Series: The Pack Book #14
Author: Karen Whiddon
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Romance
Blurb: A desperate mother. A scarred man. A powerful bond…
The moment he saw Blythe Daphne on the television news, Lucas Kenyon knew three things: she was a shapeshifter, like him. She was the most desirable creature he had ever seen. And she was in terrible danger.
Now, the wolf in Lucas is driving him to save Blythe and her young daughter from a man he knows is evil personified. A man who believes all shapeshifters are demons straight from hell. But Lucas knows he must never reveal the secret that threatens to tear him apart—not even to the one woman who could heal him.
Thoughts: This is another one of those books that just failed to really hook me into it. The story was good and it was action packed – but for some reason it just didn’t hit you as a great read. The characters were passable, but I just really didn’t feel an overwhelming connection to each other that I want to see in the books I read. Things were never really explained fully and to my satisfaction either.
If you’ve read any of Whiddon’s books before, you know she has been at this series for awhile. I had read some of the first books in this series years ago, and really enjoyed them. I think part of the problem (for me anyway) is the fact that we have a series that has gone on for a grand total – so far- fourteen books. The problem with that, at least in my view, is that we are dealing with a Harlequin Nocturne novel. Not to bash Harlequin – I love them and I especially love the Nocturne novels (and the Silhouette Shadow series before that), but as we all know, they are fairly short in length. But to catch people up on a back history that has encompassed fourteen books, and still come away with fresh and new ideas to reel in new readers – it’s just a bit much to cram into a short novel. While you weren’t completely lost, it was obvious that you were missing out on things from previous novels. And then we have other characters that are brought in with the obvious intent of continuing with yet another book in this series, who we are introduced to – yet left kind of hanging at the end.
Along with that, we have things that were just unrealistic or didn’t make sense, or reactions that just didn’t ring true. In particular, after she gets her daughter back the first time – there is no way you could have separated me from my daughter. And even if she was out of my sight overnight, the very first thing a mother would do before taking a shower in the morning is check on her child! Especially with all they had been through already. I can also see people having issues with what they may perceive as leaving the daughter in dangerous situations, thinking about issues like romance and sex when their child s missing, etc.
Good but not great, and not one that will stick out in my memory. Overall, I think this series has went well past its end date. It was a good series, but let it go already.