I recommend this book. It is an addicting read which, after reading nonstop, I finished in one day. It is a stand-alone book with no sequel so you can enjoy it not have to worry about being left with a cliff-hanger. Supernatural Presence: Werewolves
Elise & Kane: Their mating is arranged to forge an alliance between packs. Her father is Alpha of her pack, he is the new Alpha of his pack (previously he was co-Beta). She moves with him to his territory and s*** ensues.
Zack & Helen: Zack is the former Alpha, Kane's predecessor who died in a car accident because someone cut his brake line. Helen is his widow who helps by continuing to run the Alpha household acting as mother and cook to all.
John & Carrie: John is Kane's Beta (right-hand man) and with his mate Carrie are expecting their first child/pup.
Ryne & Marla: Ryne was co-Beta with Kane but when Zack died, he challenged Kane in an almost fight to the death, lost and left the pack. Marla is his Ryne's ex and the mean, scheming b**** that wants Kane for herself and is up to no good.
Bryan: The man Elise thought she loved until she gets to know Kane at which point they decide to be sibling type friends.
Thomas & Julia: Thomas gets shot while on patrol duty and his mate Julia becomes friends with Elise.
Zoe, Phoebe & Chloe: Helen's daughters...
Zoe & Phoebe are grown with their own kids and befriend Elise. They also help keep Marla in check.
Chloe, the youngest, is studying Environmental Science at the University and helps the pack by doing an analysis on the land to help classify plants and animals as protected to avoid being forced to sell the land.
Rose: Zoe & Phoebe's friend who is always very quiet.
I know the key players, tell me what happens!: From day one Marla spells trouble. She makes it obvious she doesn't want Elise around, is jealous and wants Kane for herself. She turns things around to make it seem like everyone is being unnecessarily mean to her and Kane believes it because he's watched out for Marla ever since her dad died and her mom left her.
Troublesome things are happening that seem to lead to Ryne:
Before being shot, Thomas scented him
Pack members scented him when they found the traps poachers normally use
Bootprints matching Ryne's were found by the oil bins dumped on their land, poisoning the land
It is believed Ryne may have caused Zack's (the previous Alpha) accident
Elise & Kane's relationship is brand new and they are unsure of how the other feels, which leads to problems. The main one being when Elise meets Bryan after she gets out of work.
The first time is when they decide one day to catch up (this is when they decide they are better off as friends) and upon departing they hug, she gives him a kiss and they both call out I love you. Well when Elise gets home, Marla (being the "good friend" that she is) tells her she smells like another male and should hide it from Kane because he would be very angry and may do something. She sprays Elise down with the perfume she bought her because it's good at hiding scents. What we don't know is that Marla left Bryan's voicemail messages on Kane's answering machine (which is bad later) and spreads rumors that Elise may be cheating.
The second time she meets Bryan, it's to warn him. He was in town to meet a wolf who wanted to start his own pack and she believes it is Ryne. Well, when she goes to hug him goodbye, she sees Kane watching them and he is livid. He's heard the messages, read the false diary entries Marla had forged (the entries explain a love affair between Elise & Bryan) and now catching them secretly meeting leads to a big fight.
In the end... We find out that Marla's been behind everything and has been getting help from Rose who works at the bank. She'd been wearing her scent covering perfume and Ryne's clothes when setting traps/oil containers and when she shot Thomas so he would be the target. Her plan was to force the pack to feel unable to stay, sell the land to the oil company and (with Rose's help) steal the money by transferring it all to an off-shore account.
Rose and Marla take Elise into the woods to try to kill her, she escapes and starts running but doesn't know where she is at. Elise and Rose fall into a ravine where she breaks a leg and Rose breaks her neck and dies. Marla leaves to get some stuff, including Ryne's clothes to make him look like the killer. Ryne shows up because he's looking for Marla to get the money she stole from him and finds Elise. As he's carrying her, Kane shows up and they fight. Marla shows up again and takes Elise hostage. Elise can't stand properly and when she goes to fall, the two wolves attack Marla. She shoots one down and as she's about to shoot Kane, Elise takes the knife that Marla held her with and stabs Marla. Everyone recovers, Marla's body, whom they thought was dead, disappears, Kane and Elise mend their relationship and Rynes founds his new pack somewhere in Canada (which suits Kane since Ryne was also attracted to Elise).
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