Monday, 7 September 2009

Review – Her Chosen Wolf –Renee Michaels

 

Title: The Were Chronicles, Book 1 - Her Chosen Wolf

Author: Renee Michaels

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

She chose the wolf she needed and got the man of her dreams.

Sent to live in the city long ago for her own protection, Saffa has always longed to return to her mountain home. She is a multimorph, and women of her rare bloodline are highly prized by those who aspire to supreme power over the pack. The last thing she wants to be is anyone’s stepping stone—especially Bardo Redmaven’s. Justice Ambervane would be her first choice…if only he’d stop holding her at arm’s length.

The wolf within Justice would eagerly take Saffa as his mate, but for secret reason of his own, his human conscience has always resisted. He can’t believe Saffa risked coming out of hiding, even to warn him of the disturbing activities of the power-hungry Redmaven clan. She’s dangerously close to her first breeding cycle, and giving in to her irresistible scent makes him a marked man. And Saffa even more of a target.

What he needs is backup, and there’s only one wolf he trusts enough: Drew. As the coming fight backs all three of them into a tight corner, the heat explodes into a passion that Justice wonders if he’ll live to regret…

 

Damn, down girl. His grin tugged at the animal in her, and worse, the woman in her responded to it fully. She sat up gingerly and swung her legs over the side of the bed to prevent herself from drooling over him. Little good it did her.

Unable to help herself, she allowed her eyes to roam freely over him. The shaggy fall of black, silver-flecked hair belied the youthfulness of his face. His wide brow was broken by a ferocious frown as he took in the black and blue blotches covering her body. Somehow, it didn’t detract from his masculine beauty. The smooth planes of his face ended in a strong, determined jaw. She had always been tempted to flick her tongue in the cleft in his chin, but she’d restrained herself.

Justice was tall and powerfully built, his shoulders and thighs stretched the denim he wore tautly over them. She ached to slip her hand under the cloth and smooth her fingers over his bare skin. Imagining the sinew bunching and quivering under her palms had her muscles pulsing.

Saffa curled her hands into tight fists to curb the urge to touch him. Justice was a man in his prime, and she couldn’t make such an overture and not expect a response from him. She was afraid of another rebuff. He’d always gently but firmly turned her down.

“Yeah, you did a real job on their rides. What did you learn to drive in, bumper cars?” He handed her the robe she’d given him for Christmas and she slid her arms into the soft sleeves of the cashmere wrap. She was grateful for the shield it provided from Justice’s probing amber eyes. His expression changed subtly. For the first time, it held the yearning of a man looking at the woman he wanted. Their eyes clung, and what she saw in Justice’s gave her hope.

She took a step forward, but the spell broke when he took a step back.

“No, I took one of those courses that teach you to get away from potential kidnappers.” She cringed inwardly as soon as the words slipped from her lips. It would be too much to hope he’d let it pass.

“You live in the city in a protected compound. Why would you need such a skill?” His eyes narrowed suspiciously.

“Not by choice, and I took the classes because they were the prize from a contest I won,” she bit out, thrusting out her chin defiantly. “I want to come home, Justice. Living in the city is killing me.”

“You gave me your word, Saffa.”

“And I kept it. I stayed in the city as you asked. I stayed as long as I could, but it has become unbearable. I’ve enjoyed my time with Rick and his crew, taken advantage of everything the city has to offer, but I want to come home. I’m homesick.”

Her Chosen Wolf © Renee Michaels 

 

Review

Saffa has come home to the mountains and she really did not care what anyone thought – at least that was the game plan until she was chased almost to the point of death because of who she is and what she can do for a pack out to get ahead of the game.

Saffa is a multimorph and she is as rare as they come and with her in a pack, the power that can come from that can last for generations if not centuries.  The person giving chase at the moment is Bardo Redmaven and he wants Saffa either through free will or force and he will use any unhanded tactics to make this happen.

Saffa however has her own plan and her plans includes choosing a mate because she is at that point where she must – Her first choice is Justice Ambervane, but he was being the tough logical alpha male that he always is and has more or less turns her down as he always does.

Under Justice facade – yes, because some of his bravado is actually a facade – he bears a secret that he knows he cannot reveal to anyone especially to Saffa. When he is put in the position of claiming Saffa or facing a worse consequence he knows he only has one choice - get a third. Saffa needs protections if anything happens to him and more over – his chosen Sec would get the the job that he’s unable to get done himself.

I can upon this book by accident really and from the first page in I was caught up and hooked. This is a phenomenally fast paced book and if you blink you will miss some vital info.

HER CHOSEN WOLF is the first in Ms. Michaels new Were Chronicles series and with this book she lays alot of the ground work out for  me to understand exactly where these protags are coming from and what they are aiming for. Not everyone or every situation was development but as a first book that was not a bad thing – it leaves quite a bit of the mystery to get through in subsequent book.

While it took me a few pages to get used to the dynamics of what a  multimorph  is, I enjoyed the time it took to slow down because Ms. Michaels also use that time to develop the world that the Redmaven’s and the Ambervane’s are fighting to rule.

There are some wonderful support cast, some that gets your goat and others you just want to cheer along side when they show their wicker sides. There was the usual wolfy issues happening in this book but  I do like how inventive and creative Ms. Michaels was with not only the smut but the emotional aspect of the book as well.

I am very pleased to have gotten in on the ground floor of this series from the first release –  I will most definitely be following this author to see where she take these wonderful characters. 

 

10 Speak To Me:

Blodeuedd on 7 September 2009 at 15:27 said...

Sounds like a good read, I do love those shifters and I really wanna read something more about them

Brandy W on 7 September 2009 at 16:44 said...

I've been looking at this one as well. My TBR pile is out of control right now. I just can't help myself at the moment though.

Erotic Horizon on 7 September 2009 at 18:31 said...

@Blodeuedd

I quite enjoy this and it had enough mystery left over to keep me interested to see where the second book goes..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 7 September 2009 at 18:33 said...

@Brandy..

Preaching to the choir hon - I am so addicted to these book, Evey month I think I will not buy, but then something like this comes along and I can't resist..

It was worth it though - definitely worth it..

E.H>

Renee Michaels on 8 September 2009 at 01:01 said...

Well this was a nice suprise to come home to--Thank you for the wonderful review. Creative and Imaginative---sweet--Any you want more!! What more could a write ask for-- Renee Michael

Sassy Brit on 8 September 2009 at 11:24 said...

I like what you said about the author laying a lot of groundwork for the story. This definitely sounds like one to read. A very good review, as usual!

THANK YOU also for your very kind comments about my blog -- much appreciated. I love yours, too! As you probably already know. :))

Btw, you have an award to pick up on my blog!

http://tjbook-list.blogspot.com/2009/09/blog-awards-thank-you.html

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Erotic Horizon on 8 September 2009 at 11:44 said...

@Renee...

Thanks for coming by - I had to share this book, I really enjoyed it...

Congrats on the release.

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 8 September 2009 at 11:46 said...

@Sassy brit..

I think you will like this one - I love starting a new series and see new worlds developing...

Loads of anticipation in this one...

Thanks for you kind words - I will be by in a min to collect my award - I so love visitor bearing gifts..

E.H>

Jane Leopold Quinn on 8 September 2009 at 14:00 said...

I read this book over the weekend and was blown away. Even though it was a novella length, it had everything you need for novel length. All the characterization, all the backstory, all the plot, all the sensual love scenes. Kudos to Ms. Michaels.

In all fairness, I have to admit I'm in a couple of anthologies with Renee, so I know her.

jane

Erotic Horizon on 8 September 2009 at 21:01 said...

@Jane...

Thanks for coming by - and I agree with you...

She does put alot of little extra something different.

I will be checking out your collaboration....

E.H>