Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Review: The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden

The Wolf Within (Purgatory, #1)
The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden
(Purgatory #1)
November 15, 2012
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Contains: Explicit sex, strong language, violence
Source: Personal purchase

FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days–and his nights–tracking real-life monsters. Most humans aren’t aware of the vampires and werewolves that walk among them. They don’t realize the danger that they face, but Duncan knows about the horror that waits in the darkness. He hunts the monsters, and he protects the innocent. Duncan just never expects to become a monster. But after a brutal werewolf attack, Duncan begins to change…and soon he will be one of the very beasts that he has hunted.

Dr. Holly Young is supposed to help Duncan during his transition. It’s her job to keep him sane so that Duncan can continue working with the FBI’s Para Unit. But as Duncan’s beast grows stronger, the passion that she and Duncan have held carefully in check pushes to the surface. The desire that is raging between them could be a very dangerous thing…because Holly isn’t exactly human, not any longer.

As the monsters circle in, determined to take out all of the agents working at the Para Unit, Holly and Duncan will have to use their own supernatural strengths in order to survive. But as they give up more of their humanity and embrace the beasts within them both, they realize that the passion between them isn’t safe, it isn’t controllable, and their dark need may just be an obsession that could destroy them both.

Author’s Note: THE WOLF WITHIN is an adult paranormal romance. It contains werewolves, vampires, adult language, sexy times, and lots of danger. Please consider yourself warned. THE WOLF WITHIN contains approximately 60,000 words.

I confess that I read book two in this series prior to reading book one. And honestly, that was okay. I loved book two, and it made me want to back track and get the beginning of this series and the background of some of these characters. The Wolf Within did not disappoint. Not only do we get an intense romantic relationship between Duncan and Holly, but we also get an incredible paranormal storyline taking twist upon twist.

Duncan and Holly were really intense. The warm attraction they had to one another prior to Duncan's change was an inferno when he transitioned. Their chemistry and attraction was off the charts. But it wasn't all superficial; they had a deeper bond and connection. I really liked them as individual characters as well as a couple, and I loved how they brought out the best in each other.

Then we have the whole Para Unit and the crazy wolves they are dealing with, and the Purgatory prison at the heart of it. The plot was really exciting and I felt like I was flying through the pages; I couldn't wait to see how it all ended. There were quite a few surprises along the way, as well as remaining questions to leave room for more great books to come.

Bottom-line: I really enjoyed The Wolf Within. Cynthia Eden really knows how to write an exciting paranormal page-turner. Not only was the action of the plot exciting, but the romance and character chemistry was raw and sexy. I'm looking forward to continuing this fascinating series.

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