Book: War of Hearts
Series: a wolfy standalone
Author: S. Young
Release date: 1 October 2019
Main characters: Thea Quinn, extraordinarily powerful woman on the run from those who would harm her; Conall MacLennan, alpha leader of Clan MacLennan and supe sent to deliver her to his mysterious client, Jasper Ashforth.
Plot: Thea Quinn has been running for the last six years. She’s never able to remain in one place long enough, never able to put down roots. She’s forgotten how to live, all she knows is survival. She has managed to remain one step ahead of her pursuer all that time, but when Jasper Ashforth steps up his efforts to get her back and enlists the help of Conall MacLennan, the gap between hunter and his prey narrows dramatically.
Conall is no ordinary wolf. Already an alpha, leader of his clan, he also possesses tracking abilities that are second to none. He has his reasons for pursuing and delivering Thea to Ashforth, and nothing will stand in his way. The pair have a mutual distrust for one another from the outset, but a series of incidents force the pair to cooperate with each other if they wish to make it to their destination alive. There are twists and turns along the way and Conall is forced to reevaluate everything he thought he knew…
Why you should read it: My goodness this book was an epic ride! There were so many twists and turns – it was dense and packed full of adventure, intrigue and sexual tension. Conall was a pretty straightforward character who thinks he has the measure of life and people in general. Nothing could prepare him for meeting Thea – there’s no-one like her and she keeps on surprising him throughout the book. Their slow acceptance of each other and the growing dilemma facing Conall (as he realises the implications of the bargain he struck) really kept me reading. I was on the edge of my seat at times, as the action didn’t let up or drag at all. The pace of the book was pitched right, and I felt the intensity of Thea and Conall’s acquaintance. Their chemistry built steadily and I really enjoyed how their relationship developed. The book was romantic too – very sweet and poignant in places, and it didn’t become too saccharine either.
What you may not like: There was a lot of mythology in the book and a magical narrative that did require quite a lot of concentration to stick with. At times, I wanted to get back to the main action – but that’s down to my own impatience, not the subject matter being uninteresting.
Rating: 5/5 for a magical and intricate world that I became fully immersed in. I thoroughly enjoyed the main characters and how they interacted with each other. Can’t recommend enough to those who love paranormal – I forgot how brilliantly S Young can create an otherworldly universe without it becoming too outlandish.