The story follows the progression of the romance from lustful attraction to passionate kisses until Gray—like all of the other "heroes" in this series—ruins Livi's reputation. At that point, both Dash and Livi's grandmother order Gray to marry Livi. He's ecstatic about that, but she is hurt when she is led to believe that Gray is marrying her under orders, and not for love. Of course the two do love one another, but neither one shares emotions with the other, and the slapstick results of their romantic stumblings make up most of the plot. Livi's ruffian lycan brothers arrive near the end of the story to liven things up, and a sad-sack villain makes an appearance near the end just to serve as a minor plot interruption.
Once again, the heroine is controlled, one way or another, by the men in her life. Livi's father sends her off alone to a foreign country on a husband hunt. Dash seduces her, pulls back from her, romances her some more, and threatens to break her heart. Her grandfather treats her like a piece of trash, and her brothers bully her around. The previous heroines (especially the witches) were able to deal with the male bullying better because they had the coven behind them, but Livi is all alone, and I really felt kind of sorry for her. Even though she has a scrappy, feisty attitude, the odds are continually stacked against her.
If you don't mind the top-heavy male dominance of the series, you'll probably like this book because it's very similar in tone and content to all of the previous books in the series.
Simmering on the back burner in this book and the last one is the passionately antagonistic relationship between Archer, Viscount Radbourne (the eldest of Dash's half-brothers), and Lady Sophia Cole, a woman of noble birth who lost her fortune in the previous book and is reduced to working as a social tutor whose job it is to civilize Archer and Gray—definitely a losing battle. In Wolfishly Yours, a new romantic interest emerges for Sophia in the person of Etienne, one of Livi's brothers, so we'll see how that works out.
The story follows the very rocky development of James and Blaire's romance, along with a few other plot threads, the most important of which concerns a pair of villainous vampyres who have a murderous grudge against James. This was the least satisfying book of the series so far, mainly due to the extremely annoying heroine. Blaire is all mouth and no common sense. Most of the time, she jumps into situations before thinking things through, but then at other times her refusal to act extends way past the point of reason. Although the falling-in-love part of the story was predictable, the ease at which Blaire submits to James doesn't match up with her scrappy, petulant personality. Near the end of this book, Alec MacQuarrie, a human friend of the coven, meets with a tragedy that will change his life forever.
Rhi and Matthew have one misunderstanding after another, but it is soon clear that they are meant for one another. Complicating matters slightly are Dash's wild and crazy lycan brothers and Matthew's jealous sire, Callista, who doesn't want to give up Matthew to anyone else. This plot is so fluffy that it could float away in a high wind. One characterization problem: Rhi is initially portrayed as a total innocent (yes, another virgin), but within a day or two of their meeting she is flinging herself sexually at Matthew at every opportunity—unbelievable and kind of off-putting. This is a theme that repeats itself in every book: smart females who melt into little puddles and completely lose their heads the minute they feel a twinge of lust. I would enjoy the series more if the heroines managed to keep control of their brains and their emotions.
Alec has spent the last two books in deep depression, drinking heavily and socializing with louts and prostitutes. He lost Cait, his one true love, to the lycan Dash; his best friend, Ben, also turned out to be a lycan; and then he was Turned into a vampyre. Could life get any worse? Yes, it can, because Alec believes that he can never love anyone—not ever—because he doesn't have a beating heart. When he begins to have feelings for Sorcha, he tries to fight the attraction as he endlessly bemoans his sad fate—a real pity party. Sorcha, meantime, soon realizes that she loves Alec, but believes that he will never love her because of his feelings for Cait. So...the story goes round and round, and the loving couple has lots of internal monologues about their seemingly doomed love. Not to worry, though, because love affairs in this coven have a tendency to work out quite well—eventually.
This is a return to the most simplistic plots of the series, with little conflict and not much action. Once again, the virginal bride leaps into sex with a passion, and once again most of the males are arrogant reprobates. In this book as in past books, men who behave very badly become eventual heroes. Here, Archer (the hero of the next book) behaves most reprehensibly towards Sophie, his soon-to-be sweetheart. As usual, Caitlin continues to predict future love matches through her witchy powers. If you have enjoyed the previous books in the series, you'll probably like this one. It could be read as a stand-alone