Dark Wolf

Dark Wolf

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by Kate Douglas
     
 

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Kate Douglas is definitely NOT for the timid reader. --Anne McCaffrey, New York Times bestselling author

It is a new beginning for the Chanku. For so long they kept their shapeshifting ability secret, but now they have assimilated into the world in ways they once never thought possible. Still there are those who want to destroy them, with dark powers of…  See more details below

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Kate Douglas is definitely NOT for the timid reader. --Anne McCaffrey, New York Times bestselling author

It is a new beginning for the Chanku. For so long they kept their shapeshifting ability secret, but now they have assimilated into the world in ways they once never thought possible. Still there are those who want to destroy them, with dark powers of their own. . .

A Bold New Beginning

The CEO of Cheval International, Lily Cheval chooses to live alone, but a series of rapes and murders leave her wary and worried for her fellow Chanku. Then she meets Sebastian Xenakis and the connection is intense and immediate. The son of a charismatic cult leader, Sebastian is a mysteriously sensual man who uses magic to shift into wolf form. He and Lily come together in a moment of supreme ecstasy, succumbing to a primal passion that leaves Lily shaken but utterly alive. Is Sebastian her lifetime mate or is he her worst enemy?

Praise for Kate Douglas's erotic romance:

"Sexy, tense, and complex." --Romantic Times, 4 Stars on Wolf Tales 12

"The story is so thrilling and the sex is so hot." --Romantic Times, 4 Stars on Wolf Tales 11

"What an emotional rollercoaster. . . [Kate Douglas] has outdone herself." --Coffee Time Romance, 5 Cups on Wolf Tales 10

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ISBN-13:
9780758290069
Publisher:
Kensington
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
Spirit Wild , #1
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
168,059
File size:
1 MB

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Dark Wolf

The Spirit Wild Series


By Kate Douglas

KENSINGTON PUBLISHING CORP.

Copyright © 2013Kate Douglas
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-7582-8818-9


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CHAPTER 1

Crickets chirped. An owl hooted. A dusting of starlight shimmered faintly against granite peaks, but here at the forest's edge, all was dark. Shivering slightly in the cool night air, Sebastian Xenakis stood beneath the gnarled oak, just one more shadow among many. With great humility and as much confidence as he could muster while standing naked in the darkness, he raised his arms, drew on the magic coursing through his veins, and once more called on the spirit within the tree, one he affectionately thought of as the lady, humbly asking for her strength.

Nothing.

"Damn it all." He exhaled, accepting the rush of air for what it was—a huge blast of frustration at the serendipitous nature of his magic. He stared at the massive tree towering overhead and methodically emptied his mind of all thoughts, all distractions. He put aside anger and frustration, fears and hopes, leaving room for nothing but here and now. Focusing everything within, he opened his heart to possibilities, and waited.

A few long, frustrating minutes later, he felt her warmth envelop him. An unexpected frisson raced across his bare shoulders, along his arms. It caressed his naked buttocks and swirled over his belly, lifting the dark line of body hair that trailed from navel to groin. Then it slithered along his thighs, circled his calves, and tickled across his bare feet. His cock, flush with hot blood, swelled high and hard against his belly, giving homage to the gift of power.

Then, sliding away as soft as a whisper, the intimate sense of touch, of sentient communion, bled off into the damp loam and returned to its source through thickly tangled roots. Sebastian sighed, a shuddering acceptance of sensual pleasure, the gift of contact with such a powerful force.

The lady of the oak.

His erection remained, strong evidence of her touch, the visceral connection he'd made with a spirit ancient beyond recorded memory. His body thrummed with her life force, with her power, until Sebastian felt each and every one of her thick and twisted branches spreading far and wide, until he bowed beneath the age and innate wisdom of the ancient tree. This mother oak must have stood here, a silent sentinel of the forest since long before the dawn of modern history. A few heavy branches had fallen over time, but he knew her roots were strong, her branches healthy. As if challenging time itself, the graceful beauty and symmetry of the tree remained.

He remembered the first time he saw the oak, recalled the sense of life, the sure knowledge of the tree's spiritual power. It was on that day he'd learned his father wielded the kind of power Sebastian had quickly grown to crave.

Standing just beyond the reach of the great branches, unsure of his relationship with a man he barely knew, Sebastian had watched Aldo Xenakis call lightning out of a clear, star-filled sky—call it and control it with the deft hands of a master.

He'd been seduced so easily, so quickly by that flashy show of fire and magic. Of power. Immeasurable power. So thoroughly seduced he knew he might never break free of its siren call.

Might never break free of the man he'd consciously sought, despite his mother's warning. Now it was much too late. His die had been cast, commitments made, and he was almost glad his mother was dead.

Glad she couldn't see what he'd become.

Sebastian quickly shoved thoughts of his moral weakness, his failures—and his father—aside. There was no need to mar the beauty of this night. He took a deep breath and then, almost as an afterthought, cleared his mind of all obstructions and drew more power to him. Pulled it from the earth, from the sky, from the water of a nearby stream, from the mountain itself. The fire must come from within, but he called on that as well and felt the power build.

Then he buffered the swirling energy with the strength of the oak until it was entirely under his control. Until he was the one holding the power.

Unlike his father, unwilling to display or even acknowledge such arrogance, Sebastian turned and bowed his head toward the oak, giving the tree's spirit his grateful thanks for her help. Then, spreading his fingers wide, he consciously breathed deeply and opened himself to the energy flowing into him from all directions. A brilliant glow surrounded him, but it wasn't lightning that lit the dark night.

It was power. Raw power he'd pulled from the earth, from the air and water. From the spirit in the tree and the fire burning in his soul.

Within seconds, the light blinked out. Gone as if it had never existed at all.

As was the man. In his place, a wolf darker than night raised its head and sniffed the air. Then it turned away and raced into the forest.


* * *


"Lily? Have you seen this morning's news?"

Lily Cheval fumbled with the phone and squinted at the bedside clock in the early morning darkness. Blue numbers blurred into focus. Her best buddy looked at her out of the screen on her phone. "Alex, it's six fifteen in the morning. On a Sunday. What can possibly be important enough to ..."

"There's been another one, Lil. Just inside the entrance to the park this time."

Lily bit back a growl and sat up. The last body, discovered less than a week ago, had been found along the highway leading into Glacier National Park in Montana. Much too close to the Chanku pack's main residence. The one before that had been on the outskirts of Kalispell. "What have you got?"

Alex sighed and wiped a hand across his eyes. Poor Alex. How he'd ever ended up as the pack's liaison to the Flathead County sheriff's department was beyond understanding. He might be brilliant and charismatic—not to mention drop-dead gorgeous—but he was not cut out to deal with, much less deliver, bad news, especially early on a Sunday morning.

She wondered if he'd even made it to bed the night before. His eyes looked bloodshot, and Alex did love his social life on a Saturday night.

Even in Kalispell.

"Same as the last seven," he said, pulling her back into the conversation. "Young woman, beaten, brutally raped. Throat torn out. Just like the others, probably killed somewhere else and dumped. A park ranger found her body beside the road."

"Shit. I hope you've got an alibi." She hated having to ask, but with public sentiment the way it had been heading ...

"I was with Jennifer last night. I got the call on the way home this morning."

Jennifer. Poor choice of woman, but at least she could account for Alex's time when the attack occurred. Frustrated, Lily dug her fingers into her tangled hair and tugged. Anything to help focus her thoughts. "Let me know what you find out. Check with the pack. See if they've got any new leads. I'm stuck in San Francisco until after the reception, but I'll try and get up there by the weekend."

"Okay. Sorry to wake you, but I just wanted to warn you.

Be careful. Whoever's behind this, they've hit the Bay Area just as hard. I'll find out what I can. Thanks, Lil."

Quietly Lily set the phone back in the charger and leaned against the headboard. Another young woman dead. Another murder with all the signs of a wild animal attack—except for the rape.

Just like the other seven.

Eight young women, dead by a combination of man and beast. Five in or near Glacier National Park. Three in the San Francisco Bay Area.

And where were the largest populations of Chanku shapeshifters?

"Glacier National Park and the San Francisco Bay Area. Shit." A chilling sense of premonition shuddered along Lily's spine. If they didn'
(Continues...)


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Dark Wolf 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
TSteiner More than 1 year ago
I’m sitting here reading some reviews for Dark Wolf.  Normally I don’t do that, but I was wondering what other people thought.  I’m actually glad I did. First off, I think many reviewers read the beginning of the memo that stated that this is a new series, but they didn’t read the whole thing.  Dark Wolf is actually a continuation of the first generation of Chanku.  It’s now the babies of the packs turn for happiness.  The first series, Wolf Tales, really set the stage and there seemed to be some confusion when they were reading Dark Wolf.  Yes, Ms. Douglas fills you in on why things are happening, but I think all the varieties of sex turned many people off.  They didn’t have a complete history. Chanku are a race of shapeshifters that have extremely high libidos.  It is in their DNA; they love everyone in the pack because that is how they were created.  They are not human, so they do not act as humans.  Period.  It is practically a requirement of their being.  They need sex like they need air.  It is their power and way of life.  To say they have too much sex is boggling to a longtime fan of this series.  Yes, I say longtime fan of THIS series, even though this is the first in the new Spirit Wild.  I think to truly appreciate Dark Wolf you need to know Lily as a child and also learn what really happened in the beginning.  Wolf Tales takes you all the way to the beginning to when they didn’t even really know who or what they were.  You grow with the pack.  You love, live, and cry right along with them on their journey of discovery.  You miss that when you read Dark Wolf and can’t understand the whole significance of their existence.  When I heard that Ms. Kate was doing a series about the next generation I was scared and excited.  These adults were babies when I last read about them.  Now in their thirties, I had to wrap my head around it.  Babies don’t have sex!  I bet Ms. Douglas had an even harder time.  These were her actual babies and she had to put them into sexual situations that would make any mother cringe.  She did a fabulous job and she should be proud of herself. In Dark Wolf, we get to revisit the pack and actually get to see more than one romance blossom.  While at first I was disappointed because I loved the other character and I wanted them to have their own story, but I’m happy with the direction she took.  It almost mimics their parents love affairs, but it was still their own.   Now I will admit that I’m extremely thrilled about the next story, Dark Moon.  I’ve wanted to know more about Igmutaka from when he first came onto the scene.  I think I just got chills.  There is just something about that hunk of man.  That cougar makes me purrrrrrr.   I would recommend Dark Wolf to any lover of Wolf Tales in an instant.  I would also recommend it to new readers, but go in with an open mind.  If you read Dark Wolf and think, “Hmmm, I kinda like this”. Then start from the beginning.  Trust me it’s worth it.  The Chanku are a fascinating species with hearts full of love and understanding.  We could all use more Chanku in the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won't write details because too many have given that. The female was a major alpha and it made the male appear weak. I understand wolf pack share but I never heard of alpha male having sex with other male wolf. It just wasn't something I got into.
Sheri_B1975 More than 1 year ago
As humorous as I find the fact that I'm saying this, it's pretty true, sometimes they can ruin a pretty good book with too much sex. But then again that's not even really the problem. I think had it just been... sex it wouldn't have been such a big deal. But this was all just a bit too...open, "free love" for my taste. So it just left me feeling awkward and a bit dirty. I'm far from being prudish and I love a good steamy book just as much as the next person. But the actual STORY within this book was extremely interesting to me and I found myself thinking on occasion "Okay, enough of the nakedness can we find out more about the murders please and thank you?" Bit frustrating. But it wasn't just the excessive sexuality of the book that was frustrating, it was also, often very repetitive. When I'm explained, at great length...at least two to three pages worth of length, about the fact that Lily loved her friend Alex. That she was all but betrothed to him from the crib. Neither of them truly loved each other in the way you would a mate though. She loved him like a friend just as he loved her like a friend. The sex was good but that's all it really was. It was nothing like the instant, intense connection she felt with Sebastian. Okay see? I got it. It's in my brain. Yet Every time Alex was brought up in Lily's head or we were even inside Alex's head, I had to hear all the details. All over again. by 37% I had heard it at least four times in great detail. I may not be brilliant but I won't forget from the last 10% of the book that I just read the significance of their relationship. I had all that detail about the inner workings of the Lily-Alex-Platonic-Love-Fiasco, yet I struggled to understand the workings of the world within this book. I think possibly this is maybe a spinoff series from Wolf Tales? I saw that somewhere when I was trying to research and understand what the heck I was reading. It was overwhelming and confusing. I'm thrown all these terms that I suppose I should just know, but really am I going to have to read 12 books of a different series in order to understand this new one? I would have liked to been clued in a bit more. Maybe just touch at it here and there at the beginning. At one point, about 73% I thought I was going to finally start getting some answers. Lily starts thinking back to when she was a child and met the "Ancient Ones" and how they explained the Chanku history to her and she's glossing over these thoughts but not really explaining a lot to me then BAM. I got so sidetracked in the story trying to find understanding....I'd forgotten she and Sebastian were in the middle of a nice little kitchen encounter, if....yanno what I mean. I mean it goes from her contemplating why she couldn't be with him if he was a human to the very first sentence in the next paragraph being "He thrust harder." I was like what?! Oh yeah....they were-- Hmm...Which only goes to prove what I said earlier. Sometimes they ruin a perfectly good story with too much sex. :( In a nutshell? At the end of this book I'm just as confused as I was at the start. And I feel like I need to take a Brillo Pad to my brain. I'm thankful for the fact that the storyline that I was sucked into, with all the young women being slaughtered, was fully resolved by the end of this book. Because between orgies and a couple of wolf sex scenes, oh yeah, did I not mention? Couple of them. Skipped right over those nasty bits. I'm sorry but if the idea of a couple of wolves mating is exciting to you...I just don't even want to think about it. And I don't care that they're "shifters" in wolf form. They were doing it AS WOLVES. Yeah I won't be moving on to book 2. I kind of wish I could erase this one from my head. I debated between 1 and 2 stars. I went with 2 simply because the story behind all the hedonism was actually quite good and the only thing that pushed me forward.
kpm50 More than 1 year ago
To the first reviewer who asks can there be too much sex??   i say go back to your tame harlequin books.  lol   what part of explicit sex do you NOT understand?  If you don't like explicit sex, then don't buy an erotic romance.  Just a thought.
Sflakes01 4 months ago
I kept waiting for the book to take off....it was like something was missing. There was way too much thought processing going on too...way more than the storyline required.
agnese-kohnSK More than 1 year ago
Finally after a while i wanted this book and the all series i got it and just finished it...It is well written story and the characters too..i loved it just like all her books....You will find action,passion,sex,sex M/M, F/F,,twist and turn,wolf mating,suspense,and more..If you like this paranormal and this genre of book this is it...you got to read it...if you read Wolf tales series then you have to read this too...This is a series of the Chanku children...I love her work and her books,she is amazing writer...I was happy to see that she continued with the next generation of shifters(the children)and enjoyed it...Keep them coming!!!!!!!so now i'm on my book 2 dark moon and can't wait to start..Well done...
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closkot More than 1 year ago
My Thoughts - 3 out of 5 unicorns - I liked it!!  Shifters/Mage Twist & very HOT sex scenes with multiple partners!! Okay, I bought this book because I wanted to start the series from the beginning :) The cover has a some eye candy that definitely begs for some attention ;) I really enjoyed this book.  I have not read any of Kate’s stories on the Chanku shifters before.  You should be aware this is a very adult book with very hot sex scenes involving m/f, m/m, f/f, m/f/m, and m/m/f/f.  So if you are not into books like this, this book might not be for you.  The book had some parts I thought were really slow in building the tension and mystery, but this happens with new series.  I tend to prefer a lot more action, but it definitely picked up the second half of the book.  Lily Cheval is an alpha female, and she is definitely a strong take charge kind of gal who does what she wants and will not be told what to do.  I love female leads like this because I like when they can kick butt.   This is quite a bit of mystery and intrigue built into the story with the murders and Sebastian.  He is sexy and powerful.  He sort of reminds me of someone is basic training.  He starts out thinking he is all that and a bag of chips.  Then, he learns he has no control and sort of loses himself and his confidence, and Lily and the pack help build him back up. I can’t wait to see where Dark Spirit and Dark Moon go as I have both of those books to review.  The series seems like one of those that will just keep getting better, but I will let you know. I recommend this series to Kate Douglas fans & those paranormal romance lovers who are into pack love with multiple partners.
Emsy-VanWyck More than 1 year ago
Dark Wolf is a sexy, suspenseful, shifter introduction to the world of the Kate Douglas' Chanku I love a good erotic romance. Throw in some paranormal elements and I’m even happier. When I received Kate Douglas’ Dark Moon (Spirit Wild Book Two) for review from her publisher, I was aware that it would have adult content. Knowing it was the second book in a series, I tracked down Dark Wolf (Spirit Wild Book One) to read first. I really, really enjoyed Dark Wolf. I’d never read Douglas’ paranormal romances about the shapeshifting Chanku, so this was a totally new world to me. Both the romance between the two main characters (Lily and Sebastian) and the suspense-filled story as they track down a rapist-murderer was engrossing. I was surprised to find that “adult” in this case meant not just pretty explicit sex scenes, but foursomes. However it was all handled naturally within the story and never felt like it was sex for just the sake of titillation. Would I read other books in this series? Absolutely! In fact, I would like to go back and read the earlier series that dealt with many of the characters who serve as parents to this generation of Chanku. In addition, Douglas has just published another title in this series, Dark Spirit (Spirit Wild Book Three), that I’m curious about. See my review of Book Two, Dark Moon for more information. -Four stars to Kate Douglas’ Dark Wolf: Spirit Wild Book One This review was based on my personal copy of Dark Wolf.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book is an understatement! Great plot, edgy. Great sex! Love this new spin off from Wolf Talea, if you dont have them get them.
kydirtgirl68 More than 1 year ago
The Chanku are being blamed for the rape and murder of several young woman. Sebastian wonders if he is to blame as he is a powerful wizard who can turn into a wolf with magic. He meets Lily a Chanku and falls for her. He has to figure out if he is the one doing these evil things before Lily or anyone else gets killed. Lily is the daughter of a powerful wizard and Chanku Anton. They want to help Sebastian but there is a mystery to him and the crimes they can't figure out. Lily has to decide if Sebastian is her mate or if she should stay away. The crimes have to be figured out not just because of their growing love but because the Chanku are in danger as well. I love the Wolf Tales series and was delighted to see this series had a spinoff. I have to say it didn't disappoint me in the least. Lily is a woman who is very aware and in control of her sexuality as to be expected considering her Chanku blood. She isn't one to back down and when she meets Sebastian she is sure he is her mate. She wants to trust him but she has her doubts. I have to say during one scene I wondered myself about him. Sebastian is really a mystery to not only the reader but to his self at times. You aren't sure about him at times. He is very sexy but in some ways not used to that. He knows he wants Lily. He may powerful but he still is learning things about that power. This book has a good plot as it isn't just about the sexual nature of the Chanku but has a mystery plot as well. I will say if you aren't comfortable with erotic books, books with same sex or multiple partners than this book isn't for you. There is a lot of that and the author has her own style to writing those scenes. They are a big part of the Chanku. If you enjoy those type of books be sure to read this one and the Wolf Tales series. They are wonderful! I have to say I love the cover of this book. I believe it is my favorite of all the books by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't get past the start. It just kept going and going.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thought this read had some sexy saucy parts to it, but the female main character was so dominant that she made the male character seem weak.
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This book has the potential to have a story, but it never really takes off. There is also a lot of unrelated romance/love scenes that seemingly have no purpose. I was hopping there would be more to this book, but as I kept reading, I just couldn't get in to it.
angelshaw54 More than 1 year ago
Oh My God!!! Normally I would have shrunk that down to the omg that everyone knows and loves, but this book deserved that and much much more!!! I was obviously looking forward to reading this book...hello going back to my Wolf Tales..., but a piece of me was worried that it wouldn't live up to the original series...oh ye of little faith...This is a lesson learned for me...NEVER doubt the genius that is Kate Douglas!! I was also afraid that I wouldn't be able to picture Lily as an adult in my head, strike 2. Not only could I picture her I could relate to the fact that hey I know the last time you saw me I was a kid, but I'm ALL grown up now. My 3rd and final worry was Kate had made it so that Lily had a new hero, not Alex who I naturally thought she would end up with, but some random guy who we don't know if he is even right for her... I'm not a spoiler, so I won't spoil it for anyone but if you were wavering between getting it or not...get the book, Get The Book, GET THE BOOK!!! I can't wait for Dark Moon and I hope they see that this is another series that the fans want to read about as much as Kate wants to keep writing them...I'll leave you to your reading<3
Sargon1 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Sebastian and Lily sizzled. I truly hope she write more in this series. I will get Dark Moon the next one. So enjoyed the adult kids Lily Alex and Anne. Plus re-meeting the older generation. Keep them coming Kate.
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JessicaLovesBooks More than 1 year ago
** I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review - and believe me, I don't give 5-star reviews unless they are deserved! ** This is the first book I have ever read by Kate Douglas, and I LOVED it! It came as close to being a perfectly written book (by my standards) as possible. There was a strong love story, delicious sex scenes (of several varieties - prudes need not read this book, lol), a murder mystery, and characters I came to care about having to make life changing decisions. I was sucked in immediately and didn't want to put it down until I had read every last syllable. The characters of Lily and Sebastian are so complex and strong - they seem to just jump off of the page. And not only that, Kate Douglas also spent a fair chunk of time developing the secondary characters in the novel, which was even more of a treat. Enough so that the world I was reading about seemed so real, and I was able to totally immerse myself in it. The relationships between the main characters grew at a steady and believable pace, and concluded in a way that satisfied me as a reader. Apparently, there are several novels of Douglas' that precede this book that fully explain the history of the Chanku people and the back story of a majority of the characters in Dark Wolf. However, I have not read any of them and I was able to jump right into this world with no problem. So, if you're like me and haven't read any of them, DON'T let that stop you from reading this book. Of course, I loved the Chanku people and this story so much that I am going to go back and read all of her other books. I sincerely had no criticisms of this book - which for me is rare! I can usually find one thing that I can pick on, but not this time. :) This is one of my favorite books that I have read in 2013, and I recommend it very highly!
CherylM-M More than 1 year ago
You know what you're in for straight away on the first page when a male chicken is used to describe the male lead characters genitalia, which just happens to be honouring the magic in the air with a huge standing ovation. All stiff and soldierlike waving at the moon. I found that quite amusing because the author goes on to use eloquent vocabulary. Was that Douglas being clear about her intentions? This book was a bizarre combination of split book personalities. The great shifter novel aching to be let loose and the odd let's get it on with everyone including Donkey Kong if he turns up, intercourse extravaganza it actually was. What exactly was the point of all the gratuitous sexual escapades? A bonks B, A sometimes bonks C,C wants to bonk D but A gets in there first, C bonks D and for some strange reason B shoves it right up C and then A bonks B again. Got that?No,well someone sure as hell got it real good. This could have been a strong shifter story if the author hadn't felt compelled to fill up the empty spaces with intimate scenes that had no relevance to the story. It had a really strong concept, which remained secondary to all the other shenanigans. I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.
AVoraciousReadr More than 1 year ago
Hot and steamy! Sebastian Xenakis is a powerful wizard with the ability to shapeshift. Lily Cheval is Chanku, a shapeshifter who favors the wolf form. Lily and Sebastian meet at a function at the Museum of Modern Art. They have an instant connection, but something is wrong and neither Sebastian nor Lily knows what’s going on. When young women are being raped and murdered, Lily suspects Sebastian, Sebastian suspects his father and the public suspect the Chanku. Who is really responsible? Having never read the first Wolf Tale series I had no knowledge of the characters in this book or of the Chanku world. That wouldn’t bother most people, but for me it was a bit like torture, so now I’m on a quest to find all of the Wolf Tales stories, so I can read for myself the backgrounds on how all of these couples came to be, well, couples. The plot flows quickly and the world and characters are interesting. The writing was decent, but there was a bit too much repetition. I got a little tired of hearing how Alex and Lily weren’t meant to be mates. It was discussed ad nauseum. I got it the first time. The characters wouldn’t shut up, either out loud or in their head, about how much they loved each other and how devoted they’d be to each other. I grasped it the first time it was mentioned and it was tiresome after the third or fourth time. Ok, having said that, I did actually enjoy the story. And can I say how much I loved the sex scenes? Smoking hot! *fans self* I’m off to find those Wolf Tales stories now. I have this need to see if they’re all as hot. *Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
Readinginpajamas-Donna More than 1 year ago
Lilly is a strong intelligent alpha shifter who also has the command of magic in her. I like that the author was able to convey her strength without making her cold. Sebastian is an alpha in his own right but has a vulnerability to him that I found endearing. I also enjoyed not being sure if he was a good guy, bad guy or just caught up in events around him. The story was interesting with plenty of action, suspense and romance. This book is not timid and is sexually uninhibited. I enjoyed the story and look forward to Spirit Wild #2! *Review copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Patmelo More than 1 year ago
From author Kate Douglas comes a new series that entails a sexy wolf, a very sexy lady and a magical world filled with magic, love and breathless moments.   Sebastian Xenakis never knew what his mother meant when at her dying moment she pleaded to him to not re-connect with his father. Against her wishes he finds him and starts the road of uncovering who he is and how his magic links into his wolf. When he meets Lily Cheval he knows he has found his mate, but will he be able to prove that he is not responsible for all the killings going around and most importantly, will Lily stay by his side and love him without any restriction ?   I'm a lover of wolfs, all their sexiness and all that alpha male attitude that comes with the finding of their true mates. Here, we find two characters that are perfect for each other but due to the circumstances, have to fight their way through the danger and deception. They were effectively well written and page by page the reader get's to know more about who they are and what values they live by.   The secondary characters were also well inserted in the story, each having their place well defined and each having an emotional link to Lily and Sebastian. The world building was created with a perfect descriptional background, and the author  brings us a story that is fast paced with a touch of mysterie and thriller. To the sound of it this book was almost perfect to me.   Why didn't I give it 5 stars ? Because as much as I love a good alpha male, powerful and demanding, I also love a woman willing to "obey" and give her pleasure without reservations. I didn't feel that Lily was that woman and as much as I understand that she was an Alpha's daughter, I would have liked to see her more involved with "only" Sebastian and if they had to share their bed, I would have loved to see Sebastian more sure of himself, calling the shots.   Overall I liked this book and it's on my favorites list, so if you love all this ingredients together buy it, read it and get inspired by it.   ARC ACQUIRED THROUGH NETGALLEY Publisher: Aphrodisia Pub. Date: Apr. 30, 2013