Friday, 23 October 2009

Review – Casadia Wolves Bk 7 : Trinity © Lauren Dane

Title: Casadia Wolves Bk 7 – Trinity

(book 1 of de La Vega Cats series):TRINITY
This story is a spin off from the Cascadia Wolves Series)

Author: Lauren Dane

Publisher: Samhain Publishing

Main Characters: Renee Parcell  & Jack Meyers &  Galen

One witch, one cat shifter. Add one wolf. Blend. Safety glasses recommended.

Renee Parcell loves her life. Her smoothie/coffee cart business is successful, and she’s deeply in love with her boyfriend, Galen. He makes her laugh, he’s gainfully employed, and he satisfies her as only a sexy cat shifter can. He even puts the toilet seat down.

Yet they both sense something in the air. An anticipation that leaves them both unsettled.

Tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Meyers, Enforcer of National Pack and one of the most beautiful men Renee and Galen have ever seen, stumbles into Renee’s life and the riddle of their expectation is solved—Renee is Jack’s mate. What surprises them all is when the three of them touch, magick creates an unexpected triple bond of witch, cat and wolf.

Even as they learn to navigate the steamy intricacies of their bond, a threat looms over Renee. First in the form of resurrected memories, then in the shape of darker magicks someone is aiming at her. Set on stealing her inherent powers—even her life.

Renee can stand to lose almost anything, except her mates. But there seems to be no talking them out of laying everything on the line for her…

 

Review

Renee Parcell is happy, dizzily happy if truth be told.  She has her own business, takes charge of her finances and most importantly she has Galen, the man of her dreams in her life – what more could she ask for.

That thought only goes as far as the front door of her business, because she bumps into a man that does make her look twice at forbidden fruit. Not one to beat about the bush Renee and Galen talk about the new introduction into Renee’s life because not only was the stranger eyeing Renee up like a tasty morsel but he was also a wolf.

Galen and Renee are happy together and have been together for some years, but Galen a shifter cat and Renee a lot more than human are not under any illusion that something is coming their way – but what.

Jack Meyers the wolf in question knows immediately that Renee is his mate, but knowing this and doing something about it is a task in itself and Jack has some hurdles to scale before he has any attempt at a chance of happiness with Renee.

Renee and Galen are a team and as much as Jack knows right away that he is Renee’s mate he is not willing to be a home wrecker just to have his mate, therefore this call for a pow wow between all three. Things goes better than either Jack, Galen or Renee would have imagined and before long they were setting the night to magic – because that is exactly what happens when the three connect, a magical moment.

It would be too much to hope that their mating would be a blessing and a cause for celebration – no, not with these three. With angst and animosity on both Galen’s and Jack’s side of the family Renee is in for both a rough ride and a rude awakening if she continue on as she is.

She is not blameless in the angst department herself – because all her ducks have come home to roost and it is not a nest that they are building. These three has to survive because nothing else is acceptable, but as each day pass they are not even sure they can all survive the night.

Where do I begin with this review to express how much I love this seventh addition to the Casadia Wolves series of books. Without a doubt this is the best one so far. Ms Dane begins this journey by introducing me to Renee and Galen first – and not only introducing like character development or familiar  history but she showed me them as a unit, they were happy, they were fun and most importantly they were honest and loyal to each other.

“I’m not complaining.” She paused, watching him move around the room, totally comfortable in his nakedness. “You want to talk? About the Jack situation?”
“What is he to you, Renee?”
“I don’t know,” she answered truthfully as she scooped loose tea into the cache within the ceramic pot before pouring the boiling water in. “I think he’s not someone to me, but to us. There’s this pull between us. More than attraction. I see gorgeous men every day, Boston’s full of them. No, it’s something else. But when you came in, when the three of us touched? Something happened and I don’t know what it was. I just know that I’ve been on edge, waiting for something and I think he’s it. What, I just can’t say.”
She put two mugs out and turned back to him. “But I need to say again that I’m not going anywhere. You and I are solid. I’m with you forever, no escaping for you, mister.”

Trinity © Lauren Dane 

I of course then meet Jack and he was never really developed in past book – so it was like meeting him for the first time and I could not only see the alpha wolf in him but the human, caring and practical side of him as well. I saw jack in his element, where he was comfortable, where he was respected. The almost opposite of this cosy feeling happens less than a few pages later because when he come up against Galen and Renee as a team he is unsure and very reluctant to not only put the wrong foot forward but to spoil his shot of his mate accepting him.

 

Highlights

Straight off I was pleased by the turn of adding different paranormal personality to this book. I have been loving Casadia Wolves for a while, but the series did need an injection of new blood – and new blood is definitely what Ms. Dane gave me.

Character development, character development – how many ways can I say it – this was brilliantly done. I KNEW every single person that I met in this book –

  • Jack – Understated,  a little carefree and can be blasé about confidences. He however always gets the job done and is definitely the one to watch in  that trio.
  • Galen – The team player, but who knows what he wants and is determined enough to defy the odds and anyone else in his zest to get the girl.
  • Renee – the protag who went through the most dramatic change during this book – at the core of her being she just wanted to get through each day under her own steam, but when life tosses her some curve balls she has to redefine her values and whoooo – ass kicking had noting on my girl.

This is a weightier book than any of the previous books in the series. With a few decently played out story line running right along side Renee, Jack and Galen's mating – it was intense.

This is the first book that I have read by Dane where she has actually let her pen flow into M/M kingdom and yup another WOW. It was not as in-depth as I would have liked, but I liked where she went with it and in the big scheme of things it helped to give the three a firmer playing ground, because they needed every advantage that they could get.

Ms Dane went into alot of explaining in this book because the story line warranted a few explanation. I liked the time she took to do this and I was easily caught up in her words

“What is it you want? You know she’s your mate. You know she’s imprinted with a cat, which means she’s married to him. You can find another woman, you know that too. You haven’t claimed her so there’s nothing more than attraction holding you to her right now.”
Jack shook his head and groaned, knowing he couldn’t be heard doing that. “No. It’s more than that. More than attraction. It’s like…it’s more like all the potential is there, welling up between us. All the what-can-be draws me to her like nothing I’ve ever felt before. I don’t want that with anyone else. I’m…I can’t explain it, but I know I’d never have this with anyone but her.”

Trinity © Lauren Dane

All the old Casadia wolfy stuff came into play – and there was of course the anchor issue – because Jack was Grace’s (wife of Cade) anchor and people you need to  read that scene – girl fur was flying ---- yup yup yup… one of the best scene of the book.

TRINITY rushes ahead on steam of anticipation and surprises – because at every turn the unexpected happen and I was not putting this book down for love or money.

As a woman sometimes I read a book and as much as I enjoyed the book or not as the case might be,  I know as a woman that there are some thing's I wouldn't have done or said, in TRINITY Ms. Dane caught the essence of who a woman really is and she goes a step further to give her men a sense of awareness to know their woman – very well done..

Once I f**k you and the Claiming is done, we’re going to take our time and do this all over again.” Jack’s voice had gone low, his wolf in every word.
She opened her eyes again once he started to thrust, sensation lighting up her body with each press. His cock touched parts of her Galen didn’t, just as Galen’s cock had that swing to the left and nudged her just right.

Trinity © Lauren Dane

The book ends at a cliff hanger of sorts that might not work for everyone – but for me I am hoping this is a new path that the Casadia Wolves  and the De la Vega series is about to go down and open the pack to everything that is out there in paranormal world, as the Casadia wolves were becoming quite insulated.

Can I be mean spirited here and say I was so pleased Lex Warden was not seen nor heard from in this book. I was getting totally fed up of how perfect he was and just the extraordinary amount of petty jealousy there was of him…

Despite the extra dose of furnickiness and male testosterones that was coming from all angles, Ms. Dane gave Renee’s men a way with words that was all that and more. Most of which they were not shy about expressing but it’s the words that are not said that really made me love these men.

He heard the laughter as she approached, knew her footfalls as she descended an inner staircase. And then she was before him, her smile tentative but genuine and he knew, trouble or not, that he’d cleave himself to this woman until he drew his last breath.

Trinity © Lauren Dane

 

Lowlights

Ok guys – you know my motto if it’s good it can also be bad and the fact that this book was a weightier book in terms of storyline and depth it is also not a read that you are going to rush through – because you are going to need to read every word.

One of the thing that really niggled me was the amount of smut scene toward the last third of the book. It was all tastefully done – but at less than 200 pages there is only so much sex scenes that I want to read.

There were one story line that feels like it was just there to pull the past and the present together – but it was just that. Little scenes and mention of the unknown and even the aftermath was shrouded in secret and word of the “must not be mentioned” variety

Bottom Line..

TRINITY is a book I was anticipating and I was not disappointed. If anything Ms. Dane surpass my expectation and then  some. The characters  connect, the storyline flowed and the little issues that I had were just not issues enough to take away from how much this books rock…

Totally recommended read….

 

8 Speak To Me:

Lea on 24 October 2009 at 02:04 said...

Oh man, I am so heading to MB&M and downloading this one right now.

I was buried in work this week and missed it's release.

Thanks for the great review EH!

Blanche on 24 October 2009 at 03:48 said...

Awesome review EH!!! I love love love this series and can't wait to read it for myself!!! :)

Patti on 24 October 2009 at 05:16 said...

I recently read (and loved) Laid Bare but didn't know Ms.Dane had a werewolf series...will definitely check this out - great review!!

Erotic Horizon on 24 October 2009 at 06:42 said...

Hey Lea..

I am still shaking my fist at Blanche (Damn You Blanche)- she reminded me of it and I literally dropped everything and got stuck in...

Loved it...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 24 October 2009 at 06:44 said...

@Blanche...

I am surprise you haven't yet - but I am also now envious of you reading it for the first time - you are going to love it.. simple love it...

I now can't wait to see where Ms. Dane goes with this new series...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 24 October 2009 at 06:46 said...

@Patti...

I have not read Laid Bare - but I have read about 60 percent of her books and with everyone I just love her style more and more....

I will have to drag Laid Bare off the old hard drive and get in as well..

E.H>

Patti on 24 October 2009 at 20:38 said...

I was at the used bookstore today and saw Wolf Unbound so I grabbed it! Are they okay to read out of order?

Lauren Dane on 14 November 2009 at 18:27 said...

Thank you for the wonderful review! I'm so glad you liked Trinity.