Warning: Contains one character accidentally “mating” (bonding someone to him for life) another character without their consent.
Also contains kidnapping, threat of sexual assault, talk of eating humans in a non-sexytimes way, biting and consumption of blood in a sexytimes way, and Miscellaneous Shifter RidiculousnessTM.
Claimed (2016) by Laurann Dohner and Kele Moon
Nightwind Pack series
I first listened to Laurann Dohner and Kele Moon’s Claimed in 2021 and have re-listened more than once since then. Given the warnings above, I worry a little about the fact that I enjoy this book so much, but…it’s more wholesome than it sounds? In essence, smart and plucky heroine Brandi and cinnamon-roll hero Jason meet cute when Jason—who is, at the time, a large, black wolf—saves Brandi from being hunted and killed by other men who are also, at the time, wolf-shaped. Hot shifter sex ensues after Jason accidentally “puts her into heat,” and Jason and Brandi fall in love in a matter of days—a good thing, since Jason has also accidentally bonded them for life in the throes of passion…