in which someone I thought was involved gave them the clue they needed.
Although Drake and Addison’s story has closure, I liked the threads left dangling for more of the series, which I’m going to have to read. I loved Zander so I hope I’m right thinking the ending hints at the next book being his.
5 out of 5 stars.
Penhul Pack, Book 1
Alpha of the Penhul pack with a human mate? Never going to happen.
Addison knows grief can do strange things to people, but when he’s wandering Pendle Hill and witnesses a dog leap out of thin air, he thinks he must be going crazy. When the border collie morphs into a man—a very naked man—he has to be dreaming. Only when he wakes to find himself cold and alone, locked inside a bare stone room does he wonder if it was the start of a nightmare.
As the youngest alpha the Penhul pack has ever had, Drake knows he has a lot to prove. Increasing their dwindling numbers is hard enough but convincing his pack they can do so by working alongside humans is like trying to teach an old dog new tricks. He was taught, as all familiars are, that humans can’t be trusted, especially not with their secret. It’s no surprise, then, that he has no idea what to do when a member of his own pack brings a human prisoner to their den. But he’s definitely not prepared for the reaction the human elicits from him.
Can Drake put aside their differences, and Addison come to accept their similarities, to save the Penhul pack from danger? A threat that may end up costing Drake not only his life but that of his fated mate?