4 Stars

**Spolier Alert**

This third instalment in the Wild Hunt Series was still an awesome read but I must admit that it was not quite as compelling as the first two books. The first two had me suffering severe book hangovers from being unable to put them down until they were done. This one didn’t quite inspire the same level of reading compulsion. But that being said it was still an awesome read and I love the world of Cold Creek that Cherise has created. I found myself taking a little longer than usual to warm to the boys in this one. Not entirely sure why but I didn’t flat out love Ben straight away and Ryder was more interesting to me but still not swoon worthy. They grew on me over the course of the book though.
Emma’s cosantir was just awful to her… okay so I understand that due to his connection to Gary he would most likely overreact but surely in order to banish someone he would have that connection to the mother or herne and it would be obvious that he couldn’t. The fact she went three years out on her own in the forest thinking she was banished and responsible for the actions of two hotheaded males was sad.
The addition of Minette was lovely. Seeing the way the men responded to the little one would probably make all the female ovaries in the area do cartwheels. I like the connection she forms with Emma.
Ryder’s aversion to women is completely understandable considering the awful witch that is that poor little girls mother – what a conniving evil creature she is.
The hellhound scenes were action packed and engaging.
I love that Calum is such a fair and careful consantir and that the supporting cahirs in the area are equally careful about prejudging a situation. The final judgement I think was perfect. I never realised that Gawain was Owen’s brother – that is interesting – I will be looking forward to their story in the future – how will Gawain convince Owen to even try finding anything resembling a lifemate?
I would like to see Bree get more serious about her alpha role though. Hopefully that will develop over time in the series. Looking forward to more in the series… when is it out? I am officially out of books by one of my favourite authors oh no!

Goodreads Synopsis:

She risked her life to save a human child. Pain was her reward.

All her life, Emma longed for someone to love. Instead, disaster sees the brand-new bard banished from her people for long lonely years. Injured saving a child, the werebear has to steal food from humans, breaking shifter Law. The territory’s Cosantir and his lethal grizzly warrior catch her in the act. To her surprise, she’s healed and welcomed. Obviously, they don’t know her past. But oh, she can’t resist being around other shifters—especially the captivatingly powerful warrior. Maybe she can stay…just a little while.

As a grizzly warrior, Ben is ordered to house the pretty werebear until she heals. His littermate abandoned him, his home is empty, and he’s been alone for a long time. Intelligent and sweet and lushly curved, Emma is a delight…even if she is oddly reticent about her past. Although having sworn off females, he’s sorely tempted by this one. Damned if he doesn’t want to keep her, secrets or not.

Females were trouble. Years past, one split Ryder from his littermate. Now the panther shifter is returning to Ben, bringing his cub with him, a four-year-old he stole from the abusive female. To Ryder’s annoyance, his brother is sheltering a wounded bear. A female. Even worse, she’s beautiful and gentle and loving—damned if he’s going to fall for that act again. But when the dark of the moon arrives and death reigns supreme, he’ll discover that not all females are alike.

In a world filled with hellhounds and pixies, can three lonely shifters and one silent cub create a new family together?