Lions, and Wolves and Bears...Oh My! Yes...I went there.
I’m not usually one for paranormal romance. I’ve read a few, but I tend to prefer books that are more or less based in reality...even if most of the fictitious males I read are pure fantasy, haha. I decided to try this one out because it is written by LeAnn Ashers, under her pen name Teagan Wilde, and for the past three weeks, I’ve been obsessed with her books. Ashers writes excellent Alpha males and in Damon, we see her most Alpha hero yet. Ashers’ creates a Shifter world that is fascinating and well put together, filled with packs of humans who can turn into a specific animal. In it, shifters can be wolves, bears or feline, as well as coyotes and hyenas. They have a specific mate that is created for them, and only them. They cannot be touched by another without feeling pain. Essentially you’re looking at a bunch of hormonal virgins running around, waiting to be struck by Cupid’s bow so they can find their soulmate. This might not sound great, but the instalove and pheromonal aspect of it all is sexy AF. When they meet their mate, boom - that’s it. They are lost - or found, as it were.
In Damon, we meet Ferran, a shifter wolf who is threatened by a rogue shifter who used to belong to her pack. He wants to mate with her, even though they are not matches for each other. At a loss as to how to protect her, her alpha sends her to a new pack of strong males where her brother is beta, or second in command. Little does Ferran know, when she meets Damon, she will find her mate. Damon is everything that an alpha should be. He is protective and caring and strong and a fighter. He is very powerful and can control his pack completely- but he does it in a fair way. I loved seeing how he treated Ferran as his alpha female. They make a perfect pairing. He vows to protect her from the rogue shifter, and she vows to help him build his pack and bring them to the modern age. Together, they face threats to their pack, and threats specifically to Ferran. They bring others into the fold, and work towards making their pack the strongest it can be.
I really liked the romance of the story, and the action scenes were well done. I liked the inclusivity of the pack - they accept mixed breeds and gay couples which is really interesting. I’m hoping that we get to see more about this group and that Ashers writes more books in the series soon. I was left wanting more, which is exactly what an author strives for. I think I’ll go look deeper into the shifter genre now and see what else is out there. As long as I get to read about more hot alphas, I’m definitely game!