Thursday, July 5, 2012

Black Gold

Title: Black Gold
Author: Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-60928-525-8
Genre: {M/F} Contemporary Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Shaun Stevens work hard but he plays even harder and with most of him friends getting mated, he’s starting to feel a little lonely. He’s itching for a change in his life but never expects it to come from a sexy female wolf who’s come north to do caribou research. A woman guaranteed to drive him out of his mind. 

Rich and sheltered Gemmita Jacobs is tired of being coddled and protected. She needs her independence and the last thing she wants is anything interfering with her work. Then she catches an intriguing scent—one that arouses her mating instinct. It’s obvious that, despite their bond, she and Shaun have problems to work through if their mating is going to work. That is if they can survive her research project.  

Black Gold is the first release in the Takhini Wolves series by Vivian Arend. It’s a spin-off of her Granite Lake Wolves series and while it would be helpful to have read those books first, it’s not mandatory. 

I was thrilled to learn of this new series, not only because I love the vividly-described wolfie world this author created, but this one is a full length novel, making me one happy reader/reviewer. In this book, Shaun’s back and just as amusing, fun and irreverent as ever. Gemmita is just the opposite—strict, rigid and afraid to enjoy herself—at least on the surface. Putting these two together is a wonderful idea, although initially I didn’t think it would work even with their mate bond. They’re just too different. But never fear, the author skillfully progresses their relationship while backpacking through the wild by teaching them compromise. They have some great action and danger filled moments during this period where they learn to work together to survive. *Plot twist alert* 

The personalities of Shaun and Gemmita are unique and well-rounded, giving the reader plenty of back story, but there’s also a romantic subplot involving Alpha Evan and Caroline, his human assistant. Watching this sassy human bully the female wolves is a great twist to the story and I can’t wait to see what happens with them further down the plot line.  

There’s a lot of positive going for Black Gold: unique characters, breathtaking scenery, a fast pace, a smooth plot flow and good writing. Did I forget to mention the sizzling hot sex? I, for one, can’t wait to read the next book in the series, Silver Mine.

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