Length: 60,000 words approx.
Cover Design: Black Jazz Design
“He’s not a wolf.”
Devastated by the death of his best friend, Zio is a soldier with one thing on his mind: revenge. Consumed by a conflict that’s raged as long as he’s been alive, he’s had little time or inclination to learn the legends of the shifter world he was raised in. And he certainly doesn’t have time to deal with a shifter of a different kind, even if it’s for the good of the war effort. For the good of his pack. The fact that he’s already crossed paths with the new face in his unit is almost irrelevant.
Do no harm. Give life not death: it’s the oath Devan was reborn to live by, so when he’s sent abroad to embed with a wolf pack as their resident healer, he doesn’t hesitate. In the supernatural world, some bonds are instant–soldiers become brothers, pack become family. But others run deeper and before long, Devan’s at the mercy of instincts he can’t control. Zio’s inner wolf is desperate to be with Devan, while Devan struggles to keep the pack safe. But as the war escalates, and new love is tainted by anguish and pain, the battles within might prove the toughest of them all.
“I won’t let him die.”
Wow, this book! It’s been a while since I’ve wanted to stay up all night to find out what happens, but this book definitely did that to me, and more. Zio grew up in the middle of a war between wolf packs. He’s a young soldier in command of his own team, but when his close friend (and the pack’s last healer) dies in the conflict, he wants nothing more than vengeance. A friend of Zio’s Alpha, Varian, sends Devan to be their healer. Devan can only heal, he’s not allowed to fight, in order to preserve agreements that are keeping the war from expanding. Devan is not a wolf and knows that he will have his work cut out for him proving his loyalty to the pack and its members. What neither man counts on is the ties that form between them.
While it took some time to get to know and like Zio, I felt for both men. They are in a terrible situation, and the bond that is pulling at them to be together is hard on them both. Devan is thrust into a brutal conflict and is almost overwhelmed healing all the injuries and trying to keep his new pack alive. His attraction to Zio is a distraction and difficult since Zio doesn’t trust Devan or even seem to like him. Zio is a bit hard to get to know initially, but he is ferociously protective of his people and while he doesn’t understand what’s happening to him and Devon, he does his best to accept him as time goes on. Their pain and struggles were tough, but they held themselves together for each other.
This book had all kinds of feels in it. The war is brutal and seemingly never-ending. The world-building is fantastic, and I can’t wait to see more of it and get some more insights into what’s really driving this war. Dash and Luca seem to know way more than they are saying, and I can’t wait to see where the author takes this series going forward. I really need another book soon.
*** Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie for my reading pleasure, a review wasn’t a requirement. ***
Garrett Leigh is an award-winning British writer and book designer, currently working for Dreamspinner Press, Loose Id, Riptide Publishing, and Fox Love Press.
Garrett’s debut novel, Slide, won Best Bisexual Debut at the 2014 Rainbow Book Awards, and her polyamorous novel, Misfits was a finalist in the 2016 LAMBDA awards.
When not writing, Garrett can generally be found procrastinating on Twitter, cooking up a storm, or sitting on her behind doing as little as possible, all the while shouting at her menagerie of children and animals and attempting to tame her unruly and wonderful FOX.
Garrett is also an award winning cover artist, taking the silver medal at the Benjamin Franklin Book Awards in 2016. She designs for various publishing houses and independent authors at blackjazzdesign.com, and co-owns the specialist stock site moonstockphotography.com with renowned LGBTQA+ photographer Dan Burgess.
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