Elena Michaels is, on the surface, a lovely, successful young woman. She has a boyfriend who adores her, a job she likes, and, best of all, an ordinary life. On the surface. What her boyfriend and her friends from work don't know is that every so often she finds herself in wolf shape, skulking through the city, hunting. She is unable to reconcile this wild, violent part of herself - a part that was given to her forcibly, not something she chose - with the resulting fact that it prevents her from living the sort of life she has always wanted.
Even though she has found a sort of routine for this "ordinary" life of hers, there are ties to her past - her werewolf pack - that are not easily undone. So when she gets a call from them, even though she resists at first, she knows she has to go back. She dreads returning to the place where she became a werewolf, having to face her packmates - and certain events from her past. Once back, she is asked to help in a matter that requires her expertise. People she cares about are dying, and she must put her fears and feelings aside.
She is ambivalent in her feelings for her packmates because she can never know if they truly care about her, or just the fact that she is the only female werewolf. She believes she can resist the pull of her wolf, of her ties to her packmates, particularly to one certain wolf, the one she'll never forgive - the one she is attracted to in a very unsettling way. Elena's search for the rogue wolves opens up doors to her past that will be difficult to close - if, indeed, she and her pack manage to survive at all.
I enjoyed this first book in the Women of the Otherworld series - Elena is an interesting, complicated character, and the novel has a nice tight pace (if slightly predictable plot), memorable characters, and an interesting premise. There are many more books to come in this series, and I'm looking forward to seeing the direction it takes. I'm also wondering about the name of the series, though - I see that book two is about Elena as well, but will there be other heroines featured as well?
This is my third book read for Carl's RIP III Challenge (click here for other participants' reviews).
Books in the Women of the Otherworld series:
3. Dime Store Magic
4. Industrial Magic
7. No Humans Involved
8. Personal Demon
9. Living with the Dead
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong (Viking, 2001)
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