Review: Marked (The Wolf’s Den #1) by Aline Hunter

October 29, 2013 Review 1

Review: Marked (The Wolf’s Den #1) by Aline Hunter

Fantasy becomes reality if you carry the mark...

Chloe Bryant doesn’t know what to expect when she enters The Wolf’s Den. Drawn to the werewolf tattoo parlor for reasons she can’t explain, she soon discovers the sexy man from her dreams isn’t a figment of her imagination. Not only is Jackson Donovan real, but he explains the dreams they shared are due to their destined mating. It can’t be possible. She’s not a werewolf. Even if he swears the mark on her wrist indicates otherwise.

Jackson is stunned to discover the beautiful minx from his dreams isn’t a full-blooded werewolf but a Halfling. The only way to uncover Chloe’s past is to stake a claim to her future. By taking the delectable female into his bed, he’ll unlock every secret she has to hide -- as well as awaken the passion she’s tucked away for too long -- by exploring her mind, body and soul one sweet inch at a time.

Title: Marked
Author: Aline Hunter
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Enemy Mine, Vampire Mine, Changed
Series: Wolf's Den
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Changed
Published by Ellora's Cave
Source: Publisher
Published: November 28, 2012
Genres: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Pages: 133
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Stars: three-half-stars
Flames: five-flames

This is a great start to the series! I love the world.  The humans know about supernaturals but they don’t spend a lot of time together.  Certain sections of the city are separated for shifter use only so they can let their beasts out without fear. I liked the world building we see but I would have liked even more information on how everyone co-exists.  My basic impression was that the humans stayed away from supernatural’s and the supers had their own law enforcement to keep them in line.  But since we don’t get too much information that could be inaccurate.

I really enjoy this take on shifters and mates.  Chloe and Jackson have been dreamsharing, for a few weeks.  Chloe thinks that the dreams are just dreams since she doesn’t know a lot about shifters but Jackson knows that she is his mate and will be compelled to find him.  I liked that Jackson was eager to mate with Chloe even though she wasn’t what he expected.  He accepted her for who she was and didn’t let the thoughts and opinions of others sway him.  Chloe was a little more resistant to the idea of being with  Jackson but I think it had more to do with her not understanding the shifter culture than anything else.

There were a lot of external conflicts for Chloe and Jackson and it made for a very fun read.  I liked how the conflicts moved to story along and it wasn’t all about whether or not Chloe an Jackson would be together.  We know from pretty early on that they will be trying (well Chloe is trying while Jackson is wooing her to be his mate) but most of  the story has to do with the rest of the packs and what will/would happen if/when they mate fully.  It all takes place over about three days so we don’t get much of the run around but the plot has a very nice fast pace that kept me engaged and anxious for more.

We are introduced to most of Jackson’s pack of which he is the Alpha. There are several characters in there that I want to know more about.  Also the book takes place during a full moon which calls the wolves to run in their animal form with all the packs.  There are several other Alphas mentioned so I can see this series really growing.

There was also the beginning of the relationship between Rachel and Declan.  Rachel is Chloe’s best friend who is a human and very leery of supernaturals.  We don’t get her full back story but we know she doesn’t trust them and avoids them if possible.  When she’s looking for Chloe she meets Declan, the Beta of Jackson’s’ pack.  I don’t want to put any spoilers in but since we get their initial meeting and some other interesting facts about them in this book, I would advise reading it before delving into their story, Changed, which is the second book in the series.  I am very excited to read it next.

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