Title: Silver Mine
Series: Takini Wolves #2
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: September 11 2012
If a tree falls in the forest, duck…
Life in isolation is the safest place for Chase Johnson, a crossbreed who doesn’t know which form he’ll assume next—cougar or wolf. Once a year, his unelected position as spokesman for the Yukon outcasts forces him to visit civilization. This time he runs across someone unexpected. She’s not his mate, but she pushes all the right buttons.
It’s taken years for Shelley Bradley to gather the courage to return to her home pack. In spite of being the lowest of the low—a shifter who can’t shift—she’s determined to make a place for herself as the Whitehorse locals’ new vet-slash-doctor.
There’s definite electricity between her and Chase, but sex with fellow shifters and the inherent mind games got old a long time ago. Ignoring him seems best. When he shows up at her office with a wound that won’t heal, she’s stuck—yet drawn to solve this medical mystery.
As they journey deep into outcast territory in search of answers, their powerful sexual attraction crumbles her resistance. But time is of the essence. If a cure can’t be found before his human and cougar succumb to his injury, he—and others like him—will die.
Warning: Contains a silver-tongued, hairy-chested, lean-muscled Alpha who’s got what it takes to lead in the wilderness and in the bedroom. Yeah, I know…not really much of a deterrent, is it? Throw in continuing territorial wars and a domestic cat. Stir and enjoy the chaos.
Where is a werewolf hermit with an ailment to go with a medical problem? To the anti-pack veterinarian of course.
Once again, Vivian Arend brings the wild and sexy world of shifters to the page in the second instalment of the Takhini Wolves series.
Our hero, the delicious Chase Johnson prefers the quiet life. The VERY quiet life of the Yukon, home of outcasts and hermits of the shifter world. Chase is all alpha but not interested in pack life, not least because he is a cross breed with no idea what he will shift to next, a cougar or a wolf.
Meanwhile, Shelley Bradley has spent years away from home after being endlessly mocked by the pack for being unable to shift to her wolf side, considered too weak to be anything but Omega. Now she is the new vet/shifter doctor for the town and determined to live life her way, with or without the pack.
Their paths cross when Chase is unable to heal from a simple wound, one his shifter metabolism should be able to fix fast. And for some reason, his wolf side doesn’t want to play at all. Shelley has never heard of anything like it before and neither has her mentor. She needs more information and fast
Cue a trek into the wilderness with the new vet, who’s not his mate but is pushing all the right buttons, to find the cure for an unknown illness. Will the surly inhabitants from the wild give her more grief then her former pack and will they be able to help Chase?
Vivian Arend loves to set her stories in remote areas and is never afraid for them to go on adventurous hijinks. This is definitely a clue to our favourite authors personal preference for clean air and physical activity over big cities and reclining on chaise lounges.
The majority of conflict for this couple comes from outside of their relationship, which would normally annoy me, but Arend writes it in such a way that it feels natural . After all, sometime the world just seems to throw potholes and stoplights in our path, so why shouldn’t that happen to our characters.
Speaking of characters, Arend’s vivid writing enables the reader to really put themselves into the mindset of the hero and heroine. The dialogue is feisty, clever, often snarky and always entertaining. And the sexy scenes… woah! That’s some hot shifter loving.
I am a huge fan of Vivian Arend’s work, particularly her wolfy tales. Silver Mine has been added to my favourites pile, and I’m sure it will be one of yours.
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Silver Mine is available for purchase as an ebook from 11th Septemer 2012
(or you could go and pre-order it now!).