A gentle lady held hostage in a deadly play for power, Kendra Terriot’s only means of survival for herself and her family is to play to a careful courtship game. The one she chooses from the dangerous Terriot heirs will inherit the coveted crown, but the one she longs to have rescue her belongs to another.
Favored son of their cruel Shifter leader, the only calm in Cale Terriot’s necessarily violent life is his childhood love for his delicate distant cousin whom he’s pledged to make his queen. With Kendra at his side, he knows he can become the kind of ruler his clan needs, but first he must learn how to become the kind of mate she desires.
In a treacherous race for control, where weakness means death, Cale must prove he’s not the beast his beauty fears and still protect her, especially once her chosen love returns to free her. The only way to win her respect could mean surrendering his throne. The only way to win her heart could mean letting her go.
Review: This is not your ordinary story of shape shifters. Oh don’t get me wrong it has all the basic elements but it goes so much further. If you have trouble dealing with things like rape, incest, child abuse, and spousal abuse this may not be an easy book for you to get through. I know that I had to step aside a couple of times to deal with something else before going back to the story.
Ms. Gideon takes us into the world of the Terriot Clan which is from Nevada. At first I wasn’t sure what type of shape shifter but after reading further I am assuming they are werewolves as that seems to be the implied shifter in the story. The clan is led by Patriarch Bram, father of twelve sons/princes all by different women. Bram the Patriarch stops at nothing to get his point across to the others. He even goes as far as rape. Ruling with an Iron Hand he has pitted his sons together so that they don’t trust each other.
This story is about one of his younger sons that happen to live with him, Cale. Cale and Kendra have been friends since they were children. Kendra was heartbroken when things happen as a young child. It pulled her and Cale apart. Because of Bram’s violence toward her family she was taken from the compound and eventually brought back (not sure of the reason or how) to become a princess and marry one of the sons so that they may be the next ruler’s. Because of the complexities of the storyline and the emotional involvement some things tend to get lost within the story. Kendra is still a virgin which is a hot commodity. Cale wants her for himself and declares that he will mate with her. Kendra has become skeptical as he seems to be allot like his father which isn’t good. It scares her. Even though they both remember how they loved each other as children it is still there under the surface of all that is going on. They are there for each other as they go through things together which only makes their bond to each other stronger.
There are many touching scenes in the story that helped to get through some of the tough parts. There were some very endearing love scenes, which span time. Hot and steamy sex was jumping off the pages.
Overall I enjoyed this story. This is the first of Ms. Gideon’s Moonlight series that I have read. Having said that, I will say that had I read the first group some questions that I had within the actual story would probably have been answered. Like the type of shifters that the Terriot Clan was. I felt that the characters could have been better put together. For instance Kendra had a tendency to be a little contradicting when I felt she should have been a little stronger and braver. She also seemed too naïve for someone in her later 20’s. Cale on the other hand was so arrogant that it seemed unreal almost a malicious arrogance. But then there were times he slipped as he tended to be very loving and caring toward Kendra and his mother then he would fly off the handle and become very hurtful. This I guess stems from being raised by his father.
Although some of the storyline seemed weak and was at times hard to get through because of the topic matter I found it to be a story that makes you wants to go and read the others in the series to find out about why each brother is the way he is. For the most part it was a good story and has appeal to it. I think that I will try to read the others and I look forward to more from Ms. Gideon.