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Length: 77,000 words approx.
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Regent's Park Pack Series
Former Primrose Pack member Jason Black happily accepted his role as beta in the new Regent’s Hill pack, knowing that merging the two was the best decision for everyone involved. Daryl Easton is loyal and honest but wary of change. The joining of the two packs wasn’t his preferred outcome, and he’s struggling to see all the newcomers as pack, including those now working alongside him.
When the alpha council proposes a two-week pack-building course to help improve troubled relationships, Jason and Daryl are sent along as backup. It soon becomes clear that the unit members and their betas won’t be the only ones taking part in tasks—Daryl and Jason will have challenges of their own to complete.
With the full moon adding to the rising tension, emotions are volatile, and tempers flare among the unit members. Jason and Daryl become closer than either of them expected, but with such opposing views on relationships, a messy outcome seems inevitable unless Daryl can let go of the past.
I’ve been a fan of this series from the very start, so knowing this was the last book in it set my expectations pretty high. I’ve enjoyed the interactions of the pack members, and the evolution from the Regent’s Park and Primrose packs being separate entities to them becoming a single pack—along with all the drama that went along with it.
The author continues here doing a good job of character presentation and development, HOWEVER…for me, this story had a similarity with the fourth book, Bitten By the Alpha, that was a frustration for me then, and was one again now. I’m talking about Daryl’s steadfast insistence that he would not bond—with anyone—regardless of feelings on either side, regardless of the pain either would go through by denying a nascent bond, regardless of ANY reason…even when it’s pointed out to him his logic is beyond flawed. I was solidly aligned with Jason throughout the story, and thought he showed great strength of character to accept Daryl’s decision even though Jason knew it would hurt them both.
Daryl’s constant denials—just like with Cam in book four—made it that much harder for me to feel that connection with him and Jason, and frustrated me to no end while reading. And also like with book four, what held things together for me with this book was the entire pack’s overall story, and figuring out exactly where things would go wrong, and who would be the one to provoke the major drama.
While things do resolve in the end, and the action of the trials the pack faced during their bonding time kept my interest, Daryl’s ongoing irrational stance towards bonding with Jason affected things enough where my rating is hovering between 3.5 and 4 stars. Things do still get steamy in this one, so this book is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
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