Nightwolves Coalition is my second taste of Clarrissa Lee Moon (the first being Celeste Nites), and it has definitely prompted me to clear a little space on the virtual book shelf for more.
Once again, Clarrissa presents us with a strong female lead who manages to be sexy without losing any of the respect she demands as a kick-ass heroine. Hell, this woman has not 1, not 2, but 3 mates, and she comes across as not only worthy of all three, but entirely capable of keeping her men in line.
Smartly keeping this from being just another urban fantasy/paranormal romance, Clarrissa introduces a high-tech thriller element, with Catrina getting involved with the military elite – only after, of course, they discover her vampiric nature during a botched hijacking attempt. I say vampiric, because she’s something new to the genre, a woman granted supernatural powers as a reward for her past services, and who remains unencumbered by the usual weaknesses of the vampire.
This definitely a story that puts action above romance, danger above eroticism, and it works very well. The pacing does lag a bit in places (usually when it gets deep into explanations), but not so much that it draws you out of the narrative. The depth of imagination displayed in the world-building and mythology is wonderful, and I suspect she’s only scratched the surface in this volume.
I’m definitely looking forward to more, discovering what happens next, and discovering more about the battles that condemned Catrina to the astral plane for so long. Well worth a read!