Title: Dire Desires
Author: Stephanie Tyler
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Eternal Wolf Clan (Book 3)
Publication Date: July 2, 2013
Format: Paperback, 363 Pages
ISBN-10: 0451240014 (Penguin/Signet)
ISBN-13: 978-0451240019 (Penguin/Signet)
Reviewed by: Steph
Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only a few remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt…
Jinx is a Dire wolf without a pack. Kicked out of the house by his king, and living with a vampire named Jez, Jinx has been trying to undo the damage he’d unintentionally caused during the reign of the Dire ghost army, which unleashed some of Purgatory’s worst monsters on the world at large. But when he hears that an unshifted Were is being held in a psychiatric hospital, he immediately drops everything to help her.
Gillian Black has no idea what’s happening to her—and Jinx discovers that she’s not just any Were, but a Dire wolf from the original Greenland pack. He helps her escape and promises to keep her safe from the men—and wolves—who are hunting her, and teach her everything about being a wolf.
He must also fight his feelings, wanting to claim her as his mate…at least until after he defeats the supernatural enemies that threaten all of them.
Quick & Dirty: While hunting a monster from purgatory, Jinx discovers Gillian in a mental hospital. He rescues her and begins to teach her all about being a Dire wolf. Their peace doesn’t last, however, as Gillian’s parents want her back. Will they be able to stay together?
Opening Sentence: When she dragged in with the old blanket draped over her naked shoulders, she knew she still wore the wildness in her eyes like the chill of a winter night.
I should start by saying I have not read the previous books in the Eternal Wolf Clan series, and this could definitely have had something to do with my feelings on this book. While Stephanie Tyler tries her best to get readers up to speed on the events of previous books, I still spent a large portion of the first half of the book feeling as if I was missing something. This caused me to not really connect to any of the characters until late in the story, and by then, it was pretty much too late for me to really enjoy the book.
Our hero is Jinx, a Dire wolf who can see ghosts. In a previous book, he opened the door to purgatory and is now dealing with the aftermath. Hellhounds and other monsters are popping up everywhere, and it’s Jinx’s job to try and catch them and figure out a way to send them back to where they belong. On a tip, Jinx and his vampire roommate Jez visit a local psychiatric hospital in search of a purgatory monster. While there, Jinx discovers a woman, Gillian, who’s been locked up in the hospital by her family. Unbeknownst to her, she is in fact a Dire wolf, and it is her very nature as such that causes her to act in the manner that got her locked up in the first place. Jinx and Jez stage a rescue, and Jinx begins to teach her everything he knows about being a Dire wolf. Gillian’s parents won’t give her up easily though and offer a multi-million dollar reward for Gillian’s safe return. Will Jinx and Gillian be able to further explore their growing feelings for each other, or will Gillian be taken back to the psychiatric hospital? Will the doors to purgatory ever be shut again?
Liam is trying to establish his Kingship over the rest of the Weres. While some clans accept him easily, others are not so easily swayed. This leads Liam and the rest of his pack, Cain and Cyd, to have to fight multiple enemies as Liam tries to establish a strong foothold. At the same time, Liam’s former mate is about to give birth to a son whose place in the world is undecided due to Liam’s mate’s infidelity. Suffice to say, he has a lot on his mind. Will his life ever calm down?
The story is told from multiple points of view and switches very often, which could have been partly responsible for why I had a hard time connecting to any of the characters. My two favorite characters were Vice and Jez, and they were unfortunately not in nearly enough scenes to keep my interest peaked. Neither Jinx nor Gillian seemed to me to have much personality, so I really couldn’t feel connected to them. Plus, their story is a case of what I call “insta-love”, where as soon as they meet, they know they’re supposed to be together. I much prefer a romance where the reader can see the feelings developing between the two main characters, rather than the characters instantly loving and feeling connected to each other. As a result, I often found myself annoyed rather than interested when they would declare their feelings for each other.
All in all, I just wasn’t super impressed with this story. I think if Vice or Jez were to be the main hero of one of the next books, I might be persuaded to give the series another try, as they were the characters who injected a lot of humor into the story and actually brought it to life. Otherwise, I’m not planning on going back and starting the series from the beginning.
“Maybe I should call them and tell them to bring more beer.”
“Or maybe you could answer my question.” Jinx eyed him steadily.
“Angus Young saved Gillian.”
“The guy from AC/DC was in the woods?” she asked, and Cain said, “I kind of love that you know who he is.”
“Are you kidding? I love their music,” she said with the first smile he’d seen all afternoon.
“Okay, hold up. Before you two bond over your love of classic rock, Cain’s talking about an FBI agent.”
“Former,” Cain said. “He’s a hunter now.”
“And don’t hunters hunt…us?” Gillian asked.
“It’s really goddamned complicated.” Cain told her as he went to fiddle with the incredibly complicated sound system Jez had installed in here before the opening strains of “Let There Be Rock” rang out overhead. “Want a beer?”
“Yes!” She accepted one and they knocked their cans together and he half expected them to break out lighters and sway together to the song.
Eternal Wolf Clan:
0.5 Dire Warning
1. Dire Needs
2. Dire Wants
3. Dire Desires
FTC Advisory: Signet/Penguin provided me with a copy of Dire Desires. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.
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