Monday, 20 September 2010

Review - Lycan Packs 1: Lycan Instinct © Brandi Broughton

Lycan Instinct

Lycan Packs: Bk1

Author: Brandi Broughton

Publisher: Cobblestone Pres

Genre: paranormal, shifter

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When a murderer leaves a trail of nude, high-profile bodies across Chicago, Detective Mackenzie Lyons must decide whether to trust her instincts about a mysterious philanthropist with secrets he’ll do anything to protect.

Rafael Stone heads a team of vigilante shape-shifters tasked to stop rogue Lycans from harming people or revealing Lycan existence, even if that means breaking “human” laws.

In Lycan Instinct, Mackenzie takes a twisted journey to catch a killer that evidence indicates might be Rafael—a man who makes her pulse race and her mind question where the line is between duty and love, truth and myth.

“Let me up, you son of a bitch.”

 

Rafe didn’t move from his prone position atop Mackenzie. He’d learned the hard way how quickly she could take advantage of a slight miscalculation. The physical effort he exerted to subdue her had exhausted much of his initial anger and stirred up his other alpha instincts.

 

Feathery tendrils of her hair escaped from her braid to offer a beguiling frame about her flushed face. As she caught her breath, her lips parted in an erotic invitation he desperately wanted to accept.

 

“Killing an officer will have every cop in Chicago out to fry your ass.”

 

“Damn you, Mackenzie. I’m not going to kill you.” He read the doubt in her eyes and felt his anger build again. She could try the patience of a snail.

 

“And I suppose you just assault officers for the hell of it.”

 

“I did not assault you.”

 

“Oh, right, my mistake. We both mistook the softness of your carpet for the pad of a wrestling ring.”

 

“Did I hurt you?”

 

Her mouth formed a tight, closed line. He growled his frustration, but didn’t release her.

 

“At anytime, did I hurt you?”

 

“No.”

 

“Then I didn’t assault you.”

 

© Brandi Broughton

My Thoughts

LYCAN INSTINGT is the first book in a Shifter series from Cobblestone Press by Brandi Broughton, I will admit I was attracted to the book by the fact that there is a female detective and the shifters are people who are not on the up and up for the most part.

The book starts off with another murder,  in a city the size of Chicago that may sound like par for the course so to speak, but the detail of the murder is probably the thing that stands out – it’s also the thing that makes Detective Mackenzie Lyons on edge and desperate to find out which animal is causing all this chaos.

With a partner who really is a cross between a five year old and a protective big brother, Mackenzie goes right to the top of the food chain when she learns that Rafael Stone is the head of an organisation that just do happen to deals with wolves. Little does she know that Rafael is more than just a businessman – he is the shifter alpha of not only the local wolf pack but he is trying to hold a programme together that may mean the difference between life or death when any one of these wolves goes rouge.

The first meeting goes better than either party expected and before long they are at each others throat – Literally, but beneath all the snapping and growling there is an attraction between the  two.

For Rafael this attraction is a foreign entity, to be so instantly attracted to any one person and he has no problem seeing where it goes, especially when his brothers start teasing him. For Mackenzie it’s a different matter, she has worked hard to be where she is and she is not  and will not cave to a “man" just because she is attracted to him and who just might be a killer.

And so the fire works begins, Rafael and his brothers wants to do the right thing by helping to catch a killer, but with so much to lose they butt head with hard headed Mackenzie who intends to find out all the secrets that the Stone men are keeping from her – because if she don’t she might just have let a killer walk away.

Sometimes all I need are book Like LYCAN INSTINCT, a book where I know the type. The type of plot, the type of heroine and the type of hero. For me sometimes that’s not a bad thing, because I end up liking the the story and look forward to the next book if it’s a series.

In this first book I liked where the author went with the story – in some ways the romance was secondary, she gave a pretty involved amount of detail about the shifters and actually showed me the inner working between Mackenzie and her colleagues at the police station.

Mackenzie was likable enough although there were a few times when I thought she was too gong-ho about her job and how she wanted people to see her. She had a few TSTL moment – but I could live with those as she also brought in some sarcastic humour as well that made me smirk a time or two.

Rafael and his brothers on the other hand were a treat and Ms Broughton really delve into the dynamics between the three brothers. They were fun to meet and in alot of ways they were classic shifter alpha male type protags. The kind you wants to slap twice yet give a hug to make it better soon after.

The murder mystery was of the kind where you didn’t have to work for it and the author made use of other things like back history and sexual tension to carry this book. I thought the whole package worked well and it was a great way of finding out more about the strengths and the weakness’ of the characters.

I really ended up enjoying LYCAN INSTINGT alot and I thought as a first book it did what it was meant to do. Introduce me to the characters, develop the background while leaving enough room for me to be suitably curious about what will come next.

A fun read.

12 Speak To Me:

Fiction Vixen on 20 September 2010 at 17:17 said...

Hmm, shifty shifters. I think I like. :) Nice review EH.

Erotic Horizon on 20 September 2010 at 18:55 said...

@FV

They were a buch of shifty shifters - they really were..

Nice first book..

:)

Blodeuedd on 20 September 2010 at 21:07 said...

I do love shifters, no question about it :)

Erotic Horizon on 20 September 2010 at 21:09 said...

@Blo

Me too hon, me too..

rawrrrr..

:)

Chris on 20 September 2010 at 23:14 said...

I do love the term "shifty shifters." :)

Eyre on 21 September 2010 at 00:47 said...

Great review! I'm off shifters at the moment, but I'll keep this in mind.

Erotic Horizon on 21 September 2010 at 11:29 said...

@Chris..

I do love that phrase as well - all of them were blody shifty..

LOL

:)

Erotic Horizon on 21 September 2010 at 11:30 said...

@Eyre..

I also have my off shifter moments as well - not now, thank good..

As I am finding some really good ones..

Hope the mojo comes back soon..

:)

yllektra (force-oblique) on 21 September 2010 at 14:14 said...

Wow it looks really good and I'm really enjoying the whole shifter thing! :)

Thanks for this review!

Tracy on 21 September 2010 at 17:43 said...

I love shifter books and sometimes these kind just fit with what you need at the time. :)

Erotic Horizon on 21 September 2010 at 23:59 said...

@yllektra

Welcome - Lycan Instinct was a quick sweet read... hope you enjoy it if you do get the chance to read it..

;)

Erotic Horizon on 21 September 2010 at 23:59 said...

@Tracy.

You so get it - I needed that book at that time..

enjoy

;)