WOW! What an amazing ride Ms. Blackwell takes us on in the world of the Timber Wolves. I love this series. After the world that is created in the first novel Destiny Binds, Time Mends picks up where the amazing debut ended. Scout Donovan is still recovering from a near fatal stomach laceration that Jase, her brother, accidentally gave to her in an attack where her boyfriend Alex died. At the end of the first novel, Scout swears she sees a flash of Alex's wolf at his funeral. She is also able to determine that his coffin was buried empty which leads her to question not only his death but her sanity throughout this book. She continues to have vivid lifelike dreams where Alex meets her on their beach and gives her obtuse and enigmatic advice. The dreams seem so real and like Alex is trying to guide her through her changes. I loved Alex and was so shocked by his death at the end of the first book. I loved this tie and continuation of Alex in Scout's life.
Without giving away any of the delightful twists and turns of this novel, I will only say that Scout is thrust into the Shifter world in a role that she neither wants or is quite ready for. She must also come to terms with Alex's death and the rift it has created between Jase, Charlie, and herself. Jase becomes angry and short fused while Charlie closes himself off from everyone going about his life in an almost robotic way. Ms. Blackwell makes Scout's emotions so easy to identify with in this book. I really felt torn between Alex and Charlie in the first book and hurt by Jase and Charlie's action that led to Alex's death.
This book again takes the reader places that are both a surprise and a refreshing story that made it impossible to put the book down. I read it in one day. Scout is funny and easily identifiable to the point that I laugh and cry right along with her. I can't wait to see where Ms. Blackwell takes us in the next book and desperately hope it really comes out in the fall of this year!!!