Sunday, January 22, 2012

Wolf at the Door (The Others #1) by Christine Warren

Sullivan Quinn didn't travel 3,000 miles from his native Ireland and his wolf pack just to chase rabidly after the most delectable quarry he's ever seen. Quinn is in America on a mission--to warn his Other brethren of a shadowy group willing to use murder and mayhem to bring them down. But one whiff of this Foxwoman's delicious honeysuckle fragrance and he knows that she is more than a colleague or a conquest…she is his mate.
Anthropologist Cassidy Poe is a world-renowned authority on social interaction, but the overpowering desire she feels around Quinn defies every ounce of her expertise. Working by his side to uncover The Others' enemies poses risks she never expected--to her own safety, to those she loves, and to her heart, as every encounter with Quinn proves more blissfully erotic than the last…
Now, with no one to trust but each other, Quinn and Cassidy face a foe that's edging closer every day, threatening to destroy the life they've always known, and the passion they've just discovered…

Type: Paranormal Romance, Shifters (wolves, fox)
Heat: 3 out of 5
Rating: 3 out of 5

Christine Warren is new to me and I struggled with her writing the first 100 pages or so. Was starting to kick myself for buying so many books in the series before I had read book one. She loves using cliche sayings, pop references and very common phrases twisting them just a little to make them have a paranormal bent. A few of them were pretty funny but after a while it was just too much and didn't add anything to the story. There may have been some eye twitching on my part.

I did love the world Warren created and will give the rest of the series a go because of it. The Others (fae, shifters, vampires, etc) are dealing with a fanatic group called The Light of Truth that is trying to force an Unveiling and expose the Others to society. With Other women being attacked and kidnapped the Council of Others has to not only find their attackers but decide how to deal with their potential exposure.
“Did you just call me Benji? 
“You're right. Bad analogy....Benji was the mellow, acid-trip Lassie of the seventies. You're more like a modern-day Cujo on meth.” 
“That's twice. Twice in one bloody day someone has called me Cujo. Are you all Stephen King freaks in this godforsaken city?”
                                                                   -Sullivan and Cassidy
I enjoyed the main characters... Irish werewolf Sullivan Quinn (even if his brogue was terrible, I think I've been spoiled by other series) and American foxwoman Cassidy (have never read about a foxwoman before!).  Quinn was hell bent and determined to have Cassidy from the very start even though he couldn't figure out why at first. I liked that he couldn't seem to help himself when it came to her and enjoyed their first meet when he ended up chasing her all over a rooftop during a cocktail party they were both attending. Cassidy was pretty funny. For once we have a heroine who is strong and smart but doesn't even hesitate to turn tail and run. And run she did...from Quinn. There was a good bit of snark and sass between the two which was entertaining. While the book happened in a very short amount of time the relationship between didn't feel all that rushed. There was a nice buildup and they do get a bit of leeway since it is a paranormal romance and mating instinct plays a role in everything. I thought they were sweet together as things progressed and damn there were some steamy bits! When he finally claimed her as his mate in a shower scene. Damn! The support characters were great and I hope we'll get so hear some of their stories in future books. So, while I wasn't blown away by this one it was a nice easy read and I was left wanting to find out how the story develops in the next book.
 “You go to my head like whiskey, and I'm asking you nicely to please let me have another sip.”

                                                                                                 -Sullivan to Cassidy

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