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Posted October 3, 2013
Wolf Born picks up shortly after the ramifications caused by the forced inoculations of the police force in the previous book in the Underground Heat Series. Fear and distrust reigns with wolf-shifter Max, California's governor, trying to keep things under control while keeping his shifter abilities secret and dodging bullets from an assassin. With fringe groups angry over their continued persecution, and the police force now more powerful than ever and being sent out to hunt shifters, chaos is apparent in every scene so any chance at love is a welcome respite.
Max has lived for hundreds of years and always appears in control, but recently his wolf side has been demanding he find a Mate. For months he's been drawn to his secretary Audrey but work and pleasure aren't allowed to mix. But after being caught together twice in the crossfire of assassins, and through the machinations of others, their mutual attraction becomes too much and they finally give into each other in some super hot scenes that lead to something special that changes the course of the rebellion. Max is suave and debonair but love brings out a boyishly giddy side, a possessive side that borders on unstoppable rage once Audrey's life is put in peril.
Audrey's father is a shifter who's gone into hiding after the mandated hunt for shifters. Therefore she's always felt sympathetic to the cause and wants to do even more for the cause by using the injections to become a wolf-shifter. This puts her life in jeopardy, as does her growing connection to Max. Being in his presence confuses her, but with her wolf-side guiding her, the future of the rebellion takes a dramatic turn in a melodramatic quickly wrapped-up conclusion. Audrey isn't my favorite heroine as I found her reason for using the injection a bit convoluted. I found her a bit weak-willed as well as overly emotional. I did admire her honesty though and her easy acceptance of shifter ways and her connection with Max was sugary sweet and scorching which made for a good match.
I loved the vivid details of this futuristic world, the automated transportation, food rationings, and the forbidden but necessary black market. Ms. Gimpel portrayed this new way of living in deeper detail than in the previous installment and it increased my satisfaction of this story. I enjoyed the secondary characters and the mysteriousness of each of them, particularly Johannes. He's super sexy and willing to put his life on the line for Max after being friends with him for hundreds of years. Though their friendship is tight it's clear he's lonely and jealous of this newfound mating and I hope to see his story told soon. There were many heartpounding action-packed sequences throughout the story as we dug deeper into the fringe groups that intruded into the burgeoning romance that kept the story moving at a fast pace. Though the ending sputtered a bit I still enjoyed this story and look forward to revisiting this intriguing futuristic world.
Posted September 26, 2013
Wolf Born (Underground Heat #2)by Ann Gimpel
Maximillian Sigayev leads a double life: He is the governor of California, and he leads the shifter underground. In a world were shifters are being hunted and threatened by extinction it is a dangerous game.
Audrey Westen has been working as Governor Sigayev assistant for over eighteen months. She has secretly been in love with him but knows they can in no way be together because of her low level of shifter blood. A full human would never want to be with her.
Max and Audrey are both attracted to each other but fight their feeling due to a number of misconceptions. Now it appears that Max’s cover has been blown, and the two will have to learn to trust each other and their wolves.
Wolf Born is an interesting twist in shape shifter novels. It is an enjoyable read, with likable characters. I enjoyed the futuristic spin: making this series stand out among shape shifter novels.
Ann Gimpel created a fascinating world in the Underground Heat Series. I hope we will see additional books in the series.
ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review.
Posted September 25, 2013