“Emma, we need to take matters into our own hands or they’ll never find their mates.” Isaac Le Beau set his snifter down before he crushed the glass in frustration. “We have seven virile, grown sons, who after two hundred years haven’t found their mates. If we don’t step in and give a hand to the wolf-goddess Luperca, our sons may spend their lives alone, without children to raise and without their other half to love. Dang it, I want some grandchildren, while I’m still young enough to enjoy them.”
He slowly raised his head and gazed at the love of his life, Emma. She was a unique blend of Romanian gypsy heritage and a very powerful voodoo priestess. Even after two centuries her exotic sparkling dark eyes and compact killer soft curves left him breathless. Some would classify her as a big, beautiful woman. He called her ‘sex on a stick‘. He swore she controlled every beat of his heart.
The warmth and agreement in those mesmerizing eyes silently prompted him to continue.
“Would you do your high-priestess voodoo thing and ask the spirits to identify their mates? With some influence we could bring them together, so they can recognize them on their own. I don’t want to force a meeting. Simply provide the opportunity. How about it, will you give it a try?” Isaac asked.
He knew Emma wouldn’t deny him. “Of course, I’ll perform the ritual, but I can’t give you any guarantees. All I can do is try. If we are truly blessed, Luperca will appear to me and give this endeavor her approval. I want our sons happy and I’d love to have a dozen grandchildren running around the house, too.”
Isaac opened his arms wide, inviting Emma to slide onto his lap. He buried his face into her hair breathing in her unique scent. The familiar fragrance calmed him like nothing else. He was confident everything would change for his sons very soon. He could hardly wait for each of them to meet their one true mate. No wolf should go fourteen hundred years alone.
Two weeks later, they enjoyed the cool breeze that came off the river, flowing through the open windows. A secret little smile lit up Emma’s entire face and her fingers tapped a tune on her cut crystal wine glass. He knew that expression well.
“Out with it, Emma,” Isaac said with a grin of his own. “What is it you’re dying to tell me?” He waited patiently for her to tell him her grand news.
Emma actually bounced in her seat. “I received answers from the goddess.” She clapped her hands excitedly. “Cade’s mate is in New Orleans right now. Her name is Anna James. The goddess said she has had many unhappy years, but is now open to finding her one true love. Isn’t that fantastic? Two days from now she is destined to be in Jackson Square and then stop to eat lunch at Crescent City Brewhouse. She’ll be in the bar around eleven-thirty. As for the rest of the boys, the goddess said we must have patience. She’ll grant me visions in my dreams or come to me for each of them when the time is right.”
A surge of excited energy rushed through him as a hundred butterflies took up residence in his stomach. This must be what it felt like to win the lottery he thought. “We’ll have to move fast. We need to think of a way to get Cade there at the right time.”
“Maybe we can come up with a way to use Jackson square? Cade sits there so often it might be an option?” Emma offered.
He rubbed his chin, forehead crinkled in deep thought. “First we need to get him out of his home office and into the French Quarter. The bank called yesterday about a restaurant up for sale. I’ll have them schedule a meeting with Cade to review our investments and recommend this new opportunity.” He tapped his chin as the plan took
shape, mumbling as he worked it out. He stood and paced across the room, prowled like the animal he was. He couldn’t think properly sitting down.
As he strode back and forth, he noted she had settled into an easy chair to watch him.
“That’ll get him to the city,” he thought aloud as he continued to tap his finger on his chin. “You’re right about his constant people watching, I’m sure he’ll take a walk and perhaps sit a while. A possibility.” Isaac cupped his jaw in his hand and rubbed the coarse stubble.
A satisfied smile tugged at his lips. “I’ve got it! I’ll ask him to meet me for lunch at Crescent City at eleven-thirty. Richie tends the bar, he’ll know the mating signs. When Cade arrives, goddess willing, he will sense his mate. I’ll have Richie tell him I won’t be able to make it. If I’m not there for lunch he will be free to spend time with her.”
Smile broadening, he folded his arms across his chest and nodded. They had a solid plan. In less than a week he could have his first daughter-in-law. Isaac settled into his leather captain’s chair. “I’ll arrange everything with Richie.” He felt two hundred years younger, like the bold robust young man who had swept his mate off her feet. By the wistful expression Emma wore, he must look it, too.
As he sipped his rich, sweet cognac, he imagined a baby in Emma’s lap, sleeping peacefully while a toddler played with blocks on the floor. His sigh brought her attention to him with a raised brow. She would laugh if she knew what he was dreaming.
A smile continued to pull at his lips. He couldn’t help it. He was very pleased with his little romance ambush, positive it would be successful. Cade was in for a wonderful surprise in two days’ time.
“Now that we have the plan, what do you think she will be like? Did the goddess give you any hints?”
She laughed. “No, you silly man, the goddess doesn’t have time for things like that.”
“You know he has always favored curvy women. I sure hope she isn’t skinny, he might not even look at her if she is.” A little shiver ran through him. “Remember the gal he dated who looked a lot like you? She was a plus sized beauty. Cade never said anything, but Marcus drove him crazy with that ‘Oedipus’ nickname.” He laughed as he recalled the antics of the boys.
“You’re right, he does like a woman with meat on her bones. All the boys do.”
I enjoyed Cade very much, The book is full of romance, passion, intense feelings Cade has for Anna, and just a true love story in general.
Cade is very handsome, tall dark and handsom, the perfect man. Him and Anna have been dreaming about each other for 5 years. Anna always thought it was just a man she made up in her dreams that she has a passionate love affair with. Little did she know Cade was real until the day she was in a bar after she moved to New Orleans after a divorce from her loser husband Tim who followed her and still harasses her. She is kind of upset that he is calling her and asking her for money and that he followed her in the first place when she is telling the bartender when Cade walks in and overhears the conversation and is just staring at her, when she finally notices him she is in shock. This is the man that she has been dreaming about all this time, can he really be for real? He approaches her and they start talking , he takes her to dinner they have a great time. Anna is still in shock he is real. Cade takes her home, he knows she is his true mate instantly upon seeing her, plus the dreams and spending the short time together, no way is he letting her go. She has no idea what Cade really is. When he drops her at home he catches a sent, he thinks Anna is in danger so he calls his brother who comes to join him in case of trouble when Tim shows up breaks in Annas house and is about to strangle her when Cade appears and beats the crap out of him and calls the police. Anna is grateful s he saved her an he helps her get a restraining order against Tim with just a phone call. She asks Cade to stay just cause she is shaken up. They really start to date and get to know each other, which they already do from the dreams , it quickly becomes a love affair and he buys her a ring. they feel they have been together a long time, which really they have. Then Cade has to tell her e is a shifter, so he does thinking she will freak out. she doesn’t, she is more intrigued then anything. They find that they have a telepathic connection which Anna thinks is the coolest thing ever and does not understand yet it is because they are mates. Cade doesn’t tell he immediately that she can block him ether, he is kind of spying on her. its just really cute at this point and funny. They have a great time together , she knows the ritual to being his mate but has not excepted and he is giving her time. But after he gives her the ring and a few other things happen she knows it is the right thing to do, she has always felt let out, kinda off from other people. she knows something is missing. She finally excepts they do the ritual and she becomes sick, very sick. Cade can’t help her, he calls his mother who explains it is her bosy going form a 40 something woman back to between 25 and 30 years old where she will stay for a 1000 years. then age slowly. she goes through the pains it relinquishes she gets up looks in the mirror and sees she is young again and a size 10 verses a size 16. Cade likes her lumps and bumps so to speak so he is kind of disappointed but loves her all the same. she is really happy with her new look, who wouldn’t be right? you get to go back to your best years and feel and be young for a 1000 years. I wish I could.
As the story progresses her sons come into it and her ex never stops harassing her. Cade being very protective of her and has trouble containing his wolf when she is unhappy or upset makes sure she gets every want and desire. first taking care of Tim. He gets a vampire friend to compel him making him forget and never come back to New Orleans and if he does he will become very sick in various ways and if he doesn’t figure out after this happens various times that things will really get bad but you have to read to find out what that is, Its very creative and I love it. I just wish the book wouldn’t have ended to find out if it ever did. so on to Cade brings Annas sons and glamour’s her to look her age. but ten they catch her shifting, oh did I leave out the part when she excepts to be his mate she turns to a shifter? yes she does a cute little 100 pound wolf? So her sons catch her, now this part I think they should have freaked out but they didn’t they were just shocked and wanted answers, I think V.A. Dodd here could have used some more of that great imagination and made it a bit more interesting. instead they accept it but you never know if she asks them if they want to be turned also. Cade says early on in the book he can turn them but she says its their choice. this is never brought up again. maybe in the next book?
Theirs so much to this book that you need to read it. We learn a bit about Simon, which is who the next book is about. But he is a messed up shifter from having no human contact for a very long time.
and at the end we learn that Cades mom is the one bringing the mates to her sons or finding their mates and finding ways to get them to her sons. she is a voodoo priestess among other things, I can’t give it all away. but I gave you the gist of the story and what I liked didn’t like. their were only a few things I felt that were never answered in this book but they might be in the next book so I don’t know yet. But I do suggest reading them in order.
V.A Dodd has a different take on shifters and what they can do verse the one every one writes about which is basically always the same. These ones have gifts I have never heard of shifters having. so their are some surprises you don’t see coming , some things I think could have been written a bit more detail in, and just a basic few changes with reactions people may have had to things that happened in the book.
but all in all is it a good romance, shifter read. The brothers are interesting and I’d like to know more about them which I hope is revealed in the next book. Especially the family royalty and how strong Anna really is verse your average shifter.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes romance and supernatural beings. Its a very intense romance. Read it you won’t be sorry.