Friday, May 12, 2017

Book Review & #Giveaway ~ Charmed Wolf (Wolves of Whiskey Hollow, Book 1) by Lia Davis @novelsbylia

Charmed Wolf
Wolves of Whiskey Hollow, Book 1
Lia Davis

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Pages: 165
Release Date: May 9th 2017

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About the Book:

Power is her greatest weakness, but love could be her salvation.

Dana Hutson is about to make one of the toughest decisions of her life: walking away from her twin and her Pack. But the anger of her late mate’s betrayal burns deep, and her guilt threatens to push her over the edge. Combined with the magic she was born with intensifying to a lethal level, she has no choice but to leave Whiskey Hollow in search of her inner peace. But what she finds could be more than she bargained for.

Cooper Reed will do anything to keep his sister and adopted daughter safe from the demented rogue Alpha of the Bloodrose Creek Pack. That includes killing anyone who threatens his family and going on the run. He is willing to do whatever it takes. He isn’t prepared to find his mate in the midst of the chaos.

When even more secrets and dangers come to light, Dana and Cooper must band together to stop the rogue and his minions before all is lost. But will their bond be enough to harness the power needed to defeat such a foe?

Read an Excerpt:

Cooper’s home was on a corner lot and backed up to the forest, so he mainly entered and left through the back door so no one on the street would see him come or go.

Doing that now, he smiled as he sensed his adopted daughter close by. His heart swelled while at the same time worry put him on edge. Edwin had made it clear on more than one occasion that Hope was not to remain in the Pack. He saw her as either a weakness or a threat. Cooper didn’t know which. He didn’t know much of anything when it came his Alpha, mostly because Edwin was losing his mind.

The enforcers had followed him around since Cooper had taken the four-year-old orphan under his protection. Hope was what he’d named her, and the thought of her brought a smile to his lips. Having children was something he hadn’t really dwelled on. But when he’d first seen the curly blonde with the big, green eyes, he’d instantly wanted to protect her.

The double click sound from a dog-training clicker echoed from the living room. He’d given the clicker to Hope as a way to call him. She was a deaf mute, and from what he’d been able to uncover, which was very little, he believed she’d been born that way.

Entering the living room, he held in a laugh at the mess fanned out on the title floor around her. About a dozen or so coloring books lay open, circling her. Every crayon was out of the box.

Hope glanced at him, and a smile brightened her face then dulled as she scanned her mess. Frantically, she closed the books and gathered them to her. Cooper rushed to her, sat on the floor in front of her and grabbed her hands. When she lifted her big green eyes, his heart melted. With a tender smile, he brought her tiny hands to his mouth for a kiss then released them and signed, “It’s okay. Play.”

Neither of them had known sign language before they met, but they were learning it together with the help of Cooper’s sister, Celeste.

Hope smiled again and then darted her gaze over Cooper’s shoulder. He knew his sister was there by her scent. Turning partway, he noted Celeste’s frown, and her crossed arms. She most likely smelled the female from the neutral zone. Damn, why hadn’t he gotten her name?

Her scent had instantly driven him crazy, and his wolf paced inside, wanting to hunt her down and demand things he had no right to.

Ignoring his sister’s scowl, he grabbed a coloring book and stretched out on his belly next to Hope. His adopted daughter copied him, grabbed her own book, and began coloring.

“Who is she?” Celeste spoke in a soft, calm tone so as not to alarm Hope. That was how they handled most of their arguments since Hope had come into their lives. The little girl could pick up on strong emotions and loud noises through her wolf senses. Celeste said that noise has a vibration to it that those who are deaf, especially supernatural creatures, are highly sensitive to. Hope was frightened by everything. So they kept their conversations light in front of her.

When things got emotional, they took it outside, argued telepathically like most wolves could, or waited until she went to bed.

“She’s my mate.”

He heard Celeste blow out a breath of annoyance. “We have enough complications.”

My Review:

Dana and her twin brother, Darin, are half wolf and half witch. Dana's heritage goes even further when it is suggested she is a reincarnated goddess. With wildly out-of-control powers, she's afraid that she's going to kill someone she loves. She also has the Alpha wolf trait since Darin is the Alpha of her pack, Whiskey Hollow. To protect everyone in the pack, Dana flees the protection of the den. She's been mated and abused by said mate already in her life, so the wonderful scent of a wolf near her sanctuary raises her hackles. It is even more troubling when her wolf wants nothing more than to climb into bed with him.

Cooper is trying to protect his family from their psycho Bloodrose pack Alpha. He will defend his sister and adopted daughter with his last breath. Meeting his mate in the middle of neutral territory is a shock but natural to Cooper. Now he has to convince his charmed wolf that she can trust him. Taking over the Bloodrose pack won't be easy, even with the powers Dana has, but she has to let others in if she's going to be successful.

I enjoyed the idea of a female Alpha since I haven't read any other books with one. Her character was written well as very reserved, skeptical about motives, and selective when comes to who she lets into her life. Her past political mating destroyed her ability to trust anyone outside of her pack. Cooper is a wonderful mate for Dana. He kind, caring, and protective. I enjoyed their interactions.

The only real complaint I have is that the story felt rushed.. I know that the mate bond is used to smooth out how quick a couple goes from not knowing each other to full blown love in a two hour span. Sometimes, though, it would be nice to drag it out a bit more and make it seem more realistic. That is hard to do in a pdf that is only 79 pages when the romance isn't the main part of the plot.

Charmed Wolf was a quick read that is pretty engaging. The novella doesn't end in a cliffhanger that makes you crazy for the next book but not every thread in the story is tied up nicely. There is definitely a hint of way more to come. I anticipate big things from Dana, Cooper, and Darin in the next books of the series.

This book contains "adult scenes."

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided to me at no cost.  All opinions are my own.

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About the Author:

In 2008, Lia Davis ventured into the world of writing and publishing and never looked back. She has published more than twenty books, including the bestselling A Tiger’s Claim, book one in her fan favorite Ashwood Falls series. Her novels feature compassionate yet strong alpha heroes who know how to please their women and her leading ladies are each strong in their own way. No matter what obstacle she throws at them, they come out better in the end.

While writing was initially a way escape from real world drama, Lia now makes her living creating worlds filled with magic, mystery, romance, and adventure so that others can leave real life behind for a few hours at a time.

Lia’s favorite things are spending time with family, traveling, reading, writing, chocolate, coffee, nature and hanging out with her kitties. She and her family live in Northeast Florida battling hurricanes and very humid summers, but it’s her home and she loves it! Sign up for her newsletter, become a member of her fan club, and follow her on Twitter @NovelsByLia

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