Forged Wolf (Smoky Mountain Pack #1) by Lucia Ashta
Fighting is my life. I fight on the streets, I fight in my family’s gym, I fight to survive each day in this depraved city. But when my dad dies, I can’t fight anymore. I’m broken.
And that’s when they come for me.
The dark mages violate my very human nature and turn me into a wolf. I hate everything about magic—and now I’m a part of that world. I’m dragged off and taken to the Pound, an underground fighting arena, where wolves are pitted against each other to delight the whims of the perverse elite.
Just when I think this might be my end, he shows up, a Beta Wolf from the Smoky Mountain Pack.
The moment I see him, I can’t look away. I’m drawn to him in a way I have no right to be.
The Smoky Mountain Pack will never accept me, a changed wolf, a perversion of their species.
I’m dead on arrival. I’m going to have to fight my way out of here like I’ve fought my way through life.
But when he grabs me and pulls me from the Pound like one of his own, he gives me a chance—and a chance is all I need.
Dark magic changed wolves have an expiration date. The only thing I want to do before this cursed wolf body takes my life is get revenge for what they’ve turned me into. But this mysterious Beta Wolf seems hell bent on keeping me alive…
Okay, wowza! This was a great book, and I can’t wait to read the next one. If you love shifter fantasy, this is for you. I typically am not the largest fan of Lucia Ashta because I find her books hit and miss, but this was definitely a hit!
Zasha has fought her whole life and after being kidnapped off the street and black magic being used on her, she is forced to now fight for her life. Quannah is the beta wolf of the Smoky Mountain Pack and is struggling with his role to keep the pack safe and fight against his unusual feelings for Zasha.
I loved Zasha, she was super badass and took the shitty hand she was dealt in life and decided to keep fighting, not roll over (get it, because she’s a wolf shifter lol). I loved, loved, loved Ashta’s use of Native American main characters (omg!), heritage, culture, etc.
The plot moved well and I didn’t feel like anything was dragging out, which is big for me because I can get disinterested fairly quickly. The book is also written in a dual perspective, which is interesting because for the majority of the book, the two main characters don’t even know each other.
If you can’t tell, I highly recommend this book. It is available on Kindle Unlimited.