“I had failed my Alpha. I knew this, and mine was the penalty to pay, that I might never know the comfort of my Mate, of finding the other half of my soul. I might dream, of a beautiful white wolf, with eyes of green. I might dream that we ran together under the moonlight, but I would never know her. Or so I thought.”
“It was a letter that started it, from an old friend, a plea for help. A run in the Catskills. An encounter with a white wolf on Cwn Annwn territory. A cop. A Homicide Detective. Her family who saw her only as a marriage prize even in this modern age. But she was mine. Alix was mine. Woe betide any who thought to take her from me.”
Bran Cadwgan is one of two Betas of the Cwn Annwn. He believed he would never be granted a Mate by the Goddess as penance for past mistakes, but discovers that he was wrong. Will he succeed in proving to both her family and his Mate that he is worthy of her sharing his life?
Alix Gosselin is the only daughter of the Gosselin Alpha and his mate. She was the “Gosselin Princess” growing up in an abusive home, until she fled first to attend boarding school and then for a career in law enforcement. Her parents had proven that the myth of a mate who would love and treasure you above all else was just that, a myth. Then, she encountered a biker whilst investigating a series of female disappearances in a suspected sex-trafficking ring. Her life would never be the same again. Alix wants to believe the story she is told by her biker, but she knows her father will not let her ‘throw herself away’ on a ‘mere biker’.
Bran and Alix, both have preconceptions to overcome. Both of them will be faced with challenges. Will the growing bond between them be sufficient?
Based on the legend of the Welsh Cwn Annwn, and incorporating Jo’s love of myth and legend, Beta introduces a cast of Cwn Annwn, wolf shifter and human characters, weaving romance with the contemporary world. Dare you walk in our world?
Christy Nicholas4.0 out of 5 stars It’s rare that a prologue can make me cryReviewed in the United States on February 14, 2018Verified Purchase
It’s rare that a prologue can make me cry, but this one did. The details of the war and the tender sweetness were poignant.
The author has created a great world and mythos around the Welsh legends of the Cŵn Annwn, the hounds of the underworld. Working as saviors to those in need, they march along on the periphery of human society, only mixing when they need to. Alas, that means they are sometimes disconnected and when they do connect, it can be with a vengeance. Especially when a mating is ordained.
While the journal entries at the beginning of the chapters contained useful information, sometimes it was simply repetitive and not additional detail. At worst it became distracting. However, the characters and drama within the shifter groups and the underlying mystery of kidnappings still worked to weave a great tale. I especially liked Merida’s character, though I found it difficult at first not to think of the movie, Brave.
The book at first glance seemed like a derivative paranormal romance, but there is more at work here. There are family dynamics that result in interesting conflicts that are worth experiencing.