Taylor is the Alpha’s son and the heir to the Harrington Pack. He left home and moved to San Francisco as a rite of passage, knowing it is just a matter of time before he returns home to take his place within the pack.
Kevin is a wolf without a pack. Abandoned by the pack when he was young, he’s okay with being a lone wolf. The only thing he does want is Taylor, his next door neighbor and best friend – the wolf he’s been crushing on for the past year and a half.
When Taylor’s mother threatens to parade Taylor in front of every eligible bachelor if he returns home for the upcoming wedding without a date, Taylor asks Kevin to be his pretend boyfriend for the two week visit. While pretending to be in love with Taylor won’t be a hardship for Kevin, he fears that Taylor will find out that Kevin’s isn’t pretending.
As they arrive in Harrington Hills, they begin to realize that what they have could be real, if they just stop pretending.
Those of you who have read my reviews over the past year know that I am not usually a fan of paranormal stories. Yet, every once and a while, along comes a story that reaches out and grabs me with just the blurb on the back cover. This is one of those stories.
I just love books where the characters pretend that they are in love with each other, only to find out that they weren’t pretending at all. In this story, Kevin has been crushing on Taylor for the past year and a half, but he’s never let on. Meanwhile, Taylor obviously has feelings for Kevin, given that he continuously brags about him when talking to his moms back in Harrington Hills. Despite their mutual feelings for one another, neither has had the courage to push the envelope…until Taylor finds himself facing the prospect of being paraded in front of any available bachelor at the upcoming wedding. Devising a fool-proof plan in which Kevin poses as Taylor’s boyfriend, the two head to Harrington Hills for the wedding. There, the two are forced to interact with one another in a more intimate manner than they’ve ever been with each other before.
As the wedding nears, their relationship begins to heat up! I never understood why people found werewolves to be titillating…well, now I know! These scenes between these two were hot!
What I enjoyed most about this story is that it utilized common romance themes of unrequited love, pretend romance, and friends to lovers tropes. So, for non-paranormal readers, it is something familiar. I also liked that the paranormal elements of the story were fairly basic – two werewolves who have the ability to shift, but most of the time they are in human form. I also liked that the author explained their actions, so that someone, like me, who isn’t a paranormal reader, knew why they were bearing their necks and intermingling their scents.
My only complaint about this book was that I wish we knew more about Kevin’s background and how he came to be a lone wolf and why he wasn’t looking for a new pack. While we get little bits and pieces, we don’t get the whole story.
Overall, this book did not disappoint! I am anxious to see what comes next in this series. If you love a good friends to lovers storyline, you should check this one out!