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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Summer's Wolf by Rebecca Royce

Summer's Wolf by Rebecca Royce
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Contemporary, paranormal
Length: Short Story (57 pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Dogwood

Three years ago, Summer Morrison’s happy, normal life was thrown into upheaval. Forced to discover, before she was ready, that she was half-wolf shifter and mated to the pack’s enforcer has left Summer moody, shaken, and resentful. When tragedy strikes her family, Summer is forced to come back to the world of the Westervelt Wolves…and into the arms of Cullen Murphy.

Cullen has waited three years for Summer, having promised her mother he would give her time to grow up. But he’s never forgotten his mate and craved her presence since he first saw her on the battlefield three years earlier. The trouble is, now that Cullen has Summer, he has no idea what to do with her. Three hundred years of being alone has left Cullen socially inept and more lonesome than he would ever admit. He lives with the guilt and shame of his deeds, while knowing his role is pivotal to the pack’s survival.

Together, Cullen and Summer will heal each other’s wounds and discover that life is worth living as long as they are together. Now there’s just the little matter of Kendrick and Claudius, their evil henchmen, the army of miscreant wolves, and the demons that keep attacking. If they can survive, their love will be everlasting. But failure will mean not only their destruction, but the end of the Westervelt Wolves.

When love is eternal, failure is not an option.

Three years ago Summer found out that she was a wolf-shifter in a painful and scary way. She's waited ever since for Cullen to claim her, and when he doesn't, she feels rejected and hurt. When a family tragedy brings Cullen back into her life, can these two find love in the mist of heartache? Can she continue to deny her mate even when a vision reveals Cullen's eventual death?

Summer is beautiful and talented. She's also the mate to a 300 year old werewolf. Pack Enforcer Cullen and Summer meet for the first time at the end of Ms. Royce's first Westervelt Wolves book, Her Wolf. Cullen knows immediately that Summer is his destined mate but makes an agreement with her mother to wait until Summer is out of school before he acts on it. Three years later a unforeseen tragedy forces Cullen to protect his mate and stake his claim.

This is the second book in the Westervelt Wolves series and it just keeps getting better and better. Rebecca Royce has shown herself to be a leading authority on hot werewolf romance! I am excitedly awaiting the next installment in this well written drama. This intense, yet sensual, book is a fine stand-alone as well as a good continuation. It covers the details needed from the previous book well enough to keep up without backtracking to previous works. I find this refreshing and appreciated when reading and reviewing a serial novel.

The background story shows us a psychotic ex-alpha named Kendrick Kane who is trying to kill the Westervelt Wolves and their mates. This brings about many fantastical creations as magic is used in battle giving us a compelling new paranormal saga.

Ms. Royce has done a fantastic job of bringing her lupine characters to a humanist way of life. Cullen, a tortured soul who has lived the life of an assassin, is complicated, loyal, and sweet. He's seen many years of horrific things in his life, yet he still cannot help but fumble when talking to his mate. We see the insecurities that accompany relationships expressed well in these characters.

Summer on the other hand shows us just how young she really is. With much growing up still left to do, we see her as facing life's tragedies and making lemonade. She's hanging on to humanity by a thread by denying her inner wolf. When forced to battle evil with Cullen we discover she's actually quite strong in her own right and capable of deep love given time. Ms. Royce has a way of breathing LIFE into her characters, leaving the reader with a refreshing new story to add to our werewolf fantasies.

The sexual tension in our two main characters is electrifying and sizzles. We see that eventually there has to be a huge showdown between the alphas, but reading the developments in each new book is exciting and anticipated. This action-packed fable depicts an inner dialog with wolf and man that shows us how the shifters need balance to co-exist. I found it fascinating that the wolf can argue with the man when they are indeed one and the same. This reader thought this to be original and fun.

If a new werewolf series is in the cards, then Summer's Wolf might just be the book to add to your reading list.

1 comment:

Rebecca Royce said...

Thank you for such a wonderful review. Summer's Wolf is one of my favorite books that I've written. Those characters are very dear to me. I thank you very much.