Thursday, April 18, 2013

Review: Cry of the Wolf by Dianna Hardy

Title: Cry of the Wolf - Eye of the Storm #2
Author: Dianna Hardy
Source: Author Request
Genre: Paranormal Romance - Werewolf
Length: Novel
Release Date: April 18, 2013
Reviewed by: Jasmyn

The full moon is a week away, and although Lydia is as excited as it gets to run as a wolf for the first time, she is also fighting to keep her independence while trying to understand her role in the lives of the three males that have come to rule hers: compassionate, tender Taylor; impetuous, fun-loving Ryan and distant, cold Lawrence.

There's also a fourth man in Lydia's life.  Brendan, her previous "friend with benefits", is tirelessly searching for her.  He's about to uncover things that should be kept hidden.

However, the testosterone surrounding her is the last thing she should be worrying about.  Her family bear truths about her heritage she's not ready to face...she may not have a choice, because the greatest danger to them all comes from within.  The past never stays buried for long, and among the shadows of their species it is rising with a vengeance, threatening to tear their pack apart for good.

Warning: May contain spoilers if you have not read book 1 - highly recommend reading book 1 before reading book 2.

Lydia finds herself in an interesting situation - bonded completely to not one, not two, but three werewolves.  This along with the sudden realization that she is a storm-wielder, a rare gift that is looked on with fear, leaves her feeling a bit winded and at a loss for how to deal with it all.  While one of her mates is fantastic, she hasn't quite figured out the other two just yet, but her inner wolf won't let her wait to know them much longer.

Much of the story revolves around Lydia coming to grips with her new life and trying to exert her independence with three very dominating males.  As everyone's history and emotional issues begin to come forward, they all find it difficult to cope.  Watching them come to terms and learn to care for each other - flaws, history, and emotional baggage included - was endearing and very thoughtfully written.  Told in a way that you can't pick a favorite, just as Lydia can't either.  I loved them all!

But we have to have a some more happening in the background to make things a bit interesting and keep everyone on their toes right?  The group that kidnapped Ryan in book one is back and looking for the she-wolf that called the storm down, and they don't plan on giving up until they find her - but there's a twist there as well - can't say much more, it's a surprise!

While I enjoyed the first book just a little bit more, Cry of the Wolf was a great follow up in the series.  With a bit of a cliffhanger ending, I know I will need to read book three as soon as I can!

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