Dark Wolf

Spirit Wild, #1

Once again, Kate Douglas has delivered a well written and extremely sensual erotic fantasy. The plot entirely revitalizes the steamy saga of those wonderfully lusty, and sexually promiscuous Chanku. Perfect for a reader looking for a sizzling hot read.

I started this book being a bit familiar with these kinky Chanku. I had read a couple of the books in the series, with Wolf Tales # 10 standing out in my memory and holding a favored place high upon my keeper shelf.

Dark Wolf proves that Ms. Douglas is a master at her craft. The intimate scenes she created are a little raunchy, but always played out well. The story has some same sex intimacies, and Douglas writes the best m/m scenes I've ever read. The Chanku are a polyamorous community, so there is some scorching hot Ménage à trois scenes. Always incredibly detailed and explicit. The Chanku are sensual creatures, so they get more than a little naughty going on, and those scenes were brilliantly written.

Lily is the daughter to powerful Chanku Alpha Anton Cheval. She is an alpha and a power to be reckoned with herself. As strong as she is, Lily has despaired of ever finding a mate who will be capable of challenging her. She finds what she needs in Sebastian Xenakis, the son of her enemy. I got to say that I really enjoyed the whole sleeping with the enemy storyline. Xenakis elder is revealed to be an evil wizard who has a not-so-secret agenda against the Chanku. Further complicating the plot, it is revealed that the twisted psycho has ulterior motives and his plans involve Sebastian. I also have to get it out there how much I loved Sebastian. He had good inside him. He wanted to be accepted by his father, but not to the point of letting the man victimize him or the woman he loved. That he discovered good reason for identifying strongly with the Chanku was just icing on this cake.

Dark Wolf was an exciting book. With plenty of hot and steamy love scenes, and the wonderful characters, I couldn't help becoming enthralled with the story. I loved reading it, it kept me engaged from the beginning to end. Can't wait for the next book in the Chanku saga.

Book Blurb for Dark Wolf

Sebastian Xenakis is still coming into his power as a wizard. He can shapeshift by magical means and runs as a wolf using the power he draws from the elements. But young women are dying—raped by a human and then slaughtered by a wolf. Suspicion falls on the shapeshifting Chanku, but Sebastian wonders if he might somehow be guilty of the crimes.

Then he meets Lily Cheval, the uncrowned princess of the powerful Chanku, and realizes he will do whatever it takes to clear his name and win her love. But evil walks where Sebastian goes, and there are mysteries neither Lily nor her father, the powerful wizard, Anton Cheval, cannot unravel. Is Sebastian the perfect mate for Lily, or is he instead, one she should fear?

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2013 5.00