Friday, February 19, 2010

Romance Book Review: Claimed By The Wolf

Author: Charlene Teglia
Series Connection: A Shadow Guardians Novel
ISBN: 978-0312537425
Genre: Erotic Romance/ Paranormal
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin


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Claimed by the Wolf is a well written novel with an exceptional subplot. I say subplot because the main plot was definitely erotica. The subplot was the story line that took place around the very hot sex scenes.

If you've spent anytime in a bookstore lately in the romance sections you'll find a great variety of genres. Many of the books use more than one genre. For instance it isn't unlikely to find a Christian crime drama on the same shelf as a paranormal vampire story. It also isn't unlikely to find a erotica paranormal book such as Claimed by the Wolf on the same shelf as the others.

When at the bookstore last week, I picked up Claimed by the Wolf and the woman next to me said, "Watch out for that one. It isn't a romance. It is basic porn."

Of course it was right there on the back of the book that Sybil must "share" herself with the five warriors, but I guess that didn't make it clear that she would be having sex with five different me. As a trolled around the net I found many people with similar complaints. Yes this book is very erotic and those who don't like these kinds of books will not enjoy this story line, but that is the beauty of the publishing industry these days there is something for everyone.

For those who do enjoy erotic romance with a paranormal shift, this one is well written and has the potential for a great story. Erotic fans will not be bored with the varied use of erotic bedroom, or cave floor etc., scenes. Each lover that Sybil takes has their own style that is for sure. Readers will find everything including BDSM.

On the other hand, the subplot for the story was more interesting to me. Sybil is a witch who hasn't been trained in her art although she is very strong. She stumbles upon a magic book at an estate sale and before she knows it, she is thrown into a world where she finds all sorts of beings she has never heard of before. Including a sex werewolf that she can't help but fall in love with despite how he tries everything to keep her at arms length. There is also a roguish dragon, a dominant elf, brooding vampire and demon in the mix.

My main complaint with this book is that although I realized the main part of the story was the sex, when I was ready for the background story to come together it moved to quickly. I wanted more action and more suspense. So I can't make this a 5-Heart review, but I give the author good measure for hot sex scenes, great alpha characters and witch, as well as an interesting story line.

They guard humanity against supernatural threats from the five gateways into the world. The Shadow Guardians: a vampire, a werewolf, a demon, a dragon and a fae are united in brotherhood - and war. Shadow Guardian Kenrick is an alpha werewolf forever in his prime. When Sybil, a beautiful apprentice witch, unknowingly opens a realm to the Otherworld, there is a sudden influx of demons - and it's up to Kenrick to help her stop them. Soon their passion flares and Kenrick desires Sybil as his mate. But to form their union, Sybil faces the ultimate test: She must bind herself to the Shadow Guardians by sharing herself with all five warriors.

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