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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Review - Coyote Wild by Rhian Cahill

Title: Coyote Wild

Author: Rhian Cahill

Publisher: Ellora's Cave

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Rating: You Need to Read

Reviewed by: Mickey

Brogan Wilder knows all about animal urges. As a coyote shifter, he’s lived with them all his life but he’s never experienced the bone-deep hunger Eloise Crawford elicits. Claiming a mate is one thing. Claiming one who’s human and has no idea shifters exist is another matter altogether. In El, he’s found his destiny. Now he just has to convince her they are meant to be together.
A visit to help her best friend with wedding plans seems like just the kind of relaxation El is after. But once she arrives, there’s nothing relaxing about the reaction she has to her friend’s brother. Suddenly her senses are on high alert and she’s drawn to him in a way she finds nothing short of terrifying. But there’s more to this man than his golden eyes and magical touch. There’s something else. Something not exactly human.

Accepting her fate should have been the difficult part, but when El finds herself the target of an outraged pack member, the true struggle begins.

Prepare to be surprised when you begin reading Rhian Cahill's Coyote Wild, it is not quite the typical shapeshifter novel. Ms. Cahill has her own ideas of what shifter society should be and uses those concepts in her story, which makes this novel much more interesting than it could have been. Added to its charm is an exciting plot that features the requisite battle for domination between our hero Brogan, the current Alpha, and an upstart challenger. Naturally, the battle is fought for territory, but it is the added bonus of a potential mate that changes the dynamics. Ms. Cahill creates a truly unique heroine, for a unique book: El is stronger, more independent, determined to buck traditions and did I mention that she is human?

I liked this book because it contained so many surprises rather than being typical. The secondary characters are well developed and multi-dimensional with their own personality traits, and little humorous touches that helped to keep readers avidly reading Coyote Wild. There are several shapeshifter books being written, this one has a fresher plot, characters and storyline than most which gives it an advantage. Added to those highlights, Ms. Cahill knows how to write fantastic love scenes, with true emotion and charm. By the end of Coyote Wild not only are we cheering for Brogan and El, we are hoping for another book to read even more of their saga.

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