Title: Broken in Silence (Wolves and Demons #1)
Author: Katze Snow
Release Date: March 18th 2017
Genre(s): Urban Fantasy
Page Count: 162 pages
Reviewed by: Lily G. Blunt
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Tannerian Wulfric is a leader—a strong alpha who bows to no-one, especially those who try to undermine his authority.
When an opportunity arises, he grabs it with both hands and lets nothing get in his way. Trouble is, his brother has been caught in the crossfire of glorious retribution, and Tanner is in need of assistance.
For many years, Alex Jonas has lived his life in peace. But when fate lands him in the hands of his ex-lover and alpha, he finds himself in the centre of a feud he never knew existed, and must immerse himself in ways he had never imagined. One chance encounter, one night, and everything comes crashing down around him. Alex must fight for his life while Tanner fights for one thing and one thing only—vengeance, which has never tasted sweeter.
Can Tanner avenge his family’s death without spilling more blood? Or will his inner demon tear apart everything he has worked for, and lose the man who owns his heart?
Warning: Contains strong language, violence, and graphic, erotic scenes. This is NOT a romance. It’s hot, it’s sticky, and all kinds of messed up.
It took me several attempts to get into this story. It may have been my mood at the time, but once I started and got to over half way I was enjoying it. It’s a slow build story culminating in an exciting climax. The characters and the situation are set up well with good descriptive writing and creative imagery. Having said that, there are many times when there’s an incorrect use of a word or phrase, which made me pause and go back to re-read so I could understand what was being said. There were also typos/ missing words and a few inconsistencies, such as using Zara, Zena, and Zenra being used for the name of the female demon. I thought at one point it was as if the text had been mistranslated from another language.
Anyway, the main plot focuses on Tanner’s plan to destroy the demon that ruined his life two centuries ago. His parents and sister had been murdered and the demon had taken possession of his body, turning him into a hybrid shifter/demon. Tanner wanted to avenge his family and release the demon that possessed him. Tanner was a strong character. A ruthless and selfish son of a bitch who would use whichever pawn necessary to get what he desired. He was chief of the underground since being cast into that shadowy world. He was powerful and always got what he wanted. We didn’t really see much of this role, only glimpses into his personality. We don’t really see him as a wolf or much of the pack he controls. They could easily all have been humans.
After discovering the name of the demon who ruined his family—Elijah Ravenhill—and that he’d been invited to his brother’s Shadow Ball, Tanner decides to use his ex-lover, a fire mage, as bait to distract his brother while he pretends to be him. Although they hadn’t seen each other for ten years, Tanner is not happy about Alex having sex with his brother, but needs must. He was ruthless enough to let it go, although as time passes and the lovers hook-up again, Tanner thinks he might actually love Alex.
Tanner and Tobias are shown to be opposite twins. They no longer have anything to do with each other. Tobias is the good and noble twin, who lives in the light. He is warm and kind and Alex feels guilty for plotting to betray him. I wondered if Alex would eventually choose him instead of Tanner as the blurb states this story is not a romance.
I particularly enjoyed the last quarter of the book. I loved the suspense and anticipation of what was going to happen at the Shadow Ball. Would Alex betray Tanner after all? Or would he succeed in distracting Tobias long enough so Tanner would manage to capture Elijah and destroy the demon who’d made his life a misery over the past two centuries? Events didn’t turn out as I expected.
So although this story is not labelled as a romance, there is a love story that filters through the pages and, by the end, I was hoping Alex would choose Tanner over Tobias. Even though Tanner was a mean and sadistic character I was rooting for him to succeed in his mission. Be aware those who do not like ‘cheating’ in romance novels that Alex has sex with Tobias as does Tanner with Sebastian and others. Tanner claimed Alex was his several times during the story, but they were not in a relationship as such. We are treated to several hot and steamy scenes with a touch of D/s activity too.
This story is set to continue, and although it sort of ends HFN, the mission is not over yet. Not exactly a cliffy but nowhere near resolved.
If you enjoy slightly darker fantasy stories with mages and demons you’ll probably enjoy this one. Although the story is centred around a wolf shifter, there’s not a lot of shifting or pack activity and the vampires come across more as humans rather than traditional creatures of the night.
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