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1. Non-consensual sex. Marco, in the guise of being Amanda's newest big client, sends her a bottle of wine. When she drinks it, the wine has a strange effect on her; the author's description makes it sound like she was drugged. While she's in that state, Marco (whom she has yet to meet or speak with) sneaks into her apartment and has sex with her, then leaves. She wakes up alone and fully clothed, thinking it was all a dream. This sounded like rape to me, and I nearly stopped reading at this point. Not only that, he bit her and claimed her as his mate during that bout of sex, when she had no idea she was even a wolf and was in no condition to understand the ramifications of it all. I was angry with the way he went about it.
2. Shallow/one-dimensional characters. Amanda and her best friend, Caroline, seem only interested in the outward appearance of a man. All they can talk about is how good-looking Amanda's boyfriend is, then later, how much better-looking Marco is. I didn't see much substance to them. Marco is arrogant and pushy. At one point, he uses his authority as alpha to force Amanda to do something she doesn't want to do. After that, she's traumatized and upset. And then he comes up with a "solution" to that which again, to me, was a sort of violation. Ugh, I REALLY did not like him.
3. Insta-love. They don't know each other, but their first "proper" face-to-face meeting, he's already calling her "tesoro" (sweetheart) and "mio amore" (my love). I understand he recognizes she's the mate he's been waiting and looking for, so he's predisposed to like or want her, but love? Amanda doesn't succumb to the love bug immediately, but also falls quickly for no good reason that I can see -- except fantastic sex. (Yes, there is graphic sex in this book.)
4. Real world responsibilities disappear. Amanda and Caroline don't appear to do any work during the whole of this story, despite being top advertising executives. The author tries to get around this by putting them in charge of a project for Marco's firm just before all of this happens, but I can't imagine that two top execs could just disappear from the office for days and not have anyone notice or comment on it. Plus, if I'm not wrong, most ad execs don't just focus on one client, but are in charge of several accounts at the same time.
5. Inconsistent mating lore. While Amanda and Marco supposedly are destined to be mates, it is also explained that "some mates are bound together by contract, usually arranged by their families. Some are happy and some are not." Forced matings? And wolves mate for life, so the couple will be everlastingly unhappy? What happened to recognizing your mate and your wolf calling to his or her wolf? There's no good reason why some, like Marco, have destined mates, while others, like his enforcer Rafael, get to choose whomever they want, or are forced to marry someone chosen for them by their families or others in authority.
6. The spelling of "alfa". Throughout the book, the author wrote "alfa" instead of "alpha". It was consistent, but unfortunately every time I saw the word, I thought of alfafa sprouts...
Karen understands the importance of seducing her readers to continue following her books. She has managed to find both very hunky men and luscious women to grace her covers - and instantaneous attraction for the reader coterie of chick lit devotees. But her books include enough of the paranormal aspect to attract men as well - a survey of the popular television shows and movies that feature vampires, werewolves, zombies etc proves that.
The novel opens in a very straightforward manner: `They say things happen for a reason. Amanda Archer had always been a firm believer of that. She never boasted that she knew the whys or hows of it, but what she did know was that her descent into the darkness began two days before she met Marco.'Nice suggestion of the story that is to follow. Amanda is a 25-year-old advertising executive and the man she is about to meet is Marco De Lucia, a handsome, rich, very powerful, very influential man. Marco has a secret that few know about and live to tell it. He's a wolf - as in werewolf - who has been waiting 300 years to meet his soul mate and is determined that person is Amanda. There is a powerful attraction force between them and as that relationship grows Amanda's life becomes increasingly out of her control. Marco tells her about fate, destiny and her obligations. She was born to be his and now he must convince her of that. A complex enough erotic paranormal romance but there are contingencies in the form of other who attempt to stop Marco's and Amanda's permanent bonding. And how that all plays out is the gist of this tale.
Karen's writing is delivered with ease, with a fine sense of propulsion, certainly with enough sensuality to satisfy the most gluttonous of tastes, and she makes the concept of shifting work very well. She knows her theme and respects her audience. She is going to be around a long time. Grady Harp, November 14
Twenty-five year old Amanda Archer is an ad executive that has it all. That is until Marco enters her life. The plot is tight and is intriguing. I especially enjoyed the dialogue it felt really genuine, especially when it was between the friends. The book is written in third person however I was still able to understand what the protagonist was thinking. Very good book, recommended.