|I must admit this is my first sampling of Christine Warren's work. A quick glance at
her CV shows that she previously published at Ellora's Cave - and boy, does
it show. From the very first meeting of the main characters, Warren sets
the page (and the reader's imagination) on fire.
Anthropologist Cassidy Poe wants nothing to do with Other politics. This
Foxwoman is content with her quiet life as a professor at Columbia
University. She may be the granddaughter of one of the most important
shifter's on the Eastern Seaboard, but that isn't the life for her. Her
displeasure at being coerced to attend a society event only increases when
she finds herself trapped on a rooftop with one very hungry werewolf.
Diplomat Sullivan Quinn came to New York from Ireland to warn the Americans
of a conspiracy that could destroy their way of life, not to find himself
trying to corner a fox. But there's just something about that honeysuckle
scent he can't ignore. He's hungry for the Foxwoman all right, but not as a
midnight snack. Even after she shifts and flees into the night, he can't
get her out of his head.
And as luck would have it, he doesn't have to. The Council of Others
assigns the two to work together tracking down The Light of Truth, a group
of humans intent on exposing the Others to the world. As the two race to
sniff out the enemy and help recover a kidnapped human companion, Quinn
begins to realize he hasn't just found a partner, he's found a mate. Now he
just has to convince Cassidy of that.
As the first in what will hopefully be a long series, Wolf at the Door has
the arduous task of setting the stage for this new world. Warren doesn't so
much play at an alternate history, but presents the idea that we are now
living on the cusp of the great Unveiling - a time when the creatures of
myth will make themselves known. The book does spend a bit of time setting
up the world, keying the reader in as to not only who the characters are but
also what they are; but instead of burying the reader in exposition, she
uses Quinn's position as guth (pack storyteller) to fill both us and Cassidy
in on the backstory.
The world itself seems to be a complex one, filled with a governmental
hierarchy of paranormal creatures. Members of the American council and
Quinn's European friends provide great supporting characters and really
assist in giving us a clear picture of Cassidy and Quinn. They also add a
touch of humor and family to the story. Plus, it doesn't hurt that the
American council leader Rafael de Santos and his wife Tess make such a great
couple that this reviewer would love to have a prequel.
One of the most compelling aspects of the story is the sensuality. As
shifters, Quinn and Cassidy both have strongly pronounced animal instincts,
and primal sexuality. Warren takes full advantage of her characters' baser
sides and creates some sizzling sex scenes. Using strong imagery, frank
language and two highly sensual creatures, Warren blends sex and love with
an artistic touch.
Fans of sensual paranormals will gobble up this fast paced, sexy read. And
from the excerpt at the back of the book, we'll all be clamoring for the
next installment in The Others series.