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Wild (The Pack of St. James)
Noelle Mack
304 pages
March 2008
rated 3 of 5 possible stars

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Kyril is the eldest of three brothers of the Taruskin clan, Russians who have settled into the life of gentlemen in Regency London. His attention has been caught by Vivienne Sheridan, a woman whose relationship with a duke has just ended and who now lives on her own. Kyril knows that there are a group of Russians who have travelled to London to kill him and his Pack, yet his attention is still taken by Vivienne, despite knowing that she may be used to lure him to his death. Can Vivienne come to understand Kyril's story, and can she love him despite the danger that surrounds him?

In some ways this is a reasonable story, but it also has some quite deep flaws. The story of Kyril and Vivienne takes place partly before the opening scenes of this book, so it feels as if the reader has been dropped into the middle of their interactions without any clear idea of how their feelings for each other have developed. In fact, character development seems lacking overall. There are the sex scenes one would imagine in a Brava novel, but it doesn't seem as if the characters have really connected on any level other than the physical. It isn't clear what it is about Vivienne that has so arrested Kyril and caused him to change his previous rakish ways.

The story focuses more in the second half on the threat to the Pack, but it meanders around the plot; various events take place without full explanation and often feel pointless. The 'baddie' doesn't actually have much of a part to play; the hero's cousin features quite heavily, but with many unexplained events going on, overall I couldn't feel really engaged with the story or any of the characters. The wolf aspect to this book was pretty minor, and another paranormal aspect fairly early on in the book is never explained. Instead, this is more of a part-romance, part-thriller book achieving varying levels of success and, for this reader, not well enough put together to encourage me to read further books by this author.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Helen Hancox, 2008

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