Shadow Scars: Rogue Wolf
Author: Zoe Perdita
Title: Shadow Scars: Rogue Wolf
Series: Haven City 1
Rating: Three Petals
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Conner, a rogue wolf and murder detective, isn't looking for a lover when he moves to Haven City. He wants to solve crimes and keep to himself - unable to trust anyone since his pack betrayed him six years before.
But Seth Alwen, his new partner, is different. He excites the wolf's animal instincts - waking up the passion Conner buried long ago. Seth's not only beautiful and alluring; he's also haunted by the death of his former partner. And despite his better judgment, Conner aches to relieve the man of his guilt.
Seth's a seer, but ever since his old partner died his powers have been on the fritz.
Enter Conner Sharp, Seth's sexy and mysterious new partner. While the dark-haired stranger ignites Seth's desire, he also awakens the seer's power with every touch. Seth sees their future together - a future rich with lust and danger - but is it a future the enigmatic Conner wants?
As the two men solve a series of murders, their sizzling attraction overflows into the bedroom. Is the overwhelming passion just a fling or is it forever?
I am having a difficult time figuring out what to write for this review. I didn't particularly like this book, but I didn't hate it either. Ambivalence is difficult to put into words, but I'm going to try.
The story begins with Seth just starting to get over the violent loss of his partner on the police force. He's torn up by it, but he's already finished with crying and is trying to get his life and his job back on track. Ordinarily that would be a great place to start a novel, except a very large portion of the plot hinges on what happened to his partner. Seth feels guilty because his ability as a seer allowed him to know when his partner was going to die and he hadn't been able to prevent it. As other murders occur, Seth quickly realizes that they're all tied together and to his partner's murder. Yet, instead of allowing the reader to experience the original murder, Perdita skipped it entirely. Seth's guilt and the import of the murderers felt muted to me, as if I because I hadn't read from the real start of the story I didn't have the emotional tie that would have pulled me in deeper.
Another example is the magical powers Seth and Conner have. I thought Seth's powers as a seer were very interesting. Conner is an ordinary werewolf with an extraordinary past. Yet, Perdita never gave enough detail into those powers for me to truly be able to understand them. It was explained that their powers are on the fritz--Seth's visions are coming more frequently and without any control and Conner is having trouble changing forms--but that wasn't enough. Where did Seth's powers come from? How did he learn to use them in the first place? Where do werewolves derive their power from in this version of their mythology? If I had special powers that were acting odd, the first thing I would do was go back to the basics to figure out what's wrong. This would have allowed the reader to better understand how the powers work, and how this world of magic works. That didn't happen and I was left to make assumptions to fill in the gaps.
The rest of the story has the same issue. There's always just enough plot and detail to make it seem like the story should be excellent, but I was missing that one extra component that would have sealed the deal.
Overall the plot of the book was good, but it was missing enough detail that I never actually got into the story. There was so much potential in the writing that just never flourished. I am unable to recommend this book and I will not be reading the sequel.
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