Title: Lord of the Wolfyn: The Royal House of Shadows, book 3
Author: Jessica Andersen
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Buy Link: Buy Lord of the Wolfyn Here!
Rating: You Want to Read
Reviewer: Wendy Mitchell
Practical cop Rhea Weston didn't understand how reading a sexy version of “Little Red Riding Hood” catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man . . .
Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain the strength he needed to rescue his royal palace. But as a man, he craved Reda’s touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to safe his kingdom…or fight to save his woman.
Prince Dayn, second son of the king, was riding hard through the surrounding forests of the kingdom, trying to forget his duties as Forestal and his duties to marry well. After yet another argument with his royal parents about his responsibilities to the kingdom, Dayn needed to find an outlet for his frustrations. It wasn’t until he was pulled into a magical vortex and heard the voice of his dying father that he realized the castle was under attack and he was desperately needed there, but he had shirked his duty, and now Elden was lost. His father told him to wait for the guide. She would lead him back to Elden to avenge the massacre, meanwhile he had to wait. The realm where he was tossed by the vortex to wait, was the realm of the Wolfen. Wolfen had supposedly been eradicated by the vampires eons ago after many bloody battles, yet here he was, in a land filled with Wolfen, all of whom hated the blood drinkers.
Alfreda Weston was a police officer on the edge. Because of her inability to overcome her fear, her partner was dead. No matter what the police psychologist said, she knew it was her fault. Having been brought up as a military brat, she knew her cowardice was inexcusable. The only comfort was in unexpectedly finding the old book of Rutakoppchen(Red Riding Hood), a gift from her mother before she died. It seemed to give her something else to focus on besides her own shortcomings. She was becoming obsessed with the Woodsman in the story, having erotic dreams, and fantasies. When Reda is whisked away inside the book, she is firmly convinced she has finally lived up to her father’s fears and lost her mind.
I was really excited to start this book because I am a huge, huge fan of this series and Doc Jess. It started out beautifully and I was completely committed to the story. Loved Dayn with his rebellious spirit and innate darkness. The Wolfen mystique was a new twist and really added to the story. And then, Reda happened. I know I am hard on heroines, so I tried really, awfully, terribly hard to find something I liked about Reda. I failed miserably. She was the very antitheses of everything I hold in esteem. There was no other problem with the book, The story was excellent, Dayn was a great hero (except for his really bad taste in women). The other characters were interesting, especially Keely, Dayn’s Wolfen ex-lover, she was a worthy heroine. I appreciate flawed characters, but Reda had too many and they made themselves known too frequently. She made a stab at redemption near the end, but it was too little too late. I wish I had felt differently about this story, but it was like being given a wonderfully decadent, rich slice of chocolate drizzled cheesecake and finding a hair baked in it. It almost made me cry.