Sunday, 28 April 2013
Pack of Lies - Sara Dailey & Staci Weber
Pack Of Lies (Red Ridge Pack #1) - Sara Dailey & Staci Weber
ISBN - 978-0984898862
Publisher - Boroughs Publishing Group
Release Date - April 8th 2012
Find - Goodreads
'The last thing Allison Wright ever expected when she moved to Red Ridge, New Mexico was to come muzzle to muzzle with the wolf of her dreams.
Seventeen-year-old Allison Wright is convinced she’s losing her mind. Uncontrollable mood swings, hot flashes, and the urge to punch anyone who gets in her way are suddenly becoming everyday occurrences. Before her erratic behaviour gets out of hand, Allison’s mother finally comes clean about her dark secret. Mom is a werewolf, and soon Allison and her brother Aiden will suffer the same fate. When Allison reaches her breaking point, the family leaves their life in Texas to move to Red Ridge, New Mexico where they rejoin the pack that Allison’s mother left behind almost 20 years ago.
Unfortunately, not everyone in Red Ridge is thrilled about Allison’s arrival, especially when she attracts the attention of the very handsome, very taken, soon-to-be alpha, Cade Walker. Little does Allison know, her mere presence is causing a rift in a once unified pack. Not only has Cade been forbidden from being with Allison by his father, the pack’s alpha, Cade’s girlfriend, Kendall Stuart, will stop at nothing to get Allison out of the picture. Well on her way to becoming the next alpha’s mate, Kendall expects to rule the pack by Cade’s side even if it means teaming up with a rogue werewolf with an agenda of his own. Determined to get rid of Allison permanently, when Kendall and the rogue join forces, all hell breaks loose and no one in the pack is safe, especially not Cade and his true mate.' - Goodreads
This review may contain spoilers!
Interesting take on the werewolf story, it starts with the main character Allison Wright trying to figure out why she's gone from most popular girl in school complete with best friend and boyfriend to a nobody who is sexually harassed by male students and physically threatened by the girls whilst her brother continues as one of the popular kids. When Alli's mother is called in after her third fight at school she finally finds out what is going on, her mother is a werewolf and both Alli & Aiden will be going through their first change soon. Their parents explain that not only are their grandparents still alive but they're also moving back to Lillian Wright's hometown to live with the pack that she ran away from after meeting their dad. Alli looks on this as a good thing as she hopes being with other 'weres' she won't stand out as much and may even make friends. However the instantaneous attraction between her and Cade (the son of the Alpha, Marcus, who also happens to be Alli's mother's ex) on their arrival in Red Ridge means things don't go quite to plan, especially as Cade has a girlfriend.
Overall, I really enjoyed this take on werewolves. I was quite concerned about the whole 'insta-love' scenario but this is explained away through the werewolf 'true mate' bond which even Marcus, Cade's father, can't argue with although he does try, mostly by forbidding Cade to see Alli and to continue his relationship with Kendall. Kendall is also encouraged to keep Cade interested by any means possible by her mother to keep their standing in the pack, damaged years earlier by Kendall's father. The main villain of the piece is a werewolf called Dylan from another pack who becomes entangled with Kendall and together they plot to take down the Red Ridge pack so Dylan can become Alpha.
There were a few things which I wish we had read more of, for instance the development of Alli & Cade's relationship, why Dylan wanted to become alpha of the Red Ridge pack and why he partnered up with Kendall of all people! I did like the second part of the story being told from the three different perspectives of the main characters, each voice was unique and enabled us to see what was going on in more detail and learn more about them individually - especially Kendall as it allowed us to see why she behaves as she does. Although Aiden was in this book he was very much a secondary character so I'm hoping in book two - Circle Of Lies, which the publishers very kindly sent to me - we get to see more of him. I really want to know how he deals with the information given to us at the end of Pack Of Lies (which I guessed correctly before the end of chapter six!) and being a werewolf. I'm also looking forward to reading the prequel about Marcus & Lily and their lives before she left the pack which I believe is called Born Of Lies and due out sometime next month.
*My copy of Pack Of Lies was very kindly sent to me by the publishers, thank you!