Dean Brooks was born a Prince, but his father’s life of luxury was never one he wanted. Determined to make his own path, he accepts the role as prince regent to a small town in the middle of nowhere known as Dahlia City. But when war threatens, Dean will do anything to prevent his father from getting involved, including taking a shifter hostage in hopes of bargaining with the neighboring pack.
Fate has played a cruel joke on the black jaguar shifter, Malachi Xavier. Or at least that’s what he thinks when he realizes the human who has imprisoned him is his mate. To make matters worse, Dean has no knowledge of their bond or its significance.
But the more time they spend together, the more neither of them can deny their feelings. Malachi will have to decide if it’s worth giving up everything he’s ever known for the human that’s captured his heart.
Moon’s Captive by Lexi DeHalo was a spectacular addition to the Be-Were series. This tale found human Dean seeking assistance from Alpha Jared in order to keep hi city safe in the shifter-hunter war. Little did Dean know that when he transported back to his city would were shifter Malachi follow him. The shaman shifter was his mate and curiosity got the cat when he followed the human.
Ms. DeHalo wove a tale of drama and love as each man brought different feelings and facets to the table. Dean, hurt in a prior relationship, and knowing nothing about mates was reluctant to accept Malachi as his fated companion. His characterization was stoic in his resolve to do what was best for his people, and once he accepted the guidance of the fates, he poured his heart and soul into the union with Malachi.
Malachi was a sensitive character; shamanism aside, he wore his heart on his sleeve and always saw the better in people.
As in the previous books of the series surprises run amok, an adventure around every page. The sexual union of the two men was beautifully scripted, never using the “mate card” as a reason for sex, but pure unadulterated attraction.
The secondary characters added substance to the story with the promise of more to come. I look forward to many more books.
A five handcuff review