Thursday, August 8, 2013

Unconditional

Author: Lauren Dane
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-61921-653-2
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Michelle Slattery became a cop to help people and being a witch usually makes her job a easier. This time her magical skills aren’t helping. All across the country, mages are kidnapping, torturing and draining the energy from witches, and her best friend is one of those missing. She asks for help from the werewolves of the Pacific Pack and is stunned to find her old high school boyfriend as their enforcer.

Josh Neelan was bitten and turned into a werewolf as a teen, and he had to leave his old life behind—that included Michelle.  When she comes to his pack asking for help, he’s surprised but can’t deny their chemistry hasn’t changed. In fact, it’s more intense than before, because Michelle’s his mate.

It’s not easy making up for the years apart, especially with danger lurking around every corner. As they hunt for Michelle’s friend, it becomes obvious the mage problem is leading up to something much bigger. Can they find a way back to each other and stay alive to make a life together?

Unconditional is the latest release in Lauren Dane’s Cascadia Wolves series. It’s another great addition to the family of books and while reading it as a standalone is possible, I recommend the books be read in order.

I’ve enjoyed this series from the beginning and look forward to each new release. I’m always guaranteed a well constructed plot, action, danger and imagery that will pull me into the story—and Unconditional isn’t any different. Not only has the talented Ms. Dane provided me with a story with great ‘bones’, but Josh and Michelle have well developed personalities and they’re characters I can care about. I love the personal history Ms. Dane created between them. It makes the depth of their emotional connection very believable. And their physical chemistry—it’s sizzling. 

Now to the villains—the mages. There’s a lot going on with this part of the plotline and because there’s something major brewing, at the end this thread is left dangling for a future revelation. I can’t wait to find out what it is and how it affects the wolves and witches. I how you enjoy this entertaining paranormal series as much as I do.

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