Series: Carus #1
Genres: Alpha Guy, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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Andrea McNelly's job as a government agent is not asking questions, but then a routine assignment turns into a botched assassination of a Master Vampire's human servant. Answers become a priority. Her search to discover the truth is riddled with obstacles, the largest being an oversized Werewolf who resembles a Norse god. Andy can't afford the distraction he offers, because if she fails, she faces eternal enslavement.
Wick's job is to monitor Andy, but he prefers more intimate activities, none of them G-Rated. His choices, however, are often not his own. His ability to help Andy is limited by his bond to the Master Vampire.
Facing many trials and challenges along her path to redemption, Andy learns the value of her freedom might be set too high.
I have to admit I seriously loved this book. I mean, when I read the synopsis I thought I would like the book okay, I have been looking for shifter books recently, but I really didn’t expect to love this book the way I did. Seriously, if they synopsis doesn’t pull you in, I urge you to give it a shot anyway, because the synopsis doesn’t this book no justice at all.
So Andy’s job is basically a government agent who takes out any supe who becomes an issue. So one night on the job, she attacks her target, only her target has backup, in the form of his very own wolfpack as bodyguard, oh and the guy was human too, something was so not right with this situation. Before Andy knows it she’s been caught and she’s in all kinds of trouble with the local Master Vamp, the wolfpack, and her job. Andy certainly has a lot to work through in the course of this book, and not a lot of time to do it in. It definitely made for one wild ride.
So the wolf alpha is Wick, I like his first name better, but hey is called Wick in this book so that’s what I am going to stick with. I loved with. Like seriously. He has all the standard alpha wolf traits you know and love in a urban fantasy, but he isn’t so full of himself that he is overly pushing or lacking understanding, he really is a good guy. I loved how much space he was willing to give Andy when he realizes she has a lot going on in her past, he is willing to be patient with her, and I adore that.
I will say there is a lot going on in this book. The issue with most urban fantasy books in the first installment is that the author has to educate you as much as possible on the world building without overloading you with information but also enough to paint a full and vivid picture. I will admit I struggled with the world building in the first couple of chapters, but I caught on quick enough to the little nuisances of all the supes in the world, and since there are a lot of supes in this book to learn, I would say this is pretty good world building.
Another thing I really liked about this book is no one is really cut and dry good or bad. I mean there are people on opposite sides on Andy, but you can’t really call all of them bad guys, in fact the vast majority of people in this book are in similar situations to Andy and you can’t really blame them for acting for their own self preservation. That being said there was a couple of legitimately shady, creepy, really bad guys and I would love to elaborate on my feelings about them, but I would ruin it for you, the most I am willing to say is the guy I hated the most is the one with the scalpel.
I would easily recommend this book to anyone who loved urban fantasy, it was exactly the kind of shifters book I was looking for, and I am totally ready to read the next in the series. Sign me up asap!