Deadlands Hunt: Meris Vos 1 (Terran Exodus) Kindle Edition
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I had some of the same minor complaints mentioned in other reviews. I'm a fairly visual person so I wanted a bit more description of the settings and the characters. I don't recall orcs ever being described. This made it hard to visualize the fight scenes, which made them less powerful than they would have been. Also the ending was a tad drawn out and a little bit contrived. But I also agree with the positive comments. Chase's pack mates were delightful, the romance was very sweet and quite believeable, and I personally prefer that the paranormal elements not take precedence over the story. Ms. Drummond handled that balancing act superbly.
I walked around for days, after I finished the book, thinking about Chase and Amethyst and wondering what they were doing, like I would real friends who were not around at the moment. One reason I prefer mysteries to romances is that the latter don't lend themselves to series so you can revisit the characters. But in this case, we have three more Werens to marry off, so I definitely want more Werens, Ms. Drummond.
Chase and his three pack mates are looking for warm beds and something to eat when they ride into Adersol. Prejudice between humans and Weren runs strong, so it's a surprise when Amethyst asks them to guide her group into the Deadlands - and when she invites them into her circle of friends and treats them as equals. Chase is especially intrigued by her, admiring her intelligence, spirit and beauty.
This was a bit different than I expected, but in a good way. The paranormal elements took a backseat to the storytelling and relationships - they were there and used once in a while to emphasize a plot point or to move things along, but they weren't the basis of the story. Now I'm going to be perverse and say that one of the things that bothered me a little was that I could have used more descriptions of some of those paranormal things. While one of my pet peeves is descriptive info-dump, I didn't have much of a mental image of some things. There really isn't a specific time established for the story, but it felt a lot like a late 1800's western so I could imagine most of the normal things.
The relationship between Chase and Amethyst is very sweet and built on respect the two have for each other. There's almost no physical contact between the two for the majority of the story, but there didn't need to be - the romance was in the way they talked to each other, the little physical gestures they made toward each other and the way the usually guarded and tough Chase started to fall in love with Amethyst. Amethyst makes a great Western heroine - tough, ready to get dirty and not afraid to do anything for Chase.
There's a nice supporting group of characters here too - Chase's Weren pack is a lot of fun, acting very much like a group of brothers who like to play jokes on each other and fight but also love each other and would do anything for one another. Amethyst's group of friends turned out to not be as helpless as they originally seemed and in particular, Sally and Peter ended up shining.
This was a very romantic story with lots of adventure, a bad guy and a lesson about prejudice. The main characters were instantly likable and from the start I was waiting for the two of them to figure out how to get together. I confess to wanting a little more than a G-rated version of their relationship, but I still left the story happy.