If you’re looking for a sexy shifter PNR, you may want to give this one a try. It’s the story of a small town human doctor who finds herself conscripted into the service of a local werewolf pack. It’s a whole new world for Dr. Kim Sharpe, and things get even more complicated when she falls for sexy and troubled pack-member “Brick” Preston.
It’s one of those insta-lust at first sight things that I only find palatable in shifter stories, and even then, only sometimes. Kim is the new doctor in town and Brick’s pack doesn’t realize the old doctor is gone. So when they take one of their wounded to the clinic after hours, it’s a shock to everyone when Kim is the doctor they find. She has to accept an awful lot on the fly as she tries to heal a teenager who is partially shifted. Yet she sees Brick amid all of the insanity and is enthralled by his exotic eyes.
Anyway, someone is targeting pack adolescents and the alpha hopes Kim can use her canny doctor senses to figure out a commonality among the victims. At the same time, Brick is struggling with control of his own beast and Kim volunteers to help him figure out how to get it under control.
While I did have some issues here, for the most part, I enjoyed this one. The attraction between Kim and Brick is palpable. And the sexual fire between them is satisfying. I liked watching their relationship progress and while the emotions worked pretty fast, I believed in the volatile shifter thing that helped fuel that. I liked the writing. The worldbuilding makes sense and the pacing moves along well.
What wasn’t great for me: Kim’s backstory. There are a lot of references to a medical mistake she made in the past, but it felt sort of disconnected to the present day story. I thought at some point what she did would become more relevant, but it was really only a plot device to land her in her current circumstances. My other eyeroller: the big secret that predictably blows up in Kim’s face. I am never a fan of the Big Secret trope. It’s such a heavy handed thing… you just spend the whole book waiting for the inevitable reveal and it makes things feel predictable. But that’s just one of my personal peeves.
Like I said, I liked it overall. Mostly because it was sexy and generally fun to read. The ending is satisfying and I would be interested to read the next book in the series. I think it would be a worth it to get to know more of the pack.
*ARC provided by publisher
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Taming Her Wolf
by Dee Carney
Release Date: September 7, 2015
Publisher: Carina Press