3 1/2 Stars
What is it about wolves that excite me? Hmm. I’m not an animal lover, so it’s not the furriness. Maybe it’s the aggressive, short-tempered, untamed aspects that have me perking up at the slightest growl.
Jessica McClain was living her life outside of the Pack due to the fact that she was not one herself. She never changed even though her father is the Alpha wolf. They both agreed it would be best if the other wolves couldn’t find her.
Jessica’s carefully constructed life as a P.I. ends abruptly when she changes for the first time at the age of 26. That’s not all though. She can do a partial shift, which is talked about, but has never been seen. The word “Lycan” is whispered and her father, her brother, Tyler, James, and others must protect her from wolves inside their own Pack and other supernatural creatures who would love to get a hold of her to either kill her out of fear of the unknown or own her and the secrets she holds. For there is The Myth of Cain that speaks of a wolf who will cause the demise of all wolves.
Jessica’s character is very likeable. She’s down-to-earth, strong, and dedicated to those she holds dear. The fact that she has a mind of her own and doesn’t let the males run over her when making choices made me root for her all the more.
Carlson has some pretty interesting secondary characters that have the potential to have their own story. Her brother, Tyler, is very protective and that caring part of him makes him an automatic winner. Danny is a bag of laughs and just what a girl needs. And James is hot, but not Jessica’s potential mate.
The story itself has a lot of information to dole out to the reader and I felt it was done in a non-info-dump way.
The pacing was steady and I was able to glide through this read in a short amount of time, only once, wishing things would move along.
Maybe it is a first book issue, but a few things irked me. The police officer, Ray, pursued Jessica relentlessly, to the point where his reasoning went into question and made him seem unbelievable and his scenes over-done. There were also a few spots in the book where Jessica repeated certain lines in varying ways; “I won’t go, I can’t go,” and so on and so forth. We got the point. It was noticeable.
I was not expecting a cliffhanger ending what-so-ever. The only reason I’m not miffed is that the next one in the series is already out. I can’t wait to learn more of Rourke. As of now, I’m hooked.
A satisfying start to a new series.
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