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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…”

This was the last book I read as part of a challenge to read three bad sounding romance novels. This one was the one that started the challenge as it sounded really, really bad. I did try to read it and I am proud to say I finished it.

The basic plot is a woman bails a werewolf out of jail and asks him to protect her. Over the course of the novel you find out more about the main woman, Sarah. The plot is a bit far fetched as the FBI and murderous witches get involved for no real reason. It feels like the plot was written in a way to combine two genres, but make fun of one of them. If this were a satire on thriller novels, I would be impressed. I sadly don’t think Eden meant it to be ridiculous.

The action scenes were drawn out and anti-climatic. They never felt like there was any real danger. The main characters couldn’t die, they had to fall in love and live happily ever after. I never worried that they would live through the battles they faced. I also didn’t worry about Lucas’s little brother because if anything bad happened to him then he would have no interest in Sarah. So while the plot was pretty easily predicted, there were some twists (FBI agents being supernaturals fighting supernaturals for humans, what?).

The romance felt forced. Lucas clearly had a thing for her, but in the heterosexual white male way of “all women want me”. His sexuality felt very predatory, which fit him being a werewolf, but was scary as it was supposed to be seen as hot and sexy that a man wanted Sarah as much as Lucas did. It always scares me that some people believe that romance novels show the epitome of romance and love when they often show some very abusive relationships.

If this was more like the Mercy Thompson series I might have liked it, but it was not as well written.

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2 out of 5 stars. I would not recommend this book.

You can buy this book here.

~Isaiah

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