Apr 17, 2013

Review--On the Prowl by Christine Warren

In the dangerously alluring world of the other, New York Times bestselling author Christine Warren unleashes one woman's wildest desire--to tame the man of her dreams...

Most girls would throw a fit if their parents tried to set up an arranged marriage for them. It's so outrageously old-fashioned--even for a Tiguri family, members of of a fierce race of shapeshifting weretigers. But Saskia isn't getting her claws out just yet. She'll go through with this marriage to help unite two powerful families--and because her husband-to-be Nicolas Preda is the sexiest, hunkiest, and only man she's ever wanted...

Of course, marrying an alpha male like Nic comes with its share of danger. As leader of his Streak and head of a global corporation, Nic and his new fiancee must take their places in the jungles of Manhattan--and the local Others seem to have a strict "no pets" policy. In fact, the Council seems to think the Tiguria are at the root of all their problems, including an attempt on the life of its leader. If Nic hopes to protect his name and his mate, it's hunt or be hunted--and he can't do it alone. But if anyone can bring out the beast in him, it's the sexy, savage tigress he's sworn to love...

The next novel in Christine Warren's The Others is On the Prowl and unfortunately this one didn't rank too high in my enjoyment. It was still a good novel, but I just didn't get into it as much. Perhaps because I was peeved at Nic for the first half of the novel. Nic is very old school alpha male in his ways of thinking. He treats Saskia like property for a bit, someone who is solely his and she's not even allowed to go out of the house without leaving a detailed note as to where she's going, who she's going with and when she will be back. And those actions are in no way expected of him, in his mind.

So yes, we have a total alpha male who's kind of a douche. He can at least admit to himself at times though that he is acting rather harsh. It's just the animal in him. He does care and love Saskia, so I was able to forgive him by the halfway point!

Anyway, with that annoyance out of the way, the rest of the story was fairly good. We're introduced to a new leading lady, Saskia, who doesn't seem to have a problem with the somewhat archaic arranged marriage her parents foisted on her. In fact, she already lusts after Nic and has had a crush on him since she was a young girl and he a teenager.

Their relationship starts out with quite a few bumps, both have their ideal mate in mind and expect the other to live up to it. And when they don't, conflict ensues...and that's usually followed by hot, angry sex! Which there seemed to be a lot of! No tender loving here. For the most part the romance was okay in my opinion, still a fan of the budding/growing romance, but getting use to the quick falling in love scenario these books tend to have.

The mystery aspect to the story was good as well, Rafe, the head of the Council has been attacked and since he's a werecat himself, he's tough to beat, but a weretiger could beat him fairly easily. And that's when the Others turn their attention on Nic and the other men in the weretiger clan. Saskia is positive of her mate's innocence, despite his pigheaded-ness and wants to see him proven innocent.

But then Rafe is attacked again, and things get more complicated, especially when a witness says they saw a female following Rafe the first night and Saskia is one of the few female weretigers in the city. So yes, tension runs high in this one! I kind of suspected the culprits, but I didn't place a solid bet on it, but it went much farther than I had anticipated!

Once again, we get to see more of the Others and their lady loves, such as Corinne, Missy and Regina this time around. Corinne played a major role in drawing the shy, Saskia out of her shell and introducing her to her friends. I hope to see more of Saskia with the girls in the remaining books! One reoccurring theme I am noticing in these books is friendship and I really like that for some reason. Guess it's the female in me, but the friendship bonds in these books are very strong, and they only seem to grow with each book. Even when a new girl is in town, the women we've known since the first book take a shine to her and welcome her with open arms. Of course it helps that she has something in common with them, having an Other for a (soon to be) husband who can be a brute, but a lovable one at that!

Overall, On the Prowl was a nice read that fits well with the series, but I wouldn't mark it as one of my favorites. Still enjoyable though!

Overall Rating 3/5 stars

1 comment:

  1. Ahh I so need to get back to this series. It does sound like a good read other than the start with Nic. I loved your description of him. LOL

    Great review :) Hope the next book's a little easier on ya!

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