Forged Alliances
Katherine McIntyre
Paranormal/Shifters

Sierra Kanoska fought hard for her position as wolf alpha of the Red Rock pack, and intruders in her territory receive the full brunt of what her claws, fangs, and smarts can accomplish. So when Dax Williams, de facto alpha of the Silver Springs pack, pays an unwelcome visit, Sierra’s ready to toss him out. However, the man’s in a tough spot. The pack elders sabotaged his fight for alpha against his brother, driving him from his lands. Sierra hates underhanded moves like that, so she agrees on an alliance.

As they work together, she witnesses an alpha who wants to do right by his pack, not just the cocky wiseass she first met. Their growing attraction blazes hot, but the moment she and Dax lock lips, a mating bond emerges. Sierra sure as hell isn’t ready to share that intimate connection with a stranger, and the thought of forever sends Dax running.

Before they can talk, the Tribe commanding the East Coast shifters arrives to settle the dispute. Dax and his brother’s punishment for their pack’s civil war is a free-for-all on their lands. Not only does he have to defeat his brother, but any challenger in the region. Despite Dax and Sierra’s initial resistance, his wily charm relaxes her control-freak tendencies while her steadfast support bolsters his strength. Yet every new opponent places their newfound relationship under siege–one misstep, one wrong blow in the ring, and Dax could leave in a bodybag.

Uncaged Review: If you are strung out on shifter series, or paranormal, this one pushes back, and it will reaffirm your love for the furry characters that have saturated the market in the past few years. The author kicks this one into high gear and challenges the norm with a wolf alpha and a woman at that. But Sierra is a wolf alpha of her pack that is easy to back, and you never feel like she’s just a domineering bitch, but someone who is fair, smart and deserving of her place. Many times when an author writes an alpha woman, they tend to overextend and turn them too hard-nosed in the process. I never felt that with Sierra.
Dax is a mountain lion alpha whose territory borders on the wolves, comes into Sierra’s territory to form an alliance. But they’ll have to resist the call of the mating bond that emerges between the two of them if Dax wants to get his pack away from his evil, cheating brother who chased him out.
This book was hard for me to put down when real life decided to rear its ugly head. Never slowing down – this book tosses you headfirst into the storyline and there is never a dull moment. Dax becomes the perfect foil for Sierra, and if you love the shifter books but feel burned out on them, this one may change your mind. Reviewed by Cyrene

5 Stars