Monday, January 14, 2013

Review: The Calling by Lily Graison

The blurb:

In a world where the supernatural isn’t supposed to exist, one woman comes face to face with the monsters and fights to survive their call.

Investigative reporter Rayna Ford is sent to the small community of Wolf’s Creek to write an expose on a town supposedly over run with werewolves. Assuming the inhabitants to be under a mass delusion, she learns quickly that all isn’t as it seems. Their plans involve more than a newspaper article and her life hangs in the balance as their motive for luring her to them is revealed.

Garrett Kincaid knows a thing or two about werewolves. He is one. After leaving his pack, he’s spent the last twelve years pretending to be something he isn’t. His closely guarded secret threatens to destroy him when he meets Rayna Ford, the woman his wolf has claimed as his own. When he learns the pack has lured Rayna to them in order to get to him, he races to Wolf’s Creek to protect her from the very thing he fears the most. Himself.

The power struggle within the pack becomes clear once Garrett reaches his old home and learns of the packs plans for Rayna. The beast lurking beneath his skin is torn between protecting the woman he wants to call mate and keeping the balance within the pack on neutral ground. When choosing a side no longer matters, he does what he must to save his mate, even if that means making one of the most difficult decisions of his life.

When the stakes are high, and lives hang in the balance, can you ignore life as you know it to answer…The Calling.

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My thoughts:

First a disclaimer. I am not a shifter fan. Give me vampires any day, but shifters… meh. Usually they leave me cold.

Usually.

Garrett Kincaid, on the other hand… No need for blankets when he’s around, the temperature shoots right up!

It’s not to say the man is perfect. I spent a large part of the book wanting to club him over the head. He’s a hero, all right. Right down to the self-sacrificing tendencies. Given his say, Rayna would never know how much he loves her, and never know he only pushed her away for that killer reason: ‘her own good.’ Most importantly, she’d never know what he is: a werewolf.

At first, I was annoyed with Rayna for still having feelings for Garrett when he treated her so poorly. I wanted to shake her and show her a man who can be so mean can’t possibly be good for her. But as the story developed and we learned more about Garrett, man and wolf, I wanted instead to encourage her to hold on to him, and see past the fur to his heart.

I don’t think I’m giving much away in saying that I cheered when she did.

The Calling is a fast-paced novel that touches an eternal question: should we reveal all that we are to the ones we love, flaws and all? It’s always tempting to keep our inner ‘monsters’ under wrap, but in the end if we reveal ourselves our loved ones may surprise us.




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