Trial by Fire by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (Raised by Wolves #2)
There can only be one alpha.
Bryn is finally settling into her position as alpha of the Cedar Ridge Pack—or at least, her own version of what it means to be alpha when you’re a human leading a band of werewolves. Then she finds a teenage boy bleeding on her front porch. Before collapsing, he tells her his name is Lucas, he’s a Were, and Bryn’s protection is his only hope.
But Lucas isn’t part of Bryn’s pack, and she has no right to claim another alpha’s Were. With threats—old and new—looming, and danger closing in from all sides, Bryn will have to accept what her guardian Callum knew all along. To be alpha, she will have to give in to her own animal instincts and become less human. And, she’s going to have to do it alone.
Bryn faces both the costs, and the rewards, of love and loyalty, in this thrilling sequel to Raised by Wolves. From Goodreads.
The second book starts a few months later, around Thanksgiving. Bryn, Chase, Lake, Devon and Maddy are all really good friends now. They try to work things out instead of doing the whole Alpha thing that they are used too. Bryn and Chase are still really close and dating now steadily, he doesn’t stay there he is always checking on the peripherals of the group. But he is slowly showing Bryn the guy he was before he was a werewolf, of course she keeps those things to herself because they are private and they like to take the time together that they get when it is quiet.
Devon is still just as protective of everyone as he was before. Probably more so actually, since Bryn was hurt by the Rabid and emotionally and physically everyone that he changed was hurt by him. Lake still doesn’t take any nonsense. You get to learn more about Ali’s background, what brought her to the werewolves at such a young age.
This time around they are dealing with a werewolf that was dropped off on their doorsteps by Devon’s brother, Shay. He gave the werewolf over to a bunch of psychics that were brutalizing him. So Bryn has to learn to deal with psychics and to deal with getting around taking Lucas, the werewolf from him.
Eventually she realizes that an empath is making everyone feel certain ways. That she has to take out the empath to get everyone back to how they really feel about fighting a bunch of kids. Then she had to risk the possibility of losing Lake to Shay. But luckily he lost the game and his chance at getting a female Were as well as Lucas. Maddy, of course was very happy because she got to be with the guy that she chose.
Throughout the story you see Bryn deal with one thing after another, I just kept hoping that Shay would give up and that he would just let them be. Of course, he is pure evil so he didn’t give them the opportunity to just regroup. Bryn got really hurt and so did Chase, they ended up sleeping for 3 days straight and once she was out she was challenged by Lucas. So for the very first time she had to kill someone and it broke her heart because she knew how Maddy felt about him. There was so much emotion in this story that I didn’t know if I should cry or laugh at times.
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.