Fans of the paranormal and shifters in particular will enjoy this exciting story that combines danger and romance. Morgan has been sentenced to death for actions she took that endangered her secretive Ikati colony. Her one chance to save her life requires her to go to Rome and locate the Expurgari who are her tribes ancient enemies.Morgan doesn't travel alone though. Accompanying her is Xander Luna who is one of a small number of assassins who act as the Ikati's enforcers. If she doesn't find the Expurgari in fourteen days, Xander will kill her. Almost as soon as they get to Rome they find what they think is a feral Ikati but soon learn that he is the head of a secret hidden colony based in the catacombs under the Vatican.Between falling in love as possibly the most star-crossed lovers ever and trying to find the colony of Ikati, Xander and Morgan are kept very busy. We learn much about the barbaric and brutal lives of the Ikati and the role of women in the culture as we see Morgan struggling to live free or die and see Eliana who is a princess of the hidden Ikati but who has never been allowed to leave the catacombs. I couldn't help but contrast this title with some of the other books about shifters I have read. This one is definitely more violent and more restrictive. The draconian methods used to keep the Ikati colonies hidden were brutal and unforgiving. I recommend this one and the first book in the series - Shadow's Edge - to fans of darker paranormals.