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I enjoy paranormal romance books. I'm not into chick lit as such, and have never been one for romance books, but introduce some paranormal element, and I'm hooked, strange, I know!
From my previous purchases, and other information that I've given them, Amazon recommended this book, Christine Warren's Wolf at the Door, so I decided to give it a try when I was spending some of my Dooyoo earned Amazon vouchers. I wasn't disappointed.
Christine Warren apparently gets claustrophobia is she lives in a landocked state, so she now lives in the Pacific Northwest after being raised in coastal New England. Her other fear is running out of reading material, and so she tries to put off that eventuality by writing. According to the blurb in the back of the book, she has degrees in literature and history, and so draws on her knowledge from those as well as a vivid imagination for her books.
The world Christine Warren has woven is full of wereanimals, shapeshifters, vampires, and other fantastical creatures. They live among humans but keep their true natures hidden. They call themself the 'Others'.
The book opens with a Lupine, Sullivan Quinn, together with other European delegates of the Council of Others attending a soiree in New York City arranged by Adele Berry, a member of the Inner Circle of that Council. Quinn picks up a delectable aroma, and loses all thoughts of his mission.
His mission is to make a speech before the council designed to convince them that the time has come for the 'Others' to come out of the closet as it were, to inform humans that the Others exist, and have been living alongside humans for centuries, with no detriment to the humans. The european Council feel the need for this, as they have been made aware of an organisation called the Light of Truth is about to break this news in the hope of destroying what they view as monsters. The European Council feel that they must preempt this attack, breaking the news in their own way and in their own time.
The aroma which distracts Quinn, is from foxwoman Cassidy Poe, granddaughter of Adele Berry, and a renowned anthropologist in her own right. When he eventually finds her, their meeting is explosive to say the least, but doesn't go particularly well for either of them.
Circumstances push them together however, when things are brought to a head by the Light of Truth kidnapping the human servant of one of the Leading vampires of the European council, and the council realises she will be forced to give the fanatical organisation information which may compromise the safety of all the others. Cassidy and Quinn are assigned to investigate. Will they manage to fight the obvious attraction between them, or will they recognise the growing bond? Will the Light of Truth gain the information they need to prove the existance of the Others, and be able to use that against them? You'll have to read the book to find out.
The tagline for the book is "Desire needs no invitation" which gives you the right impression of the book. This is no war and peace, but it is enjoyable. It's erotic and explicit, so if you're not into steamy sexy scenes, this isn't the book for you. If you like your stories peppered with some romantic spice then you'll enjoy this.
Sullivan Quinn is a typical hero, but not too smooth to be smarmy, he's fun, and everything a girl could want in a werewolf.
Cassidy Poe is a smart and sassy foxwoman, with a wonderful ability to come back with the witty retort, even if she dees turn to mush in the presence of her grandmother
Adele Berry is a the martinet of a grandmother, that takes her seat on the inner circle of the council very seriously, and her position as one of the few foxwomen in the world even more seriously.
The villains are suitably villainous, and there are plenty of turns and twists in the story to keep the interest. It isn't the best book I've ever read, and I wouldn't rave about it, but its a fun way to pass some time, and I will look forward to reading another book in the Others series, when I do my next Amazon order.
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Sullivan Quinn didn't travel 3,000 miles from his native Ireland and his wolf pack just to chase rabidly after the most delectable quarry he's ever seen. Quinn is in America on a mission - to warn his Other brethren of a shadowy group willing to use murder and mayhem to bring them down. But one whiff of this Foxwoman's delicious honeysuckle fragrance and he knows that she is more than a colleague or a conquest...she is his mate. Anthropologist Cassidy Poe is a world-renowned authority on social interaction, but the overpowering desire she feels around Quinn defies every ounce of her expertise. Working by his side to uncover The Others' enemies poses risks she never expected - to her own safety, to those she loves, and to her heart, as every encounter with Quinn proves more blissfully erotic than the last...Now, with no one to trust but each other, Quinn and Cassidy face a foe that's edging closer every day, threatening to destroy the life they've always known, and the passion they've just discovered.