When the animal disease spreads from Terra to Earth, the Hunters are established on Earth, as well, and Lilith’s father is commander of Earths Hunters... reason enough for Lilith, a Hunter herself, to ignore the magnetic pull of the alpha male determined to have her for his mate.
But Lilith isn't quite human herself not since she was attacked by werewolves and she’s always had a thing for tall, dark, and creepy.
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 nor reader any favours. As always my views are what I honestly feel about this book.
I'd read Frank and the werewolf trainer on my kindle when it was in the free listings and enjoyed the writing style so looked for more by the same author. To my delight Tracey has several books out and this was the one I began next. Its the first in a series of six and containing shape shifters was bound to hook my attention. Lilith is a werewolf hunter and was attacked by werewolves some years back. In an effort to save her life she was given an experimental vaccination which stopped her changing fully but gave her some side effects. She now works on Earth with yummy Italian scientist Alfred (swoon) killing rogue werewolves. Her father is back on another planet Terra where the werewolf virus began.
It took some time to get “into” the book as there is a whole new world and set of characters to learn and integrate. It’s always the same with a new series though and best if characters are introduced gently as Tracey has done so we can really get to know and regard them as real people. There are some dangerous scenes where Lilith faces threats to her life, but most of the book centres around the characters and the problems faced by werewolves. Once infected with the virus they become outlaws and officially face death regardless of their actions, though Lilith focusses on killing only rogues who threaten humans. We get introduced to a cast of characters including her good friend Kat, the yummy and caring Alfred, the local policeman Elijah - another good-looking guy with a heart - and of course the delicious and enigmatic bad boy Marco, former hunter; now following an attack he's Alpha to the local pack. From having had a slow love life Lilith is now getting attention from three great men.
The series is planned as erotic but this book only contains suggestions of what is to follow but enough to tell that Tracey can write a good and stimulating sex scene. Some writers do this well and others – well, as a reader I just want to cringe at what’s written...it’s great to find someone who can write about sex and love without resorting to overworked clichés (and being a reader who enjoys erotic writing I did sneak a look into book two to check that she writes these scenes as well as I thought she would) I really enjoyed this book – the characters are well fleshed and I felt they were real and I cared what happened to them. The setting up of the love triangle – well am I team Alfred or team Marco? I just don't know as they're both so well written and potentially a good match for Lilith. Usually in this situation one stands out for me above another but here I simply can't choose. Good job I'm a reader not the author :)
Liliths “powers” remind me a little of Anita Blake, from the Laurell Hamilton series , Cat from the Jeannine Frost Huntress series and even a bit of Sookie Stackhouse. They allow the series to evolve and not be limited to one aspect of the supernatural. Personally I'd place Tracy’s writing on a par with those authors too, I feel she's that good and they are among my favourites. The journal Marco finds and gives to Lilith which has words from an ancestor looks to be fixed in the series and I enjoyed the voice of her great great grandfather and love the way its magical, and so words change according to the reader. This novel is a promising start to what looks like a series that will join my “keepers” for re reading.
Its a great length at 508 KB/ 230 pages and will keep the reader engrossed for many hours. It's value for money too at just £2.30 for kindle and is also available as paperback for £9.33. Its well edited with few spelling or grammar errors – those can detract so much from a story and are important to get right.
Now for the stars: four stars, (I’m picky and its hard for the first in a series to warrant five stars)and I think as the series progress they are going to be five stars if writing keeps up like this.
Reviewed by Midnight Ruby
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