Ivar McIntyre is not who he says he is. He’s a male full of secrets and willing to lie to accomplish what his alpha tells him to do. He arrived in Cider Falls to help take out the leadership so his alpha, Vega, could take over the town, but once there, he quickly realizes what an amazing place it is.
Cymbre Daniels is a falcon shifter who was exiled from her nest when she refused to take a mate from a neighboring nest at her alpha’s urging. A war broke out because of her refusal and people died. She’s never forgotten her role in those deaths, and the exile brand on her wrist is a daily reminder. When she meets Ivar, a gryphon who arrived in town unconscious and gravely injured, she knows he’s her truemate. The problem? Ivar is the most closed-off male she’s ever met in her life and he doesn’t want anything to do with her.
For the first time in his life, Ivar feels torn in half. He wants to remain loyal to his alpha—and to finding his abducted sister—but he can’t stop thinking about the alluring Cymbre, whose bird calls for him and makes his tiger and owl sit up and take notice. If he stays with Cymbre, he’ll lose his pack, but if he does what his alpha wants him to, he’ll lose his mate. When an offer to help find his sister comes from an unexpected source, Ivar has to make a choice: Cymbre and love, or Vega and loyalty.