Friday, October 24, 2014

Review of Return Of The Wolf (Eye Of The Storm #4) By Dianna Hardy @TheWitchingPen

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Return Of The Wolf (Eye Of The Storm #4) By Dianna Hardy
Published October 30th 2014 by Satin Smoke Press
Summary from Goodreads:
The fourth book in the dark paranormal fantasy series, Eye Of The Storm.
The full moon has been and gone, beginning a new phase of greater surety for the wolves of Surrey and the mated four who lead them. Ryan's old pack from Wiltshire – a force to be reckoned with – have ensured their immediate safety from The Trident ... but what will they demand in return for their protection?
As Lydia and Lawrence heal old wounds, finding solace in each other, Ryan battles with his own past. He'd do anything to keep the pack he loves safe, but 'anything' might have consequences he never imagined.
Meanwhile, Selena's sole focus is in keeping herself intact as Gabriel relishes in breaking her. What will she have to become in order to survive?
And Sarah has some tough choices to make, all of which will test her beliefs and challenge her boundaries of what makes good, and what makes evil.
Written in British English. Contains scenes of explicit sex and violence that some readers may find disturbing.
Pre-order on Amazon
Available on Smashwords October 30th 2014



Excerpt:
“No. Don't say it's okay when it's not. I've been asking myself over the past two days what the hell he's doing here – why he broke his vow to stay away after all this time. I thought, at the very worst, it was 'cause he wanted me back at every full moon – that that would be his request for what The Order are providing, and I've been going insane trying to figure a way out of it.
“But now, I fear it's you. I don't know how he found out you were human – probably his Seers – but it's you. It's you he wants.”
“Well, he can't have me.”
“He can. He takes. He will take, Taylor – he can demand whatever he wants. It's the law, and do you know what the penalty is for breaking it? Death. We're backwards like that. We've got no law system – none – because our penalties have always been our biology. We don't deny our mates when we find them, because we can't; we don't betray our mates because of the pain it causes; wolves rarely upset pack members – small upsets, yes – but big ones? No. Because the consequences are huge: you either get chucked out – and none of us want to go rogue, not really – or you challenge each other to the death – something almost never done, because the death of a mated male will kill his female. We didn't need laws because our make-up never allowed us to go against the grain. Then this law gets added as some favour to The Order a couple of hundred years back, with no bloody plan in place for when things go wrong.” That knot of anxiety was back and growing. “If he asks for you to—”
“No, Ryan. It ends now, here. Nikolai's reign is over.”
“How? I can't see an end. He's always been there – the Alpha of The Order for as long as I can remember.”


My Review:
I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.
In Return of the Wolf book #4 of the Eye of the Storm series we get to know Ryan a little bit more. We get to find out where he came from. We find out who he was and what he went through as a child. We find out who his pack was and how he ended up with Lawrence and his pack. We learn all about Ryan's old pack leader who he is and what he did to Ryan and other males in their pack. Ryan has been holding on to his past and keeping it locked up inside of him all these years but now it is time to let it out. Ryan is kind of worried about what his mates will think of him when they find out. But what Ryan hasn't quite figured out yet is that his mates are some very amazing folks who love and care for him more than he knows.
In book #3 Selena wanted Taylor for her mate and she was determined to get him no matter what it would cost him or his mates. But when she tried to get him she screwed up and ended up mating with Gabriel. Gabriel thinks he is god's gift to women. He is a male chauvinist pig who thinks that women are beneath him that they are no more than floor mats for him to walk on. A part of me thinks that Selena got what she deserved after what she did to Taylor and Lydia but the other part of me thinks that no one deserves what she has to endure with Gabriel. But she is a strong person and will fight until the very end to get what she wants.
Lydia has a lot of different things of her own that she is having to deal with at the moment so when she hears Ryan's story she decides now is not the time to lay her problems on him. She knows she will have to tell him sooner or later and she will. But right now she is just thinking about Ryan and how he feels; which is a person with a very good heart in my book. I loved that she puts her mate's feelings before her own. But so do her mates.
I have truly enjoyed reading the Eye of the Storm books. I really don't know which one is my favorite. I loved the first one where Lydia, Ryan, Lawrence and Taylor all three mated. But I have really loved finding out more about Ryan the one who seems like the "Big Guy". I think I am kind of jealous of Lydia having three "hotties" for mates. She is one lucky girl!
I can't wait to read more about Lydia, Ryan, Lawrence, Taylor and also Selena and what she may put ole' Gabriel through. What kind of punishment will she come up with? What about Sarah and Amil will they end up together?
If you have not read the Eye of the Storm books then you are definitely missing out. Dianna knows how to take words and wrap them around your heart. She will have you crying one minute and laughing the next. Oh and once in a while she will have you cussing out some of the characters and wanting to beat the sh*t out of them. So if you have not read any of the Eye of the Storm series then you need to get to clicking and a reading because you are going to want to start with the first book Releasing the Wolf.


Other books in this series: 
Book covers linked to my reviews.
Releasing The Wolf Cover photo ReleasingTheWolfCoverFrontSMALL.jpg Cry Of The Wolf Cover photo CryOfTheWolfCoverFrontSMALL.jpg Heart Of The Wolf Cover photo HeartOfTheWolffrontcoversmall.jpg
Releasing The Wolf    Cry Of The Wolf      Heart Of The Wolf


About The Author:
Dianna Hardy photo DiannaHardyColourPortfolioSmall.jpg
International bestselling author of
The Witching Pen series, and the Eye Of The Storm series.
"I write both full-length novels and short fiction. As a writer, I like my stories to move along at lightning speed without compromising character build-up, and I like some humour entwined in them too. My books are fast-paced, and I liken reading a good novella to watching a TV episode of a series - something's happening in every scene and there's always one hell of an ending!"
Dianna Hardy combines a titillating mix of contemporary and paranormal romance in to her writing, as well as urban and dark fantasy, to bring you stories that are action-packed, fast-paced and not short of heat, with the focus on both character development and the plot. She writes full-length novels and short fiction. She has also written poetry (first published in 1997) and esoteric books and articles. Nowadays, she chooses to concentrate on writing fiction.
In December 2012, Releasing The Wolf hit the Kindle Paranormal Fantasy charts in both the US and the UK, where it stayed for three months, enjoying a highest ranking of #20. Both books in the Eye Of The Storm series have enjoyed success in the top 100 of Fantasy charts on Kindle US, Kindle UK, and iTunes (Australia, top 40). The Witching Pen series, 'Til Death Do Us Part and A Silver Kiss (Vampire Poetry), have also hit the top 100 of iBooks charts (Fantasy, Romance and Horror) in ten different countries worldwide.
Although quite active online, Dianna prefers the quiet company of nature and animals to the hustle and bustle of people. She loves anything paranormal (she doesn't really consider it "para"), organic food, walking barefoot, the smell of the woods after rain, and summer days.
However, she is also sustained by coffee, chocolate and the occasional vodka.
She currently lives in Surrey, England with her partner and their daughter, where writes full-time.

2 comments:

Dianna Hardy said...

Thank you so much for reviewing this, Nancy :) xxx

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