Rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Damon is sent by the Brisbane police department with his partner to investigate the hacking of birth records by somebody in the Atherton area. Atherton pack member Corey has been doing so for years in order to register births from same sex mates who have given birth. However, he slipped up when he registered his Alpha couple’s son’s birth. When Damon steps into Corey’s house, he scents that his mate has recently been in the house. Unable to do anything about it, he continues his investigation trying to lead his partner away from Corey as the guilty party.
Kieran has recently returned to the Atherton pack. Ben, not only the pack alpha but the Pennaeth Alpha (Supreme Alpha) of all Australia, has appointed Kieran as one of his Betas. He finds it unusual for the inner circle to go out to dinner but agrees to go along. As he enters the restaurant, he makes eye contact with Damon, his future mate. Knowing that he is investigating his best friend does not bode well for the start of their mating. When a couple of encounters with Damon end with Damon always retreating to his hotel room, Kieran feels betrayed and hurt even though he knows that Damon has to do his job.
Things go from bad to worse when the ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organization) is brought into the case. After questioning, another federal organization drugs Corey and takes him away in a van. Damon, along with the inner circle of the Atherton pack starts investigating who has taken Corey. Thanks to his sources, Damon finds out that his worst fear has been realized—the government knows about shifters and is in the process of rounding as many of them up. Just as he relays this information to the Atherton pack inner circle, he realizes that the pack house is about to be raided. With the assistance of Kieran, Damon along with the alpha mate Tommy and Tommy’s son Joseph escape. However, all the rest of the inner circle, including his mate Kieran, has been captured. Damon now must find a way to free the captive shifters and make sure that the rest of his kind is safe from further abductions.
This fourth book in the Atherton Pack series has both romance and action in it. Damon is torn between his job as a police officer and his duty to keep shifters safe no matter what. He is frustrated that his mate cannot accept that he has to keep up the charade to his partner that basically he is a double agent within the police department trying to keep Corey from going to jail. He would like to tell his partner of twelve years to ease off but that is impossible since he knows Corey is guilty. Kieran meanwhile thinks Damon has betrayed his kind by working the federal agents. Keep an eye out for characters from Toni Griffin’s Holland Brothers shifter series as a number of them make an appearance in this book.
The cover by Freddy MacKay works well. A shirtless man’s back with a huge wolf’s head tattoo covering it stretches underneath a full moon with a black wolf’s muzzle looking at the man.
Ebook, 163 pages
Edition Language: English
Published: October 19, 2016 by Mischief Corner Books
Series: Atherton Pack
Liam (Atherton Pack #1)
Ben (Atherton Pack #2)