“Bastien” is a slightly different- and much welcomed- take on the werewolf mythology that has some similarities to the Cascadia Werewolves series by Lauren Dane, though not nearly as alpha-centric. There was action at almost every turn, betrayal, romance, kindness and vengeance all in one dish, as well as an enticing lead towards the continuation of the series. Bastien is pretty much the perfect guy for Carly, our main heroine, who turns out to be over the ‘victim’ peg-hole by book end (good for her!). The erotic scenes are nice though ‘tame’, and always come secondary to the action and storyline. And though there isn’t much recall of once-used secondary characters, you do get the feeling that a few of them should (and hopefully, will) get their own stories told in future installments. I would also say that, whatever Mrs. Xander gets up to in her free time, she definitely knows a lot about covert ops, describing each break-in mission as if she herself had directed soldier strategies herself! Curiouser and curiouser…

There were a few detractors, the first of which is that this is not an “I-have-to-read-it-all-in-one-sitting-or-I’ll-die” kind of novel. But unlike some novels, I still wanted to come back to the book after I sat it down and coming back to “Bastien” was as good as coming in to it, a rarity. Second, there are a few holes that aren’t really explored in this volume, such as the couples’ power over electricity, Bastien’s family’s longevity as leaders, etc. Hopefully this will be cleared up in future novels, though it was rather teasing to just allude to it here. And lastly, though I understood Carly’s fears and prejudices, I was hoping she would take her foot out of her mouth a little more often than she did throughout the book. Otherwise, a very nice book that, if the next books in the series continue to get better, should bring Hidden Breeds to nearly the level of Cascadia in no time. Enjoy! 

Book Blurb for Bastien

Trying to escape from her personal hell leads Carly to Bastien. Taking on a job as housekeeper, things rapidly are not what they seem around the Bastien's homestead. With wild animals coming in from the woods and her vicious ex-husband circling the front gate, Carly is desperate to find security and a feeling of calm.

Bastien is an alpha wolf and knows her the moment he meets her on the most basic of levels. From scent to curves, Carly draws his attention and holds it when he should be concentrating on pack business.

Just as he's starting to make his move they are separated by secret government lab dedicated to turning soldiers into shifters and Carly ends up in a cage left wondering if he is the one man who think she is worth rescuing. 

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2011 3.50