Claimed by Love (Wild Hunters #1) by Skye Jones ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

Claimed by Love Title: Claimed by Love (Wild Hunters #1)

Author: Skye Jones

Publisher: Liquid Silver

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Blurb:

Kayley Edwards has spent the last four years closing herself off after a vicious attack by her lover left her scarred and terrified. After fleeing her native Alaska, she ran the length of the country and began a new life in Miami, far from family and friends.

When her cousin and his friends decide to vacation nearby, he invites her to join them because he has important news. Determined not to let fear rule her life, she agrees to meet with them, only to have her world turned upside down. His friends include the two gorgeous men who’ve haunted her dreams for months, kindling her desire and challenging her to take a chance on love.

Pack alpha, Luke Johnson, has dreamed of Kayley for years. He and his mate, Sean Wallace, know she is meant to be theirs. But how will she react when she finds the world they inhabit is one she never imagined existed?

As passions collide, Sean finds himself acting as a bridge between his strong-willed alpha and a skittish Kayley. Can they break through her defenses and convince her to join them?

Just as it seems the three may have a future together, a ghost from Sean’s past strikes at the heart of their happiness. They must fight for everything they hold dear to win their chance at love.

PizzyGirl’sView:

I am under the impression that this is Skye Jones’ first novel. For that fact, I have to say well done! This story was very well written and the concept was great. I enjoyed the author’s view on wolves and shifters which did not always follow the more common paths shifter stories seem to take. I like that while this mating was fast, it was not automatic. There was free will involved and the men intended to give Kayley all the time she needed to adjust to her new situation. They were sensitive to her issues and very loving.

This is book one in a series and the author did set some things up nicely. She introduced some of the pack dynamics as well as a cast of characters. Towards the end, she brought in new men who could easily be set up to be the next MC in this series. However, this is marketed as “Wild Hunters” series and other than a few mentions of hunting, little time was spent on anything other than the developing mating.

I like that the author spent a good bit of time dealing with both Kayley and Sean’s pasts. This was necessary for the reader to develop sympathy for these characters and to understand their actions going forward. However, Luke’s history was never touched.

I also struggled a bit with the overall feel of easiness. Ok, so the angst and topics dealt with were nowhere near easy, but the resolution of each instance of turmoil was. Things would go from worst case to best case with only a few conversations in the middle. Kayley went from being afraid of everything in life, to wanting to be with two wolves in less than a day. I just don’t think the emotional aspects of this novel were well executed. The point was made that the mating influenced the three MCs actions, but there was never really any middle ground.

I also struggled with the character development. All three MCs were well established and patterns were set right off the bat. But then as the story progressed, the characters began acting differently and sometime outside of those established patterns. Kayley would often times just accept things at face value from these wolves she had only known for two days, but then she would question every little thing about everything else in her life. Will was always so loving and jovial and then he would get angry and mean at the drop of a hat. All these things were eventually explained after the fact, but while it was happening, I often felt lost. It was almost as if the author didn’t quite know how to show things were evolving, so she just had these long conversations that told the reader everything they needed to know.

Overall, I enjoyed this first installment in the Wild Hunters series. I like the world and the potential this series has to become something great. I think this one suffered from a few of the traditional new author pitfalls, but I will definitely be looking out for book two. I am hopeful that this new author will grow into her craft and produce many more interesting stories.

Buy Links

Liquid Silver
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Amazon UK
Amazon CA
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iTunes / iBooks
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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
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