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Alisa Sheckley
Del Rey
352 pages
May 2009
rated 5 of 5 possible stars

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Werewolves are not the only paranormal creatures to be drawn to the small town of Northside, but as dark and terrifying events begin to take place, the singular nature of the town’s location begins to stand out and imprint itself on the living. Too many have known of the unspoken “strangeness” that marks Northside as a haven for the mystical, but the true foundations of magic binding the town as a gateway, or focus point for the otherworld, has not been known.

Abra Barrow is a veterinarian still coming to grips with the new realities of her life. A year ago, her now-ex-husband caught the werewolf virus in an extramarital affair and infected her with it as well. Caught between her human existence and the animal pawing within has been a trial-and-error experience lined with major hurdles. Now her body is reacting very oddly, transfiguring without the full moon and turning the male populace into salivating, lusty, barbaric stalkers.

Abra has fortunately found herself a remarkable man of similar shape-shifting qualities who not only lights her fire but is attuned to the nature of her condition. Red is aware that Abra’s condition is changing more than she knows, but the phenomena and strange creatures crossing the dimensional gateway preoccupy him more than he would like. So much is on the line, and the demands of the creatures are for higher stakes than anyone could imagine.

With the call to mate and select a partner for life resting heavy upon her heart, Abra finds the challenge of commitment becoming more and more complex. Red is so perfect for her, but the ache and pain of her first love betraying her not once but multiple times and in many ways has left her questioning everyone and everything that should be a source of comfort. Deep down the bond and love are real, but if she cannot realize it herself, she may end up sacrificing her true soul mate unknowingly.

The dimensional gateway has somehow been thrown wide open, and the strange mystic creatures from behind it are pouring forth full of wrath and vengeance. Chaos reigns leader in Northside, and Abra must not only deduce the cause but find a way to save the entire world. If the floodgate between the dimensions remains open and the power continues to grow, Northside will be the starting block for humanity’s demise. But where is Red, her partner and rock, to aid her in the battle for all lives? Is it possible he has abandoned her to a most miserable fate?

In terms of paranormal novels and werewolf-themed storylines, Sheckley's is an awesome tale full of witty repartee and creative character selection. The plot, thick with suspense and steamy intrigues, also takes breathers for comic relief. This is the second book in this series and paves the way for another enticing installment.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Sonia R. Polinsky, 2009

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