Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Review for Darkest Wolf by Rebecca Royce

Rex Kane has always known he was different than his brothers, down to the fact that when he shifts into his wolf form, his coat is completely black. Always in trouble, he is given one more chance by his brother Tristan, the alpha of the Westervelt pack, to bring back to their island a witch who can stop some of the magical assault that has plagued their war-torn home. Rex knows he has one last chance to set things right. Everything depends on him and he cannot fail.

Elizabeth Willow has been cursed to look so repulsive no human eyes can bear to view her. Raised in a gentle coven of witches, she is ill prepared for the realities of the harsh world she now lives in. Raised to mistrust wolf-shifters as witch-killers, she cannot seem to help being drawn to Rex. Even if she doesn't believe she is his so-called mate. He can see her as she really is and is the first person to look her in the eyes in years. Although she is not naturally devious, she sees no choice but to use Rex to gain her own freedom and her family’s safety.

Together, Rex and Elizabeth will see just how evil the people around them can be. If they can trust their hearts, perhaps they will survive another night. If not, both of their battles will never be won.


Have you ever been channel surfing and stopped to watch a show halfway through the episode because it looked good?  Well, that's how I felt the entire time I was reading this.  The book starts abruptly and relies on many past events to dictate where things go throughout the story and I always felt a little left out.  I enjoyed this read but wanted so much more.

I found myself drawn to Elizabeth and Rex and the many likable qualities they had.  Elizabeth was devoted to her family and was willing to sacrifice herself and her happiness to keep them alive.  She had very low self-esteem, which her servitude to the nasty witch twins only made worse.  I felt sympathetic for how badly she was treated because of her grotesque visage that was caused by a curse and how lonely these rejections made her feel.  Rex felt equally alone since he looks entirely different from his family in his wolf form and has been made to feel like he can't do anything right by his brothers.  He's loyal to a fault and would die for those he loves.  With each other, they are never alone and find strength in being together.  They have a mutual understanding and feel more confident through their blossoming love.  There was sexual tension from the start which was a nice build-up to some smokin' hot sexual interludes.  The story's pace was very smooth until the last few chapters which felt a bit rushed with a lot of action-packed things happening.

A lot of action happened before the story even started and a lot happened off page as well.  I felt a bit lost at times and felt like I was missing out on the whole story.  Not having read any other books in the series was a detriment.  I enjoyed the story and the characters but felt like I was getting just a taste as opposed to the whole meal.  Intriguing truths were exposed in this story and for followers of this series the implications are mind blowing, but for the casual reader the impact is greatly lessened.  I enjoy Rebecca's writing style and her characterizations though and will definitely read more from her in the future and highly recommend her to others wanting a new paranormal voice.

My rating for this is a B-/C+

*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

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