Nothing burns as bright as the flames of the refiner’s fire.
Moments after hearing the Council sentence her enemy to life imprisonment for attempted murder and illegal use of magic, Darcy is whisked away by the Fates—accused of tampering with destiny. The cherished dream she shared with Mason has been called into question, placing doubt about whether they are actually true mates. To resolve it, a price must be paid—the Heart or Death—a grueling series of tests designed to reveal a person’s worth.
The stakes are high and Darcy finds herself facing the unknown in conditions that leave her more vulnerable than she’s ever been. Separated from Mason and her Pack, with Devlin as her only companion, she is pushed to her very limits. She must succeed—or lose everything.
Will she crumble under the pressure or emerge stronger for testing fate?
Teaser: “But, do you truly understand what you’re saying? Are you willing to put Darcy and your Pack through more attempts like Amber’s? Are you willing to fight a challenge with every suitor that comes along?” “Yes. If that’s what is needed, then I will beat them all!” Mason’s body stiffened with determination and I could only imagine what his wolf was experiencing below the surface. Male werewolves were dominant and extremely territorial. I had no doubt Mason would fight to the death, as many times as he needed to, in order to keep me by his side. “I am sure you would, young Alpha. But are you willing to have Darcy do that as well? Will you be able to watch her fight to the death? Is your pride worth the risk? Are you willing to test fate?”
“I was working in my office late one night and fallen asleep at my desk. Things were running smoothly for the Pack, but as the Alpha, I was feeling pressured to find a mate. A pack’s strength comes from many things—a dedicated leader who is willing to put aside ego and do what’s best for each person he governs, loyalty from each member, and an unfailing commitment to protect at all costs. The Mystic Wolves were flourishing, but I couldn’t deny that having a mate would bring something more to the pack . . . to me. It didn’t matter how many eligible females I met or how many anxious mothers paraded their daughters before me, there was no connection. No spark. No instant flare inside that reinforced that I’d met my equal. When I became aware of the young woman in my dream,” Mason paused and nodded in acknowledgement of Klothos, “I wondered if it was a result of those occupying thoughts. I was standing in a small circle of light with this mysterious stranger, surrounded by darkness and her knowing smile intrigued me.
“She asked if I truly yearned for a mate, if I was ready to see what my heart desired. I nodded and suddenly a window appeared before me. I turned around to question the woman but she’d vanished and I was alone.
“It’s not unusual for me to have cryptic dreams. Carrying the Alpha mantle is a heavy responsibility and many times I’ll receive inspiration or a needed perspective while I am asleep. I didn’t move to rouse myself; I wanted the vision to unfold naturally. What I didn’t expect was the intensity. The force almost drove me to my knees when I first caught sight of Darcy.
“It was her, the one. I knew immediately. It felt like the world tilted on its axis, and began spinning in a whole new orbit. Something gripped my soul and I knew . . . I knew that all I would ever want was her. No one else could ever compete. No one else would ever be enough. I didn’t know her name yet, but one thing I was sure of—I’d move heaven and earth to find her and make her mine.
"My wolf instantly responded. He recognized her for what she was . . . our mate. Not a day has gone by that I haven’t believed that.” Mason paused, taking the time to look at each of the Fates. Conviction blazed from him, from the way he held his head high to the deep resonance that echoed in his voice. “This changes nothing for me. No matter what ruling you pass today; Darcy is mine and I refuse to live my life without her.” His powerful declaration caused my breath to catch as a few tears rolled down my cheek. It didn’t matter how many times he told me he loved me or what he saw when he looked at me, hearing Mason speak how he felt always humbled me. I never believed that I would have such a fairytale romance—my own where love conquered all. It still stunned me when I realized that I was really living it.
A homesick Aussie living amongst the cactus and mountains of Arizona, Belinda Boring is a self proclaimed addict of romance and all things swoon worthy. When she's not devouring her latest read, you can find her celebrating her passion for book on her blog The Bookish Snob.
With all that excitement, it wasn't long before she began writing, pouring her imagination and creativity into the stories she dreams. Whether urban fantasy, paranormal romance or romance in general, Belinda strives to share great plots with heart and characters that you can't help but connect with. Of course, she wouldn't be Belinda without adding heroes she hopes will curl your toes.
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Author of the Mystic Wolves series - The Mystic Wolves, and Forget Me Not. Author of the Enchanted series - Enchanted Hearts in the A Midsummer Night's Fling anthology. Author of Brianna Lane series - Broken Promises. www.thebookishsnob.com It's All About The Swoon!
What would you do if a simple errand takes a deadly twist, turning you from cautious prey to dangerous predator? Someone is trying to send a deadly message to Mason, arranging the deaths of those he loves and it puts the entire pack and Alpha on high alert. Darcy understands the primal instincts driving her beloved Mason's commands. With the help of those he sets as protectors, she learns about herself and the things she'll need to help support her Alpha and pack. When events turn dire however, one truth offers her strength - once given, oaths are unbreakable ... even if it means risking it all.
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Only a fool would think they could steal from a werewolf … Anticipating a quiet night alone with the man she loves, Darcy’s world is sent into a spin with the arrival of someone from the past—Mason’s. She is further shocked by the intruder’s claim she may not even be the true mate of the Mystic Wolves Alpha. Accusations start to fly, leading to her new enemy being granted asylum, and this is just the beginning of trouble. Relying on the reassurances of Mason and the support of her friends and Pack, Darcy soon falls under attack. Suspicions are raised, and with no other choice, she must flee with Devlin to safety where hopefully they can untangle the lies hidden behind the use of magic. Time is quickly ticking away, leading to a showdown where everything is on the line. They need to uncover the truth before it’s too late, or once again, Darcy will need to fight to hold onto her dreams.
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