Raven and Lain Bower
Wrey is a ranger in the forest of northern Michigan. She's in the Witness Protection after being in the wrong place at the wrong time. She's driving home one evening when she almost hits a wounded wolf. She coaxes it into the back of her truck and takes it back to her cabin. There she treats it and locks it up to release the next morning after checking its wounds. The next morning she wakes up to find a naked man in her bed seducing her. She realizes she rescued a werewolf, not a normal one.
Arvon is on the run from his Clan. Kira, the Alpha in control, turned on him after a disagreement. In the ensuing fight, Arvon killed her mate before his escape. Now she wants to capture and torture him - for the secret he's hiding and for her own sadistic pleasure. Arvon can't allow her to have the secret - she would change the balance of world power. Humans can't know about the werewolf community. That also means that Wrey will have to die because she knows too much. But he can wait a little longer...
Primal (Vengeance) is an erotic, violent tale set deep in the north forest featuring werewolves and ancient spirits. It also is set in the violence of organized crime in Chicago. Raven and Lain Bower mixes the ancient and the modern to create a dark romantic fantasy.
The book only partially achieves its goal. It is violent from the beginning and explicit in its torture and fight scenes, more than I care to read. The Bower's werewolves rule by sex and brutality, so much of the eroticism has a sharp edge as well as being explicit. The characters exist around the cruelty and cultural background rather than these features being used to define and bring the characters to life.
Primal (Vengeance) is the first book in a series. Nothing is resolved by the end of this book, even Arvon's and Wrey's relationship. It is readable and leaves you wondering what will happen to the different characters that are left hanging, including the secondary ones.
Notice: Explicit sexual content, Graphic violence, Strong indecent language
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