(Shifters, #2)
Published 2008

Okay, so cats don't always land on their feet.

I know that better than most. Since rejoining the Pride, I've made big decisions and even bigger mistakes: the kind paid for with innocent lives. As the first and only female enforcer, I have plenty to prove to my father, the Pride, and myself. And with murdered toms turning up in our territory, I'm working harder than ever, though I always find the energy for a little after-hours recreation with Marc, my partner both on- and off-duty.

But not all of my mistakes are behind me. We're beginning to suspect that the dead are connected to a rash of missing human women and that they can all be laid at my feet--two or four, take your pick. And one horrible indiscretion may yet cost me more than I can bear...

“Screw this. He’d blown his shot at nice-and-easy, which only left quick-and-brutal—my favorite way to play.”

Okay, so Faith has decided to stay on in the pack for a few years trial and seems to have basically given up on ever returning to college. Maybe it’s back in her mind somewhat but she seems to have shrugged off most inhibitions and objections that she held in the first book. It seems her father is training her to be an enforcer and eventual pack leader, which is unheard of for a tabby (female). This is a pretty big turnaround from the original story, but it makes sense if she is to stay with the pack and make progressions in her character and 'natural role.' Still, I do miss the spunk of wanting to be different and see that large plot angle only lasted one book, which isn't common in series land.

I’m still not crazy about her personality, but the story for this one rocks more than the first. She receives a call from someone she was close to in her college days and finds out  she accidentally ruined his life. Most of the book is spent with this guilt as he has joined with enemies from the previous book to continue reigning terror everywhere. It's good to see Faith can at least feel guilt, since really her other personality traits made me think she may be sociopathic, but the guilt is applied evenly to where the pages aren't drenched with it. In other words = no angst.

The charm in this series is the ties between Faith and Marc (the lead enforcer who is her on and off again hunk), her intimidating but awesome father, classic mother, and brothers. They all bring together a unit that is enjoyable with conflicting personalities. The inner workings of the pack and how it all ties in with other packs and those struggling politics add punch to the created world.

Because of the relationship digs into her and Marc, there is more romance in this one than the first. I liked her mom and dad from the original novel but they are even better here. I LOVED Manx’s personality and hope a lot more is done with that cat. Curious if she ends up with anyone in the household.

There’s plenty of action and it never lets up long as a lot is going on with each scene, both emotionally and physically. Nail biting scenes and tension hold strong, while the ending has a brutal part that was hard for me to stomach. I’m pleased to see it was also hard for Faith to stomach; that redeems her somewhat in my mind. I do think she still has growing up to do and is too harsh for an enjoyable protagonist, but the story itself is interesting, making the series worth continuing.

On the downside, there is a small so-so cliffhanger that annoys a little.

   Book Quotes:

“I had no desire to hear another woman tell my boyfriend how hot he was. If I wanted him to know, I'd damn well tell him myself. ”

“This was the Big One. This was humiliation, disappointment, and dissolution all wrapped up together, tied with a big red bow of disgrace. The gift that keeps on giving.” 

   Author Extras:

Shifters Territory Pride Map |  Source: Author Site

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