Brynn Brentwood has spent the whole of her life protecting the Talon Pack through terrors only she will ever know. She’s never asked for more in life other than to live to take her next breath and to ensure her family is safe. Regardless of her selfless wishes and the atrocities the former Alpha committed, she has always known that fate would provide for her as it had countless others. Fate is what has carried her through with one exception—upon meeting the one wolf who could be hers, he doesn’t feel their bond.
Finn Jamenson has been broken more than once, left beaten and half dead—and that was before he was an adult and Heir of the Redwood Pack. When called upon to work with their allies, the Talons, he finds himself intrigued with a woman who his wolf doesn’t claim as his own. Though he knows there could be something there, he refuses to tempt himself with a wolf who could never be his when his own mate could waiting for him.
The world changed in a blink of time and now the two wolves must fight as one—ignoring the burning temptation between them—when their people are threatened. With one wrong move, their homes could be destroyed and its up to Finn and Brynn to save them all…if only they could save themselves.
“You’ve only known me for a year, Brie.” Gideon mating with Brie had brought Finn into her life. She may have seen him in the distance in the past thirty years the Redwoods and Talons had been working together, but she hadn’t truly met him until Gideon and Brie’s mating ceremony. Finn had only been a child when she and her family had stepped in after years of war to try and help defeat the Centrals. She hadn’t seen him then, and since the moon goddess wasn’t truly evil, she wouldn’t have known Finn was her mate at that time anyway. They might have been fated to be together, but maturity mattered. Fifteen years later, when her friend Quinn had mated Finn’s sister Gina—the first mating of a Talon in far too long, and the first mating between the Packs—she’d only seen Finn from afar. He’d been an adult at that point, but still far too young for her.
Then he’d come to the den with Brie, and she’d been lost.
He’d looked right through her.
No, that was a lie. He’d checked her out, his wolf glowing in his eyes as if he liked what he saw. But that had been it. He’d been a male reacting to a female he wanted to fuck.
He hadn’t been a man falling to his knees in rapture at the idea of a mate.
She’d been so angry when he hadn’t blinked, hadn’t felt what she’d felt. She might not have spoken about it to his face, but there would have been some form of recognition. She’d seen the reactions of others finding their mates enough to know what Finn should have done if they’d been mates and he’d felt it.
Of course, in the worst-case scenario, he could feel the potential of a bond and he chose to ignore it. She didn’t want to think about that. Because if that were the case, he’d seen her—felt her—and rejected her. It hurt to think that she’d rather fate have fucked up and given her a mate that couldn’t feel what she did rather than one who didn’t want her at all.
Her wolf whimpered, a sign of weakness she’d rather chew her own foot off than show, and she ground her teeth.
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan never thought she’d be a writer. Not really. No, she loved math and science and even went on to graduate school in chemistry. Yes, she read as a kid and devoured teen fiction and Harry Potter, but it wasn’t until someone handed her a romance book in her late teens that she realized that there was something out there just for her. When another author suggested she use the voices in her head for good and not evil, The Redwood Pack and all her other stories were born.
Carrie Ann is a bestselling author of over twenty novels and novellas and has so much more on her mind (and on her spreadsheets *grins*) that she isn’t planning on giving up her dream anytime soon.
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