Monday, August 26, 2013

review: WOLF AT THE DOOR by Christine Warren

WOLF AT THE DOOR by Christine Warren
Series: The Others #1
Macmillan: St. Martin's Paperbacks
Released: May 2, 2006
Source: Bookstore
Page Count: 336

Rating: Liked it

Christine Warren's spellbinding new series takes you into the enthralling world of the Others - mystical creatures who have long kept their true natures hidden from human eyes. Now, these werekin, shapeshifters, vampires, and witches must choose between revealing their powers or fighting a sinister sect hell-bent on their destruction . . .

WHEN DANGER MEETS DESIRE . . .

Sullivan Quinn didn't travel 3,000 miles from his native Ireland and his wolf pack just to chase rabidly after the most delectable quarry he's ever seen. Quinn is in America on a mission - to warn his Other brethren of a shadowy group willing to use murder and mayhem to bring them down. But one whiff of this Foxwoman's delicious honeysuckle fragrance and he knows that she is more than a colleague or a conquest . . . she is his mate.

Anthropologist Cassidy Poe is a world-renowned authority on social interaction, but the overpowering desire she feels around Quinn defies every ounce of her expertise. Working by his side to uncover the Others' enemies poses risks she never expected - to her own safety, to those she loves, and to her heart, as every encounter with Quinn proves more blissfully erotic than the last . . .

Now, with no one to trust but each other, Quinn and Cassidy face a foe that's edging closer every day, threatening to destroy the life they've always known, and the passion they've just discovered . . .

My Thoughts

I had been thinking about picking this series up for a while, but I kept putting it off because my trusted bookish friends hadn't read them yet either. Now, I'm not normally such a pansy when it comes to trying a new read, but every once in a while I really want someone else's opinion on a book before I buy it for myself. Then I stumbled upon most of the series on a closeout website for a great deal, and, well, I just couldn't say no.

Warren pulled me into the story right away. Some authors can't pull off male POV in romance, but that is certainly not the case here. Quinn's character felt genuine, and I fell in love with him by the end of the first chapter. I also loved Cassidy's spunk that was tempered by her academic nature - she's a very easy character to relate to, and her inner strength is admirable. Lastly, the set-up was intriguing. The Europeans want to convince the Americans to reveal Other society to the world? How will they do it? What are the consequences? I love that type of plotline.

There were a few things that I didn't love, though. The biggest of these was the sex scenes. Some of them made me giggle, which was probably not the reaction Warren was going for with her writing. (That may not be a fair critique, though, as most sex scenes make me giggle. They're always so corny!) I didn't understand why a "world-renowned" anthropologist was only a non-tenured assistant professor. Surely Columbia would cough up some big bucks for the prestige of employing such a well-known anthropologist. I also felt that I was missing some backstory throughout the book. Is there a short story somewhere that I missed? If there is, it's not necessary, per se, but I always like to know as much as possible when I'm reading a series.

Ultimately, Warren is a great writer who has created a unique and thrilling universe in this series. I can't wait to jump back into the world of the Others.

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