“Out Of The Shadows” by Bethany Shaw

 photo large-out-of-the-shadows-cover-bethany-shaw_zps1299863f.jpgLark Davies is the sole guardian of her younger sister, and the owner of The Cookie Jar. When she’s not working, she spends her free time at the Harris ranch. It doesn’t matter that they are werewolves. They are her family. When Devon Harris shows up at the ranch, Lark finds herself instantly drawn to him. However, Devon makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. But when enemies attack the ranch, Lark and Devon find themselves working together to save the people they love most. Their mutual attraction continues to intensify, leaving Lark aching for Devon’s touch. The closer they become, the further Lark is drawn into the werewolf world.  Lark has known werewolves existed for some time. She just never knew how dangerous they could be.

Devon Harris has lived under his stepfather’s tyranny for too long. When his stepfather forms an alliance with a dangerous werewolf pack, Devon knows it is time to leave. He and his younger siblings seek refuge at his Uncle Rick’s ranch. There he meets the fiery human Lark. Devon instantly feels the attraction to Lark. With a war between the packs on the horizon, Devon tries to keep Lark at arm’s length. As battle lines are drawn, and Lark is sucked further into his world, Devon can no longer ignore Lark’s allure. Can Devon protect his family and keep her safe? He can only hope.

I received this book from the author, Bethany Shaw, as part of a book tour, in exchange for an honest review.  This is Book 1 in the Werewolf Wars Series.  Read the Review for Book 2, “Into the Unknown”, HERE.

The Review

Where do I begin.  Well…we can start by saying I was late for work because of this book.  Luckily I have a very flexible boss.  I did NOT want to put it down it was THAT good!  The writing and flow of everything was amazing.

I loved this book/series!  It was fast paced and it kept me enthralled the entire time.  I loved Lark’s strength and spitfire attitude.  She’s a kind soul, but she also fights for what she believes in and loves. She is the PERFECT Heroine and Devon is the perfect Hero.  He’s an alpha male(pun not intended), who is a troubled soul.  You want to take away all his pain and help him see he’s worthy of love and happiness.

There will always be people who differ in opinion, but one of the things I really love about Bethany Shaw’s writing is the fact she draws out the sexual tension.  It is more of that mental foreplay vs constant sex.  Maybe it’s because I enjoy a challenge myself, so the cat and mouse game is a turn on for me.  She doesn’t over do it though.  Just about the time you begin to wish they’d get together already, they do and then something will happen(in this case it was Devon’s commitment issues) that begins the game over again, but the crack in the armor of the hero has been made. I enjoyed watching Lark chip away at his defenses.

I really only have a couple critiques.  One is of the story and that is the ending.  It just felt too much like the “Gone With The Wind” closing scene with Scarlett. Maybe since that’s my favorite movie, I noticed it and it’s not something anyone else will even catch. Either way, it won’t even slightly take away from the story. The second thing is the typos.  I think I was an editor in a past life, because I catch them very easily, but again, nothing that takes away from the reading experience.

My final thoughts:  I love, love, LOVED it! Magnificent! I highly encourage anyone who loves Paranormal Romance with werewolves to read this series!

~Robin Malone

 

Grade Scale:

(Based upon the Book Reads and Reviews Rubric)

  • Plot – 10
  • Characterization – 10
  • Style – 9: I only docked a point because of a couple typos.
  • Threshold Quality – 10
  • Addictiveness – 10

Total – 49

Rating –5 Stars!