Title: Never Cry Wolf
Author: Cynthia Eden
Genre(s): Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy, Shifters
Trigger Warning(s): Domestic Violence
Originally Published: June 28, 2011
RUNNING WITH A DANGEROUS CROWD
Lucas Simone is not the kind of guy you mess with. He’s big, he’s strong, and his eyes hint at a wilder side most women can’t handle. Of course, that’s because his predatory instincts are no metaphor–he’s a genuine Grade-A top-quality werewolf, tough enough to fight his way to dominance over the scariest pack on the West Coast. There’s only one chink in his armor. Unlike most alpha dogs, Lucas has a reputation for protecting the weak and innocent.
Sarah King is counting on that protective impulse–it’s the only thing standing between her and certain death. There are only two problems: one, she’s not quite as innocent as she’d like Lucas to believe. And two, if he doesn’t stop stoking Sarah’s animal lust, it’s only a matter of time before her own wild side gets unleashed…
I think what I enjoyed most about this novel was the raw authenticity all the characters had. Even the side characters were given personalities, trials, and tribulations. In a sense this novel felt more like a movie than a book. Never Cry Wolf consumed me for days.
Werewolves are known for being slightly off their rockers. Especially if they become lone wolves. They slowly lose their humanity and kill without a qualm. The West Coast pack is home to some of the most dangerous and vicious werewolves in the USA. Lucas Simone is Alpha of the West Coast pack and is potentially the greatest werewolf ever created.
I honestly think I could consider myself a furry now because the way I simp for this being… I’m regret nothing. I mean eye candy … Check! Bad boy… Check! An actual alpha … Check!
Lucas has a touching even a bit of a sad backstory. When he was nine, his ear was ripped in half by the former Alpha of the West Coast pack, the same wolf that murdered his father. He left but came back at 16 to challenge the Alpha, and well, the rest is history (the novel goes into more detail).
Sarah King is a Charmer. A Charmer is a person who can communicate and read the minds of animals. Normally Charmers can only connect with one species. Sarah is an abnormality. She has a connection with wolves which is never heard of before. Not only can she read their minds, but she can also control them. Which makes her an asset and a threat. Because not all wolves have a touch of kindness in their heart like Lucas.
Sarah reads a particular wolf’s mind and uncovers one of the biggest rebellions in werewolf history. She has no choice but to run to the only pack deadly enough to protect her. But Sarah’s innocent face is the only thing innocent about her. The woman has secrets.
Lucas is no one’s fool. He knows Sarah is playing her cards close, and under normal circumstances, he would throw her to the wolves. This isn’t normal. Lucas is addicted to Sarah. To her scent, to her laughter, to her arrogance. The mere thought of another being touching her makes him want to howl.
Sarah’s no better; her attraction to Lucas is blinding her. Every time he’s in the room, it’s suddenly hot. When she’s scared, she wants to hide under him. Even as the horror of her reality is closing in, Sarah finds herself obsessed with him. Even though she can’t trust him, she wants him. It doesn’t make sense, but it feels right.
Lucas and Sarah soon learn that they will have to overcome the mutual distrust they have of each other and look at the pieces on the chessboard. Because someone’s playing a game, and they’re both the pawns.
his novel was filled with twists and turns. Deceptions you’d never saw coming, and loyalty you’d never noticed was there. Every character in this novel stood out. If I could, I would go in-depth about every side plot and character. Unfortunately, this post would be incredibly long (I think it’s too long already), and there would be no incentive for you to read the novel. (Let’s be honest I’ve given away most of the plot.)
In all, I was shocked by how much I actually enjoyed this novel. Cynthia Eden is a great author, but I’d only read a few of her novella’s in the past. This was an entire-length novel, a part of a series that I’d never read before, and I was invested. I ate this story up like the last piece of cake at this party I went to when no one was looking. I’ve lost sleep over this novel. I have dreams about these characters. I’m simply obsessed with getting my hands on the next book of this series.
Until the next page,