Title: Daring Fate (Silver Tip Pack, #1)
Author: Megan Erickson
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Page Count: 232
Reviewed by: Renee
Heat Level: 4.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
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…
Holy shit, that was an intense ride. And I loved every single minute of it!
Megan Erickson should’ve been writing shifter stories all along, clearly. Because this is, by far, the best thing she’s ever written.
Reese is a werewolf shifter. He and his siblings have had pretty much the shittiest of lives for the past 15 years, living a life of captivity and servitude with a werewolf pack they sought refuge with. Reese and his younger brother manage to escape, but Reese is caught, beaten, and left for dead when he attempts to go back for his sister.
A nearby Were pack takes Reese and his brother in while Reese heals. Notice the Capital? Because Weres are a different species, who can shift from human, to wolf, to Were (a giant human/wolf hybrid form). They are much stronger than werewolves, physically.
Reese has been told only of the viciousness of Weres, so he’s initially scared to find where they are, and then scared for another reason entirely when he feels the pull of the True Mate bond when he lays eyes on the Alpha of the Were pack, Dare.
The world Erickson built here is mesmerizing. It may sound confusing in my piddly little review here, but trust me, it was amazing to read about. See, a virus wiped out all of humanity many years ago. Werewolves are immune to the virus, but Weres aren’t. Instead of the virus killing the Weres, it turns them into Noweres, or a zombie form of Were. And the Noweres may not be able to turn a werewolf, but they can easily overpower and kill them. Basically, everyone in packs keeps themselves isolated from every other being outside of the pack, for fear of the Noweres and fear of other packs trying to siege them. It may suck to be in the pack you’re in, but the alternative is worse. It’s out there.
Everything about Dare calls to Reese because of the True Mate bond, and these two burned the sheets up! What I loved was that even though there is the instant bond, physically, it didn’t mean that Reese had to like Dare. Between the panty-melting sex was a slow burn romance that was soooooo yummy. Reese had to let go of everything he thought he knew about Weres, about Dare, and really learn about the person Dare was.
The same held true for Dare, who had been pretty isolated from werewolves his whole life. Erickson gives us alternating POVs – my favorite! So we got to see inside the minds of both our MCs. And Dare’s “little wolf” mate comments, when Reese stood at 6’5″, always made me laugh. Dare was BIG.
Reese is consumed with guilt of his sister still remaining with the horrible pack they’ve been with for the past 15 years, but how can he ask Dare, as Alpha, to risk members of his pack to help him get her?
The rest of the story I won’t spoil, though it is action-packed and had me on the edge of my seat. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but the secondary characters will crawl their way into your hearts as they did mine.
Full of feelz and intensity and angst, this wasn’t a light book at all. But this was Reese and Dare’s story. A story I will happily go through time and again with rereads in the future. The best part is, though it doesn’t end in a cliffhanger, the story of the Silver Tip Pack isn’t over. There are many unanswered questions for this pack, and I can’t wait for Book 2! This has shot straight to my Best m/m of 2016 shelf!