In this story we meet Leigh, hard bitten survivor of a werewolf attack perpetrated by the man she had an affir with, which killed her fiance and her family two years ago.
She's the opposite of most of Ms. Handeland's heroines; short, flat chested, but just as egotisitcal (a little refreshing to be honest after years of simpering beauty queens who think they'e ugly).
Just as in the first our heroine meets a yummy half naked man in the woods one night after chasing after a werewolf in Crow Valley, WI.
He is Damien Fitzgerald, mysterious drifter/bartender with a silver ring and a gun behind his toilet with a single silver bullet. By contrast he hs all the ear markings of a werewolf, always showing up just after she meeets brown werwolf who's portecting her, killing other werewolves.
Leigh obsteively has been called to Crow Valley to train last book's heroine Jessie McQuade and Jessie's boyfriend Will Cadotte. It's a little strange how much of a part these two characters play so there aren't as many secondary characters to rely on as red herrings. It drives character development but the plot gets a little saggy in the middle as a result.
Through much talk and a ton of confusing dialogue (it's really hard to keep track of who's talking) we find out that a Super Werewolf is coming. with a special ceremony on some moon the almost impossible to kill wolf shall be reborn (folloing an Ojibwe legend). Um, hello, a new plot, please?
This one is a serial killer cannibal who was cursed to b a werewolf because of his appetites. He is Hector, Leigh's one time infedlity. To become a semi-super werewolf he promised the Ojibwe dark ones a sacrifice-her family.
Now he needs to find Liegh-- his mate, and have sex with her on the night of the Hunter's Moon to become the biggest badass werewolf- impervious to death about as much as the werewolf God.which, you giuessed it, means he's really easy to kill but our heroes will not figure it out until the last minute.
We have the same "is her man a werewolf? Is he not?" And Damien is just nowehere near as charming as Will, but he is funny. I actually preferred him because he does not magically appear naked from the woods, he comes running out of them at full tilt sweaty and disheveled.
Suprirses of surprises as the plot developes we see Leigh making really stupid rookie mistkes that betray her hard-bitten description, just as Jessie did at the end of the last book. Seems Ms. handeland can't back away totally from the helpless female idea of romance novels.
We also find out Hector the supreme werewolf is hiding in town, he could be anyone. When you look back on it you realize only one secondary character had lines. Wait a minute, he didn't! Not a single secondary caracter did in this book. He just had the most description.
Sensual, well paced, but lacking in the genius twists and turns of the previous novel. But it is a series and you must read this one to understand the coming one, and it is nice to see Will and Jessie are just as in love as ever.
It's still much better than most paranormal faire, but I'm a little disappointed in ths after reading the first. The third has promise so I'm definitely holding out.