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Monday, April 21, 2014

Circle of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #2) by Sara Dailey

  Aiden Wright is trying to figure out who he really is, but the truth could cost him his true mate—or his life.
Life has always been easy for Aiden Wright. He’s smart, athletic, funny, and the ladies adore him. But when tragedy strikes, Aiden discovers the truth about who he really is and his whole world comes crashing down around him. Aiden thought that being a teenage werewolf was going to be awesome, but it might just cost him the one girl who could make him whole.
Since her mother’s disappearance, Teagan Rhodes’s life has been littered with her father’s empty beer cans and his hollow promises to change. Convinced that others would only let her down, she keeps everyone at arm’s length—but resisting Aiden’s charm is proving to be more difficult than she thought. Throw in a psychotic werewolf hunter out to terminate the species and one wrong move, one wrong decision could destroy everything.

I’m a hard sell when it comes to shifter novels. There’s a very, very fine line that authors have to cross in order to properly execute a plot with the ‘true mate’ trait.
These two authors did it pretty fine! To those new to shifter novels, I’ll just start off by saying that ‘true mate’ usually means that the two people’s souls become so….connected to each other that they physically can’t be parted (novels vary, but in this particular case, if separated, it manifests illness;) even if the two (or one of the) true mates doesn’t wish to be in the relationship.

Sometimes they can seem quite forced, and in some it seems like the reluctant party just caves in, instead of falling in love voluntarily. The book tour I’m participating in is for Book #2, but I would ABSOLUTELY recommend reading book #1 first.
Pack of Lies was good, I really liked the relationship between the two characters, but after I read Circle of Lies, I decided that it was my favorite. The ‘True Mate’ concept seemed to be better carried in Pack of Lies (book #1) but I realated with Teagan so much! We look very similar; have similar favorite foods, and even somewhate similar personalities.  Aiden was a real sweetheart too; he was very consistent throughout the novel. I love that the authors didn’t bring in the classic formula for YA romance, where both parties have their doubts. Aiden knew what he wanted, and he made it clear that he was there for Teagan to lean on in rough times.

I’ll admit, the one thing that really sold me on this series, was that I felt like it was such a strong study case in personality types. Even outside the pack usual (alpha, etcetera) it almost had an underlying psychology theme that I really enjoyed.

Overall, I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a paranormal romance, or looking for something with the non-average soul mate twist.  This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review: it's a part of IO Book Tours Circle of Lies book tour.

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