Silver Tip Pack #1
We all have tragic backstories in today's world...
I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.
When I'm taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I'm sure I'm about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.
As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he's more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister's life, I have to make a choice I never thought I'd face—my sister's life or my mate's? That's if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…
Footsteps sounded above and, despite Reese's posture, I went right to him, shielding him with my body. He huffed against my chest, then settled his hands tentatively on my hips.
Noweres smelled like rotting corpses left out in the sun for five days. Even protected by the small ledge above us, the stench surrounded us, and I had to bury my nose in the crook of my arm. All around me, my pack members gasped for breath and blinked through watery eyes while trembling at the sounds of the chatter above us, the roars and growls, all which swirled to deafening levels. I couldn't hear myself think, couldn't do anything but press closer to Reese, whose entire body was shaking. He clung to me tighter, pressing his forehead against my chest.
By the sounds of it, the Nowere pack was large, maybe fifty to seventy-five strong, and we'd be no match for them, even if all of us shifted. My little wolf would be overpowered in a second, no matter how much I tried to protect him.
The Nowere brain had one function and that was to detect living things and consume them or turn them. They had a keen sense of smell and poor eyesight. Their frustrated grunts and stomps above, which rained dirt and stones down on our heads, told me they smelled us.
Noweres were dumb, but I wouldn't put it past them to somehow slip off the cliff and land right on our little ledge. I wasn't sure how long we were there, huddled together as the Noweres stomped above us. But eventually the chatter began to retreat and the footsteps lessened. I was breathing easier when a fist-sized rock crashed to the ledge floor, then four-foot claws curled over the edge of the cliff right near my head.
I held up my hand to signal silence, never taking my eyes off those claws. The panic was welling up inside me, for Reese, for my pack. For myself. I stuffed it down, calling on every bit of alpha I had in me.
A gust of air blew a cloud of dirt in front of the ledge, a Nowere exhale, which brought with it another cloud of stench, then the chattering started. I glanced at my pack, who were staring at the claws and at me, like do something.
The air heated from the Nowere body and our breaths. Fear swirled in the air like a dust cloud, and I hoped like hell it didn't tip into panic.
The foot claws uncurled and disappeared. I held my breath for one second, two, and then in a shower of dust and rotting fur, a Nowere crashed to the cliff in front of us.
I shoved Reese back into the cave and shifted immediately to my Were form as the Nowere flailed, trying to gain its balance as it scrambled for purchase on the edge. Its teeth chattered in time with my racing heart as my bones morphed. Just as it regained its footing, I finished my shift.
The Nowere threw his head back on a roar, and we met on the ledge in a clash of claws.
What I thought about Daring Fate
In this new M/M paranormal romance from Megan Erickson, it's a battle for survival between rival groups of shifters, and I use that term loosely, because these werewolves are so much more.
Reese and his brother Jude escape one group only to be captured by another. Things change in a big way when it turns out that Reese has a serious connection to the leader of the pack, and vice versa. But things don't remain quiet for long as Reese and Jude have a sister who needs rescuing.
Megan Erickson goes back to basics with these characters, making them seem both human and animal in their behavior, especially when it comes to sex, and there's plenty of that in this book! Daring Fate definitely captures the aspects of pack animals in a very organic way, and for me, that's what make this book feel very fresh and powerful.
There's plenty of action sequences that kept the story paced nicely and left me wanting more of this world. The romance between Reese and Dare, the leader of the pack also had me hooked and even a little choked up at times. I was able to get invested in them right from the start.
I did find that some of the situations in this book have been done before, and I hope for more twists and turns as this series progresses. Overall, this was a great start with world building that makes me want to see what's going to happen next to the members of the Silver Tip pack.
If you are in the market for a hot M/M paranormal romance set in a new world, this might be for you.
ARC provided for review.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she's been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn't writing, she's either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing. Website: http://meganerickson.org/
In Focus series
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame
Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last
Mechanics of Love series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field
Cyberlove series (co-written with Santino Hassell)