Together but unbound, they must learn what it means to love completely, in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Wild Wolf.
To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.
Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.
Bowman and Kenzie are mates in every practical way, but they lack the fabled mate bond, an elusive magical connection that will mark them partners for life. This absence drives the tension in Ashley's fun, fast-paced seventh Shifters Unbound escapade (after Wild Wolf). Bowman, the North Carolina Shiftertown alpha, and his partner, Kenzie, share a home, a child, and Shiftertown leadership. Both of them desire the crucial mate bond, yet they are afraid to discuss it in that time-honored way of hesitant, uncommunicative romance-novel protagonists. With a strange, terrifying new monster ravaging the area, the pack needs leadership that is beyond reproach which would include a steadfast, bonded mate for the alpha. The sudden monster attacks threaten the pack's stability as they strain relations between Bowman and Kenzie. Interesting complications involving Fae enchantments showcase Ashley's stellar worldbuilding while also propping up a thin premise. The bad guy is really loathsome, and the climactic scenes satisfy.