on Jan. 8, 2015 :
This was an excellent book. Strong characters, great plot and a well written story. I didn't put it down until I finished it. However, I felt it ended before their story was finished. There was so much room for a terrific book to be awesome, if it didn't feel like you were left hanging with so many unanswered questions. There are enough questions about Sam and Chase to have a part two alone. What happened when they returned? Did her mother get put in her place for being so manipulative, controlling and hateful? What about the sisters, did anything that happened change the way things were to be done in the future? This story contained such an amazing group of characters and it was so well written it is a shame to end it like this. They have so much more to share. I read the entire MacLaughlin series, as well and they are wonderful, but feel like they were incomplete at the end.
(review of free book)
on April 29, 2014 :
(review of free book)
on May 26, 2013 :
What to say about this wonderful book? When I read, I enjoy losing myself in the atmosphere, finding that I can "see" what is being played out before me on the page. This book and this talented author have that just ability.
I found that I needed to read more and more. This was a book that I could not put down. With each chapter, a little more peeled back and revealed. The characters grow and develop. To me they felt like real people; like people I could know, not some contrived character created to do amazing and astounding things as often seen in the popular literature. They experience true pain and hurt, but they also are capable of receiving and giving love, even for feeling hope. There is so much more beyond the surface of these characters.
Utterly beautiful, completely stunning, sexy sizzling shifters, spectacular, no matter what worlds I'll use I don't feel I can make this book justice. it is in time like these, when I have read a masterpiece like this, that I simply adored. I wish I had magic powers so I could simply convince everyone to read this hypnotic book.
Their love story is so beautiful. The way it started, the way it grows, the way it blossoms... this book deserves to be read and enjoyed. I would STRONGLY suggest this book to any of my friends. It's an incredible love story I cannot say enough good things about it and I cannot wait to read the next one!
(reviewed 77 days after purchase)
on April 18, 2013 :
4 out of 5 stars!! Can Sam find a way to escape tradition or will she find a loophole that could work in her favor while she looses her heart...
I loved this rushed, exciting tale of new love, werewolf politics/traditions, dysfunctional noble families, and sibling loyalty. Sam and Chase were a great match! I am so happy with how everything turned out between them; I can't wait to see where their lives will end up.
Nevertheless, my only issue with the novel was that I wanted the ending to wrap up a bit better. Like, what happened after Sam & Chase got out of the woods? Especially since I really want to know how her mother reacted, there is so many unknown issues that this novel touches on but never completes that it makes me curious as to know what the reasons are and I hope that within the next books in this series those reasons will be told.
Overall, I recommend this novel and series to anyone who likes paranormal werewolf romances!
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(read more of this review, two teasers, an excerpt, and a guest post by Ms. Shannan when it'll be posted on my blog on April 29th 2013 and later)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on April 12, 2013 :
The worst thing about this book was it ended before I wanted it to. It was just too short. I wanted to spend more than a few hours with Chase and Sam!
I really liked Sam and Chase and absolutely despised her mom and her other suitors (Hah! Suitors. As if.). God, I wanted to wallop her one something fierce!
The author was very good about player to the reader's emotions and my moods swung like a manic-depressive without their meds. I found myself laughing and then quickly wanting to hit someone, yearning for them to get together and practically yelling for them to run as fast as their legs could carry them.
What can I say? I liked it. Now, when's the next book coming out?!?
(reviewed 38 days after purchase)
on Feb. 20, 2013 :
A werewolf shifter story? A hunt to the death? This book sounded appealing to me just from reading the blurb and I wasn't disappointed. I love encountering unique paranormal romance lore and Krystal Shannan delivered with this extraordinary take on the werewolf mate bond ritual. It was a dash of fated mate with a bit of something darker or more dangerous.
An unwitting Samanatha Demakis returns home from school for the holidays only to be confronted by her noble werewolf family's time honored tradition of arranged mating for each female who attains the age of twenty-five. Sam wants nothing to do with the ritual, but her parents give her no choice.
There is a ray of hope however in the form of Chase Michaels. Chase comes from a commoner werewolf family, but it is the fact that he is a rarity. Chase is Sam's mate. The weary soldier has come home for the holidays too and after all, but giving up hope he scents his fated mate in the airport. He wants his mate and will not let the archaic rituals of the nobility in the form of this mate hunt stop him from claiming Sam. Unfortunately, the odds are stacked against him even before the hunt to the death even begins.
The plot was tight and moved along well providing background, character development and action all in this short exciting read. I really liked Chase and found myself rooting hard for this handsome underdog and Sam was likeable too with how hard she fought for a chance at a true bonding and a life that wouldn't slowly smother her. The story ended quick with a few unanswered questions for me, but I assume this will be teased out in the other books in the series.
It was a fantastic beginning to a new to me series. I recommend it to paranormal romance fans who either need or enjoy a shorter story that still packs a punch for both action and passion.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)