As Stanzie discovers her wolf, she learns being herself is more dangerous than ever.
Where is Bethany Dillon? The seventeen-year-old girl is missing from the Maplefair pack and Constance Newcastle--Stanzie--and Liam Murphy must find her. Fast. A serial killer still has not been caught. Bethany could have run away, or killed herself. But no one in her pack seems to know the truth. Or, they’re just not telling.
Constance’s knack for uncovering secrets leads her into peril, and to save Bethany, she must break every rule. She risks losing everything, including Liam...and her life. Book Description
I was given this copy by author free for review, but as always on the basis that my opinion is honestly held, and whether paid for or free my views are not influenced by that. Integrity is important to me and gushing false reviews do neither author or reader any favours. As always my views are what I honestly feel about this book.
This book is in the paranormal romance genre, and has some erotic content with ménage sex and sex with non-partners. Its not overly graphic and fits well within the storyline.
I didn't realize when I started this book that is was third in a series and had some trouble working out the back story and placing each person which meant I took time to really get “into” the story. I'm glad I stuck with it though as its one of the most enjoyable werewolf novels I’ve read for a while. I intend to get the first two and re read the series in order as this book is so well written I know its one I’ll want to keep for future reading and knowing the previous events will enjoy it even more.
Bond mates Constance Newcastle and Liam Murphy (Stanzie and Murphy) are still getting used to their new roles as advisers and as bond mates. They’re asked to investigate the disappearance of 17 year old pack member Bethany Dillon missing from the Maplefair pack. There's an urgency to find her as there is a serial killer in the area but Stanzie suspects pack members know more than they are telling. Stanzie has problems with her wolf as she doesn't behave as “normal” wolves do and she gets drawn into a life threatening situation.
This book – once I'd worked out who was who – had me totally gripped to the end, to the point I stayed reading until far, far too late as I just had to know how it ended....to me that’s the hallmark of a really good story when you just can't leave the characters part way through. (of course Him Indoors was muttering about the trouble I’d have getting up in the morning....) The characters are well written and I had a clear image of them, both of their appearance and their nature from the text. I felt so sorry for Stanzie as she seems to have had tragedy upon tragedy heaped upon her, and Murphy – well he was trying so so hard to help her. Paddy the alpha pack leader was a fun character – and very understanding and supportive. I'd love to know more of him in any future books, and then there was lovely Kathy – baker of cakes extraordinaire. The storyline was clearly set out and easy to follow and I was totally drawn into it. It was long enough to really get hooked on the characters and events and I spend much of the latter half on the edge of tears, the emotion in the events was so strong and scenes so very realistic. Stanzie's emotional trauma was so clear and vivid, and I really felt so much for her that I wanted to reach in and give her a hug. Her wolf was wonderful too – so very innocent and yet protective, and so confused and scared – I understood exactly how she felt confronted by rejection and mental bullying from the others.
As I said this book is simply riveting – if you like werewolves, spicy romance, a good emotional story and a plot line to keep you guessing this book is well worth reading. It’s got so much in it that if you re read books as I do it'll be one you want to read again and again.
It’s available as a full length novel from July 9th 2012.
Stars – well, picky as I am about books I can't do anything but give this 5 stars. It’s a good length and price, well written and edited and a fantastic gripping and moving story. What’s not to love?
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Reviewed by Midnight Ruby