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Thursday, November 22, 2012

[Review] Blood Rites (The Grey Wolves, #2) by Quinn Loftis

Title: Blood Rites
Series: The Grey Wolves, #2
Author: Quinn Loftis
Pages: 246 (Kindle edition)
Release Date: November 18, 2011

With the challenge complete and the corrupt Alpha of Coldspring defeated Fane is now free to complete the mate bond with Jacque and perform the Blood Rites. Although the challenge is done, the affects are far reaching. Once it is known that Vasile, one of the strongest Alphas in the world is in America, specifically Coldspring, TX, there is one Alpha who cannot over look the significance of this. An Alpha who happens to share Jacque's DNA, but is this the one she needs to fear?

With her mom driving and her two best friends, Jen and Sally in tow, Jacque sets off for her happily ever after. She will soon realize a plan has been put in motion that will change her course and possibly tear her from Fane's grasp forever. It will take a wolf pack, her mother's love, her two best friend's unrelenting determination, her own will to survive and the undying love of her mate to bring her home. The question remains, if she fights, if she endures, who will she be, what will be left once she is back in her mates arms?

Blood Rites starts out with a bang! Literally! There is an explosion! Even though Fane won the right to the bonding ceremony, there is still someone out there who doesn't want to see Jacque bonded to him. That someone? Her long lost father's Beta. Why is he going through all of that trouble? Apparently, Jacque is a hot commodity among werewolves, and Logan is in desperate need of a mate. Any mate, at any cost.

I enjoyed this one much more than Prince of Wolves. It was faster paced as the action starts in the very beginning. It was a little disorienting at first, since the POV randomly jumped around in the first third, but it smoothed out as soon as all of the major players were together. The plot was also better, and there were actually some scenes where I caught myself holding my breath. Not because they were particularly suspenseful, but just because of the awfulness of the situation.

This second book also introduces a new blossoming relationship: Jen and Decebel. Jen has been a source of much hilarity and annoyance, but she's really growing on me. The way she constantly provoked Dec had me smiling, especially when he had no idea how to respond to her. She also had some more vulnerable scenes near the end that show she's not just a horny teenager with no filter between her brain and mouth. I'm definitely look forward to seeing more of her in the next book.

While I did enjoy this one more, it seems like this series as a whole could use more editing. The dialogue wasn't quite as bad as the first, but there are a lot of typos and choppy transitions. Since there was a slight improve between this book and the last, I hope that trend continues.

Favorite Quotes

"You will make her happy. You will also make her mad, sad, and annoyed, probably a little claustrophic at times, but you will make her happy. Your wolf will step in when your human side steps out of line. The wolf only sees black and white, all he understands is that she is your mate, that you must love her, protect her, provide for her, play with her, and make her content. Your human side will fill in the gap of emotions the wolf does not understand." (pg 23)

"Pack members talk, Vasile. You know how it is. A group of wolves together is worse than a beauty shop when it comes to gossip." (pg 56)

"Do you have any idea what it's like to be alone? To be empty on the inside and feel like you are being consumed by it? That is why I''m going this. (pg 208)

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