REVIEWED BY CINDY
AUTHOR: E J Russell
PUBLISHER: Riptide Publishing
LENGTH: 349 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 10th, 2016
What do you do when you finally prove the existence of the otherworld, but the ghosts kick your ass?
For Trent Pielmeyer, the answer is run like hell–away from his hostile family, away from the disbelieving cops, and far, far, faraway from anything that smacks of the supernatural. After seven years’ captivity in a whacked-out alternate dimension, he is so over legend tripping.
When Christophe Clavret spots Trent in a Portland bar, he detects a kindred spirit–another man attempting to outrun the darkness of his own soul. But despite their sizzling chemistry, Trent’s hatred of the uncanny makes Christophe hesitant to confide the truth: he’s a werewolf, one of a dwindling line, the victim of a genetic curse extending back to feudal Europe.
But dark forces are at work, threatening more than their growing love. If Christophe can’t win Trent’s trust, and if Trent can’t overcome his fear of the paranormal, the cost could be Trent’s freedom and Christophe’s humanity. Or it might be both their lives.
This book is the second in a series but really can be read as a standalone.
Trent is a young man who has been to hell and back…almost literally. He went on an adventure and got stuck there for years before being rescued and brought back to his old life. Unfortunately, life went on without him and the family he wanted to get back to isn’t too keen on having him home. So he runs off to find the one person who he thinks might help him get his feet back on the ground. Who he finds isn’t who he went looking but maybe that’s a good thing.
Christophe is a man who’s fighting the past for his own future. Desperate to escape the fate his father has in mind for him, he plans on one more free weekend with an old friend before all hell breaks loose at home. When he runs into Trent in a bar owned by his friend, he’s immediately intrigued and attracted beyond all reason. Christophe is a werewolf and the wolf inside him is desperate to get out and it definitely wants to keep Trent!
I’ll admit that it took me a couple of tries to get into this story. It was a little slow going at first but once I got caught up in it, I couldn’t stop reading. Both main character’s are compelling and you can’t help but feel sorry for them. Their lives don’t feel like their own most of the time and I think that’s something a lot of people can sympathise with.
The author does an excellent job of drawing the reader in until they are as invested in the outcome of Trent and Christophe’s adventures as they are. Trent’s father and Christophe’s brother are both characters you can love to hate and I really did want to punch both of them in the nose.
Once the action gets going, the fun really begins. It’s awesome to see the two men’s friends get involved and as I understand they are the character’s from the first novel in the series and I have to admit I’d like to see how they got to the point they are at in this story. The cop that has been trying to figure out Trent’s “case” is also someone we get to know along the way and I have a feeling that book number three may possibly be his story…I hope.
As I said, the beginning was a little slow and I would have liked to have seen an epilogue that showed the two men’s confrontation with their father’s but all in all, it was s great read, with solid writing and interesting characters. Also? The sex is pretty damn hot without overshadowing the rest of the events going on in the book. If you like shifter stories (which I happen to love) then I recommend this story to you without hesitation.
One other thing? I like the premise the story is built on, the basic ideas about werewolf folklore and how they came to be fascinated me.