The Wolf Within

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The Wolf Within

Purgatory #1

I love how the author led me on and had me constantly trying to guess what "monster" Holly was in the beginning. The relationship between Holly and Duncan is really sweet. They had crushes on each other before Duncan was changed, which is really cute. Duncan's change, however, intensifies the attraction they feel for each other. So, it is not an insta-lust situation. I really like that the characters had a bit of background before the story started. But only a little bit. I still got to know the characters as they got to know each other.

I liked Holly a lot. She progressed a little into a stronger and more confident heroine as she accepted what she was and learned to live with it. There are a few characters in this story that I hate and one or two that I have no idea what to think of. I feel like even though they had previously had a crush on each other, she was a little too accepting of his… well…advances.

The story-line itself was alright. I liked the idea of the wolves being the scary kind you used to read about in horror stories who had minimal control over their violence. Also, some of Duncan's and Holly's internal dialogue made me laugh. So this book made me laugh, mad, sad, and happy throughout. All in all, it is a pretty good read.

I do believe I have to read the rest of the related para-unit books to find out what happens to the rest of the characters I was introduced to.

Book Blurb for The Wolf Within

FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days--and his nights--tracking real-life monsters. Most humans aren't aware of the vampires and werewolves that walk among them. They don't realize the danger that they face, but Duncan knows about the horror that waits in the darkness. He hunts the monsters, and he protects the innocent. Duncan just never expects to become a monster. But after a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change...and soon he will be one of the very beasts that he has hunted.

Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It's her job to keep him sane so that Duncan can continue working with the FBI's Para Unit. But as Duncan's beast grows stronger, the passion that she and Duncan have held carefully in check pushes to the surface. The desire that is raging between them could be a very dangerous thing...because Holly isn't exactly human, not any longer.

As the monsters circle in, determined to take out all of the agents working at the Para Unit, Holly and Duncan will have to use their own supernatural strengths in order to survive. But as they give up more of their humanity and embrace the beasts within them both, they realize that the passion between them isn't safe, it isn't controllable, and their dark need may just be an obsession that could destroy them both.

Night Owl Reviews Jan, 2013 4.00