Early in the story, a werewolf thug breaks into Hedi's apartment looking for an amulet. He tells her that his alpha has kidnapped Lou and that her life is in danger unless Hedi gives up the amulet. Hedi soon realizes that the werewolf isn't looking for Merry; he is searching for the amulet that was stolen from her mother the night of her murder. The person who stole that amulet is Robson Trowbridge, who was Hedi's childhood crush and the son of the local pack leader. When Robson married another woman when Hedi was an adolescent, he unknowingly broke her heart.
Trowbridge is not your typical alpha werewolf hero. In his early years, he was the golden boy of the pack, but then, on a single night, everything changed for him. He lost his parents, his wife, and his position in the pack, and he was forced to run away in order to survive. He is scarred, both physically and emotionally, and alcohol has become his crutch.
The first book in a series is always heavy on exposition and world-building, and this one is no exception. The most awkward and plot-stopping expositional episode is the entirety of Chapter 12, in which Hedi travels to the realm of Threall—Fae dreamland. This lengthy scene is completely unrelated to the plot of this book, and I imagine that the author included it just to provide the reader with an understanding of what a Mystwalker is. I'm sure that in future books that information will be helpful—but not in this one. Unfortunately, it brings the action to a complete halt, forcing the reader to wade through 25 pages of "Hedi Goes to Dreamland" before the real plot kicks back in.
The stand-out scene for me is Hedi and Robson's consummation of their simmering sexual attraction. Trust me when I tell you that this is unlike any other "virgin's-first-time" scene that you've ever read. It's not romantic or sexy, but it is inventively realistic, and it perfectly illustrates Hedi's quirky personality. She is totally unfiltered, saying exactly what's on her mind—even in the most intimate situations.
This is a strong, if bumpy, start to a potentially great series, and I'm hoping that the writing will be even stronger in book 2. Click HERE to read the first chapter of The Trouble with Fate.
NOVEL 2: The Thing About Weres
NOVEL 3: The Problem with Promises