Friday, July 27, 2012

Review: Black Gold (Takhini Wolves, #1)

By Vivian Arend
Released September 13, 2011
Source: Review copy provided by Vivian Arend for review.

This is the first book in Vivian Arend’s new wolf series staring Shaun who we met before as a helicopter pilot for the Granite Lake Wolves. He is still just living life with no real goals but one night while with his alpha, Evan getting drunk he reveals he wants a mate. The way he meets his mate is pretty hilarious. The Takhini wolves all act like a bunch of rowdy frat boys and need some women to whip them into shape.

His mate, Gem, is a pampered princess from the south. Yes, a southern belle wolf, who would have thought. She wants to leave her very safe, comfortable rich life for a chance to be independent. She comes to the North as part of a research project. Gem is a very innocent wolf but not stupid. She knows this will be like nothing she has ever done, completely out of her comfort zone but she is very brave to do it.

Staun and Gem come from very different lives so they need to learn each other before they mark each other. Yes, they are mates but they still have a choice on whether to be together, sort of. I liked how they make mistakes with one another but learn from them.

However, my favorite couple/work relationship is Evan the alpha and Caroline, a human who works in the hotel. Caroline has enough of the female wolves causing trouble in the town trying to get Evan’s attention that she usually has to clean up. Her solution: move in and sleep with the very sexy Evan. She is one smart cookie.

Their wolves are howling at the moon. Their human halves are on different planets.

"Takhini Wolves, Book 1"

Lone wolf Shaun Stevens's automatic response to the words "happily ever after"? "Kill me now." Yet with all his friends settling down he's begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap.

One thing's for sure: his dream mate will have to out-cuss, out-spit and out-hike him. So he never expected the one to push his forever button would be a blue-blooded Southern debutante with a voice as dark and velvety as her skin.

When Gemmita Jacobs steps off the plane in Whitehorse, Yukon, it's about more than her caribou research project. It's her declaration of independence from an overprotected upbringing. Except there's something in the air she can't quite define-something that unexpectedly rouses her mating instincts.

Moments after their eyes lock, the deed is done-and done thoroughly. When the pheromone dust settles, though, all the reasons they don't belong together become painfully clear.

It's enough to make a wolf learn a whole new set of cuss words...

Warning: Two strong wolves getting exactly what they deserve. Includes wilderness nookie, shifters being naughty in public places, the Midnight Sun as a canopy for seduction and grizzly shifters on the loose. Oh, and don't forget the sarcasm.

Fun Quote:
The kissing got a little rougher as she grabbed him by the jean pockets and tugged him closer. Just as it got interesting, there was a knock on the door.

“Go away,” Gem growled.

Shaun laughed. “Gem, this is Evan’s office.”

She rested her forehead on his chest. “Shoot. Forgot about that part.”

He opened the door to discover Evan leaning against the doorpost. “May I come in?”

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