Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Maxie Briscoe: Werewolf

Title: Maxie Briscoe: Werewolf
Author: Melissa Bradley
Publisher: Amber QuillPublisher
URL: http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/
ISBN: 978-1-60272-650-5
Genre: {M/F/M} {M/M/F} Contemporary, Shape-Shifter, Dark Fantasy, Mystery
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Maxie Briscoe walks a fine line between man and beast, never truly being free. Very few people know what she is and that’s how Maxie intends things to stay. She cannot bear the thought of someone close to her finding out the truth; to see the look of horror in a loved one’s eyes and know they think her a monster is too much for her to take. She thought she could keep her distance, keep control of her life while those around her carried on, blissfully unaware of her sacrifice. Her delicate balancing act comes crashing down the night her friend and neighbor Mary is murdered.

Maxie’s heightened lupine senses are working overtime as she tries to come to terms with her loss and deal with Mary’s grieving family all the while trying to figure out how something like this could happen right under her nose. When Damien and Noah enter her life, just when things turn crazy, she struggles to keep a grip. She’s never met another werewolf, let alone two incredibly hot male werewolves, who seriously bring out the alpha female in her. She’s kidding herself if she thinks she can keep them at bay for long. The thought of truly letting her beast out to play without fear is just too tempting and before long, all three of them have the scars to prove it. Maxie never knew it could be so explosive to really let go, but she better not push the voice of reason away for too long as these guys know more than they are letting on. Maxie may find it difficult letting others into her life but she needs to learn to trust her new lovers fast – her life may depend on it.

Maxie Briscoe: Werewolf is a thrilling story of murder and suspense, with werewolf mythology and shape-shifter sex aplenty. Maxie is a very strong character and I connected with her immediately. She is stubborn and harsh at times; qualities that can turn me off if overdone but with Maxie it is completely understandable. The author laid her bare from the start; showing Maxie’s vulnerabilities and just why she acts the way she does. She isn’t selfish and doesn’t abuse her power, no matter how much her beast begs her to. Her mundane human life plays off well against her werewolf life and the sacrifices she has to make to be able to even have a human life in the first place is an endearing character trait.

The strongest element of this book is the plot. The author does a fantastic job building Maxie’s world and I felt able to walk among it with ease. The mystery surrounding Mary’s murder and the subsequent race to catch the killer is compelling. The introduction of Damien and Noah was more than welcome, as I really felt Maxie’s frustration at having to hold back with human lovers. Although a little heavy on the erotic element at times, the author mostly manages to keep a nice balance between plot and sex. Putting these three werewolves together made for some very hot and steamy scenes, which were a pleasure to read.


Sloane Taylor said...

Congratulations, Melissa! I've read Maxie Briscoe: Werewolf and agree with Rose Nymph. You've written a TERRIFIC book.

Melissa Bradley said...

Thank you so very much for this fantastic review. It really made my week.

Warmest Regards,

Rose said...

You are more than welcome, my pleasure and thank YOU for such a riveting read :) It really was terrific!