This forum is fascinating and frustrating at the same time, because all the topics that I keep finding that I want to weigh in on, and they're all a year or more old. Well, I'm not letting that stop me. I'm sure there are some other newbies out there.
This was an interesting topic, because in the first book we had the red herring of Max Crest. At first, he seems so nice and accepting, then he doesn't really notice Kate's pain on their date. At the end, when Curran and Derek were fixing her roof, I figured that Curran was interested in her. He's the Beast Lord. If he was fixing it because he felt like he owed her something as a Friend of the Pack, he would have sent some people. The CEO doesn't go out and do the work. Curran had gone through a "parade" of women, because he had special needs in a mate. She had to be strong enough to take on 1500 shapeshifters. In the past, I bet he was just going for looks, and not character (hence the revolving door). Kate didn't fall all over herself trying to impress him, and when he met her, she was sort of involved with someone else, and didn't give him a second thought. Their relationship started out butting heads, because they are both powerful, and don't usually run into someone that they can't overcome. Curran didn't have to hide his power like Kate did. Derek was right when he told her Max was too weak for her (look who he ended up with). By Magic Burns, they had developed a mutual respect, and had started to realize that they had similar values. Curran was secretive about his interest, because he sensed how skittish Kate is about relationships. He was a lion stalking his prey with patience and observation. One of the reasons that I love this series.