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Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Review - Men of Alaska: Animal Instinct by Paige Tyler
Title: Men of Alaska: Animal Instinct
Author: Paige Tyler
Publisher: Whiskey Creek Torrid
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Rating: You Need to Read
Reviewed by: Mickey
Artist Heidi Gibson is spending the summer up in Anchorage doing some painting when she gets attacked by a crazed wolf. She20is rescued by golden-eyed wildlife biologist Luke McCall, who calmly informs she has been bitten by a werewolf and will turn into one during the next full moon. Thinking he’s obviously out of his mind, she can’t get away from him fast enough.
When strange things start happening to her, however, she begins to think the ruggedly handsome biologist could be right. Not knowing what else to do, she goes to Luke and is stunned to discover that he knows so much about werewolves because he’s one himself.
As Luke teaches her what she needs to know about being a werewolf, Heidi finds herself falling hard for the Alaskan hunk. But while they’re intent on each other, the werewolf that attacked her comes back into the picture, and he’s not exactly happy that another of his kind is trying to take the woman he believes is his rightful mate.
Can Luke and Heidi's attraction overpower the jealousy of the rogue werewolf?
Any fan of Paige Tyler’s work will recognize the Men of Alaska series and remembering that Luke McCall is the twin to the same Hunter McCall from Animal Attraction, expect an equally good story – I know I did. Fortunately, I was not disappointed. Just as Luke and Hunter are not identical twins, Animal Instinct is not precisely a sequel: there are differences between the two stories that are not limited to just location and main characters, which means that reading one story is not required to read the other. Ms. Tyler knows how to fully develop her characters, adding personality, charm, depth and quirkiness to their personas to instill that certain something that makes them memorable even after the last page in the book has been closed. Luke and Heidi are definitely two of those interesting and diverse characters. After reading this book we discover that there are several secondary characters in Animal Instinct that stay with the reader as well.
There are many elements of this book that set it apart from the typical paranormal story. Ms. Tyler seems to have a fondness for the State of Alaska and it figures prominently in these two stories, almost as a separate character in and of itself. The wildness of the state, its wilderness and open spaces are very important to both stories, and the author shows loving attention to detail in describing its beautiful vistas. One of the issues Luke is trying to help Heidi adjust to is her new werewolf status, so how the McCall brothers embrace their nature is important too, especially as it relates to other weres. Naturally, Ms. Tyler pays particular attention to were relations, and interactions with other nonweres too. Descriptions of these relationships/interactions are very detailed and colorful, with fight scenes and love scenes each sharing center stage. I really enjoyed this book and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good paranormal or romance novel.