Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Review: The Mystic Wolves by Belinda Boring

eBook, 229 pages
Publisher: Moonstruck Media (January 19, 2012)

Source: Author, for the purpose of an honest review
Genre: Paranormal
Best read in order: yes
Stars: 3
Flame: 1

The Mystic Wolves is the previously released first three novellas of the Mystic Wolves series, Without Mercy, Cherished, and Blood Oath. They have been bundled into one book.

The Mystic Wolves is one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride, told from Darcy’s point of view. She is the future mate of the Mystic Wolves Alpha Mason. Darcy is full spirited and enjoying life hanging out with her friends and pack mates, playing football and enjoying backyard grill parties when one small choice to go to the store changes everything she knows. Attacked and left to make choices that she never imagined she would have to make in her lifetime Darcy fights for her life. She loses something in the fight and begins to 
doubt all that she is.

Mason is the perfect Alpha. He helps Darcy through a horrible tragedy. He reminds her of all the reasons that he loves her, why he has accepted her as his mate, and that together they can get through this guilt that is affecting both of them. In return Darcy helps him with the stress that he is going through as Alpha, the blaming himself for the attack, the guilt he is experiencing over the consequences of his choices. Darcy and Mason are excellently matched! The love they feel for each other is an almost tangible element to this book.

Readers are swiftly moved into the working of the pack as they discover that the attack was not an isolated event. The Mystic Wolf pack must now unite to find out who would want to harm members of their pack and why. The overall flow of the book moves readers at a fast pace where the pages don’t stop flying by.

Stop at this point if you are not interested in reading a potential spoiler. I would have easily given this book a 4 star rating had I not had the following two elements presented to me at the last minute.
The last paragraph of the book is a woman that Mason knows (I’m assuming from his past) showing up on his doorstep. She throws herself into his arms declaring that she is his future mate. This combines two elements I hate in a book. The first is a cliffhanger. The second is a potential triangle. The declaration of I’m your mate may ratchet up the sexual tension, but it really ruins a romance for me. This may just be a personal preference on my part. Also, the fact that Darcy is a virgin and her and Mason is impatiently awaiting their mating ceremony to consummate things has brought the sexual tension up anyhow. It made the other woman seem very random to me. 

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