When her five older brothers fall into a life of crime, Ixchel loses her parents in a drive-by shooting at the age of eighteen. For the next decade, she works hard, lands a veterinary degree, opens her own practice, and settles into a life filled with animals instead of people. But her cocoon of safety is about to be invaded.
Finn may be the only were-jaguar in existence. He’s stumbled across a rumor linking an ancient Mexican jaguar-god to an archaeological site close to Ixchel’s practice. The shifter can’t resist searching for clues to his heritage…clues that turn into a gunshot wound and a trip to the nearest veterinarian in search of illicit stitches.
But Finn’s shooter is hot on his trail. So Finn and Ixchel not only find themselves on the run, but saddled with a petulant and powerful god who demands their help to break a two-thousand-year-old curse. Each of the unlikely pair must make a decision that will change their lives forever. Will Ixchel allow herself to be drawn back into the criminal underworld that killed her parents? And will Finn overcome his lone-cat tendencies in time to admit Ixchel into his confidence? The vet and the were-jaguar had better figure it out fast before they lose the game that has turned into a struggle for survival.