Title: “Savage Silence: A Dire Wolves Mission (The Devil’s Dires, #4)”
Author: Ellis Leigh
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: August 30, 2016
A Dires Mission Not To Be Missed!
Book 4 of The Devil’s Dires is arguably the most emotional of the series yet. While three of his Dire brethren have found their fated mates, weapons expert, Thaus, holds no such aspirations. He is a loner, and while maybe not content, he is resolved to live and run in the mountains of the Pacific Northwest, leaving only when his brothers need his support, or to handle business for the NALB.
It is on one such NALB assignment to “broker a contract”, (and Thaus cannot understand why he, a Dire, was sent on such a trivial mission) that Thaus finds out the focus of the contract, a displaced Omega, is in fact his fated mate!
With one pack trying to protect her and another trying to claim her, all Omega Ariel wants is to be left alone. Held captive and horribly abused by rogue shifters, Ariel trusts no one; she will never again be dominated by anyone; she can’t stand to be touched by anyone; and despite the agonizing effects the call to mate with the towering shifter sent to mediate have on her, Ariel knows she can only remain safe…and free…if she runs.
Thaus is devastated not only by not being able to claim his mate, but also by the depth of her trauma. His instincts make him want to find and kill those responsible for Ariel’s pain, but those same instincts tell him that something is off about the pack trying to claim Ariel…and trouble is coming. Alerting the other Dires, Thaus takes Ariel to his mountain retreat – after she agrees, of course – and reinforces his compound, hoping his brothers arrive before the trouble does.
Though Ariel’s trauma runs deep, she is still unable to fully resist the mating call, and a slow, hesitant dance of sexual exploration begins between the two shifters. Ariel is amazed not only at Thaus’ willingness to allow her to test and reclaim her sexuality, but at his patience and gentleness. Finding out Thaus is a Dire however, makes Ariel wonder if she can reconcile the gentle man she’s falling in love with, and the savage beast who shares his soul.
Trouble does finally show up in an unexpected way, and when Ariel is taken, the Dire in Thaus takes over.
Another well-written installment to the series, with good detailed attention given to a character who has suffered serious sexual abuse. This is a Dires mission not to be missed.