Sunday, July 28, 2013

Dark Wolf (Spirit Wild #1) by Kate Douglas

Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying—raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes.

Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard, Anton Cheval, cannot unravel. Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear?

Type: Erotica/Paranormal Romance (Shifters-Wolves)
Heat: 4 out of 5-- menage m/m, m/f/m, m/f/f/m, f/f--okay pretty much all the f/m combos
Rating: 4 out of 5

Shifted Shifter Sex. Mmmhmm. Gotta hand it to Douglas. She is a unique one. LOL Dark Wolf is a spin off of her Wolf Tales series-- focusing on the next generation of Chanku which are shifters-- and it was a fun one. The characters are entertaining, the world creative and interesting and the sex. Well it's pretty damn good too.

I really liked Sebastian and Lily. They're instantly drawn to each other when they meet at a party honoring her father and the connection is undeniable. They're from different magical wolds but both powerful, intelligent and gorgeous--they really felt like equals and I loved that. I loved her independence and strength and that he was so open minded and curious. It made their interactions really fun to watch and had me falling for them.
He pushed, sending a soft yet powerful mental command, calling her to him.

She fought him. Smiling, shaking hands, and sharing air kisses with one person after another, she slowly worked her way across the room. Her aura spiked, the red growing brighter, stronger, and he knew she drew on her own psychic power as she continued to ignore him.

Look at me. Now. Raise your head and look at me.

I think not. You're much too pushy.

Stunned, Sebastian took a step backward. She'd heard him. Heard him and answered him telepathically. She'd not raised her head, not looked his way, but she'd still managed to put him in his place.

Damn. She was absolutely magnificent.
Things of course aren't going to be easy for these two. Young woman are being brutally murdered in their area and the Chanku--Lily and her kind--are being blamed by none other than Sebastian's hate filled father. Not only that but someone seems to be out to get both Sebastian and Lily and implicating him in the attacks as well. I really enjoyed the light suspense and danger even though it resolved a little easier than I would have liked.

Heat-wise... the Chanku are very sexual beings and open about it so there's a good bit of loving and all sorts of yummy combos. Menages, m/m and even a little f/f action going on. It was pretty nicely done and not nearly as...raunchy as I remember her writing. There's also, and really this one I haven't seen often, sex in shifter form. That's how they finalize their bond and, well, it's just as graphic as when they're humans. Kinda odd but it worked...I think. It was different at least.

Dark Wolf is great if you like some hot and heavy shifter erotica with a side of suspense. Things move quickly with these two, and the secondary romance as well, but it fits their lifestyle and felt real and lasting. While there was a bit of repetition in the writing now and again and a blip here or there it was an easy read with nice additions of heat, humor and danger that kept me entertained and has me wanting to read more from the series.

Have you read Kate Douglas? What did you think?
Who's your favorite wolf shifting couple?

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