The Ashton Grove pack has been on the verge of war for months, and now the time has arrived. The Skulls of Hell are on their way to the small sleepy Georgia town with destruction on their minds. But a new voice in the pack wants to know why.
Kendall Wright has lost one battle with the Skulls already and she isn't anxious to face them again, but as Colin's mate she knows it's her place to fight by his side. But if she's going to forfeit her life for the good of the pack, she wants to know why.
Colin has to admit his mate brings up a good point. Why travel such a great distance to wipe out a small pack of werewolves? There's nothing special about the Ashton Grove pack, or is there? Can the mystery be solved before the war begins?
Colin scrolled through his emails, looking for a message from his brother. They’d kept in constant contact since he’d left Ashton Grove and he always waited to see what had happened next. His nephew, Alisdair, was always getting into trouble. Connor was good about sending pictures several times a week. He wasn’t sure who was worse about documenting every waking moment of the child’s life, his brother or his sister-in-law.
He found the message he wanted and opened it. He hadn’t spoken to Connor by phone in nearly a week and he wondered what was going on in Ashton Grove. So far, his emails for the week had only been about family things – mostly Alisdair. There had to be something going on, he just wasn’t sure what.
He knew that Ramsey was back in town and had found his mate. Colin had been surprised to hear the werewolf had returned unattached. He knew that Gabriel had hoped that Ramsey and Luna would be mated to one another when they arrived in Ashton Grove, but it wasn’t meant to be. No, instead, the wolf had met Hunter’s sister and fallen head over heels.
Connor had briefly told him some of the trouble that had caused, but he still didn’t have the full story. It was probably something he’d have to wait and hear after he returned home. Which was another thing Connor had avoided… his brother hadn’t once asked when he was returning home. Probably a good thing since he hadn’t really thought about it. He’d enjoyed his time in California, with their family. Granted, their cousins were starting to drive him crazy, but still…
Someone tapped him on the shoulder and he looked up into Suzette’s smiling face.
“We need to talk,” she said, walking around to settle herself into the chair facing his.
He closed his laptop and set it aside. “Okay, so talk.”
“It’s about your trip home. I know you’ve been dragging your feet, but it’s time for you to go. You need to leave next week.”
“You’re kicking me out?”
“Not exactly. I had a vision. If you don’t leave next Saturday, you’re going to miss out on something important in your life. I can’t tell you the specifics, you know that, but you have to trust me on this. You don’t want to screw around and not leave on time.”
“All right. Anything else?”
“You need to sell your motorcycle and buy a car. You’ll need it for your trip.”
“Excuse me? You want me to do what?” He knew he had to have misheard her. There was no way he was selling his bike. He’d had it for years and it was like part of the family.
“You can always buy another one later. But if you don’t have a car, there’s no point in you leaving early and you’re going to miss out on one of the biggest events of your life.”
Colin grumbled. “Why do you always have to be so cryptic?”
She smiled. “Because it wouldn’t be fair if I gave you all the answers. You have to work some things out for yourself. I merely point you in the right direction and then the rest is up to you. But if you screw this up, you’ll hate yourself forever.”
“Great. No pressure or anything.” He sighed. “Fine. I’ll trade the bike in for a car. I’ll start looking tomorrow. I guess I’ll call Connor and tell him I’ll be home by Sunday or Monday.”
Suzette shook her head. “I’m thinking longer term than that.”
“Why would it take me longer than a few days to reach Ashton Grove? You know I drive fast.”
“Because you’re going to be delayed. Now, stop asking so many questions. You know I’m not going to give you answers anyway.”
Colin grinned. “Yeah, but it’s fun trying.”
After Suzette left, he pulled up his email again and typed a quick note to his brother, letting him know about Suzette’s vision. It seemed he was going home after all.