Josh Reviews: Never Cry Wolf by Cynthia Eden

Posted July 6, 2012 by Joshua Burns in / 0 Comments

Never Cry Wolf by Cynthia Eden

Title: Never Cry Wolf
Series: Night Watch #4
Author: Cynthia Eden
Publisher: Kensington
Format: Paperback, 352 pages
Published: June 28 2011
ISBN #: 9780758242150/0758242150
Genre: Paranormal Romance
My Copy: borrowed
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Lucas Simone is not the kind of guy you mess with. He’s big, he’s strong, and his eyes hint at a wilder side most women can’t handle. Of course, that’s because his predatory instincts are no metaphor–he’s a genuine Grade-A top-quality werewolf, tough enough to fight his way to dominance over the scariest pack on the West Coast. There’s only one chink in his armor. Unlike most alpha dogs, Lucas has a reputation for protecting the weak and innocent.

Sarah King is counting on that protective impulse–it’s the only thing standing between her and certain death. There are only two problems: one, she’s not quite as innocent as she’d like Lucas to believe. And two, if he doesn’t stop stoking Sarah’s animal lust, it’s only a matter of time before her own wild side gets unleashed…

I’ve been dodging this review for awhile. This was the first book that really felt a labor to read. Not that anything within it is bad. It’s just the way it puts the pressure on and then takes it off is predictable. And I don’t mean it’s predictable because of who is doing the pressuring, it’s more the pacing that becomes predictable. Chapters pretty much bleed one into the next because they always end on a hanger. And this does give it momentum but it also gives it a sprinting feeling, which is great if you like being rushed out of your books. Everything about the world comes across as sort of shallow whether it be dialogue or description. And I know that’s all in favor of resembling our world as much as possible but…

Let’s get to the characters. The book has a nice balance between yin and yang. I would be hard pressed to say if either of their voices really trumps the other. They’re both truly strong whether that be in the midst of sex or battle. The few times we are put into other character’s perspectives struck me as pretty blah. I mean I’m all in favor of giving a lot of character’s perspectives but if you’re going to do that you have to keep them balanced and developed and you have to feel like you’re not just being shown this to fill us in on what’s going on. I can really only think of one scene that is incredibly guilty of that, a scene putting us right in a villain’s head. These scenes can be cool if given the time to shine. To make such a villain, however small, quirky or “human”. Unfortunately, majority of the side characters fall to the way aside. Only members of Lucas’ wolf pack have any hope of coming out of the shadows, namely Dane and Piers. But keep in mind this is only because their morals are interesting to watch.

This would be one of the more sexually explicit books I’ve read. So let’s just say at the first mention of a particular body part, it lost a lot of its subtlety. I found the sex scenes embarrassing to read so that probably means they were a success. What I liked above all was the flavor of the world, the jackals and charmers and demons. I imagine it would look a lot like True Blood. I’m not sure, however, how apt that comparison is only having seen like three episodes myself.

Also the title is pretty good. In fact, it gives the book a lot of ambiguity which its interior kind of lacks. For that if I were being nice, I would raise an extra paw.

Books in this series:
Immortal Danger Eternal Hunter I'll Be Slaying You Eternal Flame Never Cry Wolf

Recommendation: Paced like a collision course and with three times the body count, keep this in mind if you’re looking for an explicit read.
Like this, like that: Shifters Unbound series by Jennifer Ashley the Midnight series by Cynthia Eden, and the Deadly series by Cynthia Eden


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