Genre: Vampires & Shapeshifters
Series: Truckee Wolves
There are three things that Dr Briony Theale loves. Her job as a veterinarian, a good bar of rich, dark chocolate, and Rico, the ranger in charge of the Wildlife Rescue center. When a casual dinner with Rico turns surprisingly intimate, Briony realises that she must just have a chance with him after all, if only she could lose a few pounds. It's the ultimate sacrifice, but Briony goes cold turkey, and swears off chocolate forever.
Rico Montgomery fell hard for Briony the first time he set eyes on the curvy little doctor. Her rich brown hair and cocoa skin trigger cravings he can barely control, and her fragrance is like the sweetest, richest chocolate he's ever scented in his life. That's the bad thing for Rico, because to a werewolf like him, chocolate is literally a toxin. After his pack warns him off the very human doctor, Rico finds himself even more drawn to Briony.
Rico can't live with it, and Briony can't live without it. And when a certain wandering wolf finds a bag of chocolate in the trash near Briony's clinic, these two will find out just how toxic love can be.
An ex special ops person is called upon to become a mother to two special children. This story deals with one of those children – Briony. A chocolate addicted vet, who is super curvaceous, sexy and delicious smelling (it is rather refreshing to have a voluptuous woman as the object of the male’s attraction), she is able to calm animals with her touch and spirit.
Her love element is Rico, a rancher with a difference. He loves her in secret especially her chocolate smell. Most nights he checks on her as she leaves her veterinary practice and therein lies the main point of the story.
Briony has a special skill which eventually means they join the fray.
I did find the way Briony dealt with the rather large reveal too far-fetched even for this paranormal romance. And even when her adopted mother was let into the secret her reaction was just too accepting.
At the end of the novel, there are just too many unanswered questions remaining. But then that is the hook to get the reader wanting to know more and investing in the second instalment.
All that said the story is the first in the series and the way the characters are written does draw the reader in. Even if it is somewhat unbelievable, there was a nice mix of humour, romance and some suspense. If paranormal, slightly DBSM stories are your thing then you cannot go far wrong with this novel.
Full Disclosure: I received a free copy from Netgalley for an honest review.
Rated as 4 stars on Netgalley and 'It was OK' on Amazon (3 stars) and Goodreads (2 stars).