Tuesday, April 16, 2013

BOOK REVIEW... [ARC] Dark Wolf (Spirit Wild #1) by Kate Douglas

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?
Expected publication: April 30th 2013 by Aphrodisia
A bit all over the place but overall this book wasn't a bad read.  I'm normally a paranormal romance junkie who loves anything with shapeshifters so I was immediately interested and pulled into the world of "Dark Wolf."

Both born from different backgrounds, I loved the chemistry between Sebastian and Lily and their journey toward discovering themselves and uncovering the mystery of the rapist/murderer in the story of young women.

"Dark Wolf" exudes many different elements that test the characters' relationships with their family, friends, and most of all each other.  I was very pleased with the majority of the story but at times was shaking my head at the abruptness of the pacing and events that took place.

I was also PERSONALLY turned off by the erotic sex scenes within the story as I felt that they were kind of random and unneeded.  Well, that's if you take into account the kinky m/m, f/f mmff  action. I normally like having love scenes in stories as long as it's craftily and tastefully eluded into the story but these ones did nothing for me. Sorry.

Overall though, "Dark Wolf" was an enjoyable read.  Thanks Kensington Books/Aphrodisia via NetGallery for allowing me to read story in exchange for an honest review!!

My Rating:

-Overall : 8
-Plot : 8
-Writing : 8
-Characters : 8
-Cover : 8

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