Review: Wolf's Haven (Caedmon Wolves #1) by Ambrielle Kirk

Published: October 4, 2012
Series: Caedmon Wolves #1
Format: eBook
**My own Personal Copy
Available: Barnes & Noble / Amazon / ARe
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Tamara would risk her life to gain freedom. She's finally built up the courage to escape from a world of abuse by the hands of man who promised her the world. One night she makes a break for it, but her plans backfire. She begins to believe that she was never meant to be happy. When all hope of freedom fades, she stumbles across a wolf that brings her to safety. She learns to trust the wolf, but has yet to trust the man.

Devin, potential future leader of the Caedmon Pack, returns to the foothills of his Virginia home after five long years as a lone wolf. Rivals within the circle challenge him and threaten to strip him of his true birthright. Being bound to lead the pack was not something Devin had planned for his life, but letting his people fall prey to turmoil under the rule of his cousin Darius is out of the question. The night of Devin’s rise to Alpha leader is approaching. Despite opposition, he’s gained an impressive following. That is until he brings a human among the pack.

Tamara can’t deny the attraction she feels toward Devin. The Alpha leader-to-be simply cannot resist Tamara’s lure. When they are together, their tribulations take the backburner. Their desire for one another grows as they consummate their passion in wolf’s haven. Will Devin forfeit the most coveted position within the Caedmon Pack to bond with his chosen mate? Can Tamara trust Devin with her mind, heart, body, and soul or will the memories of her abuse dissuade her from being bound to the wolf?

I'm never one to point race out in a book, but as a black woman...I have to admit that sometimes it's nice to read a romance that resolves around a character of color.

Wolf's Haven romance couple is interracial...she's black (of mix race) and he's white. But we won't leave the review at that. I stayed up until 3:45 in the am to finish this book. It was good...really good. There were some little hiccups as far a grammar here and there, but other than that, I thought this story was well worth the read.I discovered this little gem over at Two Fantasy Floozies. Author Ambrielle Kirk wrote how she came to write romances...interracial romances. My interest was piqued and I'm glad that it was.

What I like about this story was the flow of it...there was no rushing. The two main characters both had their issues, BUT Ms. Kirk allowed them to grow throughout the story. I loved how she positioned Devin to come into Tamara's life. Tamara's on the run and have to get away..she suddenly comes across Devin in his wolf form and the story takes off from there. The world building was complex enough to keep me interested and the characters themselves were an added bonus. Both Devin and Tamra have issues that they don't want to put upon one another, but what I like about their relationship was the immediate liking of each other. We rarely see that in a romance...there's most of the time this angst that needs to be worked through (which is starting to drive this reader nuts). But here, although Devin & Tamara didn't "know" each other well, the way the author wove this tale made them very much likable...made this story likable.

All & all...a 5 five star read even with the little hiccups. I loved everything about this story, the pace of it...the characters. Truly a good read. I'll be picking up this series quickly.

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I write romantic fiction, plain and simple, but with plots and characters that are neither plain nor simple. One day I might sit down to write a steamy contemporary romance set in a busy metropolitan area where opposites attract….And the next day I might find myself writing an urban fantasy based on complex mythology with non-human characters who don’t have anything else to do but prey on their next victim. I love weaving tales where romance is a main element. When I’m not writing, I’m plotting. When I’m not writing or plotting, I’m reading. Oh yeah...I also find time to indulge in chocolate and coffee.
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