Former homicide cop Lily Yu has a lot on her plate. There's her sister's wedding, a missing magical staff with unknown powers, and her grandmother's sudden decision to visit the old country just when Lily could use a little advice. Maybe she should turn to the man she's involved with, but for all the passion that flares between them, she doesn't really know Rule Turner. Yet she's tied to him for life, both of them caught in an unbreakable mate bond.
That Rule is a werewolf, prince of his people, only complicates matters.
Now an agent in a special unit of the FBI's Magical Crimes Division, Lily's job is to hunt down Harlowe, a charismatic cult leader bent on bringing an ancient evil into the world. But what Lily doesn't realize is that Harlowe has set a trap-for her. And then the unthinkable happens.
In the blink of any eye Lily's world divides and collides, and she is thrust into a new and frightening reality. Her only hope will be to trust Rule-and herself-or Lily will be lost forever...
After the events of the last book, it was inevitable that there would be repercussions for Lily. Harlowe, the leader of the cult serving the goddess whose name cannot be spoken, is out to destroy Lily. Since she is a sensitive and magic does not work on her, he uses the goddess to help form a plot to enable a demon to possess Lily. Things go wrong and Lily finds herself split in two with neither half knowing about the other.
While Lily has finally accepted that she is bound to Rule for life, she still is fighting him tooth and nail on pretty much everything. Sometimes it seems she is just refusing something for the sake of fighting. She refuses his help and protection. She is keeping him at an arms length as much as she possibly can. I keep hoping she will relax a little and let herself truly feel, but that may be an impossible wish.
Rule has the opposite problem as Lily. He wants to be with her at all times. If he had his way, Lily would live with him and quit her job so she would never be in danger. I do find him to be a little bit of a hypocrite because he wants her to completely open up to him, but there is so much he is still hiding from her.
The book was overall decent, but I find the impasse between Lily and Rule to be very frustrating. They both need to give a little and learn to accept the other one's nature. Hopefully in the future books, they will start to grow together, because as of right now I'm having a hard time feeling for them as a couple.