Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunters #5
Genre: Paranormal-Romance, Adult, Were-shifters
Publication: August 3rd 2004, St. Martin’s press
Plot: Bride McTierney has just been dumped via FedEx. There’s not much that could ease such a broken heart until Vane Kattalakis wanders into her shop and her life. Their whirlwind affair feels too good to be true. Deadly and tortured, Vane isn’t what he seems. Most women lament that their boyfriends are dogs. In Bride’s case, hers is a wolf. A Were-Hunter wolf. Wanted dead by his enemies, Vane isn’t looking for a mate. But the Fates have marked Bride as his. Now he has three weeks to either convince Bride that the supernatural is real or he will spend the rest of his life neutered—something no self-respecting wolf can accept … But how does a wolf convince a human to trust him with her life when his enemies are out to end his? In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. And only one alpha male can win.
Review: This was by far my favourite of the series so far!
Vane has an emotional side to him that allowed me to make an instant connection, which was amplified by out past introduction of him from ‘Night Embrace’. His character had yearned after Bride then and here we meet him 8 months on from then, now emotionally traumatised and a little broken. He’s a tough, sexy man who’s truthful and naive in human ways. This makes for a light-hearted humour at his expense as well as interesting plot twists to how he behaves as a human to ‘woo’ Bride.
Bride for me was an interesting character because she wasn’t your average skinny woman that exists in a large amount of paranormal books. She was a real women, who was independent, successful and looking for a husband to marry and have children with. She’s an ordinary character that made her easy to relate to. Her problems with weight were a genuine issue that many women suffer with or the feelings of being uncomfortable with ones body allowed me to relate to her. Vane allowed her to become comfortable and feel beautiful in her skin, and this was a major reason I enjoyed the book so much because the promotion of feeling comfortable in your human skin brought the paranormal to a realistic level that we could dream about. Despite paranormal being there to make us desire the fantasy, this brought a realistic touch that only enhanced the read.
The mixture of old and new characters offset the story for an interesting pace, which ranged between speedy and slow, but there was never a dull moment. The old characters allowed us to reflect on their progression, whilst the new characters only bolstered the past of the old, and brought in future glimpses of tales to be told.
This story has an exciting mixture of lovin’, romance and dirty-fighting. It was an all around, very enjoyable read that would certainly thrill me to read again. The characters were ones that you can attach to well and the story had a great balance of realism and fantasy that made it perfect for me!
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