Series: Dire Wolves Mission Book #1
Author: Ellis Leigh
Genre: Romance, Paranormal, Shifter
Blurb: There’s no escaping a Dire Wolf on the hunt…
Feared by even his own kind, Bez of the Dire Wolf shifters knows exactly how to succeed in any battle. Even if that means racking up collateral damage along the way. A simple mission into the swamplands to save a teenage wolf shifter should have been an easy track and retrieval for a man with his training, but nothing comes easy when the fates get involved.
In one night, Omega Sariel went from a free, single shewolf to a captive with a teenage girl to watch over and a couple of guards intent on making her life miserable…what little is left of it. Then a soldier with ice in his eyes walks in, and the mating call begins. He’s too tough, too harsh, too murderous…but when your life hangs in the balance, a lethal fighter in your corner is better than battling alone. Especially one who isn’t afraid to get a little dirty with her.
Two kidnapped women, one dangerous soldier unknowingly about to come face-to-face with fate, and a monster set on destroying everything in its path. In the world of the Dire Wolves, a retrieval is a simple mission for the unit of soldiers that make up their pack. But this time, a single glance blows simple right out of the swamp and forces Bez to make his stand alone.
One soldier, one fight…one chance at forever.
Thoughts: By the time I finished this book, I was so excited to have found an amazing new shifter series and an new author that I am thrilled about – so much so that I went straight to her author page on Amazon to delve into her other books. (And yes, I bought and downloaded a few!) Leigh manages to strike a wonderful balance between the military/soldier storyline while incorporating a wonderful paranormal shifter element. While it may not be a new mix to the genre, this one really stands out thanks to Leigh’s excellent writing style and her creativity. The author manages to create a new ‘world’ within the paranormal, one filled with Dire Wolves and with a twist on werewolves that makes it uniquely interesting and intriguing. I definitely want more from this author and this series. I already picked up Book #2 in this series, Savage Sanctuary.
Bez is an interesting character, and one that will stand out among the ‘alpha males’ typically found in this genre. His mission is to rescue an Omega that has gone missing – but he has a hard choice to make when he finds not one, but two Omegas. The matter is even more complicated when the other Omega winds up being his mate, which leads to even more complications for Bez. Sariel makes a good match for Bez, and the sparks between these two really heat up the pages. I also like that the book didn’t read like a stereotypical shifter book – instead offering up something new and different.
A thoroughly enjoyable read by an equally enjoyable author!