It is not in my nature, but if I was more exuberant this review would be started with a WOW! But so, I will try to tell you what I liked.
The first volume presents mainly the formation of a couple and seems to be the typical Paranormal Romance / Urban Fantasy story. But it will earn a much greater value and importance since it is the one that provides the motivations, explanations and opens the path for the stories which are to come in the next books. That's because each volume will continue the story of the couple previously introduced and will bring others and these will intertwine and determine each other.
I really liked this romance part of the series! Why? Because since two years ago when I started reading PR / UF, I was attracted, but also intrigued by this imprinting and soul –mate thing, which at a hasty glance, it seems that appoints a great relationship instantly born, a made-up supreme love which the lucky new lovers seem to accept without problems and the most of the authors use it as such. But Eri Nelson satisfy my frustration by the fact that, even if she doesn’t questions the power of imprinting, although she presents different reactions of those involved: the immediate acceptance of the mutual love, the refusal (initially one or unsurpassed still) to be linked forever by the same person, insecurity, the regret for the loss of previous mate (!), the supreme sacrifice and the denial of your own clan, hope, confusion, anxiety, sexual excitement and the sense of accomplishment as an individual. The author will provide realism for this myth (by introducing some of a free will) and also will succeed to make you feel and think about the feelings of each couple / individual in Dearhart.
But romance stories, somehow independently of each another, are not everything. They merge into a broader framework, that of life and death. The characters have not only to fight the struggle of the "acceptance" of what they are or of their mate, but a more important battle, that of survival in a world where specialized government departments do what they know best. This fight which gradually becomes the focus of the series, threatening all werewolves either good or bad, is a tough one. The dangers and the means are well chosen by the author (for example, one of the characters made me think about Nazi Dr. Mengele). Found in the plot that became the main one, the sacrifice and betrayal, the hatred between species and between creator and created, the thirst for power and control, the pure evil make that the predictable happy ending to not sound so sure anymore. The hope remains in those ancient prophecies that were introduced imperceptibly.
The characters are different and they are treated seriously. Each of those involved comes with its own history and its own baggage of feelings that will tantalize them (including adaptation or not to the "offered" life) and influence their decisions. The author will alternatively present the points of view of each character, including the negative ones, bringing rhythm and freshness to the story and always keeping the reader alert and bound to the book.
In the end I'll tell you no more only that I liked Dearhart very much (more than I initially expected) and, even if each of us seek and want something different from the books that we read, I recommend to you this series.
About the author:
Eri Nelson born Erica Walcott is a Indie Author and the youngest of three in a family of five. Erica became Eri (airy) from her mother who called her that for as long as she could remember. The short take on her name took on a more solid base with the love of her life and husband, Jeff Nelson.
Together they have been for the past twenty years. Within that time they were able to raise one daughter and endless amount of pets.
Eri Nelson is a nontraditional indie author who manages all areas of her fiction, fantasy, paranormal, action, adventure and sometimes-erotic writing. Eri handles all the groundwork of her books, even the editing. Because of this Eri strives to improve her abilities along with trying to explain to readers her far from traditional sentence structures. However, she will openly admit that typos follow her.
Writing is a passion for her and an abundance of never ending joy. Only one thing tops that for Eri... and that is when a reader enjoys the read..
Join Eri and her shadowy side of writing as she takes you along to explore new desire hunger filled worlds where your mind can share in the heat of the read.