Genre: paranormal romance
Cover: I don’t like the new covers; my book has a male on the cover that really is Wren.
Re-read for the third time.
It's a predator eat predator world for the Were-Hunters. Danger haunts any given day. There is no one to trust. No one to love. Not if they want to live...
An orphan with no clan that will claim him, Wren Tigarian grew to adulthood under the close scrutiny and mistrust of those around him. A forbidden blend of two animals - snow leopard and white tiger - Wren has never listened to anyone when there was something he wanted. Now he wants Marguerite.
Marguerite D'Aubert Goudeau is the daughter of a prominent U.S. Senator who hates the socialite life she's forced to live. Like her mother before her, she has strong Cajun roots that her father doesn't understand. Still, she has no choice but to try and conform to a world where she feels like an outsider. But the world of rich and powerful humans is never to meet the world of the Were-Hunters who exist side by side with them, unseen, unknown, undetected. To break this law is to call down a wrath of the highest order.
In order to have Marguerite, Wren must fight not just the humans who will never accept his animal nature, but the Were-Hunters who want him dead for endangering their world. It's a race against time and magic without boundary that could cost Marguerite and Wren not just their lives, but their very souls...
Marguerite (Maggie) Goudeau is still missing her friend Nick Gautier, who disappeared a few months ago, on the night his mother was murdered. So when one of the guys in her study group proposes to go to the bar Nick’s mother worked and he loved to hang out at, she agrees. Except for Blaine, who is his usual nasty self, and who doesn’t want to go slumming. But still, he goes with them to Sanctuary, and acts like the spoiled rich kid he is.
Maggie recognizes a lot of the people Nick talked about, and when some strange man fixes his attention upon her, she knows he must be Wren. When Blaine starts a fight with Wren for looking at her, four big bouncers quickly get him out of the room. When her so called friends leave, Maggie stays behind though, she needs to make sure Wren is not in trouble. To everyone’s surprise, Wren actually talks to her. And when she goes back home, he just senses she is in trouble and follows her. Just in time to rescue her from four muggers who want to have some “fun” with her. Wren has no difficulty whatsoever to fight of the humans, even when one of them shoots at him. Not letting Maggie know he did get shot after all, he escorts her home in a cab.
Maggie likes the quiet young man who saved her from being mugged and worse, and wants to thank him again. In person. When she finds out he was shot after all, she is horrified. And why doesn’t he go to the hospital?
Wren Tigarian never knew love, never had anyone caring for him. His parents hated the sight of him, as he is a hybrid. A Tigard, half tiger, half snow leopard. Something that should have been killed right after birth. When they were killed, he was shipped of to Sanctuary, where the Peltier’s grudgingly took him in. But they never really cared about him, nor trusted him, except for Aimee, their daughter.
So when Wren suddenly has feelings for this human female, he is confused. Katagaria don’t mate with humans, ever. And if they do, they are sterile. His life is in danger, so how can he draw Maggie into it? But still, he can’t stay away from her. But he is not the penniless busboy she takes him for, Wren is the heir to a multi million dollar company, and his family is out to kill him in order to inherit it all.
But Maggie is a threat to their existence, as she is the high profile daughter of a US Senator, if she finds out about the Were’s, they are doomed. So Nicolette Peltier jumps at the opportunity to have Wren tossed out of Sanctuary, her house, under the pretence that he will become a crazed killer and she wants to protect her family. His uncle and cousin accuse Wren of having killed his parents 20 years ago, and now they suddenly want justice. Tog et rid of that death sentence, Wren will have to unearth the truth about what happened back then … with Maggie at his side.
This is my second favourite book in the series, and I enjoyed the re-read a lot. Sherrilyn Kenyon is a master at creating tortured heroes we just have to fall in love with. Even though they had such a bad history, they are not evil or too damaged to accept their mates, and take care of them. The love scenes are very hot, and there are enough of them. There is a fierce attraction first, and then slowly the knowledge they have fallen in love. Maggie is amazing, she finally stands up for herself, and she accepts Wren and everything he is. She refuses to believe he would ever be a danger to herself, but he will defend her when necessary.
I wonder if this is the first book where Savitar makes an appearance, I do like this mysterious man. I can’t remember if he is a God or not. Hmm, this means more re-reading for sure.
© 2014 Reviews by Aurian