The first book in this series was a little too Sci Fi-ish for my tastes but this installment does a much better job of staying on the paranormal side of the fence. Secret of the Wolf focuses on telling a good story rather than on explaining the intricacies of Garner’s Warriors of the Rift universe. That being said, if you skip the first novel and dive right into this one you might end up feeling a little lost. Even though I didn’t particularly enjoy Kiss of the Vampire, it’s a necessary step in order to be able to fully grasp the details of Cynthia’s world.
One of the things that I liked the most about this book is that the female protagonist is the one doing the chasing. In most Paranormal Romances it’s the guy who’s actively trying to get into the girl’s pants but in this case it’s the opposite which I found quite refreshing. Tori doesn’t pull any punches either in her quest to score Dante. She plays dirty and I love that about her. MacMillan also manages to resist her charm for a lot longer than I expected which only added to the appeal of their romance. I hate it when characters give it up too easily!
I was a little disappointed by the lack of werewolf elements in this book. There are a number of tidbits scattered throughout the pages but not nearly enough to satisfy my furry standards. Mind you, I did enjoy Tori’s occasional cravings for raw meat and how she felt the need to hide that side of her nature from her human counterparts. Secret of the Wolf‘s plot is more investigative in nature than preternatural which was surprising. So far the books in this series have been at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. Here’s hoping that they meet somewhere in the middle for the third installment.
The paranormal elements aside, I did enjoy the overall plot of this novel. It was fun following Garner’s well laid out trail of breadcrumbs and the side-story is equally as intriguing. Admittedly, the culprit is rather obvious but the story unfolds in such a way that the characters’ inability to see what’s right in front of their noses actually makes sense. The chemistry between Tori and Dante is hot and watching their relationship ignite was pure joy. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many romp scenes as I would have liked but this lack in no way takes away from the story.
Secret of the Wolf puts a new spin on the origins of preternaturals and breaks away from the stereotypical structure of most Paranormal Romance relationships. I enjoyed this book and will be adding Heart of the Demon to my 2013 wishlist.
|Recommendation:||Great for readers looking for a grown-up paranormal plot with a little sizzle.|
|Like this, like that:||The Dark Dynasties series by Kendra Leigh Castle, the Light Blade series by Kylie Griffin and the Immortal Guardians series by Dianne Duvall.|
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