In the savage world of the Shadow Shifters, desire can be as dangerous as nature itself…
As guard to the most powerful shifter in the human world, Eli Preston is sworn to protect his leader, defend their alliance, and keep his darker instincts in check. But when a beautiful female trainee arouses his jaguar senses, there is no stopping the beast within. He must have her. Even if it jeopardizes the deadliest mission of his life…
When the heat is on—and the claws come out—the heart is the fiercest hunter…
For six years, Nivea has been waiting for Eli to take her in his arms, unleash his animal urges, and claim her as his mate. But once their passion is unleashed—in a reckless moment of pure unbridled lust—nothing can ever be the same. The battlelines are drawn: man versus animal, shifter versus shifter. And Eli must be prepared to fight for his life—and his love—or he will lose Nivea forever…
"The time has come." Baxter Utiera spoke solemnly. His folded hands were weathered from the years, the manual labor, the strain of working within these tribes his entire life. This morning his chest was heavy, his temples throbbing slowly from all the deep contemplation he had done over the past few weeks.
Across the table Umberto Alamar, one of the tribe's Elders, stared at him knowingly. But he did not speak.
"Magdalena has foreseen it. The time is coming and I do not think there's anything we can do to stop it," Baxter continued. His eyes hurt, gritty from lack of sleep, his shoulders squared but aching from stress.
"We should not have come here. We should have stayed in the Gungi." Umberto spoke, his voice heavy and stilted with his Portuguese accent.
Baxter shook his head. "Hiding was never an option."
"They have vantage. They will luta. Derramamento de sangue e morte vira," the Elder repeated until Baxter stood from the table, going to him and placing a hand on his shoulder.
"It may not be helped," Baxter told him, the words not comforting but alarming to them both. "This is what they were created for, this battle that now comes. It is all that they have prepared for. They will prevail."
"They will die," Alamar stated solemnly. "We will all die if this is not handled correctly. Everything is on his shoulders now. How will he lead?"
Baxter frowned slightly, finally pulling his glasses from his face, using his thumb and finder to squeeze the bridge of his nose. This was not an easy assignment. He'd known when it was handed down to him that it would not be.
There had been good times, moments when he thought maybe the presence of the shifters in the United States would be a good thing, that maybe they would be able to fit in as the Reynoldses had hoped and worked toward before their untimely deaths. Now it was their son, Roman, who led the Stateside Assembly. He'd put together a good group of shifters to carve out the blueprint of the democracy that would govern their species. Rome had also begun to forge alliances with human leaders, in hopes that when and if the time came, they would stand alongside the shifters and not against.
They would need that alliance sooner rather than later. They would need all the connections they would need all the connections they could muster, including ones with their neighboring tribes. So far the Topetenia had been at the forefront of the Assembly. Now, however, they would need the strength of all the Shadow Shifters, they would need a united front to keep the bloodshed and death Umberto had predicted at bay.
In short, they would need a miracle.
***I received this ebook from NetGalley and the publisher in return for my honest opinions. All opinions are my own.***
Okay, to be honest, I have never read any of the books in this series before. It sounded really good though from the description of the book, so I requested it to be able to read it and review it. It appears that each book can be read as a standalone book, however, if you want to connect more with the characters I would say you have to read the books in order.
Now on to my review lol, I love Eli...Yummy!!! Gosh he is such an alpha male. He is convinced there is no perfect mate out there for him and even though he feels a major attraction to Nivea he fights like hell to keep those feelings at bay. After a mission goes wrong things really heat up between them, seeing as they both cannot fight the heat. They have to go with their primal urges.
There is so much going on in this book that made me a bit confused, but as we read on, things really become more clear. I really did like the book, but I'm not sure I would read number seven before reading number one lol. So this is me saying...Although this book was excellent and a great read, I am going to refrain from any other judgments until I read from the very, very beginning.