Wolf Fever by Milly Taiden
Series: Alpha Project Book #1
Author: Milly Taiden
Changes she can’t understand…When Raine Bowe volunteers for a sleep study for the extra cash, she didn’t expect to wake in a lab or to be victimized by a mad scientist. She escapes with one objective–to find someone strong enough to wage war with the evil growing inside her.
A job he won’t accept…Ryder Storm is a man with a reputation–the bad boy of his own universe. He doesn’t take prisoners, won’t give into a sweet smile, and doesn’t cut his pack an inch of slack. He knows the desperate woman in his bar is his the moment he lays eyes on her. He’ll give her anything she wants, except the one thing she’s begging for. Death.
Passion neither can fight…Raine enlists Ryder’s help to unravel the mystery surrounding the hours she lost in the lab and to help tame the beast inside her. In their search for answers, the road will lead them to a twisted experiment involving shifters, humans, and the creation of the ultimate Alpha. He’s ready for the adventure and she’s ready for her answers. Neither are ready for the lust that calls down from the mating moon. But a wolf knows its mate, and an alpha will not stop until he or she gets what they want.
Mature reader warning: Adult content including but not limited to: Violence and raw sexual language and actions.
Review: This was my first foray into reading a Milly Taiden novel. This particular book was recommended to me at Amazon based on past books I have purchased, and after reading the blurb, who could resist? It quickly made its way into my long, long, list of books “to be read”. And this is one of those ones that I’m glad Amazon brought to my attention – since it is amazingly good!
Wolf Fever jumps right into the action and captures your attention from the get-go. But from the moment Ryder’s eyes lock with Raine’s it jumps from attention grabbing to impossible to put down! I wound up staying up way later than I should in order to finish it, and then found myself online in the middle of the night looking for more titles from this series! However, this is the first book in a new series for the author…(sigh)….so I will be kept waiting for more from the Alpha project. The good news? She has many more interesting titles listed on her webpage that I have yet to discover! Needless to say, I will be reading many more of her titles in the days to come!
The passion between Ryder and Raine is simply scorching. They can’t keep their hands off of each other, and it’s even more poignant because Ryder already knows she is his mate. The one he has been waiting for. Raine on the other hand, is a mess….she’s newly turned and has no idea what is happening to her – or to her body. And the author does a great job of capturing that. And envisioning Ryder trying to resist the irresistible because he knows how confused she is was just endearing. This has been one of the better done erotic paranormals that I have read.
That’s not to say there were not a few issues with it. My major one was the time sequence. A few scenes, particularly toward the later part of the book, almost seems to jump and fast forward through pieces. For instance, he asks her to move in with him and all of a sudden she “hasn’t had to drive that stretch of road in awhile” and they have been already “living together for a week”. It felt like we were skipping over certain chunks of the story. You have a few moments where you wonder if you missed something. At least it felt that way to me. I thought it would have been better served making it a bit more lengthy – and also give a little more depth to the story- by giving a little more detail in these areas. But really, in the scheme of things, it’s not enough to really take away from what an awesome book this is.
We were also left with quite a few questions – one of which is who is really behind the whole project. However, I’m sure that will be a topic for future books in the series. I am also eagerly waiting to see what happens to Quinn.
If you’re looking for something sexy and steamy, with a touch or erotic thrown in – along with a few horny werewolf’s during mating season – you will definitely want to pick this book up and give it a try!