Black Gold

Black Gold

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by Vivian Arend
     
 

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Their wolves are howling at the moon. Their human halves are on different planets.

Takhini Wolves, Book 1

Lone wolf Shaun Stevens's automatic response to the words "happily ever after"? Kill me now. Yet with all his friends settling down he's begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap.

One thing's for sure: his dream mate will

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Their wolves are howling at the moon. Their human halves are on different planets.

Takhini Wolves, Book 1

Lone wolf Shaun Stevens's automatic response to the words "happily ever after"? Kill me now. Yet with all his friends settling down he's begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap.

One thing's for sure: his dream mate will have to out-cuss, out-spit and out-hike him. So he never expected the one to push his forever button would be a blue-blooded Southern debutante with a voice as dark and velvety as her skin.

When Gemmita Jacobs steps off the plane in Whitehorse, Yukon, it's about more than her caribou research project. It's her declaration of independence from an overprotected upbringing. Except there's something in the air she can't quite define-something that unexpectedly rouses her mating instincts.

Moments after their eyes lock, the deed is done-and done thoroughly. When the pheromone dust settles, though, all the reasons they don't belong together become painfully clear.

It's enough to make a wolf learn a whole new set of cuss words...

Warning: Two strong wolves getting exactly what they deserve. Includes wilderness nookie, shifters being naughty in public places, the Midnight Sun as a canopy for seduction and grizzly shifters on the loose. Oh, and don't forget the sarcasm.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The intense sexual encounters between Gem and Shaun, paired with the thickness in the air of an always lingering fight, are sure to keep the pages turning. Readers who find novels like Kerrelyn Sparks’s The Vampire and the Virgin appealing will surely enjoy taking a bite out of this first title in the ‘Takhini Wolves’ series.”

—Library Journal

“This anthology combines two entertaining reads…”

—RT Book Reviews magazine on Under the Northern Lights

“…the story is a fun and very hot read.”

—All About Romance on Tangled Tinsel

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609287092
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Series:
Takhini Wolves Series, #1
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
1,077,690
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Vivian Arend has hiked, biked, skied and paddled her way around most of North America and parts of Europe. She home schools her teenaged children and tries to keep up with her husband—the instigator of most of the wilderness adventures. Visit her web site at www.vivianarend.com. Black Gold is her 8th published title.

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Black Gold 4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 117 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While i have enjoyed many other books by this author......not this one. Very disappointing. I found the character of Gem to be nothing more than a spoiled, annoying little rich girl. Though her charscter did begin to have some personal growth, it was too little to late to make her a likable character...and especially not enough to make her a good match with Shaun. In the end, i simply felt sorry Shaun; that he got syuck with Gem as a mate. Read the second book in the series, Silver Mine.....much better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sometimes this author makes her characters more like caricatures. Gem, for example, is not just the stereo-typical spoiled little rich girl, but she is also out of touch with reality. She never once, not even for a moment, thought that the fact that every one of her university classes came to her home as unsual? Then she gets upset when someone wonders how much "Daddy" paid for this front-door service. They did it just because he asked them to. Honestly, its not even naive, its just stupid. Eventually she does show a small amount of growth, but not nearly enough to consider this a good story. Oh, and did i mention Gem was incredibly selfish? At no point was she ever willing to even consider a compromise. I didn't like the character, and I like her development even less. In the end I was left feeling sorry for Shaun. He deserved so much better.
MrsBoyer More than 1 year ago
I disliked this book. The characters had no chemistry. And, Gem's character flaw was too pronounced. I get that she was supposed to be a sheltered heiress, but it was just a bit too much for my taste. Couple that with the fact that Sean is so street smart and worldly the two make an odd match. I didn't feel their connection at all. The sex scenes were really dry. I was more interested in the side plot then the main plot.
JackieBCentralTexasJB More than 1 year ago
Read from August 01 to 02, 2014 Book Info  Kindle Edition, 256 pages Published (first published September 13th 2011) ASIN B0056HG95W edition language English series Takhini Wolves #1  characters Shaun Stevens, Gemmita Jacobs setting Whitehorse, Yukon other editions (2) Source:Kindle version borrowed from Public Library Book Buy Links  Amazon  B&N  BOOK SYNOPSIS Their wolves are howling at the moon. Their human halves are on different planets. Lone wolf Shaun Stevens’s automatic response to the words “happily ever after”? Kill me now. Yet with all his friends settling down he’s begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap. One thing’s for sure: his dream mate will have to out-cuss, out-spit and out-hike him. So he never expected the one to push his forever button would be a blue-blooded Southern debutante with a voice as dark and velvety as her skin. When Gemmita Jacobs steps off the plane in Whitehorse, Yukon, it’s about more than her caribou research project. It’s her declaration of independence from an overprotected upbringing. Except there’s something in the air she can’t quite define—something that unexpectedly rouses her mating instincts. Moments after their eyes lock, the deed is done—and done thoroughly. When the pheromone dust settles, though, all the reasons they don’t belong together become painfully clear. It’s enough to make a wolf learn a whole new set of cuss words… Warning: Two strong wolves getting exactly what they deserve. Includes wilderness nookie, shifters being naughty in public places, the Midnight Sun as a canopy for seduction and grizzly shifters on the loose. Oh, and don’t forget the sarcasm. My Thoughts In 2010 read book one Wolf Signs in Granite Lake series and knew that author Vivian Arend had a way of bringing to life some very good stories set in the far north of Alaskan wilderness and the Yukon. Not only are the settings that she describes ruggedly beautiful but very appealing as they are perfect for the paranormal characters who inhabit them. At a little over 200 pages this book is jam packed with action, it also really allows us to see how both Shaun and Gem evolve into richer characters as their relationship as new mates solidifies into a true partnership between the two rather than the initial battle of wills it started out with. Great beginning to the series and much better than most were stories where the mating issue is only dealt with through physical attraction rather than actually forming an attachment with compromises on both parties part which was very refreshing to read. I was excited to find this available online as a library lend, hope to find more from Vivian Arend to borrow in the future as well! [Kindle version borrowed from Public Library]
AnitaBlakeFan More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It has two storylines. Our main hero and heroine Shaun and Gemmita are a great pair, even if things start off a little rough for them. Gem has lived a very sheltered and in the life of luxury. Now she is stepping out into the Yukon to do research for a paper. She has a lot to prove to her father, the people of town and herself. Shaun has always lived the bachelor life, doing backcountry tours. Although this story has the fated mates thing with werewolves, you still see this pair struggle with how they are going make it work for them longterm. There are questions about where they live. Do they stay in the Yukon, which Shaun loves or move to the only home that Gem has ever known. There is also a great secondary story with Evan, the alpha and Caroline, his human assistant. Their story was great. I really wished that they had gotten a book of their own, instead of a side story in this book. Hopefully, we will get more of them in future books. Overall great story with some suspense and romance. Can't wait to get to book two in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, so looking forward to the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Highly recommend you read this book by Vivian Arend, it really good, funny, enjoyable and modern.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its great but i can't read all of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the story line n the people in it. Want to read them all. Shes basically a very good writer with a great imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Continues with a new pack from granite wolves. Just as interesting and i like the developement of the main charactures. Definately a good read.
Anonymous 21 days ago
I'll be back for more.
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Anonymous 7 months ago
Could not stop reading.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Liked it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For a free book this wasn't bad. After finishing it and seeing that the rest of the series is 4.99 each...that was dissapointing.I liked the characters, but it wasn't really an exciting world to get lost in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Had potential
KittyKelly28 More than 1 year ago
As posted on The Smutty Kitty reviewed by KittyKelly 4 out of 5 Licks Man I love Vivian Arend and I love paranormal books! What's not to love about paranormal? You get to completely suspend reality and literally anything can happen. And when it comes to authors who write paranormal Vivian Arend is second to none. She has this way of kidnapping me and throwing me into a story before I even know what's happening. lol I always love coming back to Vivian because she never disappoints. I always know I'm going to get a great story with lots of fun, laughter, and some smoking hot sex. Gem and Shaun dive right into mate territory, but she puts the brakes on it almost immediately once he starts talking about her moving up north. She is determined to prove she can manage on her own. I loved these two both in human and wolf form. They were so much fun and I was never really sure where they were going to go. Gem is pretty moody and it was hard to tell if she was going to be nice or pissy with Shaun at any given moment. Shaun wasn't perfect either though. He shoved his foot into his mouth multiple times but he was really trying hard. I really loved Evan and Caroline too. They added a great amount of fun and sexual tension to the book too. I felt like the ending fizzled out just a bit for me, but overall I really enjoyed this start to a new series. I'm anxious to see what happens with Evan in the future and I hope to see more of Gem and Shaun in the future books as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
180 pages. Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Never really engaged with the characters or the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very nice story, I luv me some sexy wolves I am going to have to buy the rest of the Series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed other books by this author more. This is not up to par.
Kahlira More than 1 year ago
It is a great read! The story line is great and so are the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago