I was lucky enough to be given review copies of both Black Gold and Silver Mine by Vivian Arend. I have loved her wolfies in the past and enjoyed the start of this new series.
Black Gold – 4 Stars:
We start the series by meeting Evan (Takhini Alpha) and Shaun..
Evan plays a part in both books released so far and let me tell you he is far from being a traditional Alpha. You’ll love his sense of humor and the fact that he really wants what is best for the pack not just power… Helps that he is sexy but ya know…
Shaun is a bit of a lone wolf but he actually isn’t the shifter he tries to portray. He runs from any sort of commitment but he is there when people need him even if they don’t think they do. He really does try to help but if you asked him he would deny it until he was blue in the face. I liked seeing the give and take between him and Evan especially when he gets drunk on Evan’s “special” hooch. LOL… this leads to a major OOPS that dear gawd made me laugh but at the same time you really feel for him. He’s smart, sexy, devious when he needs to be, Alpha but doesn’t want to be the main man, and very protective of his mate when he finally understands that she’s his… aka sober… I loved watching his progression in this book and loved the little glimpses we got of him in Silver Mine.
Gemmita…. poor sweet, coddled Gemmita…. She meets her mate just as she is trying to come out from under the thumb of her well meaning Alpha father. She’s not used to being so open with her wolf nor is she used to being accepted as someone who can truly stand on her own feet. I felt for her as she not only tried to gain her independence but also had to learn that being independent didn’t mean shutting out her mate’s help. These two took a bit to soften to one another but let me tell you when they come together… watch out.. they are hot HOT HOT.
Anyway go check this one out so you can get addicted to the Wolfies… then head on to Silver Mine.
Silver Mine – 3.5 Stars:
I have to admit… this one took me a bit longer to warm up to. Not that the main pair isn’t hot but for some reason I just wasn’t as quickly drawn in. I liked them both when I finished this but at first it just didn’t call to me.
This is an interesting book in that the main pair are both oddities in the shifting world…
Chase is a hybrid that is never certain if he will turn in to a cougar or a wolf when he shifts. He’s a bit of a loner at the start of this but stands as the Alpha for a rag-tag group of shifters who just don’t fit in to a traditional pack or hierarchy for one reason or another. He is heading in to town to pick up supplies for himself and the outsiders but also ends up getting seen for an odd wound that just won’t heal. He’s very loyal to his adopted people and only ends up staying in town longer than expected due to the wound. He is fascinated with the heroine when they first meet but this is no jump in to bed romp.
Shelly is the half-sister of Caroline (Evan’s sort of lover/assistant… hmmm no they are lovers but dude you have to read both books to get a good picture) and a wolf that can’t shift. She’s been treated poorly due to the inability to shift but has finally decided to come home to open a clinic… vet… she’s not completely aware of Evan and the changes he is making but you’ll like how he treats her when he meets her. She’s not looking for a man but is also attracted to Chase when they meet.
The whole mystery surrounding his wound was interesting and man oh man when the two of them finally get down to business the pages do heat up. I liked seeing these two find something they weren’t looking for and was happy to see their HEA.
Ok… This being said … I’m impatiently waiting to see what Vivian does with Caroline and Evan… they both deserve an incredible HEA and if they aren’t together she better make it worth our while.. (Hint Hint)… LOL. I’m left with some questions after this one but I think that there is more to their story than what we have so far but hey I have faith she’ll not only make us squirm for a bit longer but the payoff will be huge.
Go grab them both … You should enjoy them.