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Review: Emily’s Story by D’Elen McClain

Review: Emily’s Story by D’Elen McClain
Emily's Story
Series: Fang Chronicles #2
Author: D'Elen McClain
Publisher: Indie
Published on: August 14, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
Format: 196 pages, eBook
Provided by: Freebie
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After a werewolf savagely rapes Carolynn, she hides her tormented secret below the basement stairs for nineteen years.

Emily’s entire universe was the caged room in the cellar. She knew little kindness and received only enough food to stay alive. She understood nothing of the world above stairs. She would have died in the room of her childhood, but her world changed the day she could take no more. Her life began the day she killed her mother.

Brandt the alpha of the Northern Pack has loved the same woman for hundreds of years. Each day his heart breaks slowly because she does not return his love. Having no will to live, he invites death through challenges for alpha.

Brandt’s life changes when he hunts a feral werewolf for killing a human. Delivering death to the beautiful white she-wolf is his job but one bite of her sweet blood alters his heart and now he must tame the woman who has never known love.

Warning: Blood, death, violence, vampires, hot werewolves and hot sex! The perfect paranormal romance.



If you like books about vampires and werewolves, this could be a good fit for your next read or your tbr pile. I read the first in the series, Amy’s story, really enjoyed it, and literally just finished this one. I do think this one is even better then the first, although that could be because it’s so fresh in my mind.

Emily is a feral wolf. As a product of a rape of a human, Emily is caged her entire life and told that she is a demon. She is starved and has never known love or kindness. When Emily kills her human keeper(I hesitate to call her by her real title of Emily’s mother) the attack comes to the attention of the closest werewolf pack. The alpha, Brandt, and several of his pack track Emily down in order to kill her. As soon as Brandt tastes Emily’s blood, that wasn’t going to happen. Not only is Emily his mate, she is also an alpha wolf.

This story drew me in and kept me reading until I finished, well as much as real life would let me. Don’t you hate it when real life interferes with reading? I am the first person to admit to not reading that many werewolf books until the last year or two, so the world building in this book was really new to me. I thought it was really creative and intricately plotted when it came to pack life, rules, and a myriad of small and large details. The biggest difference for me was vampires being the master of werewolves. Or I should say one vampire. The vampire is the leader, because he or she is the one who gives immortal life to the pack. An enzyme in the saliva of the vampire not only bestows long life, it also heals. It’s a win/win for the vampire who has as much blood as they want, and for the pack who stays healthy and alive.

This book is not only about Emily’s integration into pack life, and into being the Alpha’s mate, but also continues with the fight with the werecats that started in the first book. This book doesn’t take place in the same pack as Amy’s story started in, but does intertwine with that pack in one large part of the book. I do love catching up with characters from previous books.

This book has lots of steamy sex scenes and is a very adult read. I enjoyed the characters, and the premise of a feral werewolf was very interesting to me. When I read Amy’s story several months back, I didn’t feel the need to immediately buy the next book, although I knew I wanted to eventually read it. After reading this one, I will definitely be buying the next one very soon. There wasn’t really a cliffhanger, but I do want to see what happens with the ongoing struggle with the werecats and some other aspects of the story also. Oh and fyi, Amy’s story is free on Amazon.


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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.

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20 Comments

  1. I’ve been looking for a good werewolf book so I’ll definitely pick up Amy’s story and see if I like it.

    Is the romance believable in this one? The summary said Brant has been in love with someone else but now Emily is his *mate*. Did it feel real or just one of those bonding things?

    • Amy’s story has werewolves but the main character is the vampire leader of the clan. I am a big vampire fan so I really liked it. With him as the only vampire, there is a lot of werewolf action too. As far as this love story? It is a mate thing at first-definitely a lust thing for sure, but it was pretty believable, as that usually is a werewolf thing in a lot of books. This book could be a standalone although it does intertwine a bit with Amy’s story characters.

  2. Definitely agree about life getting in the way of reading! What’s up with that? Sometimes I wish I had watch to stop time! Like that show Bernard’s Watch! <– Great show btw. But yeah I really want to give this one a try!

    • Okay so now I am trying to remember Bernard’s Watch? Is it a really old show? If you read this one, I hope you enjoy! And btw, I know it says freebie but that’s an error on my part. Amy’s story is the freebie. :)

  3. Sounds like this one definitely hooked you on the series, which is awesome when a book can do that!
    I’m not sure I remember the first book so I need to look it up!

    • Yes, I actually bought the next book after I wrote this review. Now I just have to find the time to read it : )

  4. Vampires and werewolves…I’m in! Thanks for sharing Lorna ;)

    • You’re welcome! I hope you like it. Also-error on my part-this book is not a freebie but the first one is-sorry. :)

  5. gah I use to read a lot of werewolf, vampire books. Lately I have slacked ;(

    • I read a lot of both actually but until recently mostly vampires. Sometimes you have to change it up and find another creature or different sort of character so I know what you mean :)

  6. I’m feeling really bad for Emily! And I’m super-curious about this story. It sounds right up my alley.

    • Yes I thought the idea of a feral wolf was different and was curious also. If you read it, I hope you like it :)

  7. The first story is a freebie! Definitely going to check it out. I went through a werewolf spell about 2 years ago then moved on to another creature…dragons I think. :) I think it’s time to get to know some new werewolves.

    • I hope you enjoy it! I found the freebie first but the good story made me continue with the next two paid ones. :)

  8. Yes, I totally hate it when real life keeps me from reading. ;) This sounds like a series with which to try to avoid real life. *ha* Thanks for sharing about a series I was unaware of. Great review!

    • Thank you! and you are welcome :) Yep, definitely not a real life book so you can totally lose yourself in another world-as long as real life doesn’t interrupt!

  9. Great review Lorna, and I think it is great that this book was stronger then the first. I enjoy vampire and werewolf books so this I will add to my wishlist!

    • Well I thought so anyway-I did read some reviews on Amazon last night when I posted mine and a few people liked the first one better. I did like them both so I guess it’s just a case of everyone’s taste is different. If you read it, I hope you enjoy! And Thank you :)

  10. Hi Lorna, I just saw the link to this review via Twitter. Thank you so much!!! You absolutely made my day. {HUGS}

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