Book 1 really is about laying the foundation to the series. Lakisha Spletzer has written a solid book that has set the series perfectly. Making sure that the reader understands the book completely, the author provides background information at the end of the book.
The story is set in the future where the characters are either human or were. There are many weres on this canvas from wolves, bears, and rhinos to felines. Laylah Le Croix lives her life surrounded by secrets. Events are happening around her that she does not understand. Laylah doesn’t know that she is were or that her father is an alpha were. She was raised human per her father’s demands. Her father has kept her clueless by making sure she gets a dose of a drug twice a week that keeps her inner were from manifesting. When a group of weres try to kidnap her she doesn’t understand why she is being targeted. She is a target for attack because of who she is, the daughter of Henry Le Croix and Helena Le Croix. Henry made enemies when he married Helena. He is a wolf and she is a panther. Because of their union and the fact that Henry is a geneticist has one alpha female set on revenge. Zina tried before to bring Henry down. She killed his wife Helena but was unable to get Laylah. Now she is back and has her sites set on taking Laylah. Zina is one who doesn’t give up. She will stop at nothing to gain her prey, Laylah.
I like books that have great characters. This book did not disappoint me. To me a great character is one that makes you feel something whether it be good or bad. The characters in this story had me feeling all kinds of emotions. I liked Laylah for the most part but I hated that she was so beaten down emotionally. I understand that she didn’t know her true identity and her father was overbearing but she never stuck up for herself and when she did she backed down too easily. She has a great support in her friend Britta. Britta was sassy and kept reminding Laylah to find her inner strength and stand her ground. Laylah formed a bond with Donil, an alpha panther. Of course, she doesn’t know that he is a were. Donil’s goal is to ease Laylah into trusting him and then tell her about being a were. He believes that Laylah is his true mate. I had a problem with Henry Le Croix, Laylah’s father. He is just too much. He doesn’t love his daughter and places all these demands on her to be obedient. He neglects her and leaves her in the care of his staff. Since Laylah doesn’t know that she is a were and is surrounded by weres she doesn’t understand that alphas are obeyed no matter what. She just wants her father’s love. He is so busy working on the next great scientific discovery that will bring him more money and power. Jacques is the one assigned to Laylah as a guardian. In his inner thoughts we see his struggle to obey his alpha. He doesn’t like the way Laylah is treated but does nothing to help her. He sometimes treats her just like her father does.
The story had a lot of action. I liked that the story had an element of romance between Laylah and Donil but it didn’t over power the story. The story was more focused on the were aspect. Each character had a stake in the outcome of the story which leads nicely into the second book. Different characters with their own agendas made for a very interesting plot.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)