For a moment, Darcy almost convinced herself the last twelve hours didn't happen. As image after image hits her, the sinking realization of all she's lost overwhelms her and all she can think of is to run. Run far away where her shame can't find her, and most of all, where she'll never have to see the look of blame in Mason's eyes. Feeling like a complete failure, she scrambles to make plans. But the voice of her mate-to-be penetrates her frantic thoughts, asking for the chance to show her just how much she is loved.
It hurts Mason deeply to hear Darcy's thoughts, knowing the events of the previous night have completely rattled her. Grieving over the death of his beloved sister Jasmine, Mason knows he has to act fast. Darcy is all he's ever wanted and the idea of life without her is unacceptable. Armed with his unswerving love and wolfish charm, he sets out to remind her just how valuable she is and why there is no one else for him but her.
Can Darcy let go of the shame of failure consuming her or will Mason convince her that after all is said and done, she truly is... cherished?
What I Thought:
I have the great honor to be sponsoring a terrific gal with a fantastic story for the Masquerade Blog Tour De Force. Cherished is the second novella in The Mystic Wolves serial and while I absolutely loved it's predecessor, Without Mercy, Cherished amps up the relationship between the lead alpha werewolf, Mason, and his bonded mate, Darcy, to all new emotionally scorching levels.
It is truly amazing to me how much information and complete storyline Belinda is able to fill into such a short space of time, allowing the reader to feel as though they have really sunk their teeth into a juicy book, but without leaving them feeling overwhelmed with anything.
The relationship in this tale is heartwarming, and heartbreaking as well, as you watch them struggle with the emotions after the death of a loved one while trying to make sure the needs of each other are taken care of tool. I loved the fact that the fierce pack leader is not afraid to put his girl first above others who are vying for his attention and I also loved that he wore his emotions on his sleeve with her, letting the true feelings of his heart unfold without shame before her. That is the sign of a real man who is secure in himself.
This story had compelling moments of agony, love, humor, sorrow, worry, and playfulness that twist together into a beautiful language spelling out the relationship of these two hearts that are entwined together and will leave you begging for both more of the main characters and secondary players who have been introduced. I can't wait to read where the next installment will lead as I continue on in The Mystic Wolves serial adventure. Kudos to Belinda for the fabulous ride!
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