For cursed, shape-shifting Veela Gloriana, following her heart and giving her body to sexy, tortured werewolf Alexander means one thing-he will die and it will again be her fault.
Once only a man, Alexander finds himself scarred by the memories of his former life and the deceptions and lies that surround him. When a glimmer of light breaks the madness, he must let go of his misguided preconceptions and the hatred that consumes him.
On a mission for blood, they find unity in their desire for revenge, but are driven apart by their pasts. Traveling the darkest paths and fighting the very people they think they can trust, they draw closer to one another's hearts and further into danger.
Will the curse prove to be unstoppable... or is there hope in forbidden love?
The paranormal world just got a bit bigger with Danica Winters' Curse of the Wolf and its intriguing heroes and villains. With its likable lead characters radiating oodles of sexual tension and exciting action sequences that takes us from one exotic locale to the next, this story easily draws the reader in and keeps you on the edge of your seat until the very last page is turned.
Gloriana has the reputation of being a sexual siren, but after falling in love and losing that love to murder has her on the path of revenge. With the curse she carries it also has her hesitant to give her heart away again knowing that her love brings a death sentence. Gloriana is a kickass heroine full of bravado yet retaining the sexiness of her nymph nature. Her unique abilities and her one weakness are intriguing and make for a dramatic overall mythology. Her fight scenes are gritty and bloody but also smile inducing as she's wearing some lovely outfits and heels while doing so.
Alex was forced into becoming a werewolf and considers himself a monster. The crimes he's committed in the past were forced upon him and he's now desperate to make amends and keep Gloriana safe no matter what he has to do. Alex is a hardened man when we first see him, having lost the woman he loved to murder, and also seeks revenge. He's oh so sexy and very protective of Gloriana, but there's still secrets he keeps from her that rear their ugly head towards the end of the story. Together they're a formidable team and their sexual interludes are sexy and sweaty.
The rest of the "good guys" are an intriguing blend of witches, elves, and a few other lost souls picked up along the way. Each character is memorable with backgrounds I'd love to learn more about and their unification makes for one heckuva family, which is what they felt like as they willingly sacrificed themselves for the others. The villains were equally unique and their creepy and revolting traits will remain embedded in your memory long after the final page is turned. They were worthy adversaries and added to the edge of your seat action.
From start to finish this book drew me in and kept me guessing as to who were truly the heroes and who were truly the villains as a few characters changed sides as circumstances changed. With a main couple worth rooting for and a truly vile villain comes a story with all the ingredients for an enjoyable summertime read and has definitely given me an author to keep an eye on.
My rating for this is a B+
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.