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Monday, February 20, 2012

Seduced by a Wolf by Zena Wynn

Seduced by a Wolf by Zena Wynn
Publisher: Phaze Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (119 Pages)
Other: M/F, Interracial
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Moonflower

Everyone has secrets...

Von Washington has a secret. She never stopped being pen pals with her fiancé Derrick's former army buddy, Sean, and now he's come to town to visit.

Master Sergeant Sean Jacobson has secrets. He's been in love with his former army buddy's girl, Von, for years and believes she feels the same. After this last disastrous mission, he's ready to do something about it. Then there's the other thing that happened...

But some secrets are deadlier than others.

Minister Derrick Wilkins also has a secret, and his might get one of them killed.

Passion, love, betrayal... Have you been Seduced?

Love, friendship and secrets make up their lives. Their worlds are about to change forever. Eight years of circumstances have brought them to one pivotal moment; a moment that will rock their very foundations.

Von has been with Derrick for over eight years. She was there for him during his stint in the military and now as he is completing his training to become a minister. She has been in training herself, to become the perfect minister’s wife. Molded and formed with the help of her future father-in-law, Pastor Wilkins. From the very beginning, the man has been controlling their lives. Pastor Wilkins is a force to be reckoned with and he has his own secrets.

Sean Jacobson met Derrick in the military eight years ago. The two of them formed a permanent bond and was it was further fortified by the addition of correspondence from Derrick’s girlfriend Von. For years, they have shared their life experiences with each other. Now Sean is at a crossroads. He just experienced a life altering event and he needs to decide which direction his life will lead. He has known for years that he has deep feelings for Von, but because of his friendship with Derrick, he is hesitant to follow his heart. It’s time to test the water. He needs to finally meet Von face to face, to see if what he is feeling for her is real. If it is, even his bond with Derrick won’t stop him from having her all to himself.

All three of them know something is brewing in their lives. Von is having doubts about the intense involvement of Pastor Wilkins in hers and Derrick’s life. Derrick is feeling the stress and pressure of his ministerial training, turning him into a man that is unrecognizable and Sean is still trying to come to grips with the new person he has become. From the moment all three of them finally meet, they are ticking time bomb. Events explode and lives are changed forever.

I didn’t see this story coming. I was surprised by the religious undertones, hidden pasts and the eventual downfall of these three characters. To say I was shocked is an understatement. While this story does have paranormal elements, they take a major backseat to the whole plot. Seduced by a Wolf is so full of secrets that I was constantly surprised. Ms. Wynn kept me wondering the whole time. She wove a fascinating tale with these three people that had me reluctant to put the book down.

Seduced by a Wolf is not a particularly long book, but Ms. Wynn does an exceptional job with the time that she is allotted. The back story was well placed and perfect in detail and duration. I will say I was absolutely dazed with the main event that changed everything. I was floored by its occurrence and it had me wiggling in my seat. I experienced moments of anger, elation, and even distress while reading this book. The story is unexpectedly action-packed and does have some detailed violent scenes. While this story is considered erotic, there are minimal love scenes. Ms. Wynn definitely went for quality not quantity.

If this book is any indication of Ms. Wynn’s writing ability, she will have a new fan. She mesmerized me with her ability to write an interracial love story without race being a factor. Truly an outstanding achievement since race should never be a factor when you love someone. Seduced by a Wolf is a sensual treat, with unbelievably shocking moments and tantalizing revelations. I enjoyed this page-turner from start to finish!

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