Rating: 4 stars out of 5
“You need to go to Atherton,” they said. Easy for them. The higher-ups at headquarters don’t have their whole world on the line. When Detective Damon Kelly’s bosses send him across the state on a “simple” cyber fraud case, he never thinks he’d meet his mate, then risk losing Kieran by doing his job. No matter what other possible angles Damon works, his partner Grant Davis is sure Kieran’s best friend Corey’s their guy, and Grant is bent on bringing him in.
After the birth of their Alpha’s son, the Atherton Pack needs another beta. Kieran Baxter couldn’t be happier to accept. What Kieran doesn’t expect is for all hell to break loose his first week on the job. Clashing with his mate at every turn, and fighting a human cop who wants to arrest Corey for hacking a government database, wasn’t part of the plan either.
As more evidence piles up, a bigger, scarier picture comes into focus that could threaten not only the Atherton Pack, but everything the world knows.
This was another great addition to the Atherton Pack series. Damon is thrown for a loop when he meets his mate while investigating his mate’s best friend while also trying to guide his work partner away from the obvious suspect. Kieran is excited to meet his mate, but doesn’t know how to reconcile his friendship with his mate’s job. A lot of other things went on than just Damon and Kieran’s relationship and I can’t wait to see how all the changes in the world of shifters will affect the future books.
Damon is determined to do the right thing with his job, while also leading them away from the truth in order to keep the pack safe. When he is forced to take drastic measures to keep his mate and other shifters safe he hopes it will all work out. Throughout this story I could feel how conflicted Damon was with his job and mate knowing what he had to do, but he was determined to have a relationship with Kieran despite everything. Kieran has a lot of trouble accepting the situation he has been put in and knows he has to look at things from all sides to get the whole story. These two went about the opposite of the others and jumped into sex and then have to learn to make everything work after the fact.
Nick Flint did a wonderful job again narrating this story. I was able to understand the characters through the voices and emotions he portrayed. We saw a lot more characters points of view in this story and he easily kept them each unique so there wasn’t any mix up what was going on.
Cover art is wonderful and follows the pattern for the series.
Audiobook, 7 hrs 27 min
Published: January 6, 2017 (ebook, published October 19, 2016) by Mischief Corner Books
Edition Language: English
Series: The Atherton Pack #4
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)