Reviews of Leaving the Pack
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Yes, it’s about werewolves. But it’s not. It’s a realistic and artfully told story about people and relationships. The werewolf thing? It really just serves to up the intrigue and sexiness. And yes, it’s a good bit sexy.
For Paul McHew, lawyer by day and werewolf by night, is the leader of a werewolf pack that runs the local city streets during the three nights of every full moon cycle each month. During that time the pack seeks to drink their fill and enjoy as many women as they can have; they’re full of an extraordinary energy and lust for life during this lunar time. However, they will die out unless they marry outside of their pack and what human would marry a werewolf?
Susan is a feisty gal who actually makes the first move when she spots Paul in a local bar. For the first few minutes it even seems as if they clash so much, there isn’t a chance they will wind up on a date let alone fall in love. However, that spark has been lit for sure and they do begin to have some wildly hot romantic nights, spend many an evening sharing drinks, and even get to the point when Paul tells Sara he has to be with his buddies at the time of the full moon. Susan is amused for the first few months but then begins to wonder at this obsession Paul must fulfill each month!
Meeting Paul’s family and planning for the holidays delights Susan, yet Paul is unhappier within himself as time passes for he must tell her about the secret his family has held for centuries. Humans have been told some truths, some lies, some fantastical stories and more about the true identity of werewolves, with the result being that all humans associate with the word werewolf is absolute, unmitigated horror!
Some scenes in the book carry just enough violence to confirm the association, but the reader must decide how much of reason and animal behavior accounts for what happens in each scene.
This is the story of a huge romance that must unfold with the reality of horror diluted by the truth. David O’Brien paces the conflict perfectly and it all reads like a light-hearted, passionate romance tinged with some darkness. It seems like a wonderful beginning to this horror-romance trilogy and it has just the right amount of passion and intrigue to keep the reader avidly flipping the pages! Nicely done, David O’Brien – looking forward to the next novel!
As I’m not a fan of romance or books about werewolves, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this book very much. I was in for quite a surprise, as this book was engaging, enjoyable, and a fascinating read.
The story follows a young lady, Susan, and a young man, Paul. They meet unexpectedly in a club and fall deeply in love. Unknown to Susan though, Paul is harboring a shocking secret, that he is a werewolf. As Susan and Paul’s relationship continues and Paul realizes that Susan is the woman he will settle down with, there are some things to take care of within the pack of werewolves that Paul leads. The story follows the two as Susan copes with her own issues and Paul takes care of things with the pack, all as they discover their growing relationship.
While I’m normally not a huge fan of books that feature romance, this story was tastefully done. There are many romantic aspects within the book, but the author keeps the sleaze and sex to a minimum and focuses on other aspects of the relationship. I really appreciated that while I was reading.
The authors writing style is very pleasant to read. While I can’t say that this story read as if written by a truly experienced author (there were a few parts that didn’t quite flow right), for the most part the writing was smooth and easy to read. I wasn’t distracted by any quirks that the authors writing style contained and didn’t find many faults within the writing at all.
In the end, I truly enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more. I would definitely recommend this book to those who are interested in books about werewolves or tasteful romances. (less)
The plot was exciting and fast paced, I was turning the pages to find out what happened next. I am really looking
forward to the next chapter of this action packed trilogy.
An interesting take on the werewolf legend, it gives the reader plenty of opportunities to re-think the scores of paranormal romances out there, and lends a new voice to the “pack”.
Superficially, this novel follows a traditional romance – boy meets girl, boy gets girl. Things are rosy until something happens. Then, boy loses girl. But that is where the similarities end.
The first difference of note is the descriptive quality that Paul’s thoughts. The prose is effusive, and perhaps indicative of his age. There is a vast amount of time in sensory and emotional description as well as time spent in learning the history of Paul and the pack.
While I found it difficult to read at times (as it felt like a regency romance at times and not the recent historical it is), the reader should most certainly keep going.
Our heroine, Susan, is much easier to read. Sadly, at times, she feels like an afterthought, not like the integral part of the story that she truly is. On a side note, she also takes a lot more crap from Paul than I ever would. But then again, I’m not dating a werewolf. (I think!)
It is specifically important to note: the quality of the sex scenes is wonderful! Descriptive, plentiful, and mostly emotional. The fight scenes are also fantastic. The made me very happy I was reading and not there in person.
I am not sure why the book is set in 1988. Thoughts running through my head as I was reading it were that perhaps this was a reissue and really was written as a contemporary, or perhaps this was just a special time in the author’s life, and that is why he chose to write in this time period. It was, at times, distracting, to know the exact year the author was writing in. On the plus side, he is able to reference specific songs – and they are all real and start to play in your head as you read that scene. A nice touch. The other problem I had was in that I do not know where this story occurs. I don’t know if it is real or immaginary. There is a line in the book that calls it an “eternal” city. This captured my mind and kept me guessing as to which city, which county it might have been. (I hear “eternal city” and think of Paris, which it clearly was not!)
With all of the events occurring throughout the book, one of my favorite scenes in the book was where Paul took Susan to meet his father and grandfather. There is just enough mystical quality to keep you guessing. Truly, I am still not sure that Grandfather can’t shape-shift (even though Paul specifically tells Susan that werewolves can not do so).
There are stories that you finish, and, well, that’s it. It was good and then it was over. Then there are the stories and the characters that stay with you. Happily, I can include Leaving the Pack in this second category. It is a good thing this is so. . . there are two more stories in the trilogy. . . a good thing I want some more!
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