Author: Justine Winter
Published: May 2014 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Category: Paranormal, Fantasy, Romance
'My life was changing, morphing into something greater than I could have anticipated. I was becoming something I didn't recognise as myself anymore. A Werewolf. I was different. Bitten. 'Hybrid' was what they called me, and the weight that rested against that one word was crippling. They depended on me to bring them safety. What made me so special? Oh, that's right. My destiny. I was sucked into a world I'd had no idea existed. Twenty-one years as a human, and this was what I found out. My travelling plans, my writing degree, all of it was gone within one night. One evil night that robbed my humanity. I wasn't completely sour. Life had been unfair a while ago, only now I'd had something worth fighting for besides myself. Something to live for. I was afraid for the others. I couldn't let them down. I wouldn't let them down. I'd gone to bed a human and woken up a Werewolf. A special Werewolf.'
I received a digital copy from the author in return for an honest review.
The cover art is lovely and I would have picked this book up based on that alone. The beginning of the story was good and piqued my interest with Luna getting bitten although she thought at the time she'd been mugged. Having said that I thought the probability of someone accepting so easily the fact she had been turned into a werewolf, not to mention Riley's instructions to join his pack and move in with them, giving up her post uni travel plans, family and friends with hardly a second thought, was a little unrealistic. At the least I would expect some denial or resistance to what is a fairly unimaginable and complete life changing event.
I must admit, I had always thought they shifted without clothes and it was an uncomfortable if not painful transition but maybe I haven't read enough werewolf books to know otherwise.
That isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy reading the story, I did. Werewolves are fascinating and I like the dynamics of the pack and the idea of a self-contained estate. The characters were more engaging as the story progressed.
The last few chapters of the book were action packed, although again, a little improbable in that the every one of the rogue wolves were killed in an all out battle without any casualties to speak of in Riley's pack.
It was, perhaps, a touch over romanticized for me but I will be checking out the next instalment.