A no-nonsense werebear from the Arctic Circle. A perky werewolf from the Chicago Loop. Polar opposites, each looking for a fire to ward off winter’s chill…
Maxim Chernov isn’t a man of half measures. After a string of personal tragedies, he left everything behind to become an arctic bush pilot. A rugged refrigerator of a man, he now spends his days content in solitude, delivering mail and supplies to the remotest corners of the Alaskan tundra. When he’s not piloting his ski-plane, or grabbing a drink in the tiny town of Yakutak, the gruff shifter roams the wilds in his other, more comfortable skin: that of a giant kodiak bear. He’s not lonely, he reminds himself constantly; solitude suits him just fine. Some days, he almost believes it.
Piper O’Malley, an up-and-coming young werewolf from downtown Chicago, wishes her pack leader would recognize her real value to the organization. She struggles to climb the corporate ladder of urban shifter society, clawing her way toward more responsibility and more important assignments while putting her personal relationships on hold. One day she’ll find true love, she tells herself in between flight delays and full moons. Some days, she almost believes it.
By the time Piper hitches a late night ride into Yakutak, she’s sporting nothing but her wits, her gear, and a hastily scrawled out contact: the name of a local bush pilot who’s said to be sympathetic to shifter causes. A small, remote silver mining operation—owned and operated by her pack—has gone completely dark, and unraveling the mystery could be exactly the big break Piper needs. Although eager to prove herself, she won’t get far without Maxim’s help. Together, this unlikely pair of shifters will face subzero temperatures and supernatural horrors in the Land of the Midnight Sun. While struggling to survive the coming storms, they might even kindle a new flame — in each other’s arms.
This full-length, standalone novel is the first tale set in Lucy Lachance’s Second City Shifters universe. As you follow the blossoming of a steamy relationship between two breeds of shifters from two different worlds, expect urban fantasy flavor, no cliffhangers, and the HEA ending romance readers know and love.
Elements of this work were originally published in the short story Blizzard in Bearskin.