Healer's Need (Ancient Ink #2) by Rhenna Morgan
Released: October 22, 2018
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Reviewed by Keyrsten
When the hunter is your mate, being prey is anything but terrifying
Coyote shifter Tate Allen has been watching. Learning his mate every possible way before he moves in. Protecting her through the night, always from afar.
He’ll be the one to teach her about her gifts. He’ll be there when she changes for the first time.
With him, she’ll fulfill her destiny.
Elise Ralston loves Tate for the patience he’s shown. The faith he’s demonstrated—denying himself what he needs sexually, even as he teaches her about pleasure.
For Tate, Elise is willing to try. To revel in touch, to give him control…and to embrace her healer’s need.
But someone unknown is still stalking the clan, threatening more than Tate and Elise’s bond. And Elise is a prime target—precious for the magic she hasn’t even learned yet.
Tate has wanted nothing but Elise from the moment he laid eyes on her. He didn't expect to find his mate so young. All he wants to do is protect her, be near to her, care for her, and love her. It takes everything in him to tamper down his needful urges when it comes to Elise. Tate is willing to muster up all the patience he has just so he can take his time for her. He must treat her as though she is fragile, but he refuses to let her break. He will do right be her. He will lover her. He will be her mate.
Elise grew up in a world believing her mother's musings of magic and shifters was just a story. It was just a story, until they moved to Eureka Springs and Elise came face to face with the magic herself. Her new world is overwhelming and at times feels suffocating. Everyone excepts so much from her, they are eagerly waiting for the healer she was born to be to rise. They focus so much on what she was born to be, what they need her to be, that they sometimes overlook how fragile she has become. All of them do ... except one ... except Tate. Her protecter. Her friend. Her mate. She may struggle with finding her place, but she never has to doubt her place with Tate.
Healer's Need is an interesting twist of slow burn meets instant love. The minute a male recognizes his mate the attraction and love is almost all consuming in that instant. This is not the case when it comes to the women. The men have to gain the love and trust of their mates before the mate bond can be formed. Tate could have been aggressive when he approached Elise, but he fought against every primal urge he had to do so that way he could earn Elise's trust completely. He is so patient with her and takes his time getting to know her. Each gentle caress is done with purpose and makes the slow agonizingly yet painfully good burn sizzle it's way into your heart.
I wouldn't recommend reading this book as a standalone. A majority of the world building and plot setting takes place in Guardian's Bond. This book picks up right where the first one left off, so it could be a little jarring trying to find your bearings if you don't read the first book beforehand. Also don't get me wrong, I enjoyed Elise's character, but ... there were a few times where I felt she was too fragile. It occasionally felt like she was being coddled a little too much, and I would feel like reaching into the book to shake her and scream, "Get yourself together and woman up!"
Tate and Elise fit together seamlessly. She's soft where he's callous. She's demure where he's bold. She's a lover where he's a fighter. They counterbalance each other. She's everything he never knew he wanted in a woman. He's everything she never thought she'd have in a man.
Rating: 4 stars
Give me an alpha male with a woman who aces all forms of sarcasm and I'm putty in you hands -- bonus points if a Reverse Harem is involved. Supernatural esque romance and power plays tend to make my heart go pitter patter. I haven't met a book I wasn't willing to try, so if you've got recommendations email them my way. I'm a foul mouthed makeup addicted with slight wino tendencies.