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Max Appleton and his mother Celia are are on the run, hiding from an abusive father and husband who’s also a notoriously bad pack leader. When Max hit puberty and it became obvious he’d never make an alpha wolf, his father turned the brunt of his anger toward his inferior son and his beta wolf wife for producing him. Max and Celia find sanctuary in a garden cottage at Holly Court, the sprawling estate where Celia’s oldest friend lives with her pack alpha husband, three daughters, and teenaged son Jonah.
Jonah Spellman has what seems like the perfect life. His family is close, his dad is respected by their whole pack, and he’s been groomed to take over for as long as he can remember. Everything is set, his whole life planned, and Jonah works hard to be exactly what everyone expects. He’s under enough pressure without a runaway from a bad pack complicating his life.
When two teenaged werewolves from very different worlds meet one snowy January day, both of their worlds get turned inside out. From the moment they meet, nothing will be the same for Jonah or Max ever again
Escape. Sometimes I just need to escape. I don’t have the luxury of hopping on a jet plane and running away, but I DO have my kindle. Paranormal romance is one of my favorite escapes and shifters usually make me oh-so-happy. These adorable wolves were no exception and they both desperately longed for an escape as well.
Max and his mother flee from his abusive father and seek shelter with a new pack. A completely foreign life awaits Max and he’s anxious to meet the family. Max is small, poor, and a beta waiting to go into heat. When Jonah steps into his life he doesn’t understandwhat has changed, just that everything has changed.
Jonah is the son of a great pack leader. He’s an alpha, wealthy, and has his life mapped out for him. He has been bloodbonded to a gorgeous wolf, predestined to mate with her and take over the pack after his father. Life has been good so far, but it quickly takes a complicated turn. He has no idea why Max holds a mysterious power over him, he simply does.
Soulbonded. This is the secret. Two souls born on the same day are split into two beings. They are made for one another. They are extremely rare and their bond cannot be denied. Isn’t this a fun twist? I loved it. Leaders try and battle against destiny and the price is great. Sacrifices and suffering aplenty.
A few of my favorite themes come together:
Hot sexual chemistry and tension.
Coming of age and first times.
Alpha wolf claiming and their crazy possessiveness.
And cuddles. Lots and lots of cuddles and snuggles, it was so darn sweet.
I am absolutely smitten with both Max and Jonah, and together? Be still my heart!
But, the pacing became frantic near the end. The build and anticipation…everything that was working so well, blew up. I enjoyed the suspense and drama up to a certain point. Then I wanted it to stop. It became too much. I wanted the tender lovin’ and slow kisses back.
Despite the turbulent ending, I really really enjoyed these sweet, innocent and desperately in love wolves.
I hope you do too.