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Monday, November 5, 2012

Finding Chrissten by N.J. Walters

Finding Chrissten by N.J. Walters
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (287 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Foxglove

She escaped hell. Now love must capture her heart.

Legacy, Book 5

For eighteen horrific months, Chrissten Lawton was at the mercy of a crazy doctor and his pureblood werewolf flunky. She was subjected to experiments, beaten, mated against her will…and fading fast.

Just as she reaches the breaking point, the Haven pack comes to her rescue. Although any strange male makes her nervous, one of her rescuers stays by her side night and day, and something within her responds to this wolf’s gentleness.

From the moment Hank Brewer picked up Chrissten’s unique scent, he’s been driven to help her overcome her trauma-fed fears. He may be a half-breed, but he never does anything halfway. As he dedicates every waking moment to her healing, their fragile link leads them toward something they both hesitate to name.

But the danger isn’t past. Chrissten’s mate is still on the loose and he won’t rest until she—and the rest of Haven’s females—are taken for the cruel enjoyment of his rogue pack. Even though Hank would give his life to save her, the biggest challenge lies ahead. Admitting their love to each other.

Finding Chrissten is N.J. Walters’ satisfying follow up to Quinn’s Quest, and a fantastic addition to the Legacy series. 
Hank Brewer knew the minute he scented Chrissten Lawton that she was special. As a half-breed werewolf, Hank isn’t as subject to the urges of his full blood kindred, but he is determined to save this woman and keep her safe.

After being held captive by an insane scientist and a crazed and domineering Alpha wolf, Chrissten has given up hope of ever being free again, but after the last near rescue, she has a scent to hold on to, one that makes her feel less alone. When she smells that again, she is in Hank’s arms, being taken to safety, and can barely believe she is free. She realizes that as long as Brian, the Alpha that forcibly mated her, is alive, she will be watching over her shoulder for the rest of her life. And she is afraid of the danger Brian represents, to her family and to the pack at Haven that has taken them all in. But it is Hank that makes her feel safe, and makes her feel alive once more. But she knows it isn’t fair to Hank to get close to him, when she is mated to another, no matter how it happened. Hank is determined to help Chrissten heal, even if he can only be her friend, but he is determined to free her from Brian’s treat, once and for all. Can two half-breeds find a life together and break the Alpha’s hold on her? Can there be a happy ever after for Chrissten and Hank, or will life separate them once more?

The cast of characters here is the same as in the last book, with the continuing search for Chrissten Lawton as the focal point, though from another perspective. As with all of Ms Walters’ Legacy books, the action is fast and furious, and well thought out, with danger and intrigue around every corner. This world of werewolves, hunters, vampires and others is a darker one, and Ms Walters doesn’t sugar coat the dangers and the pain to pretty up the story. This is edge of your seat action, with danger lurking throughout.

Chrissten Lawton has the misfortune of being a half-breed female werewolf, a rarity in the world of pure bloods and shifters. As a female, she is at the mercy of her physiology, and in spite of her strength, she has been forcibly mated to Brian, a cruel and crazy Alpha wolf, and experimented on by an insane scientist trying to find a way to create more like her. She is strong, smart and trying desperately to hold on to her sanity, waiting either for rescue or death, whichever comes first. Once she is free, she realizes she and her family will never be truly safe until Brian and his small pack are eliminated. I enjoyed watching Chrissten as she recovered her spirit and her strength, and loved her determination to not let what happened ruin her life in any way.

Hank Brewer may be a half-breed wolf, but his will do whatever it takes to first rescue, then protect Chrissten. He is strong, determined, and sensitive to the needs of those around him, and realizes that the chances of being able to be with Chrissten as her chosen mate are nonexistent as long as she is mated to Brian. I loved watching as he was so gentle with her, just being there and providing silent support for her, no matter what the future held. I love Hank’s loyalty, his gentle consideration, and his strength of character in the face of temptation.

There is a strong cast of supporting characters in this one, from Chrissten’s brothers, Quinn and Craig, to the pack at Haven, and of course, as in all the Legacy books, the vampire who has taken a liking to these folks, Damek. There is danger around every corner, and yet, when it shows up, it still comes as a surprise. This has a satisfying wrap up of the story started in Quinn’s Quest, and there is plenty of passion and hot sex, as Ms. Walters does so very well. The loose ends of the mad scientist and the rogue alpha pack are well handled, and the happy ever after in this one is hard won and extremely well deserved. I do look forward to more in Ms. Walters’ Legacy world, and recommend this be read after Quinn’s Quest to fully grasp the storyline.

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