Touch a Dark Wolf (The Shadowmen, Book 1)
Author: Jennifer St. Giles
Rating: 3.63 of of 5
Official Back Cover Blurb:
IMO – The Back Cover:
"Yesterday, Erin Morgan worked for a pioneering Manhattan medical center. Today, she's on the run, witness to a chilling conspiracy. Fleeing for her life in the Tennessee mountains, she is runoff the road by a mysterious beast ... and things only get stranger when she wakes the next morning to find a naked Adonis sprawled on the hood of her car.
For centuries, Jared has been a shape shifter, sworn to protect mortals like Erin. But in saving her, Jared has damned himself, for the poison from his battle wounds stirs a terrible bloodlust. Determined to protect Erin, Jared stays by her side and discovers a sensual rapture beyond imagining... and a love that can change his fate. But can Jared overcome his savage thirst and protect Erin from the beast within?"
Erin is having a bad couple of days. It all started when she stabbed her boss after finding a couple of dead bodies at the Manhattan clinic she worked at. On the run from the big evil that wants her dead and the police, Erin can't help but think of all the people that might have died while she innocently went about her daily duties. Determined to right the wrong caused by her ignorance, Erin embarkes on a journey. On the mountain roads of Tennessee, things are about to take a interesting turn when she inadvertently stumbles upon what appears to be two wolves trying to kill each other on the hood of her SUV. Waking up on the side of the road the next day, she finds a naked man sprawled across her hood - a rather goregous one... where is that little voice when she needs it?
Jared is having a bad day. Waking up on a hood of an SUV, albeit with a beautiful driver, could make any guy a little cranky. Finding out that you are are no longer the Immortal Shadowman warrior meant to protect humanity, well that just makes you mad. Knowing that you must protect the woman from the evil that has poisoned your blood and could very well demand that you drink hers, well that just makes you furious. Deciding that she might just hold your salvation in her hands, well that just makes you determined - to fight the beast within!
Overall, I thought this book had great potential for a first in a series and as such I am looking forward to the next book. The heroes - Erin and Jared were likeable characters. They were both developed and had dimension. What I like in a book are for my heroes to have the ability to learn and grow. Erin and Jared did just that. Erin was a strong female most of the time, but she did have a couple of those moments where I was like "what were you thinking." However, I could relate to her. Jared was more of an enigma to me, he was definitely all Alpha and really, who doesn't love a man who runs around mostly naked through the book!?! Their chemistry was believable, but I wish there were more moments that sizzled.
What I really liked about this book is the unique twist it took on shifter mythology and the battle between good and evil. The world building was a little confusing for me because Ms. St.Giles peppered it throughout the book with random scenes containing the other Shadowmen. As such, I kind of felt at times I was missing a key factor to a behavior or a situation that the big evil or Jared did. Personally I would have liked a prologue that set the world up a little bit better.
The secondary characters - Emerald, Annette, Sheriff Sam and Aragon - added a wonderful element to the story and I can't wait for their own stories to come out.
One thing that I did feel is that the end was slightly rushed and came out of nowhere. It felt to me that there was something missing and that their declaration of undying love for each other was a tad bit premature. For me this might have been resolved with a couple of additional moments between the heroes throughout the story and a slightly longer lead into the final scene.
As this is a beginning to a series, don't expect that the the big bad EVIL is destroyed. It is simply thwarted until another day.
Once again, I want to say this was a book I enjoyed. I am looking forward to picking up the next in the series.
Rating: 3.63 of of 5