Author: Moira Rogers
Publication: Samhain Publishing (November 2, 2010)
Description: He’s the last man she should ever want. She’s the last woman he can ever have.
A Southern Arcana novel.
Coming from a family with psychic gifts, Derek Gabriel was aware of but separate from the dangers of the supernatural world, until a rogue wolf shifter stripped away his humanity. The change he barely survived didn’t drive him insane, but the cultural bias against him as an inferior transformed wolf might. And it doesn’t help that he’s fallen for the daughter of the most powerful wolf in the country.
Almost from the moment she was born, Nicole Peyton started planning her escape from the strict confines of elite shapeshifter society, an old-fashioned world where women are valued only for their bloodlines and bank accounts. In New Orleans she has a bar she loves, friends in decidedly low places, and a smoldering sensual tension with an incredibly attractive and deliciously unsuitable man.
Their forbidden longing erupts into unbridled need—until Nick’s sister burns into town with a strike team hard on her heels. Saving her means Nick has to play by the Conclave’s rules…and give up the man she is growing to love.
Unless Derek does something completely crazy—issue a challenge that could shake the foundations of their world.
Warning: This book contains forbidden lust, strip poker, instinct-driven sex in odd places, devious shapeshifters, and love and loss in a world of paranormal politics and supernatural schemes.
My Thoughts: This was another great shape shifter romance but a little heavy on the politics for me. Nick left New York to get away from the expectations of the Conclave and carved out a life for herself in New Orleans. Things were good until her sister fled New York pregnant with her bodyguard's child and trailing Conclave soldiers who wanted him dead and her back. Nick had to play politics to keep her sister safe.
After a long time of hesitation, she had fallen in love with Derek but couldn't keep him. A newly turned wolf would never be accepted into the world of the Conclave. Derek also knew that there was a lot of prejudice against turned werewolves by those who were born werewolves. Nick's father is the alpha of the Eastern region. No one has higher status than his family. Derek knew that he couldn't compete. But Nick walked away from that life and wants Derek. But she is forced to choose between her sister and her lover.
The romance was hot and the danger was exciting. I recommend this book to lovers of shape shifter romances. I look forward to the third book in the series which will be available on Jan. 4, 2011.
Derek fought a wave of anger at the man's casual, unconcerned tone. "I'm covered in my friend's blood, a bunch of which I found splattered all over my baby cousin. If I find out you knew what your people were going to do, I'll help that headcase kill you before Nick can get here."