Series: Dark Guardian, #1
Author: Rachel Hawthorne
Publisher: Harper Teen
Tags: Young Adult, Werewolves, Romance, Paranormal
Hearts: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
I see him and knows what this turmoil inside of me means: He’s the one. My forever.
KAYLA is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can’t understand why she’s so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she’s inherited a terrifying-and thrilling-gene that will change her life forever.
LUCAS is dangerous, gorgeous … and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm’s way.
As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.
This summer Kayla has chosen to work as a Sherpa. She got this idea from her friend Lindsey, who was a Sherpa last year, when Kayla and her parents came camping and traveled with the Sherpa’s through these woods. Lindsey is the only one who knows why Kayla and her adoptive parents came here specifically: Kayla’s real parents were murdered in these woods by drunken hunters, while Kayla was with them…..
Kayla’s first assignment as a Sherpa is to go with Dr. Keane, his son Mason and some grad students through the woods, while they are in search of something. Mason kinda likes Kayla and Kayla herself has no problem with that. She kinda likes him too. On the other hand, there is Lucas, another Sherpa. Kayla;s feelings for him are very intense, although she’s not sure what the feelings mean. Lucas’ warm/cold behavior also doesn’t help a bit…..
The hike isn’t without difficulties. When the group plans to cross a river, Kayla is swept away when someone cuts the rope that’s used for safety. When she finally manages to crawl on a river bank, she stares right in the eyes of an angry bear. Fortunately for her a beautiful wolf comes to her rescue and from then on the wolf stays nearby the group….
Usually one of the Sherpa’s stays behind, when they leave the travelers at their destination. Kayla asks to stay behind to be with Mason more, much to Lucas’ dismay. When Mason forcefully kisses her wolf comes to her rescue. Mason shoots it with a tranquilizer gun and the other students help put it in a cage….
It turns out that dr. Keane and the rest are researchers at a lab, Bio-Chrome. They believe that werewolves are real and that the wolf they just captured is one of them. They plan to take the wolf back to the lab and do research on him, to make a fortune. Kayla, who started seeing the wolf as her own, plans to help the wolf escape. Although not everything goes according to plan and a whole new world opens for Kayla….
I loved reading this story. Werewolves were put in a new and refreshing view and this time it were actually the female werewolves who got a say in chosing a mate. Go emancipation! No more woman who are stuck with a mate they don’t want (at first of course, since mates are destined to be together and it’s always quite nice to see them growing to love each other 😉 )
A couple of pages I had the assumption that a naked Lucas was carrying Kayla on his shoulder. Till the moment he planned on becoming a wolf and threw his pants to her (okay so he wasn’t naked -.-). I missed a small, important sentence phrase where he puts on his pants, but it made it a lot more interesting 😉 (although I kept wondering why Kayla stayed calm. She would have had an amazing view 😉 )
The moment Kayla turned into a wolf was an anticlimax. The description of becoming one is that it will be painful and even dangerous, people died when they transformed. The real scene is over in a minute and I didn’t get the feeling that it was that difficult or painful (not that I wanted her to suffer) but a piece of cake. That’s quite a contradiction….
As a rule, I’m a team player, except when I’m not.
Okay, this phrase seems logical, but I actually had to read it 4 or 5 times before I got what means. Is it me (and no, I was not tired at that moment 😉 )?
My overall rating is 4 hearts. I honestly enjoyed reading this book, but it wasn’t enough for 5. Why? Not the faintest idea. It lacked that bit of magic to keep me glued to it. It’s still a great book to read and I will definitely read the next one in this series.
What did you think of it? Please leave a comment 😉