Sera Sinclaire is a New Orleans rarity: a submissive coyote trapped in a town overrun by dominant shapeshifters. Worse, she lacks the willpower to deny the alphas-in-shining-armor who need her soothing presence, even when their protectiveness threatens to crush her hard-won self-reliance.
The only shifter she doesn’t want to push away is Julio Mendoza, a wolf so dominant he’s earned a place on the Southeast council.
Julio doesn’t have the luxury of indulging in the vacation his psychic shrink insists he needs. He can’t turn his back on responsibilities he’s beginning to wish he’d never shouldered. When an obsessive ex endangers Sera, though, instinct drives him to get her out of town. Watching her come to life outside the city makes him feel like he’s finally done something right, and her touch ignites desire he doesn’t want to ignore.
But soon, lighthearted flirting becomes a dangerous game of seduction, where every day spent falling into each other is another day avoiding the truth. Sera’s ex isn’t the only one who’d disapprove of their relationship. There are wolves who would kill to get Sera out of Julio’s life—starting with his own blood kin.
Feeling a little cheap I didn't pick up Impulse until Samhain's most recent Thanksgiving sale. It's been on my list for a while so I was really happy to pick it up for a great price - 40% off! Oh and in case you were wondering I'm reviewing this mostly as a standalone. The only other book in this series I've read is Crux, not really for any particular reason beyond the fact that the descriptions for the others didn't appeal to me as much.
Anyway, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. I could tell even from the excerpt that the chemistry between Sera and Julio was off the charts and the way they slowly build their relationship makes their HEA one of my favorites. Neither of them are exactly sure of what they're doing; besides the whole past abuse for one and torture for the other, their personal lives are a mess too. Sera embraces her submissive tendencies but after being lectured on why 'not be a stereotype' she's worried about revealing that part of herself to Julio. He doesn't want to pressure her into anything and is scared that any violence he commits on her behalf, to protect her, might label him an alpahole.
The balance they find together is beautiful and Julio is one of the best alphas I've come across in a while. Totally recommended!
Overall Feeling - A-
Series - 1) Crux 2) Crossroads 3) Deadlock 4) Cipher 5) Impulse 6) Enigma (October 2013)