Willow’s Review of First Bite by Dani Harper
I’d like to thank Paranormal Cravings Book Tours for letting me participate in this event, and I’d like to offer purrs of thanks to Dani Harper for providing me a review copy for an honest review. =^.^=
Publisher: Montlake Romance
Date Published: October 15, 2013
Series: Dark Wolf #1
Geneva “Neva” Ross doesn’t want to die. But now that she’s been turned into a werewolf against her will, she’ll do anything to protect her family and friends…even if that means taking her own life.
After witnessing Neva’s leap from a high ledge, Travis Williamson—a Changeling with a dark past—uses his powers to save her life. He feels a connection to the strong-willed woman whose eyes flash that familiar Changeling green. While Neva is hospitalized, Travis risks everything to kidnap her, knowing the approaching full moon will put everyone in jeopardy.
Bickering constantly to hide their growing attraction, Travis and Neva run from the authorities…and from Neva’s sinister sire, Meredith de la Ronde. Meredith delights in creating new shape-shifters and compelling them to do her dark bidding; now Neva must join Meredith’s murderous wolf pack…or die.
Intensely suspenseful with deliciously sexy twists, this paranormal romance—the first in (the title of series)—intertwines sensual passion with an epic, thrilling battle between good and evil.
As my first introduction to Harper’s writing, I must admit that I rather enjoyed this book. Fans of Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy will definitely want to check this out for themselves. =^.^=
I liked Geneva “Neva” the moment I met her. She’s determined, strong-willed, sarcastic at times, and just plain fun. It was interesting seeing her grow throughout the book and learn to accept her wolf half. Yes, there were moments where her initial desire to keep her wolf at bay got on my nerves, but thinking about it, I’d probably react the same way if I were in her situation. Though if I had Travis as my teacher, I’d probably complain a bit less and focus on him a bit more. And speaking of Travis, there’s no question that he’s an enjoyable character. Not only does he have that bad boy persona figured out, but he’s also sweet, protective, humorous, and the type of guy you are just automatically drawn to (at least I was anyways). As a pair, these two are perfect for each other. I loved the scene in the beginning where Neva undergoes her first shift and Travis baits her to keep her from dwelling on her dislike of the entire situation. The chemistry between them even at this early part of the book is more than obvious and when they finally do give in, it’s seriously HOT. As for Meredith, well let me simply say she’s definitely not someone I’d ever want to meet in real life. She’s the perfect blend of power-hungry desire and insanity. Is it wrong to admit that I actually liked her and enjoyed many of the scenes she was in? Okay, I’ll say it, I found her twisted personality entertaining. There are very few antagonists that I like, but she’s definitely one of them.
Plot wise I found the synopsis, the idea of werewolves as changelings, to be an interesting one. Add magic into the mix and it’s safe to say that it certainly kept me reading long past the time when I should have called it quits for the night. I liked the fact that the story twisted down paths I didn’t anticipate it going and thought it was great that Harper chose not to write a traditional paranormal werewolf novel. In other words, I felt that the plot was unique. I’ve read a lot of paranormal werewolf books over the years and this one stood out for me. There’s enough action, mystery, romance, and suspense to keep the story flowing smoothly. And since this is the first of a brand new series, I’m curious to see what happens in future novels. It definitely shows a lot of promise.
So when all’s said and done, I’ve got to give a tail wave of approval to Harper for a job well done. I think the time has come for me to check out her Changeling series. =^.^=
About the Author:
Dani Harper is a former newspaper editor whose passion for all things supernatural led her to a second career writing paranormal fiction. A longtime resident of the Canadian north and southeastern Alaska, she recently ventured south with her husband, Ron, to rural Washington to be closer to their grown children and to live the country life (Goats and chickens and pugs, oh my!).
Dani is the author of the shapeshifter series Changeling Moon, Changeling Dream, and Changeling Dawn. She’s currently signed with Montlake Romance for two brand new series – STORM WARRIOR kicks off the Grim Series this August and FIRST BITE launches the Dark Wolf series in October of this year.
In celebration of the tour event, Dani is offering up 8 prizes of “a signed paperback of First Bite plus a black plush Webkinz Wolf” (USA ONLY) + two Kindle ebooks plus a wolf (INTERNATIONAL)! To be entered into the giveaway, simply click on the Rafflecopter link below: