Saturday, August 7, 2021

Review - Claimed by J.R. Ward

by J.R. Ward
Series: The Lair of the Wolven, #1
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: July 27, 2021

A heart-pounding new series set in the Black Dagger Brotherhood world, about a scientist fighting to save the gray wolves—and getting caught in a deadly trap herself...

Lydia Susi is passionate about protecting wolves in their natural habitat. When a hotel chain develops a tract of land next to the preserve, Lydia is one of the most vocal opponents of the project—and becomes a target.

One night, a shadowy figure threatens Lydia’s life in the forest, and a new hire at the Wolf Study Project comes from out of nowhere to save her. Daniel Joseph is both mysterious, and someone she intrinsically wants to trust. But is he hiding something?

As the stakes get higher, and one of Lydia’s colleagues is murdered, she must decide how far she will go to protect the wolves. Then a shocking revelation about Daniel challenges Lydia’s reality in ways she could never have predicted. Some fates demand courage, while others require even more, with no guarantees. Is she destined to have true love...or will a soul-shattering loss ruin her forever?

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this book and found myself caught up in the mystery, suspense, and intrigue, but then a bit peeved that there was barely a happy for now and the next book won’t be out until next summer!

This was a bit slow going for me at first as I had to wrap my head around the world and characters and get back into the JR Ward writing style. I loved the slow-burn romance between Daniel and Lydia and didn’t mind watching these two dance around their attraction as events unfolded. There were lots of twists and some very unexpected turns that have me anxious for the next book.

Having read many of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, which you don’t need to have done to enjoy this book, it was nice to see several characters again and I can’t wait to see how this tie-in will unfold as the series progresses. There were also some new characters that were introduced that I really liked that seem to have their own mysteries, which should make for some interesting reading going forward.

In typical JR Ward fashion, this story is a bit dark and is told from multiple points of view. There isn’t a lot of up-front world-building, so you are kind of dumped into the story and have to pick up pieces along the way, which is why I think for me it got off to a slow start. I wasn’t thrilled with the ending since there are a lot of things that are unresolved, but there is a happy for now (a short now, but happy none-the-less) so that should tide me over until the next book is released. And love it or hate it, this story definitely draws you in no matter where it leaves you at the end.

Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this book which I voluntarily reviewed.

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