The Curse by Harper A. Brooks
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Admittedly, I did not read the first book in the series, but I don't think it really hindered my enjoyment of this follow-up book. In general, it read as a mix between a paranormal romance and something slightly historical romance-esque (there is definitely a lack of technology and other contemporary aspects).
In this world, shifters are cursed to die if they don't find their destined mate before their 25th moon (which corresponds to years in their world). Astrid is on her last moon and has generally given up the search. She is independent and not willing to live my someone else's rules, no matter how much she might be expected to, as the daughter of their pack leader. One night, after sneaking out again, she and her brother stumble upon a slaughtered pack with a single survivor. It's this naked and attractive survivor that Astrid finds herself drawn to.
Erec is a loner who was taken in (and subsequently ran away from) the neighboring pack. While those around him appear to immediately see his ability to lead, he is blind to it all. He has such integrity and ability that makes him an easy to spot alpha, if he would just accept what he can do. One thing he is very clear on, however, is the fact that Astrid is his.
These two dance around this issue for almost too long a time, counting down their last moon together while some big bad loom on the horizon. The slaughtered pack wasn't just a random killing, and it turns out that Erec has some history hidden from him as well. This whole story culminates in a satisfying happy ending and some hope for the future.
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