Drew Maddox has been given orders by the king of the jaguar Tribe. It’s time to start building the Maddox empire. He has a name on a list. A name betrothed to him at birth. He accepts his mission to track and hunt his mate in order to fulfill his shifter duty. 

Francesca March has no idea about her heritage or where she came from. Adopted by humans, she has lived a lonely existence as the only she-panther she knows. Long ago she gave up on happy endings, heroes, and trust. She’s never let anyone get close enough to learn her secret. That is until she meets a stranger on the side of the road. 

Drew knows time is running out. He has to convince Francesca to marry him in less than five days. But with his own secrets haunting him he struggles with how much to tell her without losing her. 

Can Francesca face the reality of what it truly means to be a she-panther, or will Drew keep her in the dark to fulfill his duty? 

Sparks fly. The sheets burn down. And every time they touch a flame ignites. Will fate keep them together, or tear them apart?

Titles in The Tribe series include:  Scorch – Seize – Sacrifice – Shift

Title:  Scorch
Series:  The Tribe #1
Author:  Terra Wolf & Ally Summers
Published:  April 13, 2016
My Rating:  3 stars

There have been times when the first story in a series has been very “iffy” as to whether I’d continue the series.  Usually I’ll grab the second book, and be glad that I did.  I’ll be straightforward here… I’m really not sure if I will continue on with The Tribe.  While there are a few good reasons for that reaction but most importantly is that I don’t enjoy stories where the set up and the romance between the main couple is based totally on a lie… or an unspoken truth.  I do not like to be hoodwinked in real life, and if a  man I loved did this to me I’d be so outta there… fated mates or not.

The writing magic of Terra Wolf and Ally Summers is excellent as usual.  Drew and Franchesca are likable characters.  It is the concept of the story that I’m not enjoying, and that’s unusual for me as I’d have believed that I would enjoy anything Shifter related.  There is a lot of world building, and even justification building for the actions of the men in this series done in this first story.  Franchesca was adopted, has no idea what life is as a member of a panther tribe.  As such she has no idea of what being Drew’s mate involves.  And as Drew is falling for her, he isn’t very forthcoming about the reality of their upcoming life together… or rather her role as First Wife.  Her’s was the first name on his mates list given to him by the Tribe council.  A shopping for mates list.  We learn how tribe life works along with Francesca and the more lies and half truths I read the more uneasy with this story and series I got.

The truth is not every story line is going to be enjoyable for every reader, no matter how much they enjoy the author.  And that pretty much is how I feel about Scorch and The  Tribe.  I may at some point pick up the next story to see if my opinion changes… and maybe I’ll simply move on to the next series these talented authors did together.  No harm – no foul, this one simply wasn’t really for me.

I read this title through my Kindle Unlimited subscription.

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