Title: Betrayed (Cursed and Betrayed #2)
Author: Rhianne Aile
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: M/M Contemporary Romance/Paranormal/Shifter
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Lily
Will Northland’s brother, Tristan, went to America to break a centuries-old curse and found love in the most unexpected of places: within the heart of a werewolf. When Will goes to visit, he meets not only Tristan’s mate, Benjamin, but their friend Raul, who receives a plea for help from his old werepack: his twin brother, Richard, has gone missing and is possibly under the influence of a witch.
Raul leaves to find his brother, and Will goes with him, offering to use his magic to both locate Richard and protect them all from the threat of dark magic. But when they find him, a totally unexpected passion explodes between Richard and Will, stunning them both. Suddenly, discovering who betrayed Raul and Richard isn’t the only challenge. It’s now a struggle to solve the mystery so Will can claim Richard’s heart just as the wolf has claimed Will as his mate.
Cursed and Betrayed Series
Will Northland came to the United States to help his brother Tristan break a centuries old curse. It’s been a few weeks since then and Will is living with Tristan and his mate Benjamin. Will is happy that his twin brother, a fellow witch, has found love with his werewolf mate but wishes he could find someone to love as well. When Raul, the consort to the Alpha of Benjamin’s pack needs magical help to locate his own missing twin, Will volunteers.
Raul and Will travel to Ohio in search of Richard and finally locate him. It seems Richard has been in jail for a few days and has lost his memory. Will immediately goes to get him out and as soon as they meet Richard knows, or rather his wolf recognizes, that Will is his mate. They head back to the house and promptly fall into bed. Since Will is not a werewolf and Richard has lost his memory they are mostly unaware that the intense attraction they feel is a mating instinct. The next day Will uses his magic and the bond forming between them to break the spell that was affecting Richard.
Richard decides he has to go back right away to stop the witch that’s behind his problems. Since his wolf won’t risk anything happening to his new mate he leaves Will behind and heads off to face the witch, Sienna, who also happens to be his wife. Instead of fixing the situation Richard once again falls under the evil witch’s spell and Will and Raul have to find a way to help him. Arriving at Raul’s former home they have to work together now to figure out a way to save Richard, his father the pack Alpha and the pack itself from the clutches of Sienna. In the end it will take the help of Tristan, Benjamin and Raul’s mate, Alex, all working together with Will and Raul to save Richard and ultimately secure a happy future for all.
Betrayed is a nice sequel to Cursed and although it could be read as a stand alone it’s best enjoyed if read in sequence. I liked the premise of the werewolf and the witch, it was a nice change from the usual werewolf/human pairing. That said the characterizations are still similar. Richard, Benjamin and Alex are all big, strong Alpha males while Will, Tristan and to a lesser degree Raul, are all smaller, more pretty than handsome and naturally submissive to their wolf mates. What was nice was the fact that Will and Tristan both were instrumental in saving their Alpha partners.
The sex between the three mated pairs is hot and quite frequent although there are no menage scenes. Many times prior to having sex and after the men shift to wolf form but there is no shifted sex in this book. It’s just that the wolves are very tactile and the men enjoy letting their wolves out to play.
While I did like the main characters and for the most part the secondary ones as well I felt that Sienna was too underdeveloped. She’s described as a beautiful Kewpie doll and we know she’s a powerful witch but there’s no feel for who she is and why she did the things she did. I did enjoy the magical aspects of the story and it was interesting reading as Will and Tristan used their magic.
Overall this was a nicely written story featuring characters that are for the most part well developed and interesting. There is strong chemistry between them and even though the path of their relationship is rocky and full of obstacles there is a HEA ending for Richard and Will. The plot was a bit predictable with the usual insta-love true mates trope used in most shifter stories but the addition of magic and the fact that the Alpha is the one that needs rescuing was a nice change. Recommended for fans of paranormal and shifter stories and I do suggest reading Cursed first and then Betrayed.