The author, Donna Boyd, is to werewolves what Anne Rice is to vampires. With her lyrical use of language and her deeply sensuous imagery, the author contines the tale that she began in her first book, "The Passion". It is a tale of a subculture of wealthy, urbane, highly intelligent, well educated and charismatic werewolves who live amonst humans unbeknownst to them. They are the movers and shakers of society, the quintessential beautiful people. In this manner, they informally and secretly rule humans, directing our world peacafully and enriching it. These shape shifting, sensuous creatures are truly benevolent rulers and are led by a member of the aristocratic Devoncroix clan. When their leader, Alexander Devoncroix, dies, their son, Nicholas, must now lead the pack. He is hellbent, however, on changing that benevolent philosophy.
When Nicholas is critically injured in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, he is found in his wolf form, battered, burned, and bloody, by a reclusive scientist, Hannah Braselton North, who has an affinity for wolves and treats his wounds in her small cabin. Having pulled from the wreckage a diary, she hunkers down to read it, while her "patient" recuperates. What she reads is the ostensible memoir of someone named Matise Devoncroix. It is an erotic and sensuos tale tale of star crossed lovers who are members of a race of werewolves who live secretly amonst humans. Drawn into the tale, and at first imagining it to be fiction, she soon realizes that this is no mere tale but a revelation that is somehow connected to her mysterious "patient".
Beautifully written and suspenseful, the book, a story within a story, is riveting and will keep the reader turning the pages. It is an excellent sequel to her first book, "The Passion". While not absolutely necessary, it is recommended that one first read "The Passion", as it will undoubtedly enhance the pleasure of reading "The Promise".