“This doesn’t mean anything,” she said, trying to sound all harsh and tough as she cuddled into me as if I was some kind of mostly human teddy bear.
“Nope,” I said, my voice soft, my lips brushing the top of her head. “Doesn’t mean a thing.”
“We’re friends. Friends cuddle.”
I smirked. “Sure, I cuddle with Rebel all the time.”
Silence… and then, “Really?”
“Too bad,” she said with a sigh. “That’d be hot.”
This book… Ellis Leigh… Shadow… Scarlett… OMG!
Ok, so this entire series and the sub-series (The Gathering) is fantastic, imo, and while Phoenix remain battling for my heart (let me keep thinking that, okay?), this book is just on different level than the others. I don’t know if the series is coming to an end soon, or what, but it the atmosphere in this book feels like a culmination of events and emotions and it’s simply awesome.
Shadow, if you remember a couple of books back (Calla’s story) is a shifter doctor who’s part covert affairs agent for the NALB. He’s also freakin’ fantastic, if you ask me. And you are asking me or you wouldn’t read this review. HA!
Scarlett, or Sparky, or Firecracker, or whatever name you want to throw her way, is 1/3 of the Weaver witches (Amber and Zuri are her sisters). And. She’s. Nuts. And very cool, strong, opinionated, emotional, determined. With a touch of emo, I’d say.
Scarlett’s resisting her mating bond to Shadow for reasons I won’t get into here, and Shadow is being amazing and letting her come to terms with everything and approach him. He’s suffering in silence and he’s doing it beautifully.
Some fabulous lines that truly represent Leigh’s crafty words, and at times her slight insanity make this story what it is. For example:
“How he could not be as deflated as a cheap tire on a glass-strewn highway, I had no idea.”
And there’s quite a bit of humor, mostly from Scarlett (evidence? the quote at the top of this review).
There’s a lot, A LOT, going in this book in the Feral Breed world, and their budding romance is woven with action packed pages of kickass writing. I can’t say much except I need the next book like I need my next breath. Not that I’m saying CHF ends with a cliffy. But I’m also not saying it doesn’t.
CHF is definitely a page turner. It’s light and emotional, filled with action and a touch of mystery, and will take any supernatural loving reader into the magical world of Ellis Leigh’s shifters.
My rating: 5 Stars
A shifter with a secret that could destroy his world…
A witch without a coven to keep her grounded…
A fated destiny they’ll have to fight to begin.
Shadow of the Feral Breed earned his road name by being a sneaky combatant—quite fitting considering he’s been hiding the truth about his heritage for decades. With his life wrapped in secrets and lies to protect himself from the judgment of other shifters, he’s become a master at keeping people at a distance. He’s got a job to do, one that could potentially save the lives of the missing Omega females, and he refuses to let a little thing like honesty get in his way.
Fire witch Scarlett left her coven voluntarily after her sister’s banishment, but she can’t get over the pain of being shunned by the people she saw as her extended family. She keeps her relationships casual, avoiding any real commitment on the chance others may let her down again. But with her powers out of control and her element burning her from the inside out, she’s on a path that can only end in ash.
After a chance meeting leads to a fiery clash, Shadow and Scarlett work hard to break themselves apart as the thread of destiny pulls them closer together. But secrets and lies aren’t a stable foundation for a relationship, and the walls between them are easier to build higher than to tear down. When the truth comes out and the smoke clears, will their fragile connection be burnt through or tempered by the heat? And can their fated bond survive the war brewing in their world?
A storyteller from the time she could talk, Ellis grew up among family legends of hauntings, psychics, and love spanning decades. Those stories didn’t always have the happiest of endings, so they inspired her to write about real life, real love, and the difficulties therein. From farmers to werewolves, store clerks to witches—if there’s love to be found, she’ll write about it. Ellis lives in the Chicago area with her husband, daughters, and a giant dog who hogs the bed.