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  • Mass Market Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Signet Book (2 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451240014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451240019
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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By Clare O'Beara TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 Aug. 2013
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I had not read any of the earlier books.
A girl called Gillian is institutionalised with what is thought to be a mental illness. However she is actually a shapeshifter and of a clan of dire wolves, the larger wolves which died out long ago. I felt that was a good touch having seen these creatures recreated on Tv.
I could have done without the continuous bad language and if the wolf people do live together it gets confusing, especially when I was not sure if someone was gay or just willing to get frisky with anyone. But someone who'd read earlier instalments might be fine with that.
There is a lot of violence and horror imagery in this book, so not really my cup of tea; beheadings, graveyard spooks and vampires crowd in on the tale. Someone who is really into horror might give this more stars.
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Loved it really enjoyed this series can't believe there isn't anither release planned for 2015! Surely that isn't the end?
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By Alison on 10 Aug. 2013
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This book I really enjoyed, don't know what else to say about this book if you enjoy the series you just have to read it
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Review: Dire Desires: 4 stars, A- 6 July 2013
By Jen Twimom - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
My Rating:4 stars: Enjoyed - strongly recommend (A-)
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
e-ARC provided by publisher for honest review

Gillian Black has been institutionalized for much of her teen years. Never knowing what was wrong, only that she didn't fit, she yearns to run free, naked in the woods. When Dire wolf Jinx and vampire Jez investigate monster sightings at the institution, they discover Gillian and realize that she is a Dire wolf on the verge of shifting for the very first time.

Almost feral in nature, Gillian sees Jinx as an opportunity to escape, but doesn't trust that he'll keep her safe. The pair make it out of the hospital and to the Dire mansion, where the rest of the Dire clan welcome Gillian. However, she only feels comfortable with Jinx, so when he leaves, she escapes and follows him.

The third book of the Eternal Wolf Clan series starts at a fast pace and doesn't slow down for quite a while. Not only do we learn about Gillian, but the story attempts to bring the reader up to speed with all of the happenings since the last book. One thing about this series is that there are always a few side stories that are featured almost as prominently as the "main storyline." While I mostly enjoy this, sometimes it makes reading the story difficult to follow. For example, the first few chapters were choppy and the dialogue sometimes too vague, and if I didn't know the background it would have been tough to follow. But a recap was laid out and everything "big" from the previous two books was mentioned, so newcomers to the series could probably pick up Dire Desires without having read the first two books.

Even with the few difficulties I experienced reading the opening chapters, the storyline was pretty engrossing, and I really enjoyed the book overall. And after the first six or seven chapters, that roughness seemed to disappear, and the story flowed more smoothly.

I adored Gillian and Jinx. The fact that she is a full-blooded Dire (the first female one in the stories thus far) added dimension to her character and allowed the author to create a wonderful match between Gillian and Jinx. She was his equal (or better) physically, and her innocence and naivety never were the cause for Gillian to make poor decisions. The pair were sweet and romantic, but also hot and sexy.

The fact that Gillian was institutionalized for so long and that her parents are willing to pay an exorbitant ransom for her return when they have been so blatantly ignoring her creates quite the mystery. Trying to discover Gillian's past and following her as she tries to remain free creates some suspense and a lot of excitement. The storyline was very entertaining.

As I mentioned earlier, there are other side storylines that are featured in Dire Desires. While it created some confusion for me at first, I enjoyed all of them. I won't take the time to go into each, but I want to mention a couple that I discussed in my reviews of the earlier books. First, there is quiet a bit on the weres, and Liam's quest to fulfill is place as king and reunited his packs. Together with the twins Cyd and Cain (who were trained by the Dires), the trio mature and make significant headway on their quest. Second, ex-FBI agent Angus Black is back in town, changed from his experiences detailed in the past two books. I am really happy with the direction his character is heading, and I enjoyed every moment he was featured on the pages. Well, there is one exception that comes at the very end of the book. Let's just say I am EXTREMELY unhappy with the turn of events because Angus is left in a bit of a cliffhanger situation; however, I'm willing to overlook it for now, depending on the outcome in the next story. Even with that, both of these side stories add significant depth and interest to the book overall.

The conclusion of Gillian's storyline was satisfactory, although a bit easy when it comes to her parents, but overall very enjoyable. As I mentioned above, some of the side stories are left open-ended, and there was an epilogue that I believe sets up the next book.

Overall I enjoyed Dire Desires, and it's my favorite of the series thus far. Gillian and Jinx make a great pair. I liked the conflict caused by Gillian's parents and her perceived mental illness. I loved Cain and Angus, and I liked the heroic nature of vampire Jez. One great thing about the book is that much of the previous open-ended nature of the series was brought forth and either concluded, or there was significant progress made in a positive direction. Although I was not happy with what happened to Angus at the end of the book, overall Dire Desires is a wonderful read.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great series 17 July 2013
By Angela W. - Published on Amazon.com
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Just finished this book and already I'm jonesing for the next one. I'm not sure why some reviews say the books are confusing or the different story lines hard to follow. I didn't find that in these books. I've loved the different arcs. It keeps the pace moving and lets us keep up with most of the major players throughout. There have been some stunning turn of events and I really hope we don't have too long a wait to see whats next. I never say much in my reviews about the plots or give too many details. I just want others to know these are great stories with well crafted characters and a new unique world of wolves and paranormal. I'm also a huge fan of The BDB and I've seen some negative reviews on this series being too similar and I don't feel that's fair. Most paranormal romance series have amazing alpha male characters. Yes they all live together for the most part, but they are wolves after all and that is really where any similarity ends. The Eternal Wolf Clan is an imaginative sexy series but isn't overburdened with long drawn out sex scenes. They're hot and fast and that keeps the real action moving. Kudos Stephanie Tyler, please keep them coming.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
She's not crazy; she's in love. 26 July 2013
By Affaire de Coeur - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Jinx is a Dire Wolf, an immortal, super werewolf. At a mental institution he finds something shocking. One of the patients is a female Dire Wolf.
Gillian doesn't know what's wrong with her. Her parents have kept her institutionalized for years. They claim she's crazy. Maybe they're right. What other explanation could there be for her need to run naked through the woods?
Jinx rescues Gillian and immediately recognizes her as his soul mate. This is not good. He doesn't have time for a woman right now. He just got the gate to Purgatory closed. Now he's found out that some of the monsters remained outside.
Gillian has fallen in love with Jinx and is ready to become his mate. She only has one problem--her parents have offered a huge reward for her return to the psych ward. Will Gillian be able to persuade her parents to remove the bounty from her head? Will Jinx be able to keep everyone safe while he finds a way to send the monsters to hell?
This is a continuation of a series. Reading the previous stories is strongly recommended before starting this one. There are a few things that will bother some readers. There are expletives throughout and a detailed sex scene between two men. Despite what some may consider drawbacks, this is a very good book.
Sheila Griffin at adcmagazine.com
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Fantastic author 19 Oct. 2013
By Lara Rogers - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read each of the Dire books and they just keep getting better. Tyler is a great author and I look forward to more.
While hunting a monster from purgatory, Jinx discovers Gillian in a mental hospital. 4 Jan. 2014
By Dark Faerie Tales - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: While hunting a monster from purgatory, Jinx discovers Gillian in a mental hospital. He rescues her and begins to teach her all about being a Dire wolf. Their peace doesn’t last, however, as Gillian’s parents want her back. Will they be able to stay together?

Opening Sentence: When she dragged in with the old blanket draped over her naked shoulders, she knew she still wore the wildness in her eyes like the chill of a winter night.

The Review:

I should start by saying I have not read the previous books in the Eternal Wolf Clan series, and this could definitely have had something to do with my feelings on this book. While Stephanie Tyler tries her best to get readers up to speed on the events of previous books, I still spent a large portion of the first half of the book feeling as if I was missing something. This caused me to not really connect to any of the characters until late in the story, and by then, it was pretty much too late for me to really enjoy the book.

Our hero is Jinx, a Dire wolf who can see ghosts. In a previous book, he opened the door to purgatory and is now dealing with the aftermath. Hellhounds and other monsters are popping up everywhere, and it’s Jinx’s job to try and catch them and figure out a way to send them back to where they belong. On a tip, Jinx and his vampire roommate Jez visit a local psychiatric hospital in search of a purgatory monster. While there, Jinx discovers a woman, Gillian, who’s been locked up in the hospital by her family. Unbeknownst to her, she is in fact a Dire wolf, and it is her very nature as such that causes her to act in the manner that got her locked up in the first place. Jinx and Jez stage a rescue, and Jinx begins to teach her everything he knows about being a Dire wolf. Gillian’s parents won’t give her up easily though and offer a multi-million dollar reward for Gillian’s safe return. Will Jinx and Gillian be able to further explore their growing feelings for each other, or will Gillian be taken back to the psychiatric hospital? Will the doors to purgatory ever be shut again?

Liam is trying to establish his Kingship over the rest of the Weres. While some clans accept him easily, others are not so easily swayed. This leads Liam and the rest of his pack, Cain and Cyd, to have to fight multiple enemies as Liam tries to establish a strong foothold. At the same time, Liam’s former mate is about to give birth to a son whose place in the world is undecided due to Liam’s mate’s infidelity. Suffice to say, he has a lot on his mind. Will his life ever calm down?

The story is told from multiple points of view and switches very often, which could have been partly responsible for why I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters. My two favorite characters were Vice and Jez, and they were unfortunately not in nearly enough scenes to keep my interest peaked. Neither Jinx nor Gillian seemed to me to have much personality, so I really couldn’t feel connected to them. Plus, their story is a case of what I call “insta-love”, where as soon as they meet, they know they’re supposed to be together. I much prefer a romance where the reader can see the feelings developing between the two main characters, rather than the characters instantly loving and feeling connected to each other. As a result, I often found myself annoyed rather than interested when they would declare their feelings for each other.

All in all, I just wasn’t super impressed with this story. I think if Vice or Jez were to be the main hero of one of the next books, I might be persuaded to give the series another try, as they were the characters who injected a lot of humor into the story and actually brought it to life. Otherwise, I’m not planning on going back and starting the series from the beginning.

Notable Scene:

“Maybe I should call them and tell them to bring more beer.”

“Or maybe you could answer my question.” Jinx eyed him steadily.

“Angus Young saved Gillian.”

“The guy from AC/DC was in the woods?” she asked, and Cain said, “I kind of love that you know who he is.”

“Are you kidding? I love their music,” she said with the first smile he’d seen all afternoon.

“Okay, hold up. Before you two bond over your love of classic rock, Cain’s talking about an FBI agent.”

“Former,” Cain said. “He’s a hunter now.”

“And don’t hunters hunt…us?” Gillian asked.

“It’s really goddamned complicated.” Cain told her as he went to fiddle with the incredibly complicated sound system Jez had installed in here before the opening strains of “Let There Be Rock” rang out overhead. “Want a beer?”

“Yes!” She accepted one and they knocked their cans together and he half expected them to break out lighters and sway together to the song.

FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Dire Desires. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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