Lone Pine Pride #4
by Vivi Andrews
Their history? Complicated. Their chemistry? Incendiary.
Ten years ago, Moira shared one hot night with the bear-shifter of her dreams, but when she took him up on his offer to join him at the Lone Pine Pride, reality landed with a thud. She quickly realized that he was only looking for a momentary distraction, not a happily ever after.
She’s been trying to get over him ever since, but no other shifter has measured up to the big bad bear.
When Hugo met Moira in a Yukon bar, he poured out his unrequited love for his alpha’s mate as he pounded down drinks. While Hugo remembers telling Moira he was emotionally unavailable, apparently she only heard his need for sexual healing.
He’s always felt guilty for unintentionally leading her on. But now that the woman he thought he wanted is finally available, he’s beginning to wonder if the one he really needs is the woman with whom he shared one incendiary night—then let slip through his fingers.
*I received an ARC from the publisher via Netgalley*
This is the first I've read from the series and the author, and even though this is the 4th book in the series I still understood enough that I could get on quite well.
It is a short book so there wasn't much lead-in to the romance (though that may have been in the previous books) and there wasn't a great deal of character development. That's understandable, since this book is only about 79 pages long.
My first impression: it's interesting that this is a romance with older characters than usually found in romance. Hugo is close to fifty, I think, and Moira was in her mid-to-late forties. I'm all for a little variety so I was glad after the initial shock wore off.
It wasn't an amazing book, but neither was it bad. It was a little forgettable for me. I'm not sure I'd continue the series. People who have read the entire series may have more interest in it, though.
**slight spoiler ahead**
Hugo is an ass. Just because he didn't mean to be an ass doesn't mean he isn't one. He's been pining for one untouchable woman his entire life, because untouchable means he won't have to risk his heart even though he is interested in Moira. Poor Moira. She deserves so much more than to be regretting him for a decade. And this woman wanted babies! Ten years ago she could have easily had them...now, less likely. Screw you, Hugo.