I received this book as an ARC for an honest review.
In this book we meet Lily Hale and Derek Joseph Greer. When this book opens we find Lily has come to Grayslake for a fresh start and to hide out from her family. So when she hears the woman come into the diner and talk about two men looking for a missing woman she is immediately on guard. That one statement has her bear looking to protect her however it takes one whiff of Derek and is singing a different tune. Lily doesn't know what her bear is talking about and isn't inclined to figure it out all she knows is she needs to hide quick but how does she run from the people who have helped her. There is also the issue of this new guy what does he mean for her future and can she stick around long enough to figure it out.
Derek is there looking for a cougar that is on the run. The council has decreed that she is to be brought back to stand before them for judgement on her crimes. First he and Calder have to find her first and the Grayslake Itan doesn't want any part of what is happening with these men but will give them 24 hours to figure out if this missing cougar is there. However when they step in to the local diner thinking they can get a little gossip and a little grub Derek never thought he would also find his mate. Derek wonders why she smells of fear and what has her so spooked he vows from the first glance to protect her from what ever has he so rattled. Little does Derek know that what has rattled her is her own mind working on overdrive as to why he is there. When Derek does learn of her past all he wants to do is protect her by killing anyone and everyone that will hurt her.
What happens when two people fall into each others lap when they were never looking for a mate? This book will tell you and will have you on the edge of your seat though it all. Mia is back in full force not only standing up for Lily but driving her own mate nuts. This book will have you laughing one moment and wanting to cry for Lily another. There is so much I want to tell you about this book but as a reader I hate spoilers so I will tell you read this book it is so so good. I would highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone.