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Wolf at the Door Hardcover – 2006
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The prose was witty and made me chuckle out loud on more than a few occasions. However, long on plot, this one isn't. The story is good, the conflict between good and evil interesting but quite predictable.
How you find the appeal of this book will be based soley on what you're looking for. If you want a good story, sympathetic h/h, colorful secondaries and a chase scene that had me grinning and "Arrrroooooooooo" ing in applause, then you will NOT be disappointed.
This one is a keeper!
Then Sullivan smells honeysuckle and goes wild and this introduces us to Cassidy. She is young, cute, pretty, dripping hormones but has some restraint and common sense. She is well educated and her grandmother is the head of the council of others.
In this instance there are vampires, weres, werewolves, wererats, etc. They are trying to decide wheather to come "out" rather than be outed by a group that has malice in mind for them. There is a lot of sex in this book, a lot, so be forwarned. For all that this is a fun, fast paced mystery of the first order and this will be a delightful novel for all who read it. I have already order the others in the sequence.
This is the first of a series, eight books so far. "Others" is the term for creatures including werefolk, vampires, witches, and magic-users. The Others live in secret among humans. Cassidy is a foxwoman (fox shifter) who teaches anthropology at a college. Her grandmother is a member of the Council of Others, the international governing body. Quinn is a werewolf (shifter) from Ireland. He comes to New York City to attend a meeting of the Council of Others. While at the first meeting, he smells a honeysuckle fragrance which happens to be Cassidy's scent. He knows this is the scent of his life mate. The Council meets the next day to decide what to do about a religious fanatical group called Light of Truth. This group wants to destroy the Others and kidnaps one of them. The council leaders assign Quinn to work with Cassidy to learn more about this group. He's happy about the assignment, she's not.
The first 100 pages were great! I especially loved the first 30 pages. Quinn had not yet met Cassidy but is drawn to her smell and follows it. When he finally sees her, she runs, he chases, and the two of them shift back and forth between their animal and human forms as the chase continues. It might be worth buying the book just for the first 100 pages. There were some good lines. I was chuckling. I enjoyed Cassidy's frustrations and conversations. But after that, the story became ordinary. It needed more interesting plot and character development. The bad guys kidnap good guys. The good guys try to find the bad guys and stop them. I wish the author would have continued with the freshness of the first part. One of the sex scenes dragged a bit, could have been shortened.
I was disappointed with the ending climax. The bad guys were more powerful than the good guys, then all of a sudden the good guys found some power and won. I was shaking my head thinking how did that happen?
Story length: 336 pages. Swearing language: strong, including religious swear words. Sexual language: strong. Number of sex scenes: 3. Total number of sex scene pages: 24. Setting: current day mostly New York City, NY. Copyright: 2006. Genre: paranormal romance.
Happy Reading from Bona Fide Reflections!