Challenge the Darkness (Yellowstone Wolves #1) by Dirk Greyson
In this book, Dirk Greyson has found a new voice that sings loud and clear. Shifters, hot alphas, a darkness trying to eclipse the light that has recently returned to the lives of the wolves of Yellowstone National park mix in a potent brew to delight the senses.
Mikael Volokov is alpha of the Yellowstone Wolves, he can be a bit arrogant and highly possessive as we discover through the book, he has discovered an enemy in Anton Romanov, the alpha that is challenging the other alphas in the area and taking over their packs when he kills them in front of their pack. Mikael knows it is going to come down to him and Anton, the Mother has told him so, but he can’t do it alone, he will need his mate. Mikael hasn’t found his mate yet, though the Mother showed him an image of the boy when he was eight. Knowing that his pack would need help, Mikael decides to meet with the alpha of the Evergreen pack and try to form an alliance.
Denton Arguson is the Evergreen Pack’s alpha, and a blond god with piecing blue eyes as far as Mikael is concerened. He has finally found his mate, Mother help him, another alpha. This was going to be interesting, even he knew that, two alphas with their own packs, own families, this isn’t a mate he can just take away from his pack back to his pack because he is stronger. Denton has his own thoughts too, he doesn’t want to lose his pack, he had to step up from being a beta, to challenge his cousin for the pack because his cousin wasn’t right for the position, so giving it all up to be submissive to Mikael, while was what he partly wants, isn’t in the cards.
Can these two large men, in personality as well as build, find a way to work together to protect their packs? As well as find a way to make their passion and love work together without either losing standing? Can they, as the Mother said they must, find a way to bring down Anton when the challenge is issued? A very good book that keeps you reading because you must know the next scene. You have to know the end, have to figure out with the characters how all of this is going to work out, and if Mikael will eventually admit that yes he can be wrong, and maybe he doesn’t know everything.
The interesting (and frustrating) thing about this book, was it was told solely from Mikael’s POV so never did we get to know what he looked like, hair or eye color, skin tone, nothing like that. We know his build was similar to Denton’s, but that was it. It did not distract from the story. Knowing his heritage we were able to infere some of how he might look, but not a complete picture. Maybe because I am so used to being able to see both lead charcters so clearly it was something I looked for, but like I said, it did not deter from the story at all. I give this book 5 stars and eagerly await the second book.