Book Review-Touch of a Dark Wolf

Book Review-Touch of a Dark WolfTouch A Dark Wolf by Jennifer St. Giles
Series: Shadowmen #1
Published by Pocket Books on September 1st 2006
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Historical Romance, Shape Shifting
Pages: 320
Format: Paperback
Source: Library
ISBN: 1416513329
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Jennifer St. Giles begins a dazzling new series that takes you into a world of seductive shape shifters and mystical beings, and into the hearts of a band of heroic warriors known as The Shadowmen. . . . Yesterday, Erin Morgan worked for a pioneering Manhattan medical center. Today, she's on the run, witness to a chilling conspiracy. Fleeing for her life in the Tennessee mountains, she is run off the road by a mysterious beast . . . and things only get stranger when she wakes the next day to find a naked Adonis sprawled on the hood of her car. For centuries, Jared has been a shape shifter, sworn to protect mortals like Erin. But in saving her, Jared has damned himself, for the poison from his battle wound stirs a terrible blood lust. Determined to protect Erin, Jared stays by her side and discovers a sensual rapture beyond imagining . . . and a love that can change his fate. But can Jared overcome his savage thirst and protect Erin from the beast within?

Summary:
Erin, has been working for a Medical Center, and even though she enjoyed the benefits they had offered, when she realized that her boss was involved in several murders of innocent people, and she a witness, she fled, and is now on the run. Then her car collides with a hideous beast, but she is saved by a wolf. Then the next morning she awakes to find herself still with her car, and sleeping next to a gorgeous but very nude stranger, and this is only the beginning of the wierdness she will experience on this rocky journey with Jared. Jared is one of the Shadowmen who protect the Elan, who are in dangerous from evil creatures…and since he was injured by one of these foul creatures, he can feel the evil infection spreading throughout his body, and the only one who relieves the pain he feels is Erin’s touch, but he knows that he is only a danger to her, and must end his life before he ends up killing her….

The Hero 
Jared, is protector of the innocent, a shape shifter, and has sworn to protect the Elan who are in danger, from that which is most evil in the world. However when he tries to protect Erin, he is distracted because she sees him which most mortals can’t see his kind, and then he gets injured and is turned mortal since he is infected with a evil, that is spreading throughout him, a bloodlust for the blood of the one woman who could be his salvation…

The Heroine 
Erin Morgan, was shocked to see four dead people in work that day. After working for the medical center for months now, she never imagined what she would see, and now she is on the run with no where to go, until strange things happen and her life collides with a stranger, who could be the most dangerous threat of all, but the passion flares between them, which could be more dangerous that that threat he poses to her life…

My Thoughts 
Touch A Dark Wolf, is the first in the Shadowmen Series, and the first book that I have read from this author. I didn’t know from reading the blurb if I would really get into this book…however I really did. Although it was by far from my favorite shape shifter romance…it definitely had the suspense and fast paced action that I thoroughly enjoy in a good romance every now and then. It definitely reeks of enough danger to send one self careening over the edge, Such heart stopping moments up and down throughout the story. I sometimes felt like I was on a rollercoaster with this one….but in a good way. Its been a while since I have read a book with such intense emotion portrayed. I admit I was close to tears toward the end, not really knowing what would happen, but it ended on a happy note and I was fully satisfied! Definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series.

About Jennifer St. Giles

Under a barrage of nagging by BFF's, I've been told my bio was boring, not at all a reflection of just who I am beneath the surface, which is a compliment...I think. So, what can I tell you about me?
I don't play video games or watch horror because I can't take the heat, but give me a kickass thriller every minute of every day and I am there. Be prepared for a Hoover Dam meltdown if you're with me and the movie is sad. So, to avoid disaster, I love romantic comedies.

Never coffee. Always tea. Never beer. Always champagne. There's more, but hey, gotta save some secrets until after the first date, right?

I grew up in Miami. Went to nursing school in Georgia, where I now reside. I wrote for nine years before I sold a book, which made me a firm believer that a person should NEVER NEVER NEVER GIVE UP ON THEIR DREAMS.

Besides great kids, family, and friends, that perseverance has so far garnered me a USA Today Bestselling tag. I write in a number of genres and have won a number of writing awards, two National Choice Awards, three Maggie Awards, a RT Book Club Reviewer's Choice Award, the Daphne du Maurier Award, the Marlene Award, and the Golden Heart Award to name most of them. I work with several amazing women in a charity to raise money for a shelter that helps abused and homeless women and children and also contributes to the Angels of East Africa. I've revived my nursing career after a long hiatus, and currently work in a surgical clinic.

I write romance because I believe that when you take a human being to the very core of his existence, then you will find that what matters more than anything else is to be loved and to give love.

Life is all about choices and to pull from one of Erich Fromm's quote, I choose to create and to love rather than destroy and to hate. Go forth, dream, believe, create, inspire, and love,