(Talon Pack #9)
by Carrie Ann Ryan
Published January 8th 2019
In the finale to the award-winning Talon Pack series from NYT bestselling author Carrie Ann Ryan sets, the final Brentwood must find his mate as the war with the Aspens comes to a close.
Cheyenne Liles has watched all of her friends mate into the Talon Pack and have their lives changed forever, one by one. She’s stood back, helpless to assist in the war with a rival Pack. But just when she thinks her time with the Talons is over and believes she should move on with her human life, the Aspen Pack Alpha takes matters into his own hands, altering her fate far more than a single mate mark ever could.
Max Brentwood used to be the smiling one, the only Brentwood who was somehow able to save his soul during the last Alpha’s reign. But his life was irrevocably changed one fateful day on the battlefield, and he was never the same again. Suddenly, Max is forced to face his future and make a choice when Cheyenne comes into danger: let fate decide, or watch his world crumble around him.
The shifters of this world have fought demons, humans, and themselves. Now, it’s time to find out who they truly are as the war between the Packs ends, and the moon goddess finally takes a stand.
He placed his hand over his heart, and she swallowed hard.“I don’t know what’s going to happen, Max. But this is permanent, isn’t it? There’s no going back, even if we aren’t the ones who took the steps to begin with.”
“We can try to make it easier for you,” he said, his voice oddly calm. “We can separate and ease the ache between us and the bond. If you want nothing to do with this, I can make it happen. But the bond is always going to be there. I’ve only heard of one bond breaking, and it almost killed everyone involved, and it required dark magic to even get there at all. So, no, I can’t break the bond, but I can try to stay away.”
Cheyenne didn’t know why she hurt like this, why she never wanted to hear those words again. She might not have chosen this, but it was her life now. She wouldn’t walk away.
And when it came to Max, she wasn’t sure she could.
So, she did the only thing she could do.
She leaned forward and kissed him.
He didn’t move for a moment as if surprised, then he leaned forward and deepened the kiss. He tasted of coffee and Max, and she wanted more. Craved more.
When she pulled back to breathe, she rested her forehead on his. “There’s no going back, Max.”
“Then do you want to make it official?” he asked, his wolf in his voice. “We’re starting from the wrong direction, but we can make this ours. Then figure out the rest along the way.”
In answer, she kissed him again, taking a chance on a fate she’d never known she wanted to take, but then again, her life up until this point hadn’t been as normal as she’d thought it was either.
Max was hers, and she’d figure out what came next.
In his arms, with her mouth on his.
One breath at a time.
Talon Pack Series
About Carrie Ann Ryan
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking. http://carrieannryan.com/
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