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Just give me one second, I'm recovering from a swoon...
Wow, did I enjoy this book! I loved the hero so much, I'm not sure I'll be able to put in into terms that will adequately express my feelings. Given the culture of the Volan, the amount of stress on the hero and heroine was massive, and they still took things slow in order to get to know each other. I loved how considerate they both were towards each other, and it gave me butterflies each time they took a step further towards a completed bond in their relationship.
Tate has known Elise is his for weeks, but given her lack of knowledge surrounding her heritage, he has waited patiently for her to become used to the idea before he makes his intentions known. Now he is done waiting. Elise has been very aware of Tate ever since she joined the Volan community and learned of her potential as a prima healer. But she assumes he's not interested, since he seems to avoid being in her presence or have much to do with her at all. When he suddenly comes between her and another male at a party, she realizes that it has never been about a lack of interest at all. She has a mate, and he is ready to claim her.
Tate was a very compassionate hero, and I loved how protective he was of Elise. His personality was very alpha male, but he kept it in check for the sake of Elise and her wellbeing. He understood that he had to be patient with her, and I was so happy that he courted her before pushing her toward a relationship. Elise was sweet and shy, but at the same time, she quickly felt very possessive of Tate. She didn't realize why at first, but as time went on, their bond became strong enough that she couldn't ignore it any longer. Her relationship with Tate was borne from instinct, but they also shared a mutual respect of each other. That kind of love is what I would aspire to in real life, and I loved how their love bloomed as the story progressed. Tate and Elise were one of my favorite couples for this year, absolutely, and I was so happy with how everything turned out.
I loved the first book in this series, and this one continued that trend! I can't wait to read the next book and see where things go from here.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley and this is my honest review.**