Friday 28 August 2015

Friday Frights ~ PNR Review ~ City of Wolves: Fated Mates (Shifter Book 1) by Avery Burch

Book Description:

He'll risk anything to be inside me. I'm his fated mate.
What the hell am I thinking? I can't fall for a wolf. He's a criminal and an outcast. I'm an elite. If we get caught, they'll destroy us. I'll be disgraced. He'll be tortured and killed. But his wolf instinct has locked on me. He says I'm his fated mate. And every time we're alone together, he melts my heart ... and makes me so wet I'll risk anything to feel him throb inside me.

Everything they told me about fated mates is true. And that means I'm in a lot of trouble. I'm risking everything. As a shifter, I'm used to living on the edge. The regime wants me dead. But now it's so much more complicated. I'm obsessed with this girl. I can't get her out of my mind. I need to devour her, body and soul. I know I should resist, for her sake as much as my own, but I physically can't. My wolf lust has locked onto her. There's no way we get out of this alive, but one night inside her will be worth any punishment.

Our Review:

Reviewed by Shirley ~ 4 stars

This is a very good debut novel. It is about a dystopian world set in New York or Wolf City as some called it. It shows the very strong attraction and the sexy loving of two people from very different sides of the track.

There are three castes of people, right at the very top are the Elite, then the normal and then at the very bottom are the shifters, the wolves. It is a very harsh world for the normal and especially the wolves; these are hunted down, tortured continuously and then slowly killed.

The Elite sees themselves as the best of the best, everyone else is well beneath them, and they make sure everyone knows it. In this regime are the Enforcers, they are the ones who are called upon to find and exterminate the wolves. These are very cruel and sadistic people.

This book concentrates on two people, one from the Elite, Lyla, who has been brought up by her mother, Edith, who shows her no love or affection. All she wants to do is use Lyla for her own ends, to get power and prestige in this debauched and highly political hierarchy of the Elite, which is helped by her brother, Lyla’s Uncle Oswald, a cruel man, who is an Autocrat in the Elite regime. Oswald will do anything and use anyone to achieve his goals in the political world of the Elite, which was why he was grooming Lyla to become his wife because of her father’s name. He had been an Enforcer, famous for his brutality and methods of exterminating the wolves from this world. Thankfully Lyla never knew her father as she hated the ways of the Elite but all the same it was expected of her to follow in her father’s footsteps and become an Enforcer.

The other main character is Zac, who couldn't be more different to Lyla. He was brought up by a nomadic shifter whom he classed as his father. A morose man who had lost his fated mate and daughter. On his death Zac leaves where he had been brought up and makes his way to New York. Living on his wits to get there and along the way he makes friends with another man called Jamie, as both being musicians they had a lot in common and had become firm friends.

The story tells you of this very brutal world for the normal and wolves and of Zac’s meeting of Lyla who is so above him and living in the Elite district that at first it seems impossible but the love of a wolf knows no bounds. Zac first saw Lyla going past in a car, the attraction and pull towards her was so strong

“It was as if he suddenly knew with absolute certainty that he was looking at the woman he would spend his whole life with.”

And when Lyla met his eyes and he smiled she couldn't help but notice that it was the first genuine smile she had ever seen as no one in the Elite ever smiled like that and she was entranced.

The story goes on as how these two cannot stay away from one another and all the difficulties they face and the consequences that follow because of it, but one such coming together proved too much for the feelings that had been building up between them and

“Her body reacted as if connected to a power grid. An orgasm beyond her imagining tore through her and refused to cease. As she maintained her grip on the passing trickle of time, the orgasm continued within her like a nuclear reaction contained within a metal core.”

The brutality in this book made me flinch but the gentle sexy loving between Zac and Lyla made me smile. I enjoyed this book immensely and thought I should mention in my weekly review as it showed a very different side of the shifter genre and hopefully other readers will agree with me.

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