Series: Triad 02
Author: Poppy Dennison
Length: Novel (206pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (10th September 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: A pack is only as strong as its weakest member. Rocky Harris knows how the system works. He’s been on the bottom rung his whole life. But when his alpha consigns him to the High Moon Pack to help them improve security, he finds his beliefs not just challenged but outright assaulted.
Cade Montgomery’s confidence took a hit when the pack’s cubs were kidnapped on his watch. He’s prepared to do anything to protect his family, even if it means working with Rocky. Maybe Cade doesn’t trust Rocky, but with the turmoil surrounding pack Alpha Gray’s unpopular decision to break tradition and mate with a mage named Simon, Cade knows more threats are coming.
Then someone declares war on shifters and puts the entire pack in danger. Cade and Rocky will need each other’s strengths to survive the impending battle—and the power of their growing attraction.
Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Cade is Alpha Gray’s best friend and he feels he could have done more when the cubs had been kidnapped and will do anything to ensure that his pack is safe. Even if it means working with Rocky, who he just can’t quite trust. Rocky is only with Gray’s pack to upgrade security, or so the pack thinks. His own Alpha wants to know all the packs secrets, but the longer that Rocky is with the pack the more he doubts his own Alpha. Gray and Simon are still trying to get answers and Simon’s twenty-fifth birthday is approaching fast and Cormac is preparing Simon to receive his full powers.
This is a brilliant continuation of the Triad series and drags us further into the wonderful world that Poppy Dennison has created for her paranormal creations. This book is focused on the continued storyline from Mind Magic of paranormal beings stealing magic and life-forces from other magical beings. it is focused on Gray and Simon’s pack and their controversial mating. Cade and Rocky both fight the attraction they have for each other for different reasons. Cade because he doesn’t trust Rocky although he can’t pin point the reason and Rocky because he knows that he will have to betray Gray’s pack.
This story is really well woven, bringing together all aspects of the plot and storyline so that you can follow it quite well. All the while feeding the need for a build up to an explosive ending that leaves more questions than answers and a great yearning for book 3. In this one we discover, with the appearance of a mountain lion cub called Riley, that there is something much more powerful than the demon and mage (from Mind Magic) sucking up life-force’s and magic of the paranormal world. We find out from Rocky, that his Alpha wants Gray’s pack and that there are problems facing them from the shifter council.
Although the blurb focused on Cade and Rocky and yes, they are a focal point to what is happening, this story also weaves in Simon and Gray’s still developing relationship. We get fully immersed in the story of these men’s lives and their relationships, with the developing feelings and also the confusion that one of them feels about all the new developments. We see how the pack pulls together in its time of need and how heroes can come from anywhere and be anyone, including an Omega who has been treated badly.
I am recommending this one to everyone who loves shifters, magic, vampires, children, mystery, danger, questions and an ending that while an happy for now, is left wide open for the next installment and hopefully a very happy ending.