Cursed to be bound to an alpha werewolf as part of a plot against one of the local packs, Nate Hawthorne's -- well, he's in a bind. With the curse draining his magic and his life by the second, he has no choice but to form a bond with the targeted pack's alpha enforcer, Ian Armitage. Ian's not happy about mating a warlock, much less one he knows he can't trust. The Hawthorne family's lived up to its name and has been a thorn in his pack's side for years. But the Armitage pack's enemies are circling, and a warlock's powers might be the only hope they have to stave off disaster. That is, if Ian and Nate can stave off their own disastrous feelings first.