Henry Weston can’t take it anymore. Lately, his job with the Alliance seems to be less about protecting shifters from their enemies, and more about surveilling his own people and making sure they don’t break any Alliance rules. This is not what he signed up for, so it’s time for him to make a change. There’s only one problem: his mate and colleague Margaret isn’t on board at all, in fact they can’t seem to agree on anything lately.
Meanwhile, Alliance leader Adrian Blacke’s new assistant, Gail McPherson is having similar trouble adjusting to her job. The ideals that made her join the Alliance don’t match up with her day-to-day reality and she yearns for something else.
When the two of them meet, sparks fly, and they even start to hear each other’s thoughts, like only true mates can. But Henry already has a mate whom he wants to remain loyal to, despite their disagreements. If Henry and Gail can’t be lovers, at least they can be allies in a new cause: forming a New Alliance. What ensues is a battle between sense and emotion; loyalty and fate.
This paranormal romance novella is the fifth in the Scottish Werebear series. For the best experience, readers are advised to read the series in order. Themes include: opposites attract, fated mates, love conquers all.
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Henry a bear shifter wanted to do more for the WERE-community as a whole. He didn't think arresting their own kind was the right move just because their chosen mate wasn't the same species. After all, they didn't choose their mates, fate did that for them. He really started thinking about it after the head of the Alliance sent him to spy on Matt and Leah after Matt returned home. However he doesn't know how to start, other than he knew Matt would be on his side when the time came. Although Maggie was his co-worker and the mate he'd chosen, he wasn't sure she'd be on his side with this, she followed any order that was given to her and felt strongly that they should not only stay within their own species, but that they should stay hidden in secret. Henry on the other side feels they're playing right into The Sons of Domnall's hands by keeping silent. Henry also didn't like the new program Blacke was trying to implement Project Safeguard, putting tracking devices in young shifters could easily be misused. Who would be on his side and who would be against him?
Gail's a bear shifter and her new job as the assistant for Blacke, the head of the Alliance wasn't what she expected and just a week in she knew she hated it. She understood arresting those that were involved with The Sons of Domnall, but arresting WERE's just because they broke some ridiculous secrecy rule, that's going overboard. She also didn't want to be a part of any torture interrogation. Then she noticed him transporting new prisoners and instantly knew he was her chosen mate, only he acted like she didn't exist. Everything she'd been told growing up was that the feeling would be mutual when they finally met, how could he just ignore her, didn't he feel the pull too? Now she had to help her boss distribute the information on his new pet project ~ Project Safeguard which could easily be misused, and she didn't like it. She didn't trust his intentions, but what could she do about it?
When Gail and Henry met again in his office they both realized they can telepathically communicate, they both agree Blacke needs to be stopped. But how are they going to accomplish it and who's on their side? Humans are afraid of what they don't know, would they be as acceptable as they hope? You'll have to read Scottish Werebears: A Painful Dilemma to find out, but it'll be worth the time you take to read it! I can't wait to read Book 5 Scottish Werebear: A Second Chance to find out what happens next! Each of these novellas are a quick read and could be read as a standalone HEA, but I recommend reading the complete series in order to get the little tidbits of background information on everything. I received an ARC copy via IndieSage in exchange for a blog tour review. Due to sexual content this novel is recommended for readers 17 and older!