Content Warnings: Sexual scenes, bullying, blood/gore, violence, death of a parent, and pregnancy [as well as a difficult birth].
Found abandoned in the forest as a child Maeva, a human, was taken in and raised in a Dakkari family. Though her adopted family surrounded her with love she was bullied by Dakkari children and made to feel other, and less than, for being human. Aside from her family the relationship that always brought her love and joy was her friendship with Kiran the Rukkar of her clan.
When Maeva, at the age of 20, finally worked up the nerve to confess her feelings to Kiran his rejection left her heartbroken. Even more devastating was realizing he’d left the next day without saying a word, after all their years of friendship…he left without saying goodbye.
After nine years, without seeing or hearing from Kiran, Maeva is shocked to see Kiran not only come home but ask her to join his Horde, during the frost, to help train their next healer. What do you do when the man that broke your heart needs your help? Can you tolerate being in his presence for a few months? You no longer love him so you should be safe…right?
This book was so good! We get to see all the stages Maeve went through in her affection for Kiran, from 8 years old to adulthood. Seeing her blossom into a beautiful woman who’s independent and focused on becoming a healer had me cheering her on. I’m proud of her for being firm and not easily letting Kiran wiggle back into her life as if he never left.
We get to see Kiran realize just how royally he messed up, 9 years ago, when he rejected Maeva and do whatever he can to try to re-earn her trust and love. It’s one of those cases of they both have cared about each other forever but it took him longer to realize just what he had until he no longer had it. As a young man, when he realized he did care for Maeva as more than just a friend he didn’t feel worthy of her love and, stupidly, rejected her to try to protect her. Now that he finally realizes he wants her forever he has to work hard to prove to her that he is worth taking a second chance on.
It’s been a bit since I read the first three books in this series but this book has me desperate to dive back in, and lucky for me books 5 and 6 are already out. 😏
If you have Kindle Unlimited, through Amazon, you can read the entire series there. 💜