When the hunter is your mate, being prey is anything but terrifying
Coyote shifter Tate Allen has been watching. Learning his mate every possible way before he moves in. Protecting her through the night, always from afar.
He’ll be the one to teach her about her gifts. He’ll be there when she changes for the first time.
With him, she’ll fulfill her destiny.
Elise Ralston loves Tate for the patience he’s shown. The faith he’s demonstrated—denying himself what he needs sexually, even as he teaches her about pleasure.
For Tate, Elise is willing to try. To revel in touch, to give him control…and to embrace her healer’s need.
But someone unknown is still stalking the clan, threatening more than Tate and Elise’s bond. And Elise is a prime target—precious for the magic she hasn’t even learned yet.
This book is approximately 102,000 words
Healer's Need is the second book in the Ancient Ink series and I would suggest reading book one first. You learn everything you need to know about the clans and their history. This also picks up right where it left off in book 1.
In Healer's Need we get Elise and Tate's story. Well, it felt more like Elise's story with Tate guiding her along. Tate realizes in the beginning that there is a past trauma that Elise guards herself from which has him taking things very slowly with her.
As we learned in book two, the males recognize their mates in an instant but the women do not. Its a great mix of instant love and a slow burn love. It's instant for the male but he has to gain the love and trust from their mates to form the mate bond.
While Tate is taking things slow, it in no way means there is lack of heat for these two. In fact, I feel like the heat was on high because Tate had to constantly restrain himself. It was pretty hot.
I also really like how Tate supported her completely. When you have a heroine that has some insecurities, there is nothing better than a hero who will do anything to protect her and bring her out of her shell.
I was a bit surprised with the ending, which I won't talk about and spoil. It just makes me really curious where the author is taking this series next. I'm not even sure who will be the next couple. I like that we are left with no hints and look forward to the next installment. ARC provided by NetGalley.
Shifting with clothing intact and unaffected??
I like the writing style but I’m not a fan of the whole male/female double standard possessiveness thing so the MC relationship was a bit annoying. I also didn’t connect with the “soul quest/reliving the past” chapter. Finally, I found a lot of the paranormal aspects to be stereotypical and unimaginative. :(