Fang Chronicles: Ivan by D'Elen McClain
Series: Fang Chronicles #6
Published by Indie
Published on: September 30, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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The loss of Ivan’s mate, Alba, left him broken and turned his inner beast inside out. With the war between the wolves and enemy cats, who killed his mate, all but over his anger has no focus. His new clan consists of two vampires, three cats, and his lone wolf.
Talya ran from her clan after losing a challenge against her friend for the love of Dmitri, the vampire leader of the bear clan. She’s young and impulsive with the weight of her shameful past on her shoulders. Can two humans help her mature into the alpha female she’s destined to be? Or will she endanger them both to the point of no return?
Ivan needs a mate worthy of taking on his angry beast and Talya needs a mate strong enough to tame her erratic impulses. Can sworn enemies overcome their pasts and fight for a chance at eternal love?
If you are are paranormal romance fan that enjoys action, and a good plot where everything isn’t all roses and good thoughts, this could be a good fit for you. This is the last in this series unfortunately, I have enjoyed the whole thing, and really didn’t want it to end. The author wrote this as a stand alone, but I included it in the series-I just think it should be part of it.
Ivan was the alpha wolf of the Southwestern clan, when the first stirrings of war with the cats started very early on in these stories. When his mate is killed by a crazed vampire, (liege of a cat clan), he leaves his newborn babies behind, and takes off to mourn. He came out of mourning in the previous book, Dmitri’s story, so that he would have a chance to kill the cats that he hates. He has been befriended by a vampire, and the two decide to start their own pack in Florida-a known cat hangout. Talya is the biggest troublemaker of these books, with the exception of the killer cats. She is a cat, but one that was rescued from South America before the war, and is part of Nicholas’s clan. After causing major problems within her clan, she runs away. She is befriended by Rondy, a young human gangster wannabe, who she helps one night. He takes her in, and through circumstances, the two go on the run, and end up in Florida. When Ivan and Talya meet, sparks are flying all over the place. Talya has a secret that not even her own clan knows, one that she has kept to herself, even when it caused a lot of the trouble she always found herself in. If it sounds like I have told a lot about the plot, well not even close-a lot of this is from previous books.
I really liked the character of Ivan, when he was first introduced. Now with the loss of his mate, he isn’t very likable anymore, because the death changed him. I never thought I would ever say I liked Talya, but with this book, she finally grows up, or maybe I should say matures, and is the catalyst for change in Ivan’s life, although it certainly takes awhile. However, all that being said, my favorite part of the book was when Talya meets sixteen year old Rondy. Talya’s never had a friend, and with Rondy she finally has that. The twosome have so many adventures, and most of them aren’t good. Rondy ended up being my favorite character in this book, along with his elderly friend, Cecily. Great, well written characters.
As always, I enjoyed this authors world building. So many little and big nuances of both pack and vampire life are shown. It is all very well imagined, but no info dump here, or anything like that. Of course, this many books in, a bit of reiterating of the facts has to happen, but not anything overwhelming.
As I mentioned, I hated to see this end. But when it came right down to it, I am thinking there is going to be at least another book featuring one of these characters, and I am a happy camper! I would actually read another series, featuring any of these characters. This author knows how to write good characters, intricate plots, and sensual romance-all the necessary ingredients for a good paranormal romance.