Dark Spirit. Spirit Wild Series 2. Kate Douglas

Dark Spirit (Spirit Wild)

Dark Spirit. Spirit Wild Series 2. Kate Douglas
Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.
I really enjoyed the first in this series, Dark Wolf, so was excited to see this up for review. Its a continuation of the series,this time focussing on Chanku pack members and lovers Jace and Gabe. They find Romy in the woods escaping from the horrific life she’s had in the religious cult into which she was born. She’s near to death, but they manage to save her, and need to help her keep free from the cult members who are out to find and kill her. She knows nothing about Chanku, and has only just realised she can shift to wolf. The men explain to her how she’s also Chanku, and offer for her to come back to their pack with them, but to accompany them while they finish their annual wild wolf survey first.
Romy learns so much about herself, not least that the Chanku are a very sexual group, and both healing and shifting create a strong sexual urge that’s perfectly natural. They form a close connection with Romy, both sexual and friendly, and Jace feels sure she’s his Mate, though he’s treading slowly as she’s been through so much, and had such a lot of new information thrust at her.
Meeting the two isn’t the end of the danger for Romy, the cult members hate shifters and are determined to kill her, and are tracking her, Jace and Gabe with a view to capturing or killing them all. Even though hunting wolves is forbidden on the land they’re on, that hasn’t stopped them from shooting a wild wolf, and they seem to feel that they are above any law, quoting God as their excuse.
As with book one I really enjoyed this, but with one big, hige, massive stumbling block though. Once again there was some hot and steamy sex scenes both m/f, m/m, and m/f/m so only read if these won’t offend you. Its a good story surrounding the sex scenes too, and I like the way it joins on to the first book, shedding further light on the Chanku and their origins and what they plan to do now humans know about them.
Now for that stumbling block 😦 I get that there are religious cults that abuse women and children, and I’ve no problem with fiction including that – what I did find hard to take was the fact that Romy was so very, very young when her abuse took place. I’m not saying we should ignore things like this, that’s wrong and its up to everyone to stand out against it where they can but – I don’t like extremes of it cropping up in my fiction. I don’t want sanitised, restricted fiction, but there has to be some stop lines and this is one for me. Romy’s age when it started was mentioned again, and again, and again and each time it made me feel very uncomfortable even though its fiction. I’m sure this won’t bother many people, but for me it was a real factor in bringing down the overall enjoyment of an excellent story. If she’d been 12 or so I could have coped – that’s still wrong of course, but I’d have been able to accept it as part of the story more easily. Younger than that just made me feel very uneasy about it’s inclusion in the story. It’s excellent value at £1.86 for 234 pages.
Stars: three and a half. Without that stumbling block I’d have given this four and a half so bear that in mind if you feel differently to me about issues like that.
ARC supplied by Netgalley

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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