Series: Triad 04
Author: Poppy Dennison
Length: Novella (108pgs)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (25th September 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 3½ – 4 Hearts
Blurb: Joseph Anderson was heartbroken when his childhood best friend Dominick Levent moved away. Years later, Joseph is a successful real estate broker with good friends, an easy smile, and a stunning house. When he finds a dying mountain lion who miraculously shifts into Dominick’s sister, Joseph must find Dominick and reunite him with the two young sons she left behind.
When mountain lion shifter Dominick gets a call telling him his sister is dead, he rushes home to protect his nephews and avenge his sister. Seeing Joseph brings back the feelings Dominick tried to bury and he dares to hope Joseph’s newfound knowledge of shifters means they can finally be together.
Review: This book is part of a series and is best read in order. Joseph stumbles across a dying mountain lion and two young boys while hiking. He is surprised and disbelieving, when the lion changes into the sister of his childhood best friend, Dominick. She begs him to take the children and take them to Dominick. Dominick, a U.S. Marshal, is surprised when Joseph calls telling him his sister is dead and his nephews need him. He rushes home to protect his nephews and to discover what happened to his sister. But, he never forgot Joseph, the man he longed for. Now, Joseph knows the truth about shifters, Dominick can only hope that he now has a chance at happiness.
While this story is directly linked to the previous books, it is more of an offshoot wrapping up the loose ends of Riley’s confession of his pack mates in Soul Magic. Joseph gets more than he bargained for, while taking a hike in the woods. His discovery helps to explain why his best friend cut him out of his life, but Joseph isn’t prepared to forgive so easily. Dominick left Joseph behind rather than admit his secret. Now, with Joseph discovering his secret and helping to care for his nephews, Dominick hopes he will have a chance to make Joseph his. But, first, he has to discover what happened to his old pack and protect his nephews.
I quite enjoyed this story. It wasn’t as action packed or magic filled as the previous books, but it was still a very enjoyable story. Dominick left Joseph behind years ago, because his attraction to Joseph was causing his shift to become unstable. Dominick couldn’t tell Joseph his secret. Now, though, Joseph has discovered the truth and Dominick discovers the attraction is still as fierce as ever. Joseph still finds it hard to believe what he saw, but with Dominick confirming it, Joseph is overcome with hurt that Dominick never told him. While they dance around their feelings for each other, they have more important things to worry about. Like what happened to Dominick’s old pack and looking after two boys who have just lost their mother.
The relationship between Dominick and Joseph is pretty good, with just a touch of hurt feelings keeping them from acting on their attraction. Dominick and Joseph work together to look after Blake and Avery. And when they discover what happened to the pack, they have to decide together what is best for the boys. I really liked the storyline and liked how everything connected together, giving us answers and wrapping up a loose end. The way the relationship played out was quite relaxed, with no real tension other than hurt feelings. But, it takes some time for those hurt feelings to fade. The dilemma of what was best for the boys was well thought out. With the adults tense, while the boys playing nicely, unaware of the tension floating around. We do get to see Gray and Simon, as Dominick goes to them with questions, and gets a lot more answers than he thought he would.
I recommend this to those who love shifters, reuniting children, rekindling friendship and love, some smoking hot sex and two men finding their happily ever after.