Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Transcending Darkness


Title: Transcending Darkness
Author: Kate Steele
Publisher: Ellora's Cave Publishing
Publisher URL: http://www.jasminejade.com/
ISBN: 9781419926907
Genre: {M/M} Werewolf, Interracial
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx

Owen Connors, a human, is in fear for his life, with Devin’s hand gripping his throat demanding to know who is holding Ryan captive. Now Owen is beginning to understand the unbroken bond shared by mates. Ashamed of his betrayal to the Stone River Pack, Owen recognizes he will be punished. Werewolf Sam Sterling also feels responsible; Owen is his future mate, still untrained in what it means to be a werewolf. However, Sam resolves to change that fact by means of edifying Owen with an instructive spanking.

Transcending Darkness is the second book in the Male of the Species series. The story continues from the first story with all of the incredible interactions between the detailed characters in this episode. The Stone River Pack was formed by Devin, who is an Alpha. All of the pack members are outcasts from their birth packs because they are gay. This is a well-written, well-paced emotionally realistic plot featuring Sam, the largest werewolf in the pack, and his human mate, Owen. Sam’s father, his birth pack Alpha’s enforcer, was a bully. When he tried to turn his son into a copy of himself, Sam left home, never to return. Sam’s personality is more passive; he declines to employ his size for intimidating others with his brute strength, unless it is mandatory. Sam takes a more forceful role with Owen as a means to educate Owen relating to bonding with werewolves. Owen is a hustler with trust issues, stemming from an abusive childhood; performing sex for money is his sole realism. He avoids being emotionally involved with anyone until he meets Sam, the only man Owen actually has feelings for. When the impact of his actions is exposed to him, Owen is overwhelmed with guilt. It is with the help of Sam that allows Owen to change his life and discover love and acceptance.

The amazing Kate Steele delivers another outstanding saga with engaging characters so real, it is similar to visiting with friends and sharing their current predicament. The love scenes are exquisite. The plot grabs your attention until the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this episode and look forward to the next installment.

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