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Posted March 30, 2014
This author is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors in the paranormal genre. I have yet to read one of their books that I haven’t completely enjoyed, and this was no exception.
I love the fact that with each book, we learn more and more about the Chanku, their history and what they are hoping for in the future. But not only that, these books all have something of their own that makes them stand out from the other books in the series.
In this book, there are some topics that are discussed that are extremely sensitive. Yet, once again the author’s amazing writing ability makes it so that these scenes are written extremely well. They are done to add to the story, and not just thrown in for shock value.
The different characters in the story; Romy, Jace, and Gabe, are all extremely well written. I was left wanting for nothing when it came to them. They were all extremely well rounded and well written characters in my opinion.
The erotica/sex scenes that do happen in this book are just amazingly well done. The author is able to incorporate M/M scenes into the story in a way that just adds more to it overall. I do like the fact that the author portrays the different types of love between people in many different ways in the story.
My only complaint with this book, and the reason why it didn’t receive a 5 star rating from me, is multiple times throughout the book, Jace would refer to Romy as a “b**ch Chanku”. Now while I do understand why he was doing it, (it wasn’t done in a negative way at all), it just bothered me reading about him describing her that way multiple times.
Reviewed by Crystal for Crystal’s Many Reviewers
*Copy provided for honest review*
Posted February 17, 2014
Romy has lived her life in a cult. She has been treated horrible and has to walk a thin line so she doesn't get killed like her mother did. When the leader demands Romy must be killed she finally has enough and her wolf side comes through. She manages to escape by killing and is now on the run from the cult. They will stop at nothing to kill her and she is badly injoured. Jace and Gabe come across an injured wolf and begin to heal her. What they find is she is Chanku like they are. They begin to teach her the ways of the Chanku and teach her her new desires are natural. The cult is still on Romy's tail and the three will have to stop them before they are killed or before the Chanku way of life is put in danger.
Romy is a character your heart goes out to from the start. She has lived through unspeakable horror and while she could have let it defeat her she doesn't. She opens up her Chanku side and Jace and Gabe show her it is ok to have sexual feelings. Jace is an amazing healer and wonderful person. He sees right away Romy is the one for him. He is afraid of spooking her so he does take his time. Gabe knows he isn't Romy's mate but is there to help her and tries to protect her as well.
I love this series by Kate Douglas and love seeing the kids all grown and finding their mates. I have to say Romy has one of the most horrible stories I have heard. I don't know how she survived as long as she has. She is one of the strongest females I have read so far in this series. I mean her inner strength. She finds ways to face her fears and does whatever she can to put those who have done wrong away. She also while a new wolf isn't afraid to protect those she has just met and consider her family. Jace and Gabe have a bond that you can clearly tell. However right away you can see that Jace and Romy are meant for each other. The only thing I would have to say bad about this book is at times I thought it would have better without Gabe. He seemed to have a big part in some ways but in others I wonder how the story would have been without him. There is the sexy scenes you are used to and come to expect from this wonderful author. If you love a sexy paranormal story be sure to try this series.
Posted February 16, 2014
Dark Spirit is a powerful tale of survival, inner strength and love, spiced up with intensely erotic scenes that fit within the overall plot without forsaking the wonderful storyline.
Romy has grown up in an abusive religious cult where women are simply the vessels for the sadistic pleasures of the men, including her own father. When faced with a brutal and sadistic punishment, the pain finally brings Romy’s wolf to the forefront and she escapes, bloody, battered and near death. Best friends and Chanku shifters, Gabe and Jae find her, begin to heal her both physically and emotionally with their own brand of medicine. Will their attraction to Romy be more than the compassion they both feel for her? Will they show Romy that life has so much to offer if she lets go of the past and embraces her inner self with open arms?
Kate Douglas has written an erotic tale with heart! Her ability to create her world and her characters so vividly pulls you in from page one. She writes with a crisp style that is equally unafraid to paint brutality as well as romance and sensual freedom on her way to giving hope for a brighter future for her heroine, Romy. The protective care she instills in Jace and Gabe makes them true heroes with a heart.
Steamy, electric reading!
I received this copy from Beyond the Page Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Posted February 16, 2014
I have read the Chanku journey from the very beginning. I have gobbling up every novel, short story and novella that has been written about them. I can honestly say that their stories have fascinated and pleasantly shocked me from the start. When the final chapter on the main arc (Wolf Tales) was completed I was totally depressed and saddened. But there was a light shining at the end of the tunnel. Hope that the story would continue. I waited and prayed that the children would have their stories told and I was totally thrilled that Ms. Douglas was able to share their stories with us.
Dark Spirit is book two in the Spirit Wild series. Dark Spirit had a different feel for me. I’m not sure it was because it took place away from the compound and essentially didn’t have the normal supporting characters or it is something else. I do know that Ms. Douglas tackles the riveting range of emotional turmoil with brave gusto. She doesn’t shy away from taboo subjects and she handles this books subject matter head on.
I will say not everyone will be comfortable with reading Dark Spirit, but it’s a sad reality that we only read horror stories about, after the fact. Dark Spirit can be a heartbreaking read at times and if she would have delved into the matter in its totality she may have lost a few readers. It is handled delicately and with honor to the victims.
I enjoyed this novel. I do feel that something was missing for me to give it way up high five rating, but needless to say, I think if you have enjoyed other Chanku novels from Ms. Douglas you will likely enjoy this one too. There are grisly bloody action scenes, but surprisingly I wanted more pain and suffering dealt out. This is one comment you will have to read to understand. I can’t remember the last time I was so blood thirsty and violent. Then you switch over to tender love making that shows that the characters are creatures of respect and pleasure. Throw in some healing power and you have a delightfully erotically charged romantic read. Delightful is hardly a word I would normally use to describe Kate’s work, but it seems to fit for me this time around.
Dark Spirit is a story about two journeys. One that takes the characters across the northwest portion of the US and another more important one; a journey filled with pain, discovery and love; packed with heartache, anger, understanding and eventually resolution. It is not for the light of heart, but if you enjoy stories of love, healing and extremely hot sex, Dark Spirit is for you!
The second book in the Spirit Wild series is an intriguing and erotic romance that captures the heart.
Spending much of her life suffering at the hands of a sadistic cult leader, Romy Sarika’s wolf rises up for the first time when the self-proclaimed prophet orders her death. She manages to save herself, leaving death and chaos in her wake. When Romy is found by Jace Wolf and Gabe Cheval, two striking and powerful Chanku, they help her heal and unleash sensual desires that are as new and intense as her wolf-like abilities. But danger is closing in cult members bent on revenge and destruction with not only their lives at stake but the Chanku way of life.
This steady to fast paced plot keeps the reader on their edge of their seat with lots of suspense, action and romance. The author describes every scene with vivid imagery and detail that capture the imagination and keep the readers thoroughly engaged from beginning to end. The strong compelling characters enchant the reader with their charismatic personalities and make it easy for the reader to understand their motivations.
The attraction between Jace and Romy explodes from the pages while the chemistry between Gabe and her is more a simmering passion. The frequent sex scenes are scorching hot with oral sex, anal sex, male/male and male/female/male scenes that leave the reader sizzling with passion. The author brings the characters to vibrant life with well written words and an intensity that grabs the reader’s attention and leaves them wanting to know more. Romy, completely captures the heart with her strong and courageous personality that shines from the pages, the reader can’t help but love the remarkable young woman/wolf.
I have always been mesmerized by the Chanku world and it just keeps getting better. I can’t wait to read the next one in the series.
Posted January 26, 2014
Posted January 17, 2014
Dark Spirit. Spirit Wild Series 2. Kate Douglas
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I really enjoyed the first in this series, Dark Wolf, so was excited to see this up for review. Its a continuation of the series,this time focussing on Chanku pack members and lovers Jace and Gabe. They find Romy in the woods escaping from the horrific life she's had in the religious cult into which she was born. She's near to death, but they manage to save her, and need to help her keep free from the cult members who are out to find and kill her. She knows nothing about Chanku, and has only just realised she can shift to wolf. The men explain to her how she's also Chanku, and offer for her to come back to their pack with them, but to accompany them while they finish their annual wild wolf survey first.
Romy learns so much about herself, not least that the Chanku are a very sexual group, and both healing and shifting create a strong sexual urge that's perfectly natural. They form a close connection with Romy, both sexual and friendly, and Jace feels sure she's his Mate, though he's treading slowly as she's been through so much, and had such a lot of new information thrust at her.
Meeting the two isn't the end of the danger for Romy, the cult members hate shifters and are determined to kill her, and are tracking her, Jace and Gabe with a view to capturing or killing them all. Even though hunting wolves is forbidden on the land they're on, that hasn't stopped them from shooting a wild wolf, and they seem to feel that they are above any law, quoting God as their excuse.
As with book one I really enjoyed this, but with one big, hige, massive stumbling block though. Once again there was some hot and steamy sex scenes both m/f, m/m, and m/f/m so only read if these won't offend you. Its a good story surrounding the sex scenes too, and I like the way it joins on to the first book, shedding further light on the Chanku and their origins and what they plan to do now humans know about them.
Now for that stumbling block :( I get that there are religious cults that abuse women and children, and I’ve no problem with fiction including that – what I did find hard to take was the fact that Romy was so very, very young when her abuse took place. I'm not saying we should ignore things like this, that's wrong and its up to everyone to stand out against it where they can but – I don't like extremes of it cropping up in my fiction. I don't want sanitised, restricted fiction, but there has to be some stop lines and this is one for me. Romy's age when it started was mentioned again, and again, and again and each time it made me feel very uncomfortable even though its fiction. I'm sure this won't bother many people, but for me it was a real factor in bringing down the overall enjoyment of an excellent story. If she'd been 12 or so I could have coped – that's still wrong of course, but I’d have been able to accept it as part of the story more easily. Younger than that just made me feel very uneasy about it's inclusion in the story. It's excellent value at £1.86 for 234 pages.
Stars: three and a half. Without that stumbling block I’d have given this four and a half so bear that in mind if you feel differently to me about issues like that.
ARC supplied by Netgalley
Posted January 11, 2014
Dark Spirit ( Spirit Wild ) by Kate Douglas
The second book of her new series Spirit Wild. The children of our much loved Chanku have grown up, as they experience the same rush of danger, life and love as their pack mates and families.
There has never been a stronger female character. Romy should have died. Thank the Goddess Eve for stepping up to give her the extra push to bring her into her own. Jace, being the son of healers, is in his element when his senses go nuts and he finds the battered and beaten female wolf. It's his strong need of healing that draw him to find and fix her. With quick thinking is the sexy snarky Gabe as he sends danger the opposite way. Jace is not only healing a new chanku but healing another true wolf that takes to this threesome as his own pack. And where would we be without the amazing Anton? I got choked up when he reached out to find out about his boy. The story is charged with danger, laughter and high libido's, beautiful chanku and accomplishments that can only be written by Kate Douglas.
As with all the Wolf Tales and the new Spirit Wild series this story can be read by itself and you won't feel left out. Its very explanatory and doesn't leave you scratching your head. I do however, recommend to anyone to read them ALL! Kate is an amazing author that knows how to make you smile, laugh, cry and shake in your shoes. I loved it!
Posted January 9, 2014
Now we get to see what the siblings are up to and get reaquainted with the pack. Great writing, putting you right there in the forest and the hunt for deadly hunters, and the love they have for each other.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 12, 2014
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