*Spoilers free review*
"Then what is it about?" [...]
Leaning down, he locked eyes with her. "It's about having a mate who adores you."
[...] "Then we dance, wolf." [...] "Let's see if you can catch me."
Another action packed book. In this volume we have an inter pack couple made of two dominant Changelings -a cat and a wolf- and contrary to the others stories these two start they relationships by the physical bit right from the beginning of the book.
“Riley : "Do you want to claw at me, kitty-cat? Come on."
Mercy: "Sorry, I don't beat defenseless puppies.”
““You said I could pet you as long as I liked.”
“Didn't say I wouldn't try to fuck you in the middle of the petting.”
Her eyes snapped up to meet his. “That's feline logic. You're a wolf.”
“I'm learning from the best.””
Mercy is the last unmated sentinel and this is a problem because even though she never had any sentimental feelings for her fellow sentinels, as a dominant female they were the only ones able to match or top her and she’s afraid she will never mate. And to make things worse she's suffering of accumulated sexual frustration but can’t seem able to find a cat that could help her scratch her itch.
"He bit her lower lip.
Her eyes snapped open. "Kiss it better."
"No." He nipped her again. Sharp. Sexy. "You make me so fucking insane, I want to mark you all over. So everyone knows you're mine."
Riley “the wall” is Hawke second in command and a fundamental pillar of the pack as well as Drew and Brenna (Caressed by Ice) big brother. Both his parents were lieutenants and died protecting the pack when he was a kid. He is composed, strong, loyal, caring, sexy as hell and can't help being protective.
“Be gentle with him, Mercy. He's got a heart as big as Texas— he'll die for you without blinking. But he doesn't expect anyone to do the same for him.”
Since the DarkRiver-SnowDancer alliance, Mercy and Riley are the two in charge of the liaison between theirs packs and they push each other's buttons like no one else.
““Thanks.” She shot him a suspicious look. “Why are you being so helpful?”
He shrugged. “I like my brother. And I especially like watching him off balance.” An evil grin. “You and he are the best entertainment I’ve had in years.”
“Why hasn’t Riley killed you yet?”
“I keep bouncing back.” A shrug, wide-eyed innocence.”
I loved Mercy and Riley’s love story, the interactions with the other members of the packs, the kids, as well as the general plot.