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Reluctant (Red Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
I refused my legacy, but my destiny doesn't want to take no for an answer.
The plan seemed simple. Run away from home. Go to college. Pretend I wasn't raised to control silver with magic, dance around a fire under a full moon, or guard the barriers between lupines and clueless humans.
And for a while, it was that simple. Then, Tobias Somfield had to walk into that alley and into my life, with his English swagger and his sorrowful tale of woe. Sure, the lone werewolf may have come to my rescue, but that doesn't mean I owe him anything, right? Even if his mate was kidnapped and I'm the only one in Chicago with the skills, connections, and know-how needed to help find and free her, I'm only one little red hood in a big, dangerous city ruled by vampires. What am I supposed to do, stake my way to a rescue? Take on older, stronger supes who could literally eat me for breakfast? Miss my finals to go play heroine and save the day?
Don't hesitate, dive into Reluctant today!
"Fellow PNR and UF bibliophiles!! You NEED to read this book!" --The Literary Life Blog
"Meek's commitment to colorful, flowing dialogue, characters with more depth than a black hole, and plot twists that would make a yogi jealous." --Cat Bowen, Reader/Eater Review Blog
- ASIN : B071NYZKMJ
- Publisher : Tulipe Noire Press (June 10, 2017)
- Publication date : June 10, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 9100 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 278 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #8,487 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Anyway, she has moved away from home and is a student. She first saves her friend Amy from being killed by a newbie vampire, but then herself got saved by a new wolf, Tobias.
She gets a part time job in a laboratory run by vampires, becomes friendly with another student, Jess, a Huey (human) and then she really gets into danger.
Reluctant Hood is about a young woman named Geri who is running from her family legacy as a Hood, one who governs the wolves, keeping them in line and under thumb. But before her special abilities can be fully manifested and used in ways she can not support she takes off and tries to begin a life on her own in the normal human world. Geri has the weight of the world on her shoulders, and it seems that no amount of running can truly help her leave her old life behind. While at school she runs into a lone wolf, Tobias in trouble. Being that she isn't a normal Hunter, one that would rather see a dead wolf than to ever help one, she finds herself torn between trying to maintain her new life, and helping Tobias (possibly even having to face the fate of her lineage that she has world so hard to avoid). Even if that means exposing herself and putting her life on the line. It is sexy, without being explicit, and compelling, as well as action packed! I will be recommending this book obnoxiously, to every one I know. It does not end in a horrible cliff hanger, but rather in an intriguing 'what next?' way. Geri and Tobias' story is far from over, and where does Geri's ex and the new Alpha Cody fit into all of this? I have no idea where it will go but I will be highly anticipating the next book in the Red Hood Chronicles!
Geri is a descendant of the original Red Hood from the first family of wolf slayers, wolf caretakers and wolf police, all in one. This is explained in detail in the story, as the author creates a new myth and provides a different view of the traditional fairy tale. Apart from the name, none of the old characters remain. There is no little girl in need of saving, as the strong woman and hunter merge into one.
Geri is strong and independent, and unwilling to continue with the family tradition based in mistreatment of wolfs. While the hoods are infamous for their calculated cold heartedness, Geri is gifted with kindness and compassion. So she leaves home and branches out on her own. She tries to have a normal human life in Chicago as a college student, studying for her degree, having part time job and a roommate. Unfortunately for Geri, the things do not work out as she planned and regardless of whether or not she wishes to be involved in the paranormal community, she is pulled in because of what and who she is.
There are some interesting side characters, her human roommate Amy, rogue wolf Tobias, Professor Karmarov, who she interns for, and Jess, a fellow intern. Characters are complex, the world is well developed, the plot is interesting and the story is well told. The writing is actually more complex and elaborate than I anticipated, which was an added bonus.
The story does not have an actual ending, but a temporary one, as the proper installment of a series should. The immediate urgent issue comes to a resolution but the greater picture reveals itself and the bigger issue remains unresolved. I mean, we have to crave for something, right? Fortunately the next book is here as is the prequel, and the third book will be out soon.
The reading order is: Requited Hood (Red Hood #0.5), Reluctant Hood (Red Hood #1), Relinquished Hood (Red Hood #2), and Ravening Hood (Red Hood #3).
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As the story progresses, you really understand why Geri chose to remove herself from Hood life. She also uncovers a sinister plot that has her wondering how involved the other Hoods could be. I did feel as if Geri’s back history would have been better explained sooner in the plot, but she’s a great character and clearly has a very un-Hoodlike view of wolves. I’m left interested enough to check out book 2 “Relinquished”.
I liked Geri's character, who is strong but not unbelievably so. She also open minded and kind (though not without some healthy wariness) and believes wolves should be treated as people. I would've enjoyed it if there were other Hoods like her rather than painting her as the only one like that.
One of the things I would've loved to see more of earlier in the story is the other Hoods, Cody and the home she left behind. However, I do appreciate that she left for a reason and wouldn't go back home easily.
I wasn't sure what to expect as I haven't read Kendrai's work before. But I had a LOT of recommendations from other readers and authors too. So that's always a good sign.
The story was well-written with characters and threads that actually made me say out loud "I wasn't expecting that to happen".
This is the first book in a series and it doesn't fully wrap up all of the loose ends although I wouldn't class it as a full-blown cliffhanger, which I liked because cliffhangers are my mortal enemy.
Only thing missing is some newbies from the Navy RTC to get into the mix.
So interesting that I am trying to afford the next book..