Amazon • Narrator: Maxine Mitchell
A bond forged in blood. Fealty given to the one he desires above all others. Graced with the ability to shift into any form, Diskant Black is the absolute authority when it comes to New York shifters, and as the Omega of the city, his word is law. Protecting the shifter races is more than a job, it's a predisposition ingrained since birth-nothing is more important. Until a chance encounter with a tiny female sets fire to his blood, brings him to his knees and turns his world upside down. Ava Brisbane is more than he bargained for in a mate-beautiful, fragile...human. If he wants to keep her by his side, he'll have to sacrifice a portion of his soul to establish a bond that can never be broken. Unfortunately, the timing couldn't be worse. Shepherds-hunters of all the shifter races-have arrived in New York. To protect the woman he can't live without, Diskant will have to stand against those who have come to start a war.
This book starts with Ava Brisbane working at a bar that caters to the shifters in Manhattan, NY. After work one day, she was attacked by vampires, and Omega shifter Diskant Black comes to her rescue. Something about her scent soothes all his were forms and they recognize her as their mate but she disappears from them. Once they find the reluctant Ava, Diskant sets off to convince her that they belong together. As they get to know each other, it is revealed that Ava is connected to a religious group named the Shepherds, who are sworn to rid the world of shifters because they consider them an abomination.
Clearly this couple has great chemistry, but the sex was excessive. It was so much that I was getting annoyed. There is a really interesting story and creative world, but it’s getting lost by the constant sex scenes. I enjoyed the writing but I am familiar with this author as I have read other series by her. So I suspected that I would like this one. I appreciate the fact that this series is different from Rhiannon’s Law and the Desire of the Otherworld series.
The characters were also entertaining as Diskant displayed usual shifter possessiveness, without being overbearing. He was also a playful shifter which gave Ava room to be witty with him. Ava’s independence will serve her as I know her brother will be a force in the next book. She has proven that she is no wilting flower, so she will be a good partner to Diskant as the Shepherds continue with their agenda.
I want to read book 2 but I really hope there is more story and less claiming.