It is a new beginning for the Chanku. For so long they kept their shapeshifting ability secret, but now they have assimilated into the world in ways they once never thought possible. Still there are those who want to destroy them, with dark powers of their own… A Bold New Beginning The CEO of Cheval International, Lily Cheval chooses to live alone, but a series of rapes and murders leave her wary and worried for her fellow Chanku. Then she meets Sebastian Xenakis and the connection is intense and immediate. The son of a charismatic cult leader, Sebastian is a mysteriously sensual man who uses magic to shift into wolf form. He and Lily come together in a moment of supreme ecstasy, succumbing to a primal passion that leaves Lily shaken but utterly alive. Is Sebastian her lifetime mate or is he her worst enemy?
Dark Wolf by Kate Douglas is a delightful addition to her Chanku series. Lily Cheval is a strong heroine and is more than able to take care of herself and her family. Not only a shapeshifter, she is also a strong mage. Sebastian Xenakis is a troubled son trying to build a relationship with his distant and newly discovered father, who just happens to be the her race’s worst enemy. When the two meet for the first time, sparks fly. As the story develops, I found myself cheering for Sebastian, even when I was certain if he was a good guy or the bad guy in the story. There were times when it could have gone either way. I enjoyed watching Lily and Sebastian grow and work on their connection. My only negatives about the story development are that it seemed a bit odd for a 40ish man to be quite so focused on winning his father’s approval (especially after his mother’s deathbed warning of danger) and the fact that Lily is so quick to accept that the attack she suffered at their first meeting was not his fault, in spite of coming from Sebastian. However, these are minor flaws and do not detract from the overall storyline.
I know that many of Kate’s fans were disappointed when she announced that she was ending the series. But now that she has taken up the stories of the Chanku children, loyal fans can look forward to many more books and staying in touch with the characters we’ve come to know and love. That said; this is a book that can be read and understood without having read the many Wolf Tales books that came before. Kate does a good job of filling in the uninitiated on the Chanku history that is needed to understand the storyline. This was the first book our newly formed book club read and it was a unanimous hit. And the cover alone makes this a book worth owning!