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- File Size : 5662 KB
- Publication Date : July 28, 2020
- Print Length : 387 pages
- ASIN : B088YQ9BLJ
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (July 28, 2020)
- Language: : English
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Alex goes back as an adult, but she now bears scars from an accident. She has become a reclusive wolf researcher. She hears rumors about a black wolf that some people blame for cattle killing and the death of a young girl. However, she also hears proof that not a wolf but a man caused the girl's death; so, she wants to help the wolf being hunted. Then she wakes up to find a naked man in her bed...who could it be, hmmm?
Read as Kieran and Alexandra come to face their fears: Alex about her "ugliness", and Kieran about the "beast" within. Both help each other to see more clearly. But what can they do about the new murders that point to Kieran as murderer? Is Kieran the murdering beast? read and find out!
This was one of my favorite so far of Susan Krinard's books. Loved that man! Gotta love the man on the jacket though...mmm..mm!
It's a hefty story, not like the more silly shapeshifter books I have read. It feels more angsty, situated in human drama, including loneliness, prejudice, fear, ignorance, greed, ambition, guilt, etc.
But even so, the story did not get bogged down in drama-- there was plenty of ACTION to keep the pages turning. And it started off with a bang, right from the prologue.
I felt drawn towards both the werewolf Kieran (Shadow) and his childhood friend and adult love interest, Alexandra. Their internal battles felt authentic, but not too melodramatic. They each had reasons to dwell on their issues, but neither wasted time in so much rumination that it distracted from the action (as occurs in too many romances). For Alex, it was overcoming her sense of low self-worth due to her father's and fiance's cruel abandonment, partly due to her facial scarring. For Shadow, it was overcoming his dreadful imprisonment, where he was taught to see himself as a monster, and his loss of memory.
It was lovely to see the childhood bond between wolf pup and human girl develop into a deep and lasting bond.
Shadow (Kiernan) was one sexy hunk, both inside and out. Very likable, and so was Alex. I wanted to see them both, but especially Shadow, get a HEA.
Secondary characters were well-drawn, too, especially The Ojibwe wolf clan, including the farseeing medicine women, Julie and her Grandmother.
I liked this story better than the prequel, Prince of Wolves. A tighter story line, nicely paced, and about 100 pages shorter, I think. Luke, the hero from Prince of Wolves, plays a fairly solid role in this book, but his mate, Joelle (Joey) is only a reference. We do find out they have two boys.
I disagree with some reviewers: There is no strict need to read book 1 first.