Friday, January 31, 2014

Review - Dark Wolf (Spirit Wild #1) by Kate Douglas @WolfTales (18+ Only)

Dark Wolf
Spirit Wild #1
by Kate Douglas

Goodreads blurb:  Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying—raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes.

Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard, Anton Cheval, cannot unravel. Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear?

About the Author:  Some people just seem to know they are meant to write, but it can still take a while to figure out exactly what their career will entail. Kate Douglas started out writing radio copy for a country western radio station in 1972, wrote and illustrated an educational cartoon strip for the American Mosquito Control Association for a number of years, was a newspaper reporter for a small town weekly where she covered everything from high school sports to drug busts, and then, in the mid-1980s, decided to write her first romance.

Many submissions and rejections followed.

In 1998, she published with a small ebook publisher before anyone knew what an ebook was, but it wasn't until 2005, a full twenty years after finishing that first romance, that she signed with a New York publisher.

In January 2006, Kensington Publishing launched their Aphrodisia imprint of erotic romance with Kate's Wolf Tales, a sexy paranormal series about a lost race of shapeshifters. Kate has continued on as the imprint's lead author, with twenty-one novels and novellas in the full Wolf Tales series. She also has a series with Kensington's Zebra imprint, DemonSlayers, and has just completed her latest Aphrodisia series, Dream Catchers, which opened with the NightShift anthology and her novella, Dream Catcher, followed by the novels Dream Bound and Dream Unchained.

Her next series, Spirit Wild, debuts April 30, 2013 with Dark Wolf. This is a spin-off series that takes place in the Chanku world readers first met in Wolf Tales. Characters are the grown children of the first Chanku.

Kate and her husband of over forty years have two adult children and six grandchildren. They live in the small town of Healdsburg, California, in the heart of the beautiful Sonoma County wine country.

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My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!! 

Okay, I bought this book because I wanted to start the series from the beginning :)

The cover has a some eye candy that definitely begs for some attention ;)

I really enjoyed this book.  I have not read any of Kate’s stories on the Chanku shifters before.  You should be aware this is a very adult book with very hot sex scenes involving m/f, m/m, f/f, m/f/m, and m/m/f/f.  So if you are not into books like this, this book might not be for you.  The book had some parts I thought were really slow in building the tension and mystery, but this happens with new series.  I tend to prefer a lot more action, but it definitely picked up the second half of the book.

Lily Cheval is an alpha female, and she is definitely a strong take charge kind of gal who does what she wants and will not be told what to do.  I love female leads like this because I like when they can kick butt. 

This is quite a bit of mystery and intrigue built into the story with the murders and Sebastian.  He is sexy and powerful.  He sort of reminds me of someone is basic training.  He starts out thinking he is all that and a bag of chips.  Then, he learns he has no control and sort of loses himself and his confidence, and Lily and the pack help build him back up.

I can’t wait to see where Dark Spirit and Dark Moon go as I have both of those books to review.  The series seems like one of those that will just keep getting better, but I will let you know.

I recommend this series to Kate Douglas fans & those paranormal romance lovers who are into pack love with multiple partners.

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