Series: Shadow Wranglers #1
Published by Berkley Trade on October 6th 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Shape Shifting, Vampires
Narrator: Tavia Gilbert
Length: 12 Hours and 3 Mins
Meet three sexy ranchers?who also happen to be vampires?in the first of a new series by the national bestselling author of Wild Instinct.
Allie always desired mysterious, sexy rancher Caleb Johnson, but he never seemed to notice her. Until the night she's attacked by a vicious animal, and rescued by a shapeshifting vampire that she almost seems to recognize: the baritone growl, the mesmerizing eyes, the inexplicable animal attraction. That's because her savior is Caleb, and now he has no choice but to bring Allie into the shadows with him?to protect her from a rival werewolf pack, and to finally reveal his true feelings for the woman he's been afraid to love.
I grabbed up Caleb on a whim, to be honest, just browsing on Audible and saw this and realized that I hadn’t read this author but she has been on my watchlist for quite a long while now and I decided that it would be best to listen to this one and I am actually glad that I did because the world building in this book was stellar, it is what kept my interest and I honestly can’t wait to read the other books because I just want to know what happens with the teaser that this author leaves us. NOT a cliffhanger, but the plot as a whole, kinda left it feeling “happy for now” because there are some bad villains and not all of them got their”justice”.
So what is Caleb about? And what made this a great read despite my reservations??!! Well, let me tell ya folks, that this book was so different from what I was expecting. It starts out with our heroine who works in a small town in a bakery. There is this cowboy, that she definitely “WANTS” but every time she tries to flirt, he acts like everything is normal. While out walking home, she is stalked and attacked by a wolf, and then is rescued by another wolf who ends up injured and so in her attempt to save her rescuer, she is put in more danger by a whole pack of wolves and with Caleb’s voice in her head, which she didn’t even know was possible. But she knows that his directions may just save her life and leads her back to the ranch where he and his brothers live. And once arriving, she is NOT welcome by his family at all and they are so furious that they lock her up in the barn and before she knows it she learns that they are vampires and she is turned a vampire in trying to save Caleb’s life. Caleb has known since meeting Allie, that she is his mate, but he didn’t want to draw her into his dangerous world but not its too late and he couldn’t protect her from his brother’s actions or the danger that is stalking her and only he and his brothers can protect her…
I really had a blast with the plot in this story, I found these type of vampires so intriguing. And yes I really didn’t like the brothers especially in how they treat Allie in the beginning, but you see how close they are as a family and that they would do anything to protect each other and they eventually grew on me. I really felt that Allie was the perfect fit for Caleb. Caleb is from the 1800’s and is definitely all alpha male and overprotective. And Allie is feisty and willful and stubborn but she also is understanding of Caleb’s character and I liked seeing that balance in their relationship. They both equal each other in the end.
My biggest drawback to the story is the SEX SCENES. And yes I felt like they were too much and SO long, I mean a scene would last a chapter or two and I felt like that was way too much. But thankfully once the plot picked up pace, then those scenes slowed down and that is where the story really gets interesting and their romance really develops more on an emotional level.
I will say that the villains in this book were SCARY and really kinda cocoo crazy. Some cult-like vamps that want to destroy anyone that doesn’t fall in line with their way of thinking and so yes we get some great action scenes and battle moments that really intensify the story line and keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and I really liked seeing this development and seeing that there is more to come in future books with this plot that I felt so intrigued over.