Thursday, July 5, 2012

Silver Mine

Title: Silver Mine
Author: Vivian Arend
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-60928-878-5
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

Expected release date 09-11-2012 

As a crossbred, Chase Johnson never knows whether he’ll shift into a wolf or a cougar, causing the problem of being accepted by either group. He’s chosen to live in the wilds of the Yukon and has become the leader of the outcasts. When he heads into town to pick up yearly supplies, Chase gets a huge surprise when he’s attracted to a sexy female wolf. 

Shelley Bradley’s a wolf who can’t shift. She was treated badly as a child and left the pack to make a life elsewhere. Now a veterinarian, she’s returned home to make a life near her sister. Shelley can’t deny the chemistry simmering between her and Chase but she doesn’t do relationships with shifters. When he comes to her office with an injury, she’s determined to help and ends up heading into the wilderness looking for the cure. As their attraction grows, Chase’s wound gets worse and if they can’t find the cause, he and other outcasts could die a horrible death. 

Silver Mine is the second release in Vivian Arend’s new series, Takhini Wolves. Some of the characters are recurring from the first book, so they should be read in order. 

As much as I’ve enjoyed Ms. Arend’s other books, this latest release is my new favorite. The concept of a crossbreed Alpha leading a group of outcasts is pretty original, especially when you add in Shelley and her inability to shift. It gives her and Chase all kinds of problems to contend with from the very beginning. Putting these two interesting individuals together works well, despite them not being mates. It certainly moved their relationship forward at a much slower pace, which is a nice change in a paranormal romance. 

There are lots of good things going on in this story and the author weaves it all together into a cohesive whole without leaving any thread dangling. It includes great bantering dialogue, some of which cracked me up, a continuation of the relationship of the Alpha with his human assistant - Shelly’s sister -  and an adorable kitten who thinks he rules his domain. One of the best parts of the story is the mystery illness among the outcast shifters. I’m pleased this important part of the story wasn’t forgotten, for the sake of the romance. And I can’t forget to mention the sizzling hot passion and desire between our hero and heroine either. Enjoy. I did.

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