Shifters dominate the human world, while lightbearers stay hidden away in their magically protected coterie. That is, until Olivia Bennett, princess of the lightbearers, is captured by the most powerful shifter of them all—Quentin Lyons, who believes that to kill a lightbearer is to inherit her magic.
His son, Tanner, doesn’t believe his father’s theory. In the ultimate betrayal, Tanner rescues Olivia and vows to return her to her home. Along the way, he discovers two other lightbearers who have left the safety of the coterie, not to mention an attraction to the lightbearer princess that becomes increasingly more difficult to ignore with each hour he spends in her company.
The attraction makes no sense. Lightbearers and shifters have been mortal enemies since the dawn of time. He’s supposed to feel the urge to kill her, not…well, you know.
Despite shifters who are out to kill them and lightbearers who don’t trust them, Tanner and Olivia decide to take the chance and give in to their mutual attraction, only to discover that Olivia’s destiny has been predetermined, and it doesn’t include her shifter lover. They must decide if they are willing to risk it all, or if they can walk away from true love for the sake of the lightbearer species.
Review: This was one fantastic read. I love paranormal, I love things that aren’t real. Anything that can take me away from reality, I’m a huge fan of. This book surprised me, in a good way. I saw that it was a shifter book when I choose to review it and I automatically “assumed” (you know what they say..) that when I see shifter, that means wolf shifter. That wasn’t the case with this book. The characters in this book aren’t wolf shifters, they can shift into any animal that they want. Isn’t that so cool? I never read a book where the characters could shift into any animal that they want.
The two main characters are Olivia and Tanner as well as several secondary characters who make this one highly entertaining read. The secondary characters are Olivia’s cousin Cecilia, Finnigan, who grew up with Tanner, Dane, another Lightbearer, Tanner’s mother Ariana, and Lisa who was another member of the pack that Tanner was in. I’m mentioning these characters because they are integral to the story, they provide needed information for the next book in the series, and they are great characters. They’re funny, brave, and entertaining as all get out.
Olivia was a brave young woman. She’s not foolish and goes off on an adventure half cocked. She’s serious and resentful that no one listens to her and what she has to say. She’s independent but she’s ok with leaning on someone else when she needs the support. She also has a smart mouth and smart to boot.
Tanner wants nothing to do with his father and even less to do with the pack. He acts like he doesn’t care about anybody or anything, but he does. He’s so afraid that he’ll end up being like his father, that he tries to run away from himself. Who’s not done that at some point in their lives. Tanner is such a great character because he’s so flawed but he possess such greatness, he just needs to give himself a chance to see it, believe it and achieve it.
Tanner and Olivia need each other. They understand each other as they both have circumstances from their pasts and with in their family structures that are similar. These circumstances help shape who they become as well as who they are supposed to be. I understand I’m speaking in riddles and I apologize for it but I also don’t want to give the plot away and ruin the story. It’s so good! Once you read the book, you know you want to, the review will make more sense, I promise.