Also by this author: Guardian's Bond, Stand & Deliver
Also in this series: Guardian's Bond
Series: Ancient Ink #2
Published by Carina Press on October 22nd
Genres: PNR, Paranormal, Shapeshifters
Source: Netgalley, Carina Press
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When the hunter is your mate, being prey is anything but terrifying
Coyote shifter Tate Allen has been watching. Learning his mate every possible way before he moves in. Protecting her through the night, always from afar.
He’ll be the one to teach her about her gifts. He’ll be there when she changes for the first time.
With him, she’ll fulfill her destiny.
Elise Ralston loves Tate for the patience he’s shown. The faith he’s demonstrated—denying himself what he needs sexually, even as he teaches her about pleasure.
For Tate, Elise is willing to try. To revel in touch, to give him control…and to embrace her healer’s need.
But someone unknown is still stalking the clan, threatening more than Tate and Elise’s bond. And Elise is a prime target—precious for the magic she hasn’t even learned yet.
by Rhenna Morgan
Healer’s Need connects directly to where Guardian’s Bond ended. I don’t recommend to read this installment as a standalone – the world building happens in the first book and you feel like you’re missing vital information if you forgo reading Guardian’s Bond.
At the end of the first installment we were left with Priest’s evil brother escaping the clan’s effort to neutralize him and Tate meeting his fated mate. As always in such stories the romance is pretty insta and I don’t have an issue with that but of course this goes at the expense of relationship development. Such relationships just are -whether you understand it or not. In comparison, I liked Katy and Priest’s relationship better because Katy didn’t just accept it while Elise just took it as a fact.
Clean slate. Clean slate. Clean slate. She didn’t have to be something she wasn’t. Didn’t have to hide what she thought, or what she looked like to fit in. Not here. Not this time.
Elise was an innocent girl, a little too nice and bland for my taste and she didn’t really convince me that she had what it took to lead the healer group of their clan. Granted she didn’t have much self confidence but she let people take that away from her and I was only partially convinced that she reclaimed it. I loved her animal companion but also found her soul quest a little lame. Tate was a sweet man who gave Elise time and room to come into her own. He displayed the usual protective/possessive behavior we know from these alpha males and I totally got why a woman would fall in love with him.
She’s everything I never knew I wanted in a woman. Curves everywhere. Sexy as fuck, but in a way that’s so innocent all I want to do is dirty her up.
We are reunited with Priest and Katy and that was actually my highlight of the book which was a little slow in the first half. The pace picks up considerably in the second half and we get a showdown that could have had a little more action and tension.
While this one was a little disappointing for this reader many readers, especially lovers of shapeshifter romance will love Healer’s Need, so please take my review, as always, with a grain of salt!