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Born an Air Force dependent, Rowan McBride traveled the world and totally missed the 80's as most Americans know it. In exchange, xe's gotten to walk in clogs, break an arm at Mt. Fuji, and say prayers at a Korean Buddhist temple. So far it seems like a fair trade. Although xe graduated from high school in Hawaii, xe didn't learn to hula and make leis until going to college in Iowa. After leaving the Midwest, xe moved to Washington, DC and very nearly got xemself a Juris Doctor degree. Now xe's chilling out in Texas, diabolically planning road trips that could span years.
People say xyr life is random, and that's probably true. Rowan comforts xemself with the working theory that a random life makes for good stories. When that doesn't work, there's Pocky. Lots and lots of Pocky.
Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.
PROS: - Two men who are vastly different and yet equally protective of each other. Each uses his strengths to cover the other's weaknesses, and their devotion is touching. - Interesting subversion of the dominant/submissive dichotomy. This isn't BDSM; there are no toys, no bondage, no whipping, etc. But the werewolf stories I've read in the past (not that I've read many, I admit) have incorporated a fairly rigid idea of the sexual roles of the two characters. Those roles are stretched and explored in this story, which I found compelling. - Additional, intriguing element to the typical werewolf-human love story. Again, I haven't read much fiction about changelings, so it could be that Seth's nature isn't really that unusual in werewolf stories, but I enjoyed it. - Lovely, entertaining interaction between the two main characters and Rafe's family when he takes Seth home for the first time. I enjoyed that part of the story very much.
CONS: - At times I felt that Seth's doglike nature was taken a bit far. It's not a book ruiner, by any means, but a few too many simplistic, Tarzan-like sentences (example: "Rafe mad at Seth?") began to grate just a touch. - Sex scenes that didn't do much of anything for me...except make me cringe when one of the guys asks the other to stop and it doesn't happen. No, it's not *quite* rape, because the protests don't last long and the one who's being taken enjoys every minute of it, or so we're told, but yikes. - Quite a bit of jealousy and self-loathing and despair and other angsty feelings that always make me a little uneasy.Read more ›
I could not put this down once I started. Like its title, the stark poignancy of Lone held me captive from page one as we get to know one lone werewolf, Seth. Ostracized and feared Seth is wanted dead by his own kind and the paranormal creatures that walk the earth. For Seth is a Ravager, a freak of magic, a monster who is feared for its savagery, its almost invincibility. But Seth has managed to survive for 32 years. In human form Seth is a mathematician genius, defenceless in appearance and small in physique and so much younger than his real age. But in his true form, Seth is wild and truly a monster. Seth only knows survival. But somehow Seth meets Rafe, a gentle giant who loves Seth. But does a monster know how to love. Seth only know he feels safe with Rafe and wants this human to owe him. The emotional struggles between these 2 characters is so well written and just tug at my heart strings. Rafe's turmoil when he finds out Seth's true nature. Seth's inability to love not because he couldn't but because he had never been loved or cared for before Rafe. The plot itself is original and refreshing, the encounters between the hunters and the hunted not for the squemish. The cast of supporting characters from Rafe's family to one anciet vampire named Dorian is just as well developed. But most of all it is Seth and Rafe and the deeply emotional and stirring interaction between them which hold me captive. And I really like the way the writer draws Seth's nature out as he walks a fine line between being human and a wild animal/monster. This is one amazingly well written paranormal romance and my only regret is that it ends too soon for Seth and Rafe. Dare I hope for a series!
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It's not often that a book makes me cry, but when happens I can pour tears like if it's raining... or maybe I'm in tear since it's 2 in the morning and I can't let it go this book since I reached the last page... In a way or the other, Lone was a wonderful shapeshifter story, one that probably I can read over and over and always pouring some tears.
Seth is a small and cute man, 32 years old, at five foot five he looks most a teenager than a full grown man. And he is strange, sometime skittish, sometime cuddling, Seth reacts to the mood of his partner, when he is happy Seth is more than happy when he is sad Seth is more than sad... yes, actually Seth seems very much like a puppy, maybe since he is a werewolf? But Seth is not a normal werewolf, in a wolf pack he would be an omega, but since he is "different" he is a lone wolf, and a wolf without pack is easily a prey. How is it possible that a small man like Seth, who probably is also a small wolf, survived for all these years without the safety of a pack? Seth was always alone, wandering from city to city trying to find the one with less outworld creatures. And the little small town where he moved three months before seemed perfect, and he met also Rafe, six foot six of muscle and an even bigger heart. Rafe is gentle and caring, he has not a bad bone in him, and most of the safety Seth feels near him is due to the fact that no one dares to challenge such a mountain of man. But while they are visiting Washington DC they stumble upon a werewolves pack, and they are not at all scared by a simple human, and it's upon little Seth to protect his Rafe.
I have always had a kink for the story where there is a big physical difference between partners, I don't know if it's actually a theme, like the May / December or the Silver Romance...Read more ›