Monday, August 26, 2013

The Lost Wolf's Destiny

Book description:

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;not even to the one woman who could heal him.

Review and Summary:

Lucas has a very tortured past, having run away from the family compound as a teen, after his father tried to "cure" him of shifting into a wolf. He was never exposed to the truth of his kind or given any explanations because his mother died before she could explain anything to him or his twin sister. The twins were left with their father who viewed them as abominations. Lucas only left the abuse when his twin was killed and he could stand no more. He has been a loner ever since. Meanwhile, his father has become a famous religious leader, often curing people with "miracles" on live TV, basing himself in rural Texas. When Lucas sees a woman named Blythe and her terminally ill daughter on TV, desperate for help, giving themselves over to be cured, he knows that it's time to return home before anyone else gets hurt. What he doesn't know is that Blythe is also a wolf and her daughter is considered very special to the Pack, knowledge that could place them is even graver danger. After a few days at the compound Blythe realizes she's made a horrible mistake and accepts Lucas's offer to help them escape.

Lost Wolf has great potential but suffers from pacing issues, being slow in the beginning with plenty of stop/go that leads to a somewhat rushed ending. The repetitious behavior makes it seem like Blythe doesn't know her own mind and she bounces back and forth between trusting Lucas and not, wanting Lucas and not, resistant to the Pack and then not. It's frustrating for the reader. She tries to be a strong, independent woman, but her desperation leads to a slew of bad decisions and causes her to turn her back on the people that can protect them, so she instead comes across to readers as indecisive and weak.

On the other hand, Lucas is interesting and honorable, because he is facing his own personal demons on behalf of a stranger, a woman that he sees briefly on TV. She appeals to his wolf and he wants to end the cycle of terror his father has caused by hunting his kind and experimenting on them. He is suspicious of the Pack but his wolf guides him in the right direction, and he trusts himself to make the right decisions. Lucas is very much the reluctant hero.

Having, in part, chose this book to read and review by the beautiful cover, I was bummed to find that it has very little to do with the actual story. It's irritating when cover art doesn't match up with content. More than once I wished the book was "more"...more romance with more heat, more evil from the zealot cult so I could actually feel the danger, and more backstory from Blythe and the Pack (we get a decent amount about Lucas). They do get a happy ending, which I liked, because finally they stopped the tug and pull by being honest and open about their emotions and expectations. After years of loneliness, Lucas deserves his HEA and after years of desperation and pain, Blythe does too.

reviewed by Anna (book from NetGalley)

This title will be available 9/3/13


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