I’m going to start off by saying this is my all-time favorite series of books. I love a lot of series, but I read this one when I was in high school (which, I shouldn’t have honestly) and INSTANTLY fell in love with it.
Why shouldn’t I have read it then? Well it is 100% an adult book. It has graphic scenes, sexual and bloody and probably shouldn’t be read by a fifteen year old. I was tired of reading the high school equivalent reading level though, and my Kindle recommended this series to me so I bought it and I was hooked!
Even though this is in the erotica category on some pages, this is not an erotica. It has sexual content, but I wouldn’t go as for as that.
I have said many a time that I am very in love with weird books. Well, this is one of those books. It’s a werewolf book. DON’T STOP READING I PROMISE IT IS DIFFERENT THAN BOOKS YOU ARE THINKING OF THAT WE SHALL NOT NAME ON HERE.
This book was originally published in 2001; four years before werewolves started to become popular. Kelley doesn’t glorify them as some books, she actually inputs how their instincts change, how “the change” from both forms is actually super difficult and agonizing.
Elena is the heroine in this book. She is a… werewolf. Not by choice though, she was bitten. Bitten by someone in “the Pack” I would say. She left the pack to try and get her life back on track and do things her own way.
The Pack: the law and order of the werewolf community in America. I have read the rest of the series (a long time ago) and I believe there are different packs in different countries that keep order.
Mutts: those werewolves that aren’t in the pack and are usually out killing, raping and eating anything that they see. Very out of control and wild.
Jeremy: The leader of The Pack
Clay: His body guard/more wolf than human; Nick’s closest friend
Nick: Womanizer; follower; Clay’s closest friend
Peter: Nick/Clay/Logan’s age; another friend and pack member
Antonio: Nick’s father; Jeremy’s closest friend
Logan: Elena’s only friend when she left the pack
She’s the only female werewolf to live through the change into a werewolf. Most have died and the hereditary wolves can only be male. So she is very wanted by all werewolves because of, you know, their nature to want to find someone who is their equal.
The story starts out with Elena in Toronto with her live-in boyfriend Philip. The only person that makes her feel human. He doesn’t know her species and she plans to keep it a secret from him for forever, which isn’t easy.
She gets a call from Jeremy, the Pack leader, saying that he needs to talk to her and its urgent.
After a few phone calls back, since Philip insist that she calls back someone she claims to be her family (she’s an orphan; which has a back story of its own), she gets annoyed and she flies out to New York to see what is up.
There’s a mutt killing on Pack territory. That isn’t acceptable. Jeremy enlists her help without her say-so. She helps though because she feels she owes Jeremy everything.
Things go scary wrong… and the Mutt behind everything? MY WORD.
Read this book.
Kelley Armstrong is one of my favorite authors. She knows how to grab your eyes and ears and not let go. She has written other series and I plan to read them all! Her writing style is glorious. I feel it is harder to write in first-person like she does; but, as I have said before, she does it flawlessly.