Ven Thorne is a lone wolf with a bad attitude caused by his difficult childhood. Forced to return to pack life, he is tasked with rebuilding the gas station on the outskirts of Los Lobos. Ven works for Ryker, the pack enforcer, and will act as sentinel and lookout when the station reopens.
Caitlyn Burrows has recently returned to Los Lobos with her family. A victim of Magnum Tao, the pack’s evil ex-Alpha, she is terrified of men and her natural omega nature is making it hard for her to make friends. Her family is determined to see Caitlyn happy.
A chance encounter between Ven and Caitlyn reveals they are mates, something that neither of them is happy about! He’s mean and angry; she’s timid and shy. Can two such opposites find common ground?
Caitlyn decides it is past time to take control of her life and is determined to prove to Ven that she is the mate that he needs. Can she make him see that the Fates are right and that their only chance of happiness is together or will the ghosts from the past keep them apart forever?
This story really points to the psychological damage that Magnum had done to his wolves. Ven has a need to stay strong and dominant. Not allowing himself to feel any real emotion thanks to his Uncle’s unrelenting “care”.
Caitlyn on the other hand has the supporting family, all dominant to her omega self. The damage Magnum did to her was physical as well as psychological. It takes her sister-in-law Hannah to point out the fact that her family was actually hindering her recovery. So much in fact that the incident lives in all there minds even though it occurred 10 years ago.
When Caitlyn meets Ven they both know they are mates, she flees and he chases. He doesn’t feel worthy of her or any mate but he will protect her and soothe her, all while pushing her away. This is a favorite scene that occurs after Caitlyn sticks her head out her window in an effort to soothe a panic attack.
“Relax, Little Red. Feel my breath, feel the rise and fall of my chest. Hush now, my heart.” He murmured reassurance to her over and over again until gradually her body yielded, melting into his. Their breathing rose and fell in sweet harmony and a sense of peace, of utter rightness stole over Ven.
“I’m so sorry.” The words were barely a whisper but they struck his heart deep. Tucking her closer, he pressed his lips against the creamy, soft skin of her shoulder.
“Don’t be sorry, Caitlyn. Don’t you ever apologize for how that bastard made you feel. I’ll never demand more of you than you can freely give me. Never,” he vowed. His wolf gave a soft growl of agreement.
“You must be cursing the fates, Ven. I’m a poor excuse for a mate.” She sighed. The irony of her words twisted like a knife in his heart. “That makes two of us, Little Red. Now go to sleep.”
Brushing another soft kiss against her skin, he allowed himself to relax as her breathing slowed and she drifted off to sleep. She felt so good in his arms, so right. He would allow himself a few hours to indulge in the idea this could be his life if he chose it. He could sleep beside his mate every night, keep her safe from harm and let her sweet kind nature smooth the roughness in his soul.
Ven closed his eyes and smiled without humor. A fool’s dream in a world as harsh as theirs. A fool’s dream it would remain.
Making a soft noise in her sleep, Caitlyn struggled a little against the tight grip of his arms. He slackened his hold and was rewarded when she turned in her sleep, almost climbing on top of him in her unconscious desire to get as close as possible. Her arm slid over his shoulder, fingers curling into the thick mass of his hair.
He raised his hand, gliding his palm down her spine in soft sweeps and she nuzzled her face into his shoulder with a sigh, muttering a few nonsense words.
He was in Heaven.
He was in Hell.
A Mate’s Redeeming Touch (Black Hills Wolves #44) (Kindle Locations 425-441). Decadent Publishing. Kindle Edition.
In spite of all the reasons Ven has for why he shouldn’t mate with her, Caitlyn persists. Using every ounce of courage she has to win over her mate.
Dirty Dancing references had me giggling and I shed more than a couple of tears. I love this addition to the Black Hills Wolves as we see more healing within this pack.
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Merryn Dexter is a military spouse who, after a varied employment career (from selling sandals to old ladies with bunions to being a health and safety coordinator for a construction company), is thrilled to be pursuing her dream career as a romance writer. She likes The Winchesters, Spike, Hotch, Loki and watching complicated European Noir. Her hobbies include crying at books, crying at movies, crying at tv serials (there’s a theme!) and believes all stories should have a Happy Ending.