Author: Lora Leigh
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: July 2, 2007
Publisher: Ellora's Cave
The forces of survival and destruction swirl in the darkest corners of men's minds. The nature of the beast cannot be harnessed, and survival is the purest of all instincts. Survival of the species itself goes soul deep. But can the human heart accept and adapt as easily? Can Charity bestow the love and the acceptance that has always been a part of her, to the man whose very survival depended on the hardening of his heart, of his soul? And can Aiden maintain that cruelty now, in the face of the sacrifices she made? Only time and nature can tell.
In the Lab Aiden was very good at controlling his body's responses, even despite the drugs pumped into his system. But one lone woman shattered that control, bringing out the beast that swore revenge for the betrayal.
Six years later, Charity is one of the experiments. Her bond with Aiden made her unique and the Genetic Council's favorite new toy. In order to stay alive, Charity must give her life in the hands of the man she loves despite the knowledge of his hate. Aiden is the only one who can save her. But will owning her life be enough or will this lone wolf play for her heart as well?
The plot was minimal at best, but still thicker as in the previous Wolf Breed book. Unfortunately the secret it was built on—the secret that Charity supposedly held—was never explained or at least hinted at after the initial teaser.
There was little depth in the characters, which is quite an anomaly in a [author:Lora Leigh|2614] book, the conflict could've been expanded further, and Charity's stubbornness seemed forced at best. The whole relationship and interaction between characters was too "going through the motions" to be believable and the almost abrupt ending didn't help matters...But that's EC for you. Bummer.
The epilogue was one of the brightest points in this book and I wish I could read Hawke's story. Hopefully from another publisher and a whole lot of plot.