THE SERIES HISTORY & STRUCTURE
One Bite with a Stranger (2008) (expanded from the previously titled Fantasy Fix in the FIXED series)
On the Prowl (2012)
Wolf at the Door (2008)
BOOK 8: Hungry Like a Wolf
Meanwhile in Connecticut, Honor Tate has already fought and defeated three male challengers, one of them a close childhood friend who tried to make it a fight to the death. Honor didn't kill any of the challengers, though; she just didn't have the heart to go for their throats. This is an early clue to Honor's ambivalence about her new alpha position. She feels that she has to be the alpha because no one else in the White Paw clan has the training and the talent, but she's finding that the job is much more than she bargained for. When Logan shows up claiming that Graham has asked him to decide if she can handle the alpha position, Honor is furious. The two rant and rave at each other, but their first meeting somehow ends in a wild and passionate kiss, so...you know exactly where this story is headed.
The romance makes up the bulk of the plot, with a supporting story line that deals with the remaining males who want to challenge Honor at the monthly, full-moon Howl that will take place in a few days. At that full-clan meeting, Honor will declare that she is the alpha and then take on all of the remaining challengers.
Honor and Logan realize almost immediately that they are destined to be mates, but Honor resists Logan (for a few hours) before she lets him mark her. Now they're really in trouble, because there are few options for Honor. Either she beats off the challengers and keeps her alpha position or the challengers kill her. Another option comes up near the end of the book, and that one is a game changer.
Logan wants Honor as his full-time mate, but he is the Silverback Beta. If he stays with Honor, he will be in the powerless position of Sol—a supportive mate with no decision-making powers. Can his alpha pride stand this? Will he go back to the Silverbacks? You can figure out what is going to happen early on in the story because Honor keeps musing about how this isn't the life she really wants, that she'd much rather be off running in the woods or throwing pots in her pottery workroom, that the only reason she's going ahead with it is her pride, and that the clan has always been headed by a Tate so she can't let her dead father down. Will Honor follow her pride? Will she accept Logan as her mate and go with him to Manhattan? Is there yet another option? Really, there's not much mystery in the ending. Even the identity of the surprise villain who pops up at the end has been telegraphed—if you were paying attention.
This is another typical speedy, sexy paranormal romance in a series filled with them. This one has less of the snarky dialogue that some of others have, but the sizzling romance is right on target. Click HERE to read an excerpt from Hungry Like a Wolf.
Here is a book-by-book list of the heroes and heroines of the OTHERS series:
> Drive Me Wild: Rafael De Santos (were-jaguar) & Tess Menzies (witch)
The fourth book is one of the most disappointing. The heroine is Daphanie, sister of Danice (heroine of Prince Charming...) , and the hero is Asher Grayson, a Guardian who is forced to take Daphanie under his protection. It all starts at her sister's wedding reception, when Daphanie notices that a red-skinned imp is hiding under the drinks table. Being of possibly unsound mind, she crawls under the table to see what's going on. Within moments, the imp has dared Daphanie to accompany him out on the town—the Others side of town, that is. Daphanie knows that the imp has crashed the reception and that her sister probably had a good reason for not inviting him. Plus, Daphanie doesn't know anything at all about werewolves, vampires, and other supernatural creatures because she just found out they existed when she arrived a few days ago for the wedding. Nevertheless, she (unbelievably!) agrees to sneak away with the imp, not telling anyone where she is going. Already I'm thinking, O.K. nitwit heroine—not so good.
BOOK 5: Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale
As the story opens, Saskia Arcos and Nicholas (Nic) Preda are in the midst of their extravagant engagement party. Theirs is an arranged marriage, planned by their fathers to build power by binding their two powerful streaks together. The last time Nic and Saskia saw each other was twenty years ago when Saskia was 8 and Nic was 19. The bulk of the story focuses, of course, on the romance. Since Nic and Saskia don't really know one another, they go through a very bumpy period of adjustment in which the only thing they both agree on is their physical passion for one another (and they spend lots of time working on that aspect of their relationship). Nic is an old-fashioned alpha type who sees his role as being the dominant decision maker and Saskia's role as being the submissive lover/mother. Saskia, however, can't picture herself kowtowing to Nic's every wish for the rest of her life. She wants to change the rules and share in the decisions that affect both their lives. The love story plays out in the usual manner, with each making terrible mistakes and learning from the resulting painful consequences.
The secondary plot—the action plot—concerns two assaults on Rafael De Santos, the leader of the Others Council. The Council is already nervous about the Tiguri coming to New York for the first time, and they are sure that the tigers are the villains who assaulted Rafael. Nic is determined to prove that Rafael's beatings have no connection to the Tiguri, so he hires McIntyre (Mac) Callahan (lead character in Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here) to track down the actual perpetrator(s). This plot line plays out in a manner that is somewhat predictable, but still satisfying (although sad for some of the characters).
This is another solid entry in the OTHERS collection, with a suitably sexy couple who are both intelligent and caring individuals even though they both have a few flaws (as does everyone). This continues to be a strong series with well-constructed story lines, appealing characters, and amazingly good continuity, especially when you consider the complexity of its publishing history. Click HERE to read an excerpt from On the Prowl.