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Friday, March 19, 2010

Nightwatchers by Carol A. Guy

Nightwatchers by Carol A. Guy
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full (268 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Queen Anne’s Lace

It's a snowy February in Arcadia and Talia Coe is again besieged by nightmares as her father, Victor Kane, is scheduled to go on trial for the murder of local reporter, Craig Lynch. Tension runs high as Talia tries to cope with everyday life, including news that some of her artwork will be displayed at a New York gallery in the spring. On edge and frightened for her father, Talia sometimes finds herself at odds with her lover, Lucas Knight, when he doesn't seem to be as devoted to seeing Victor go free as she is.

In the meantime, Lucas is planning to expand his antique shop and has hired some help, an antique-savvy woman named Rachel Lewis. Willing to do what he can to comfort and support Talia, he is still no fan of Victor's, and knows the feeling is mutual. Their history as two alpha males fighting to control the same wolf pack has made it impossible for them to ever be friends.

For Caroline Thomas, Victor's lover, it is a time of turmoil as she tries to repair the Kane Art Gallery's reputation. Added to that, she must cope with their infant son, Alex, who has already shown signs of shifting into wolf cub form. Hiring Clair Fontaine as Alex's nanny seems to be the perfect answer. Now if Alex will just refrain from shifting in the woman's presence, and if Caroline can convince herself that Victor will be acquitted and come home to them, things might settle down. That hope is dashed, however, when she learns that Neil Wade, one of the lovers she acquired when Victor was on the run, has been subpoenaed to testify for the prosecution at Victor's trial.

As the trial date approaches, it becomes apparent that evil forces are now at work in the small town of Arcadia. For Talia, Lucas, Caroline and Victor, things become even more dangerous as murder again taints their lives, a vandal lays waste to the cozy cottage Talia shares with Lucas, and a vicious kidnapper strikes without warning.
The story first introduces us to Talia Coe, our heroine, who is plagued by nightmares of her father who is scheduled to go on trial for murder. She is determined to help save him, although she is still having personal struggles of her own. Finding out that she was a shapeshifter had been traumatic for Talia. The accident that had erased her memory had made it difficult for Victor, her father, and Lucas, her mate, to bring themselves back into her life.

Then enters our hero. Lucas Knight is also a shapeshifter and Talia’s mate. He is completely devoted to her, although he doesn’t like her father Victor. He and Victor have butted heads on several occasions plus have a history as two alpha males fighting to control the same wolf pack.

Ms. Guy has written a provocative story here. I love the fact that it is a paranormal about wolves. One of my favorite creatures. I also love the way she portrays the characters with the wolf-like qualities. The story grabbed me from page one and kept me reading through the end. The grammar and technical writing is spot on, keeping the reader in the story and not distracting from the action.

Many paranormal novels have the problem of stretching the paranormal elements to the point of not being believable anymore. This is not the case in Nightwatchers. Talia and Lucas as well as Caroline and Victor have a nice blend of human and wolf characteristics to keep them both believable and interesting for the reader.

The suspense level in the story also stayed high and offered a satisfying conclusion. The atmosphere added so much to the feel of the story, really bringing the reader into the world of the shapeshifters. Ms. Guy used this well to her advantage.

Nightwatchers begins strong and keeps the reader until the end, delivering a satisfying conclusion. Don’t miss out on this paranormal treat. A+ job, Ms. Guy.