|Aaaah, you gotta love it when a book leaves you in a dilemma as to its rating -I know, I’m a masochist, sue me!
Daniel Locke, the Alpha Commander of his shifter pack, has always been suspicious of Parker Johnson, the human hacker working closely with his people. Someone with no scent on them at all, with emotions not easily read through smell, and, above all, a human, couldn’t be trusted. But when a deadly virus threatening to destroy so many lives – and the Alliance with the humans, in turn – breaks out, the pack needs Parker’s mad skills. And, dislike or not, those two better find it in themselves to stop butting heads and soon, if they want to survive this ordeal.
Let me begin with what I enjoyed in this book. First things first: Parker freaking Johnson! I loved that rebellious, stubborn woman! She was clever, and kind, and funny, and oh so gloriously witty. I kinda suspected what was going on with her scent, and I was not disappointed when she ran out of her tea – boom! Instant acceleration of the pace AND the emotions going all over the place. It was hilarious and hot to see what was going on after that in Daniel’s head. The next thing I also enjoyed, was the fact that the story was pretty hot – what with all the tension and stuff.
Now, the things that didn’t really do it for me. I guess, when all is said and done, I remain a firm believer of things reaching a certain climax if they’re headed that way. I understand that there was this danger in the story, and all that, but, when you give the readers so much sexual tension between the two leads, you can’t just leave them hanging without at least ONE sex scene. I know it’s not warranted to make sure the romance takes place, but, this is not always the case. Yes, some fictional couples drive their point home about their love being true without physical intimacy – Daniel and Parker, though, with all their bad history and the war between them, needed it. Badly. Their romance seemed so forced this way – believe it or not, getting physical does help two people come clean with their inner turmoil, as it tends to open their eyes and they’re the most vulnerable during such moments.
And then, there’s the subscription thing. Now THAT I didn’t appreciate. At the end of the book, the reader is given a choice: they can subscribe to a certain page, in order to get a bonus chapter. Well, yours truly did that, hoping desperately it would be the much-wanted love scene that would make all our emotional booboos go away. But alas, it was just an empty email. Not. Cool!
All in all, it was a nice read, but I’m not sure if I’ll keep on reading this series. If the rest of the couples are like Daniel and Parker in terms of intimacy, I’m sorry to say, this is not for me.
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***