26-year-old Presley Goult's life is anything but ordinary. Her mother abandoned her as a toddler after her father’s death, leaving her to be raised by the only family she has left—her uncle Arnold. After years of being away, she returns heartbroken and devastated knowing this is the last place she wants to be.
Unbeknownst to her, Kadenburg is not your ordinary town. There are secrets that have been kept from her for her own good.
Will she find out the truth of who she is, and the part she will play in the war that is about to erupt before it is too late?
28-year-old Lorcan Bamey was Presley's best friend growing up. He has always been there for her when she needed a friend and someone to lean on. Although he has always wanted more from her, rules are rules and he is forbidden to express his interest in having a relationship with her.
You see, his upbringing was very different from most of the boys in town: the female must make the choice. It is part of Urseth’s law— laws that Presley will soon discover when her uncle finally decides to be honest about their ancestry.
Will she accept the truth about Kadenburg, and herself, in time to save her people?
Approximately 66,234 words.
Other books in The Kadenburg Shifters Series:
Return to Kadenburg (Book #2)
The Siege of Kadenburg (Book #3)
Kadenburg Revealed (Book #4)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A friend of mine bought this ebook and gave it to me as a present. I've just read this book and I did like it a lot. If you put together pain, deception, hatred, power, selfishness, and a big dose of love you can have a nice story. However, put all these ingredients in the hands of a hell of a writer as T. E. Ridener and the story is just breathtaking. Ursithropes (bear shifters) against lycanthropes (wolf shifters). Before reading it, I thought it would be difficult to think about a romance with a bear but from the very beginning of the book I changed my mind feeling I could easily fall for Lorcan. The way the author describe the characters drives you right into the story to fight along with Lorcan and his family to keep Kadenburg free of the stinky wolves. A very easy reading and difficult to put it aside. Looking forward for the rest of the story. Well done, T. E. Ridener!
Presley is doing the one thought she would never do return to her home town of Kadenburg. After a painful breakup with the man she thought she would spend the rest of her life with its a hard home coming for her. Thankful she has her Uncle Arnold and her childhood friend Lorcan to help here though this time tough time. Little does she know that her uncle has been keeping a secret from her that she has the ability to shape-shift into a bear. There is worse news to come she and the other bears must deal with pack of shape-shifting wolfs hell bent on wiping out the bears. T.E. Ridener is an excellent writer her characters are well written so that you feel invested in their lives and want to know the outcome of the stories. The is the 2nd series I have read of hers and loved all the books I have read so far. Just about to start the second book - Return to Kadenburg This one read you won't regret.
I absolutely love shifter books so I was completely on board with trying this story out. This isn’t your average shifter read. I loved the unique twists on the shifter lineage as well as mate selection and I found the originality of the plot very refreshing. I want to be an ursithrope (bear shifter) and claim Lorcan for my own :) There’s a lot of backstory that needed to be covered and that slowed down the story for me in some places, but it added much more depth to the plot line. I thought it was interesting that the bear halves of the ursithropes had voices, thoughts, cognition and arguments with their human halves(which are all done internally, of course). I really loved the subtle Goldilox and the Three Bears references when Presley stumbled onto a stranger’s house. It was oddly ironic and completely necessary! We are also treated to a list of characters with small descriptions at the end of the book, which is pretty helpful! There is an M/M pairing in the book, but one half of the mated couple was deceased so there was no interactions between the couple save for a few flashbacks that were completely respectful. Readers who are uncomfortable with that troupe won’t have an issue with the storyline. There is also a HUGE cliffhanger at the end of the book though so I suggest you have Book Two at the ready so you can dive right back into the action. And boy oh BOY was there action! T.E. Ridener is a new-to-me author and I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series! This is a perfect read for any seasoned paranormal romance reader or someone who’s new to the genre.
4.5 Star A refreshing addition to the paranormal genre. With all the shifter books available, this one will definitely stand out. T.E. Ridener's in-depth description of the bear shifters was something I have never seen before. Each new character introduced in the book was done in such a way as to make that character seem just as important as the main characters. Then you have one excellent cliff hanger, now I need the next book soon. I hope she doesn't keep us waiting too long for it.