I think I’m developing a sixth sense for picking good books. I had no idea who this author was, I didn’t know what the book was about, the cover wasn’t particularly appealing and I’m not that much into PNR. But this book seemed interesting so I just threw caution to the wind and bought it. I’m really glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed and thanks to that I’m hooked to yet another series…
Connor Macleod is a werewolf and he also happens to have some type of foreboding ability. One night he gets a feeling that someone is in danger and ends up finding Zoey Tyler on the verge of being eaten by another werewolf. He saves her and sparks fly almost immediately. Zoey is the town’s newspaper new editor. She came to this isolated Canadian town to escape from her own foreboding ability (she can see the future but she is always too late to do something about the bad things she sees). Instead of finding peace she finds herself being rescued from certain death by sexy veterinarian Connor Macleod. What she doesn’t know is that because of the attack she is about to become a wolf herself.
Because werewolves are so in vogue right now it was a pleasant surprise to see that Haper managed to give a twist to the classic myth without deviating much from the original version, making these werewolves interesting and refreshing to read. There were some common elements to them like the mating bond and the pack’s alpha, but there were some original things like the fact that the alpha was a female and that the silver bullet was converted to silver nitrate and instead of killing them just acted like a “cure” suppressing the ability to shift thus killing the wolf but not the man.
I loved Connor. He wasn’t the regular alpha male hero we are used to find in this type of stories; instead, he was a sensitive and caring person. He did have his dominant almost alpha-hole moments, but he was sweet and loving. The best part about him was that even though he was very protective of Zoey he wasn’t overbearing, which was great because she wasn’t one of those weak heroines that just sit around waiting to be saved.
Zoey was a great heroine because as I said she was strong but she wasn’t stupid, she knew when to stay put but she also knew when it was time for her to do the saving. I loved that it took some time for her to get used to the fact that Connor was a werewolf, the big reveal takes some time to come and it’s a big part of the story, but once it comes Zoey’s reaction was realistic and that just made me like her even more.
The secondary characters were fantastic and since this is an ongoing series I can’t wait to read more about the Macleod brothers. The second book is already out and I’m about to start it but the third won’t hit stores until next year which is bad because I can’t get enough of these sexy werewolves.
The book is quite dark and it has an evil villain who does some very bad things, but there’s also plenty of romance. The book is incredible well-balanced although I think it might be more romance than suspense.
My only complaint about it is a bit of a spoiler so I’ll try to be as vague as possible but it involves animal brutality and I just hate that, I do see how it goes with the plot but since I don’t like anything bad happening to animals in real life or in fantasy, it bothered me to see it here.
Overall this book had everything I look for in a good paranormal romance: an interesting plot, great world-building, some suspense, a scorching-hot alpha male hero and a strong and likeable heroine. If you are a fan of Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance then this should be on your to-be-read-list because it is a great addition to the genre.
Review by Brie
He roams the moonlit wilderness, his every sense and instinct on high alert. Changeling wolf Connor Macleod and his Pack have never feared anything--until the night human Zoey Tyler barely escapes a rogue werewolf's vicious attack.
As the full moon approaches, Zoey has no idea of the changes that are coming, and only Connor can show her what she is, and help her master the wildness inside. With her initiation into the Pack just days away and a terrifying predator on the loose, the tentative bonds of trust and tenderness are their only weapons against a force red in tooth, claw... and ultimate evil.
Brava; June 1, 2011.