The magic touch. Ever since Harlan Edgewood was bitten by a possessed werewolf, his monthly shifts have been agonizing. When he meets Whimsy Hickes-a mage who specializes in transformation-the attraction is mutual. But Harlan believes his curse is too great a burden to inflict on any romantic partner. Fortunately, Whimsy thinks he can help. When Harlan is provoked into an unexpected change, Whimsy uses his magic to help ease Harlan's pain, but with an unexpected consequence. While he's shifted, Harlan's wolf claims Whimsy as his mate. As they draw closer, suspicious events in the Asheville magical community escalate. Shifters are disappearing, others are murdered, and Harlan's curse makes him an obvious target. It will take all of Whimsy's magic to force back the rising evil-and if he fails, Harlan will lose not only his life, but his very soul.