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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen

Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (282 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden. To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance. Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs. Now they must return and save Elden…and time is running out….

As one of the wolfyn—a legendary wolf-creature who seduced women—Dayn mated to gain strength. But as a man, he craved Reda Weston's heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight the craven beast to save his woman.

This series keeps getting better and better. This time Little Red Riding Hood gets a modern day makeover with an infusion of fantasy and otherworldly adventure. I never imagined Red being an ex-cop, her getting mixed up in magic and mayhem, or being a wicked shot with a bow. And I was certainly surprised with the big bad wolf being a very yummy but tortured prince with a chip on his shoulder, confused about a promise that was more like a prophesy and having a hard time not wanting to eat Red up – in a delightful manner. It’s a wonderfully complicated and well told tale that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Lord of the Wolfyn is another thrilling tale in an awesome series that kept me riveted and fascinated from the moment the tornado sucked up the heroine, to when it eventually spat her out right where the hero least expected it. A wealth of adventure and paranormal hijinks happens between those points and I had a great time watching both Reda and Dayn grow as individuals and as a couple. This book is a solid standalone read. The author gives just enough information for a reader to understand the overall story arc while telling a complete story within its framework.

I loved the idea of unicorns with attitude, different realms and the fact that things from the modern world could be tweaked to survive some of the other kingdoms. In fact, Ms. Anderson did a hot piece of writing using some of those adapted technologies. It’s worth standing in the crisp fall breezes to cool off from that scene. Actually, there were a couple of scenes that stand out as sizzling additions to the budding romance. Of course, when magic and evil sorcery is at work, no romantic endeavor is without its pitfalls, miscommunications and assumptions to muddy the path and drive the hero and heroine out of their mind with pain, loss and hopelessness. Of course that means that their redemption, reclamation and empowerment are all the stronger and it brings the characters to vivid life making the reading experience all the more memorable.

Secondary characters abound with each one contributing to the story’s movement. They introduce elements integral to the plot and/or showcase the best and worst of the hero and heroine. The villain is naturally vile with a plan to undermine the really big bad guy. The plans were believable and nefarious. The author’s descriptions of a land poisoned and neglected were sharp, concise and made me sad. There are going to be so many wrongs that will have to be righted, I don’t know how they’re going get the job done but I can’t wait to find out. I believe there is one more book coming out, which will focus on the last missing prince. I guarantee that it’s going to be an auto-buy for me. Every single installment has had gripping stories that for a time keeps a reader in suspense, until finally bringing about a much earned and well deserved happily ever after.

Lord of the Wolfyn kept me on my toes; it surprised and delighted me with its imaginative storytelling and wonderful adventures. I got a kick out of the author making Little Red Riding Hood a strong, competent and resourceful heroine that is worthy of being a princess to a prince, even if she’s an ex-cop from modern times. I loved the freshness and the vibrancy of the book and I am thrilled with the happily ever after. If a reader likes to be entertained then they're going to find one hundred percent satisfaction when they read Lord of the Wolfyn.