Mating Claire (Sea Island Wolves: Book 1) by Jenny Penn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by Lilac
Following the trail of a serial killer and a demon, Claire Hallowell arrives in Wilsonville, SC. As difficult as her case is, it is the small town police chief with his easy smiles and blatant sexuality that threatens Claire’s highly structured world.
Arrogant and cocky, Derek Jacob knows his mate when he meets her. As the Alpha of the Narian Pack, Derek is not about to let anything stop him from claiming Claire.
Claire might fight it, but there is no denying the instantaneous heat between them. Sex comes easy while trust comes harder for the couple with secrets to hide. Follow Claire and Derek’s journey to overcome the obsessive attention of a demon and killer to find love.
Working undercover as a secretary named “Dorothy,” Claire Hallowell continuously butts heads with the local sheriff, Derek Jacob. Claire is working to solve a series of murders and has no time for the arrogant sheriff. A werewolf, Derek is intrigued by “Dorothy” and believes he has finally found his mate. Now all he has to do is convince her. But Claire shares a psychic connection to a demon who isn’t too happy about her growing relationship with Derek.
This paranormal romance has a little bit of everything…demons, ghosts, weres, dragons, vampires, and more. I was intrigued by the premise of the story and enjoyed each new discovery that was revealed about the colorful characters that inhabit this fictional world. The author brought the characters to life and I look forward to reading more about them all.
As for the relationship between Derek and Claire, I felt it was well-done. Their relationship faces many complications from a serial killer to demons to an angry ex-lover. But together they are able to persevere and protect and care for one another. Derek is incorrigible and I enjoyed watching as he made Claire blush. The banter between the two was very enjoyable.
Another fascinating character is Kate, the ghost that haunts and assists Claire as she works to solve the mystery of the serial killer. I was intrigued by Kate and would love to learn more about her and her life before she became a ghost.
Mating Claire is the start to what promises to be an intriguing series.