Monday, November 14, 2016

Release Day Review: Daring Fate by Megan Erickson (Excerpt)

Release Day Review: Daring Fate by Megan Erickson

DARING FATE by Megan Erickson
Silver Tip Pack #1


We all have tragic backstories in today’s world...

I wake up chained to the wall of a dark cell aware of two things: I failed my sister, and I smell my enemy.

When I’m taken to meet Dare, the alpha of the Silver Tip pack, I’m sure I’m about to lose my throat. The last thing I expect is for the Alpha to recognize me as his fated mate. No way is he going to let me go now, and I still have to find a way to rescue my sister.

As I plot my escape to save her, I find that if I leave, Dare could be killed by power-hungry members of his pack. And now he’s more to me than my fated mate—my heart is involved. With time ticking by on my sister’s life, I have to make a choice I never thought I’d face—my sister’s life or my mate’s? That’s if I can survive the undead shifters intent on killing me first…

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Dare’s eyes flashed. His fingernails were still curved into claws, his canines descended, and a dusting of fur still covered his shoulders. He looked wild and a little feral. “Shift.” His voice was garbled, and I backed up a step, dipping my head as I whined.
He took a heaving breath and the fur on his shoulders disappeared. His eyes closed and when they opened, they were nearly black. “Shift,” he ordered again.
My body obeyed.
Never in my life had anyone been able to command me to shift, but Dare could. His command was a swell of power that I couldn’t deny. My bones cracked as I shifted back to human form, then I collapsed onto my stomach and panted as I tested my limbs. My ribs weren’t even tender.
Fuck yeah, shifter power.
I rose to my feet, shaking out my arms as I lifted my head to meet Dare’s gaze.
His teeth were bared, eyes cycling between green and black like a two-toned tornado.
He moved so fast, I didn’t even see his arm, didn’t realize he was in motion until a hand wrapped around my neck and claws dug into my throat. He hauled me against him, and with my feet not touching the floor, the only thing I could do was clutch his shoulders and wrap my legs around his waist.
“Mine,” he growled against my lips.
Not gonna lie, I was fucking terrified. Dare was only half there, his Were pulsing inside his skin. I didn’t know his Were, and I hoped to hell Dare had enough power to stay human.
I shifted my hands to grip his face, my fingers digging into his scalp as I rutted against him. The mating instinct overtook all my other thoughts. So, despite my terror, I was hard as hell. “Yours,” I muttered back.
That seemed to appease the Were, because Dare’s eyes stopped flickering, finally resting on green.
His chest rumbled, and he pressed our lips together—hard, punishing, furious—before delving his tongue inside.
The kiss was possessive and all-consuming. While I’d fucked around plenty, I’d never been kissed in my life, so I didn’t know how to deal with it. My head was spinning, my body on fire, ass clenching in anticipation for being taken. I wanted it. God help me, but I wanted him to pin me down and fuck me until I broke.
I wanted to be owned.
So I kissed him back, pushing against his tongue with mine, gnashing his lips with my teeth, which only seemed to spur him on harder.
The room tilted, and then Dare was looming over me, my back against the mattress as he gripped our cocks in one hand and began to pump. My cock was leaking pre-come, coating my stomach and mixing with Dare’s pre-release.
His shoulders bunched as he held himself above me, his attention on stroking us. His gaze lifted to mine, and when our eyes met, I was thankful they were green. He peeled his lips back, revealing his sharp teeth. “I love the smell of you, but it’s wrong. It’s all wrong.”
Great. I prepared to have my throat ripped out for mistaken mate identity. “What?”
“You don’t smell like me yet.” He ran his nose up the column of my neck and then nipped my ear. “I can’t be around you anymore without imprinting my smell on you.”
“Make me smell like you, then.” I reached down to grip his balls. “I’m all healed now. Take me.”
In the far recesses of my brain, I knew this meant the life I had planned for my brother and sister would change. But I couldn’t help it, not while Dare’s scent was in my nostrils, while his power was surrounding me, and as his hand left my cock to swirl through the wetness on my stomach.
I was going to be mated. To a Were. And there was no going back.

*Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by the author/publisher for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.*

A very different look at Werewolves and the world they inhabit. This is not your everyday sweet fated mates love story. The world created by Megan Erickson is dark and violent and complex. Werewolves, Weres and Noweres, this is a very dangerous life.

Reese and his brother Jude are Werewolves. Thrown out of their pack, Reese is left for dead while his younger sister is awaiting her unwanted and feared mating with their cruel and deplorable Alpha. Jude fearing what will happen to them begs the nearby Were pack to take them in. Little did anyone know that this would ultimately change everyone's lives.

Dare is the Alpha of the Silvertip Pack, a pack consisting mostly of Weres. Skeptical of why werewolves from a pack they share a truce with would be asking for sanctuary in his pack, Dare is shocked to realize Reese is his True Mate. Having only a cursory knowledge of True Mates he is sure about one thing, he can't possibly let Reese go. Too bad Reese isn't making things easy for him.

Together Dare and Reese have to find a way to make their mating work. It's not easy but hopefully it will be worth it. Dare will have to tear down some of his hardened walls, Reese will need to to curb his attitude and they'll both need to learn to trust. But with secrets between them they can't fully embrace the power that comes from mating until it's too late.

I'm not going to lie. I did not like Dare at first. He's mean and rough and violent. He seems to have a cruel streak which I assume comes from the life they live. In the beginning Reese needed a gentle hand at times and Dare came in forceful, domineering and cold which made me sad then mad!

I started to like him rather quickly as the story progressed and chalked a lot of his abrasive ways up as just the way he is. It wasn't as if he really knew anything about True Mates. Then for a very long time I really liked him and he became more of what I expected from an Alpha and mate. Of course, all of the sudden, bam! He's an asshole again and I wanted to punch him in the throat *bangs head against the wall*.

Now, I won't say that Reese didn't make me mad as well, because, honestly, things would have been different if he would've just told the truth right away but still Dare needed to suck it up and stop being a jerk to his mate. In Dare's defense, Reese is pretty much an idiot. A lovable idiot, but an idiot nonetheless. There were too many times in the story where he could ask Dare for help or tell him about Selene but he keeps it quiet. It's maddening. The lack of communication towards the end of the book made me want to scream, however, I refrained from yelling profanities at my Kindle and pushed through.

The chemistry between the characters was great and when they were themselves I loved them. I wish they could have had more affectionate displays outside of the bedroom, though. I wanted to get a better feel of how the pack saw their relationship. I also wished we could have seen interaction between Reese and the pack other than Dare's trusted circle. I really wanted to see pack dynamics and how the events of the book affected the weres.

I really enjoyed Daring Fate. I got sucked into the story and couldn't put it down. Now I will be anxiously awaiting the next book. Megan Erickson is a fantastic author and I truly believe she got it right with Daring Fate. If you're looking for something different you really should give this book a try. I recommend it wholeheartedly.

5 Stars!

Author bio:

Megan Erickson is a USA Today bestselling author of romance that sizzles. Her books have a touch of nerd, a dash of humor, and always have a happily ever after. A former journalist, she switched to fiction when she decided she likes writing her own endings better.
She lives in Pennsylvania with her very own nerdy husband and two kids. Although rather fun-sized, she’s been told she has a full-sized personality. When Megan isn’t writing, she’s either lounging with her two cats named after John Hughes characters or… thinking about writing.

In Focus series
Trust the Focus
Focus on Me
Out of Frame
Overexposed (coming soon)

Bowler University series
Make it Count
Make it Right
Make it Last

Mechanics of Love series
Dirty Thoughts
Dirty Talk
Dirty Deeds

Gamers series
Changing His Game
Playing for Her Heart
Tied to Trouble
Leveling the Field

Cyberlove series (co-written with Santino Hassell)
Strong Signal
Fast Connection

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