Author: Angela Colsin
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance
Series: The Crucible Series (Book One)
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
My Rating: ✺✺✺✺
Synopsis: When betrayed by his Alpha, Cade Hodgins takes the role in leading the Arkin City pack and begins his search for those responsible for his father’s death. Information is hard to come by however—until a stray lupine wanders into his territory.
But Ashley Passmore is no ordinary stray. She’s a newborn wolf, turned from being a human with no prior knowledge that lupines existed. Due to her blackouts, she can’t recall who turned her or why, but Cade suspects her attackers may be the same as those who entrapped his father.
In the meantime, Cade takes Ashley in to help her regain control of her new life, and finds more than just a lead—she's his mate. But Ashley is adjusting to the new world she's been thrust into, making it uncertain she'll accept the growing bond between them, while those who turned her want to make sure she's silenced for good.
This book was a hoot! Or should I say, a howl? *snicker*
Ashley is looking for a change. Of scenery, that is. But during a long drive south, she crashes her car and is attacked by a large strange wolf. Then, she gets a change that she wasn't looking for. The kind where her entire body shifts into a different species. You guessed it... a wolf.
Cade is still trying to find justice for his father's murder. He hasn't had much luck as he stays busy enough leading his wolf pack and running Blue Moon restaurant and bar with his sister. So when a member of his pack brings in a stray wolf, Cade is suspicious that Ashley may unknowingly hold the clue to finding those responsible for what happened to his father.
Cade has to keep her nearby in order to protect the town, and everyone in it, from Ashley while she learns to control her new abilities. But a close proximity leads Cade to realize that his wolf side is just as attracted to Ashley as his human side. Both want to get to know her better and keep her around. And once a wolf begins to bond with another, the path can only lead to one thing: marking of your mate.
Ashley cannot deny her attraction to the Alpha any more than she can avoiding shifting into a wolf. But becoming someone's mate is permanent. She has enough to worry about already, being stalked by the cruel wolves who turned her against her will. Becoming forever bonded to another wolf was not in her plan.
This book was a fun ride. I bonded (pun intended) with Ashley and Cade from the beginning. Watching their love blossom and grow was enjoyable and kept me turning the digital pages. It had steady pacing and dual plots as Ashley's transition was one plot and Cade's solving of his mystery was another, though the two plots intertwined. The romance was believable and the love scenes sizzled. I was thoroughly entertained.
I will, no doubt, continue reading this series to see what else Angela Colsin has to offer! Four suns!