The Thing About Weres
St. Martin's Press / July 30, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital
In the never-ending saga that is my love-hate relationship with Robson Trowbridge, I, half-Were Hedi Peacock, have had a change of heart. Ever since I shoved Trowbridge through the Gates of Merenwyn, I’ve been the leader of the pack—hard to believe, right? The thing is: I’m half-Fae. So even though my Were side is ready to heed the call of the wild, the other part of me is desperate to take flight. And much as it pains me to admit it, life without Trowbridge is really starting to were me down…
To make matters worse, the wolves of Creemore want my blood—and the North American Council of Weres wants me dead. So I’m just counting the days until Trowbridge returns from the other realm…and comes to my brave rescue…and becomes my alpha mate. Wishful thinking? Of course it is. But given all the mess I’ve been through already, what’s the harm in doing a little bit of daisy-plucking? Besides, Trowbridge owes me bigtime. A girl can dream.
Leigh Evans continues her tale of the misadventures and missteps of Hedi Peacock. Our reluctant heroine is half-Fae, half-Were and a whole lot of confused. Hedi is constantly at odds with her duality, Fae and Were, neither of which she is totally in control of. Hedi's Fae magic is difficult to control and to further complicate things, she is a Mystwalker, one who can enter the world of dreams. She must keep her abilities to herself lest she be forced into serving the Fae king. Her Were, although a constant presence, is unable to manifest itself during the full moon even though it feels the pull to do so. To say she has an identity crisis is an understatement.
As if inner voices weren’t enough, she has to come to terms with the fact that her One True Thing may never return from Merenwyn. Hedi still doubts whether or not she is good enough to be his mate. He is the hot Alpha of her childhood obsession and she is just a hot mess. Absence has made the heart grow paranoid.
Forced into a leadership role as Alpha by proxy due to Robson’s absence, Hedi makes a mess of everything. A big mess. Fortunately for her, Trowbridge makes a dramatic return from Merenwyn, literally saving her life. But he’s changed—hardened by hardship. Hedi must not only come to terms with how her mate has changed, but with how her Were is affected by him. Her journey of self-discovery is coming closer to fulfillment as she works towards accepting her true nature.
Too many months she’d sat in my gut, being jostled by my Fae, kept belly-low by my constraint checks and counterchecks. Too long she’d waited for the return of what had been promised her. Trowbridge’s wolf was hers–to claim, to protect, to fight for—and no one, including me, was going to stop her from trying to do so.
Trowbridge placed a heavy paw on my thigh.
I looked up at him, my eyes flooding. Don’t you see? She’s tearing me apart.
She’s mine, the wolf’s cool gaze replied.
I hurt. She hurt. We hurt....
Our arms looped around the neck of her beloved wolf, our face pressed itself deep inside his thick, dense pelt, and we knew a happiness that had been denied for too, too long.
Whatever doubts Hedi may have about herself, she can no longer deny that Trowbridge makes her whole. As for the Alpha, he knows she is his mate and Weres mate for life. As Hedi works to correct the damage she has inadvertently caused, Trowbridge makes it ultimately clear that wherever she goes, he will be by her side for he has vowed to protect and love her.
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