Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Finding Chrissten

Title: Finding Chrissten
Author: N.J. Walters
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-60928-721-4
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Publication Date: May 8, 2012 

After she was kidnapped, Chrissten Lawton spent eighteen months in the hands of an insane scientist determined to unravel the mystery of her half-breed werewolf DNA. She suffered through terrible beatings and repeated rapes by a brutal pureblood werewolf who claimed her as his mate. Chrissten is weakening more by the day and has almost given up hope of escape when her longed-for rescue finally comes. She can hardly believe it, she’s free. 

Hank Brewer can’t express his feelings for Chrissten but knows in his heart that he has to protect her. He spends each night at her bedside, standing guard against all who would hurt her. That includes her rogue mate who, everyone is certain, will come after her and the other females of the Haven pack. As a half-breed, Hank knows he isn’t as strong as Chrissten’s mate but he’s willing to die for her. Why does telling her his feelings seem so much harder?  

Finding Chrissten is the newest release in NJ Walters’ Legacy series and due to the continuing storyline, I recommend the books be read in order. 

It’s a well-written and smooth-flowing book and it draws you into the story from the opening page. Chrissten is a wonderful character and the situation she finds herself in is terrible, filling the story with intense emotions…fear, pain, depression, rage and near defeat. But that’s not all. She still has a great desire to survive and escape and Ms. Walters expresses all these emotions well, almost painting a picture of what she feels and what she went through during her captivity. Then there’s Hank. He’s a dedicated man and wants desperately to help Chrissten recover…to protect her. Putting them together as a couple…as mates, is a super idea. They both have faults and demons to deal with but mesh well together. It takes them awhile but when their relationship turns physical, it’s tender but hot. 

I loved seeing characters from the previous releases and the author draws them into the story seamlessly. That is particularly true of brothers Quinn and Craig. I love these guys. They and the other members of the Haven pack add a good sense of family, moving the story forward and in this case, giving a hint of what might be leading to a future book involving vampire Damek. I just hope I’m right.

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