Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she’ll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters’ laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything – including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?
If it hadn’t been recommended to me, I likely would have missed out on this fantastic series.
The book opens with a punch: Calla is saving Shay from being killed, but also revealing to an outsider the truth of her existence as a werewolf. Whoa. Heavy stuff. Luckily Shay takes it all in stride, or maybe his near death experience takes precedence for concern.
Right from the get-go, it’s obvious the main pairing will be Shay and Calla. He inspires a desire in Calla to be more than her “destiny”, to want more for herself outside an arranged mating with the other pack’s alpha, Ren.
Oh, Ren. He has gorgeous, bad boy player written all over him. Like Calla, as you read Ren, there’s a charm to him that’s almost irresistible. It leads to plenty of romantic confusion as it wars with that feeling of freedom and rightness that Shay brings Calla.
I adored how Cremer was able to take such a large cast of characters and make them feel real to me. Often times, there are books that create these secondary characters for a moment’s use. This wasn’t the case with Nightshade.
Definitely a ParaRom for anyone looking for a strong female lead.
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