Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Chloe Carpenter isn't like other women. She can communicate with animals. A gift she unwrapped following one of her frequent dances with death.
In her otherwise wacky life, she's finally found a semblance of sanity working at the Plum Beach Wildlife Park, where her unique talents can make life or death differences for the animals in her care. That semblance is shattered when a new veterinarian roars into the park in his spiffed up sports car and sets his golden gaze on her. If she had her way, he'd roar right back out.
Problem: He's her new coworker and he's saved her life twice - in the past twenty-four hours.
Zane Marshall, Enforcer for the Pacific Pack of purebred werewolves, has a job to do - figure out who or what is mutilating the young men of Plum Beach.
With orders to find the woman who talks to animals, he accepts a position working alongside the fiery Chloe Carpenter, a female who ignites his interest far more than he ever expected. Remarkably, she's the one elusive female with potential to bring meaning and passion to his empty existence.
Problem: She despises him.
Together, they're forced to unravel a mystery of supernatural proportions, a murderous mystery with eternal implications for everyone. In the process, they discover opposites really do attract.
Major Problem: Zane is pledged to another woman, and she'll do anything to keep him from Chloe.
book one Werewolves of the West series
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Published Date: 10.20.2012
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I love a supernatural world where the writer takes you for such an insane ride, you lose sight of your own reality. Carol Van Atta’s book, I Kissed a Dog -Werewolves of the West, was one of those books. And what a ride.
The story starts out with meeting Chloe, our star and the background and explanation of her "gift". She is basically a Dr.Doolittle, she can communicate with the animals. Very cool gift I must say. Chloe goes about her day to day working at the local wildlife preserve. Content and accepting of her gift. She is a basic everyday kind of girl.
Enter Dr. Zane Marshall, the new vet and all hot, all alpha male. Chloe is immediately drawn to him, something that takes her by surprise. She is not that kind of girl to fall like that, doesn't even date. But that changes very fast when Zane sets eyes on her. OH! And he's a werewolf :) A very sexy werewolf. His attraction to Chloe is immediate as well.
The story had so many twists and turns. A serial killer on the loose, a nutty FBI agent that puts everyone on edge, a somewhat jilted love interest, a crazed stalker possible mate of Zane, an ancient vampire with the hots for Chloe, a shotgun wedding, werewolves, vampires, mutants, ugly hooded bald men and whatever you can think of in between.
I don't want to give to much away, there is just to much going on, you have to read it to believe it. This is a story line like no other that keeps you turning page after page after page.
The author's characterizations were spot on and readily clarified. The twisting story line was clean and very easily understood. Loved the prose. This was a fantastic paranormal story that just kept on giving. I can not wait for book 2 to see what happens to the main group of characters, especially Vladimir, the ancient vamp with the hots for Chloe, you will totally love him as a secondary character.
Kudos to Carol Van Atta for giving me a world that I was completely engaged and lost in.
Like most authors, Carol Van Atta is no stranger to the written word. She penned a short novel at age 12. (somewhat frightening illustrations included), and had a creative writing piece published in her high school newspaper (about David Bowie’s Diamond Dogs LP). Yes, she’s an ex-80’s rocker chick.
She has contributed to several popular inspirational anthologies and devotional books, and lives in the rainy wetlands of Oregon with one terrifying teen (another in college) and a small zoo of animals. She is taking an undetermined hiatus away from inspirational writing to delve into her darker side. It is rumored that this genre-jumping occurred after Carol discovered two suspicious read marks on her neck, and experienced an unquenchable urge to howl at the moon.