Published by Samhain Publishing on July 21st 2015
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Sexual Content: Multiple explicit sex scenes.
Reviewed by: Kim
Follow his head, he breaks her heart. Follow his heart...he breaks his pack.From the moment he was born, Nic Kagan’s future was sealed. He’ll accept a mate, have kids, and eventually take over his father’s role as pack alpha. There’s just one problem. Long ago, his heart settled on Riley, the pack’s human doctor and honorary member. Except only half of him can have her. The other half—his wolf—won’t give a weak non-shifter female a second sniff.
No one—human or shifter—has left a mark on Riley’s soul like Nic. But with his father hospitalized, any hope things could work out between them is slipping away. Yet Riley understands something else about pack life. Power isn’t always a physical gift; love is just as strong. What she and Nic have is worth fighting for.With rival threats mounting, Nic realizes he can’t simply turn his back on Riley. Though his wolf could tear his heart out for it, he must fight for what he wants before he loses his mate. His pack. Maybe even his sanity.Warning: Contains a reluctant alpha with only one roadblock between his heart and the woman he loves—biology. And a woman who isn’t giving up on him, even if it means risking her life to fool Mother Nature.
I tend to like my books quite spicy - and I used to think the more sex the better. Well, I’ve been proven wrong, and in a werewolf novel to boot. Although the sex scenes in BRIDGED BY LOVE were well written, I really could have done with way less of them. By the end of the book, I was skipping pages of erections and orgasms - more story, please! This title really hedges the line between paranormal romance and paranormal erotica, which isn't always bad thing; if there is enough plot and mystery to support the erotica, go for it. This one just misses the mark.
The main characters, Riley and Nic, could have both had more depth. I feel like their relationship had little motivation other than addiction to each other’s bodies. And for two intelligent people who know that their union could destroy their pack, their family, they constantly acted like two rabbits in heat whenever they were in the same room together.
The pack dynamic was interesting, with the idea of a Pack Spirit that inhabits the Alpha, that joins the pack together was novel. The main stumbling block to Nic and Riley being together is this pack spirit, which must inhabit the Alpha, and if he refuses it, the other werewolves will fight to the death for it. Nic is trying to prevent their neighbours and cousins from killing each other.
The idea that a werewolf's inner wolf doesn't agree with the choice of mate was new too. Usually in these books, the animal recognizes the mate before the human does, pushing the couple together. In this case, Nic’s wolf was attached to Riley, but only as far as she was a weak member of his pack that needed protection.
Other things were jarring too: characters who had been against the union suddengly changing their tune, and the super obvious setups for the next two books which just felt tacked on there.
If BRIDGED BY LOVE had spent a few more pages making the characters believable and less on the multiple “this is the last time we will be together so let’s have sex” scenes, I would have like this book better.More Reviews: