Summary from Goodreads:
Jessica McClain was born the only female in an all male race. The only problem is — she’s no wolf. Called a curse, a witch and the Daughter of Evil by the superstitious wolves, Jessica decides to fight for her freedom, at age nineteen, the only way she can — in the ring.
When she’s brutally attacked right after her fight, is it enough to finally earn her freedom off Compound, or will she be forced to endure the hatred even longer…
I really liked this little novella because it seemed to introduce the reader to all of the key characters and it was nice to have some background on Jessica. She seemed so kickass in this book. At the age of 19 it seemed nothing was going to stand in her way of getting exactly what she wanted. I liked seeing just why Jessica thought it was important for her to go out on her own in the human world, beyond the pack of werewolves that she lived with.
Ultimately this novella gets me excited for the first full length novel in this series.
Summary from Goodreads:
Born the only female in an all male race, Jessica McClain isn’t just different—she’s feared.
After living under the radar for the last twenty-six years, Jessica is thrust unexpectedly into her first change, a full ten years late. She wakes up and finds she’s in the middle of a storm. Now that she’s become the only female full-blooded werewolf in town, the supernatural world is already clamoring to take a bite out of her and her new Pack must rise up and protect her.
But not everyone is on board. The werewolf Rights of Laws is missing text and the superstitious werewolves think that Jessica means an end to their race. It doesn’t help when Jessica begins to realize she’s more. She can change partway and hold her form, and speak directly to her wolf. But the biggest complication by far is that her alpha father can’t control her like he can the rest of his wolves.
When a mercenary who’s been hired by the vampires shows up to extract information about the newly turned werewolf only days after her change, they find themselves smack in the middle of a war and there’s no choice but to run together. When it’s up to Jessica to negotiate her release against her father’s direct orders, she chooses to take an offer for help instead. In exchange, Jessica must now swear an oath she may end up repaying with her life.
Jumping into this one I was excited because the beginning started out pretty good with Jessica waking up to find out she was finally going through her chance. After never becoming a full blooded werewolf when she was of age at 18 she thought she was never going to become a werewolf. Plus she was the only female ever born in her pack, or ever. She basically went against everything that werewolves knew to be true so no one ever expected her to change form.
After the initial good beginning I was sort of let down as I read more of the book. I had recently read First Grave on the Right and with Charley being a detective that took human cases as well as supernatural ones it just didn’t seem all that original when Jessica was a private investigator in this book of both human and supernatural cases. I felt like it was a repeat of something I had just recently read and so it didn’t impress me. Plus where Charley was sarcastic and went with her business with ease and a fun loving nature I felt that Jessica was stumbling along not really fitting in anywhere and not knowing what to do. She just seemed a little lost in her supernatural world so I wasn’t really that interested in her. In the novella she seemed kickass and knew what she wanted but as a 26 year old I felt she became boring.
Now don’t even get me started on the love interests or should I say lack of interest. The first sex scene and only sex scene happens with a man that I thought of as a father figure in her life. I was really disgusted when she decided to sleep with him and it left a bad taste in my mouth and I’m not a person who is easily offended. Then there was the guy at the very end… don’t even remember the bloke’s name because he was literally in the book for such a short period of time yet there was instant love and now the leading lady feels she must be with him. Throw in some conflict at the end of the book with some vampires! Yes, vampires, even though the whole book to this point only mentioned other supernatural creatures we are going to throw in vamps for no reason. Then all of a sudden the end of the story happened…
So basically the only time the book was interesting was in the last 50 pages or so and then it just ended there in the middle of a bunch of stuff going on. I felt like I spent the majority of this book waiting for something to happen. Frankly I’m still waiting even though I already read the last page. I have no idea if I’ll bother with the next book or not.