Seventeen-year-old Morgan Daniel has been in the witness protection program most of her life. But The Panteras have caught up with her and her younger brother. Her car is totaled, she’s hurt, and the street gang is closing in when wolves with glowing eyes appear out of nowhere and chase away the killers.
Then a very cute guy who handles a bow like Robin Hood emerges from the woods and takes them to safety at his fortress-like home.
And that’s just the first sign that Morgan and her brother have entered a hidden world filled with secrets…
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Oh, no. Was the wolf hit? Morgan prayed not. She sensed him trying to protect them, and couldn’t imagine why, or why he seemed like ‘her wolf’.
Cries, like the shrieks of a panther, carried through the trees. A chill crawled down her spine. Were the woods filled with creatures she thought long gone from these mountains?
More wolfish snarls erupted and snapping, tearing. Good. He lived. She nudged Jimmy. “Can you see anything?”
He craned his head around the rocks. “Not through the smoke and fog.”
Eerie howls rose from the surrounding woodland on every side. A whole pack must be gathering. Morgan wasn’t certain whether to be frightened, fascinated, or hopeful of rescue. Still light-headed, not sure she even saw clearly, she watched the black wolf reappear; with him, a great white wolf whose green eyes shone like starlight. The most extraordinary yet. Together, the two loped after the brown and gray one. Judging by the high-pitched calls, there were more wolves out there. And panthers, or were they mountain lions?
Snarls, growls, and the shrieks of enraged felines ripped through the smoky shroud. The pack wasn’t after her and Jimmy. Not now, anyway.
I super enjoyed this one! I liked the Native American culture weaved in (although I cannot attest to its accuracy.) I’ve always felt like shifter stories make for great Native American fiction telling because NA beliefs are so at one with their environments. Most I know of have an inherent respect for nature, which also blends in nicely with shifter stories.
I liked that main character wasn’t Native American, but she was embraced by it. Her own family’s history actually made her an enemy of this Native American (er…not really Tribe,? Group? Clan? Idk what to call it.)
I found Jackson to be super sweet, I loved the character personalities. Especially Jimmy and Jackson’s little brother Hawthorne.
The only reason I couldn’t give it more stars, was that I felt it was vague! I felt like it could have been so much longer, and deeper. It just needed a lot of fleshing out.
I actually would have loved to beta read this. I love seeing authors with potential like this. I would have really loved pushing her nose to the grindstone and really polish this one out.
It seemed to jump a little from scene to scene. I would have enjoyed a little more continuity. And, like I mentioned before, more depth. A slower burn, I guess you could say. Either way, I enjoyed reading this story.
I liked the tender connection Morgan and Jackson had. I will definitely be looking forward to reading the next installments in The Secret Warrior series.
I can’t wait to see if this author can push her talent to the next level!