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Posted March 4, 2012
Wolf Whisperer is a fast-paced adventure set in Karen Whiddon's series The Pack. Heroine Kelly MacKenzie is a suspicious and lonely woman who cares for abused canines. Her dog pack provides her only emotional connection and support system since she was separated from her family at the age of sixteen. She is a Scottish werewolf called a Tearlach, which requires her to be secretive to the point of inbred paranoia.
Mac Lamonda is a Halfling—one parent is human, the other a shifter—and he is also a member of The Protectors. He is handsome and courageous, not to mention easy to have empathy for since he is also a distraught father. Eighteen months before, his wife died in a car accident and his twin children were stolen while he was making funeral arrangements. He is determined to find his children and bring them home.
Wolf Whisperer gets going right from the beginning and maintains the action throughout the entire story. It makes for an exciting and easy read. Kelly and Mac race about the country, bickering with one another while fighting their mutual attraction, either evading or chasing the people after them.
Unfortunately, I found Kelly's assertiveness to be annoying because it bordered on bossy. When combined with her paranoid secretiveness and thick-headedness, it lessened her appeal for me. I'd like to have seen more of her relationship with her dogs but they are only included in the first part of the story.
Mac is sexy and appealing, and I felt sorry for him as he searched for his missing children and struggled to deal with his grief. As a hero, he is unusual because he is submissive to Kelly and allows her to call almost all of the shots as the story progresses. I found this refreshing from the stereotypical cliché of the "alpha male" werewolf who is dominant to the woman. Mac was the part of the story I enjoyed most and definitely where I made a connection.
The sexual content of the story is not explicit, but well written and enjoyable. There was one inconsistency in the book that totally jarred me out of the story. Although it had been made clear that shifters told no normal (human) people about themselves, there is a line that states: "I remember reading in a magazine an article about the best places to shape-shift in urban areas."
An editor at Harequin Nocturne dropped the ball big time.
I would recommend Wolf Whisperer for anyone who is looking for a fast, fun read about werewolves. The story is well written and absorbing. Without spoiling the end, the story does touch upon some very sensitive social topics including racism and rape. I'd give it four stars.
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Posted September 15, 2012
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