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“Can there be too much sex in erotica? For me this book had a little too much. There were many types too. We had mf, ff, mmf, mmff and wolf form. (Sorry I don’t know the correct terminology used for that form of partnering) That was a big negative for me, the 2 sex scenes one with Alex and Annie...”see full review » see other reviews »
“The hotness factor of this book is undeniable; I’d even go so far as to describe it as a full out werewolf orgy. There’s everything from M/M, F/F, MMFF and even furry sex! As spicy as Dark Wolf is on the romp front, I found that all of the humping was distracting and took away from the overall plot. As a result, I struggled to connect with the main couple and found the story to be repetitive at times.
Werewolves and sex go hand-in-hand in my opinion; they’re animals after all and what instinct is more primal than the one to procreate? I liked the way that Douglas weaved the love scenes into the main plot by having the pack’s power stem from physical and emotional intimacy. I also enjoyed her more liberal point of view on relationships; monogamy isn’t unheard of among the Chanku but even the mated couples invite other wolves into their bed from time to time. However, Kate lost me a little by going back-and-forth between werewolf orgies and fated partners. I felt that having both in the same book was a conflict and wish that she’s focused on one or the other.
The chemistry between Lily and Sebastian was practically non-existent; Miss Cheval is obviously a very strong alpha female but unfortunately Xenakis failed to compete with her in the strength department. As much as I enjoy kickass heroines, I love my sexy alpha males more and Sebastian did not fit the bill. Lily walks all over him throughout this book; she basically has his balls in a noose. They did not complement each other well at all; in fact, I actually enjoyed the romance between Alex and Annie more which I found odd considering that they are only secondary characters. At one point their relationship takes over the story for a few chapters; this was both a good and a bad thing. Good because their chemistry is sizzling but bad because it kind of derailed the main plot some.
I didn’t like the insta-love between Lily and Sebastian; it’s also probably partially to blame for their lack of chemistry. I felt like Douglas could have spent a bit more time developing their relationship before they knocked boots, especially considering he tried to rape her the first time they met! As hot and as prevalent as the sex scenes are; they were too repetitive and frequent for my tastes. There are countless words available to describe female/male body parts but Douglas only makes use of a select few. When you’re describing a romp session practically every sentence has “peen” in it but using the same term over and over again causes the scene to read more like an anatomy lesson than erotica. The timing of some of the horizontal dances was off too; at one point Lily and Sebastian are racing towards the final showdown but stop to officially seal their mate bond in the bush. How… unromantic!
Dark Wolf is a steamy read but with very little substance; I would recommend this book only to hardcore werewolf fanatics who have a strong taste for erotica.”
“Neither here nor there about this book.”Ann A wrote this review Friday, June 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Sebastian Xenakis is a powerful wizard with the ability to shapeshift. Lily Cheval is Chanku, a shapeshifter who favors the wolf form. Lily and Sebastian meet at a function at the Museum of Modern Art. They have an instant connection, but something is wrong and neither Sebastian nor Lily knows what’s going on. When young women are being raped and murdered, Lily suspects Sebastian, Sebastian suspects his father and the public suspect the Chanku. Who is really responsible?
Having never read the first Wolf Tale series I had no knowledge of the characters in this book or of the Chanku world. That wouldn’t bother most people, but for me it was a bit like torture, so now I’m on a quest to find all of the Wolf Tales stories, so I can read for myself the backgrounds on how all of these couples came to be, well, couples.
The plot flows quickly and the world and characters are interesting. The writing was decent, but there was a bit too much repetition. I got a little tired of hearing how Alex and Lily weren’t meant to be mates. It was discussed ad nauseum. I got it the first time. The characters wouldn’t shut up, either out loud or in their head, about how much they loved each other and how devoted they’d be to each other. I grasped it the first time it was mentioned and it was tiresome after the third or fourth time.
Ok, having said that, I did actually enjoy the story. And can I say how much I loved the sex scenes? Smoking hot! *fans self* I’m off to find those Wolf Tales stories now. I have this need to see if they’re all as hot.
*Book source ~ Many thanks to Kensington and NetGalley for providing me with a review copy. Please see disclaimer page on my blog.
“From author Kate Douglas comes a new series that entails a sexy wolf, a very sexy lady and a magical world filled with magic, love and breathless moments.
Sebastian Xenakis never knew what his mother meant when at her dying moment she pleaded to him to not re-connect with his father. Against her wishes he finds him and starts the road of uncovering who he is and how his magic links into his wolf.
When he meets Lily Cheval he knows he has found his mate, but will he be able to prove that he is not responsible for all the killings going around and most importantly, will Lily stay by his side and love him without any restriction ?
I'm a lover of wolfs, all their sexiness and all that alpha male attitude that comes with the finding of their true mates.
Here, we find two characters that are perfect for each other but due to the circumstances, have to fight their way through the danger and deception. They were effectively well written and page by page the reader get's to know more about who they are and what values they live by.
The secondary characters were also well inserted in the story, each having their place well defined and each having an emotional link to Lily and Sebastian.
The world building was created with a perfect descriptional background, and the author brings us a story that is fast paced with a touch of mysterie and thriller. To the sound of it this book was almost perfect to me.
Why didn't I give it 5 stars ?
Because as much as I love a good alpha male, powerful and demanding, I also love a woman willing to "obey" and give her pleasure without reservations. I didn't feel that Lily was that woman and as much as I understand that she was an Alpha's daughter, I would have liked to see her more involved with "only" Sebastian and if they had to share their bed, I would have loved to see Sebastian more sure of himself, calling the shots.
Overall I liked this book and it's on my favorites list, so if you love all this ingredients together buy it, read it and get inspired by it.
ARC ACQUIRED THROUGH NETGALLEY
Pub. Date: Apr. 30, 2013”
“Can there be too much sex in erotica? For me this book had a little too much. There were many types too. We had mf, ff, mmf, mmff and wolf form. (Sorry I don’t know the correct terminology used for that form of partnering) That was a big negative for me, the 2 sex scenes one with Alex and Annie and then later Lily and Sebastian when they were in wolf form I had to just skip them they are not for me. I figured they would show up from the one scene at the beginning of the book. I knew so I was a little prepared when they happened I just skipped them. The storyline is good but I think the sex is a little over done and Lily and Sebastian didn't come across as the focal point either even though they are the main characters there were so many side stories going on they kind of got lost in all of it.. My biggest plus in the book was Lily being the alpha! Doing what she wants and you either do it her way or you did it her way! It was nice to read a book where the lead female character didn’t sit around waiting for Mr. Right to make up his mind. Sebastian on the other hand came across nice but not alpha material IMO. I just could not picture this great alpha the author was trying to make him. He was 39 year old with father issues. This book was ok I just don’t think I will continue on with the series not really my type of Paranormal erotica.”CarrieJ wrote this review Monday, April 15, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dark Wolf is melt-your-Kindle hot! Kate Douglas has created a world of shifters filled with the conflict of the heart, body and soul. She has also added some humor and a slightly different and fresh twist on the paranormal genre. Women are being raped by humans and brutally murdered by wolves and the evidence points to this being the work of shifters. Lily Cheval, daughter to powerful Chanku Alpha Anton Cheval is determined to find out what is really happening, and that means finding out more about the son of one of her father’s greatest enemies. Sebastian Xenakis is new to his father’s world, still learning about his powers with magic that allow him to gather energy and shift into a wolf form. He also seems to be having blackouts that happen around the time of the murders, making him suspect in Lily’s mind. When they meet, the mental and physical attraction is blazing hot and in total conflict with Lily’s investigation. Is Sebastian a tool for his father’s evil? Is there more to this seemingly honorable man than meets the eye? Will more women die before whoever is guilty is found?
Kate Douglas’ Chanku are super sensual, powerful and when their existence is threatened, come out fighting! Her characters are intense, intelligent and strong, and oh yes, also able to multi-task, in the middle of danger, when the mating urge strikes, somehow it mostly seems to fit, or at least doesn’t interrupt the plot! Yes, this erotic tale has a plot, and it’s good! There is even a lesson to be learned about following your heart, finding love, and discovering where you truly belong! As long as you can handle the sensual / sexual side of Dark Wolf, the rest of the action makes for good reading!
This ARC copy of Dark Wolf was given to me by Kensington Books - Aphrodisia in exchange for my honest review. Publication Date: April 30, 2013”
“On her death bed, Sebastian’s mother begs her son never to seek out his father. Of course, reeling from loneliness and loss Sebastian searches for his father and discovers him to be a very powerful wizard that hates the Chanku.
It seems every where Sebastian goes young woman are being raped then torn apart by wolves. Sebastian is also having memory gaps, and his father begins to accuse Sebastian of these crimes. You see, Sebastian is a wizard with the ability to magically shift to a wolf.
Lily Cheval is the daughter of the Chanku alpha. She is under pressure to discover the culprit behind these murders before the public turns against the wolf shifting Chanku population. Leads are sending her toward Sebastian, but the more she gets to know him the more she realize there is no evil in him…and he just might be her perfect mate.
Dark magic verses love magic and the goddess mother earth will come to a head in this extremely erotic and sexual tale. The Chanku are a socially sexual people, even though mating bonds are for life sexual acts are permitted throughout the group.
Dark Wolf was a hot and steamy read with an extremely original take on alien shifting beings, goddesses, alternate plains of existence and a powerful evil. The bases of the plot had a few open or conflicting issues but this story did have a lot going on. In the end, the moral to the book shown through...discovering where you belong, finding true family and friendship is the key to happiness, power and love. 3.5 Stars.
This ARC copy of Dark Wolf was given to me by Kensington Books - Aphrodisia in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication on April 30, 2013.”