Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Lycan Partnership

Author: Ariel Tachna
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-312-4 
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

The Morvan werewolf pack is having fertility problems. Their females can’t conceive, their numbers are decreasing and the alpha is desperate and asks for help from the wizards at l'Institut. As the institute leader, Raymond knows little about werewolves but finds a young wizard, Marc Gourlin, who’s interested in werewolves and who agrees to help. On arriving at the pack, Marc finds that he’s attracted to the shaman, Adenet Silaire. Despite their intense pull and Marc’s belief that they’re mates, Adenet rebuffs his interest because the pack needs him to mate with a female to increase their numbers.

While Marc’s helping the pack, Jean and Raymond make an accidental discovery about the Aveu de Sang they never expected but when Thierry tries to use it on Sebastian without the same kind of bond, it almost ends in disaster.

Lycan Partnership is a spin-off of Ariel Tachn’s Partnership in Blood series. Because of the returning characters and relationships, being familiar with the previous books is needed.

It’s great being back in the world of vampires and wizards created by Ms. Tachna and bringing werewolves into this mix—a simple idea with lots of plot potential. This story is well constructed and written, ties in nicely with the series foundation by using numerous previous characters in integral roles and as expected from this talented author—has vivid descriptions. I really enjoyed learning about Adenet’s pack and their culture. Sigh—even more would have been better.

Marc and Adenet, as our primary couple, have interesting differences that played out well. By that I mean their personal conflict and because of Adenet’s stubbornness, there’s plenty of angst for them to deal with. I’m left with a feeling of wanting more books featuring this couple or other werewolf packs from this world in the future.

My niggle—As much as I like the characters from the previous releases, at times their secondary plot line totally overshadowed what was going on with Marc and Adenet. I mean it didn’t have anything to do with what was going on with their relationship or the pack. I have a feeling we’ll see a reason for this side development in a future release. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it; I just wanted more of Marc and Adenet in this book.

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