Coyote Wild by Rhian Cahill
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (129 pgs)
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Holly
Brogan Wilder knows all about animal urges. As a coyote shifter, he’s lived with them all his life but he’s never experienced the bone-deep hunger Eloise Crawford elicits. Claiming a mate is one thing. Claiming one who’s human and has no idea shifters exist is another matter altogether. In El, he’s found his destiny. Now he just has to convince her they are meant to be together.
A visit to help her best friend with wedding plans seems like just the kind of relaxation El is after. But once she arrives, there’s nothing relaxing about the reaction she has to her friend’s brother. Suddenly her senses are on high alert and she’s drawn to him in a way she finds nothing short of terrifying. But there’s more to this man than his golden eyes and magical touch. There’s something else. Something not exactly human.
Accepting her fate should have been the difficult part, but when El finds herself the target of an outraged pack member, the true struggle begins.
Rhian Cahill has brought back all the great characters from her first Coyote book, and added a few new folks into the community. I love the chemistry between all of the characters in this book, the friendships as well as the instant attraction between the two main characters, Brogan and Eloise.
El comes to attend Rowan’s wedding, but also has some issues of her own she is escaping. She is a woman who feels a bit insecure after a bad experience, but she finds herself attracted to her friend’s brother with a passion like none she has felt before. I love the little streak of determination she shows when she decides to venture out after Brogan decrees she stay in the house. Of course, she doesn’t realize the danger, because she has no idea what Brogan and Rowan really are.
I was delighted with the humor in this, when Quinn is able to get back at Brogan for all the teasing thrown at him and Rowan in the past. I love the sense of family and love that is between Rowan and Brogan, and how easily El fits into their lives once the big secret is revealed. Brogan is a strong and imposing man, sovereign of the pack. I loved it when he told Quinn that, having found his mate, he would do whatever it took to be with her, including give up his position as sovereign if need be.
The passionate sex is volcanic in nature, and yet quite tender and sweet at times too. Of course, there is Marcus and his threat to be dealt with, and I found it refreshing to see that the solution in this case was something other than just kill the guy and get on with life.
There is a wonderful happy ever after here for El and Brogan, but I have a feeling we will see more trouble from Marcus in the future. I recommend this one for all of you who like their shifters smart and civilized and the romance scorching hot. But keep the fan on high, and the ice water handy.