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Meh, it's Okay
on 17 July 2013
Changed violently against her will, Neva Ross has no wish to become a werewolf. Especially not one under the iron rule of the murderous Meredith de la Rond. Neva is so determined to escape, in fact, that she'd rather die than go wolf.
So when Travis Willamson saves her from a suicide attempt, she's not exactly grateful.
Travis is soon regretting the impulse too, but his conscience - and his own inner Changeling wolf - won't let him walk away. Neva needs help, and it seems that it's up to him to provide it.
Danger, romance and the call of the wild are all present in this standard slice of shape shifter fare. Neva is suspicious, confused and angry, Travis is a scowly lone wolf, but both are deep-down good and decent people. Meredith, meanwhile, is vicious, violent and unpleasantly unstable, leaving the Good vs. Evil battle lines clearly marked.
The story is okay, the characters are all right and I did sympathise with Travis' irritation at Neva. Yes, she had good reasons for her mistrust at the beginning, but it drags and gets a bit dull to read. There were also a few continuity issues - such as Neva's retelling of how she was changed, compared to an earlier dream sequence - and I also didn't understand how some characters could drive for days and then run for their lives, only for other characters to stumble across them without much apparent effort. Then there was Neva's whole revelation to Travis about Meredith, which left me tempted to abandon the book for good.
Which would have been a shame, because after the sudden - and quite frankly at that point baffling - explosion of chemistry between the two of them, the story does get better. Less irritating, certainly, as the action picks up and the peril increases. By the end it's quite good.
However, in a genre packed with offerings, I found this story just a little too bland and forgettable. It's an okay read, but I doubt I'll return for more.