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First of all, I feel compelled, again, to offer the actual correct reading order of these books. According to the author's website, the correct order is:
The Others Series (in chronological storyline order)
1) One Bite With a Stranger
2) Big Bad Wolf
3) Prince Charming Doesn't Live Here
4) Black Magic Woman
5) Not Your Ordinary Fairy Tale
6) On the Prowl
7) Drive Me Wild
8) Hungry Like a Wolf
9) Wolf at the Door
10) She's No Faerie Princess
11) The Demon You Know
12) Howl at the Moon
13) Walk on the Wild Side
14) You're So Vein
15) Born to Be Wild
Being a fan of this series, I also know (again from the author's website) that this book was originally a short story called "Fur Play", which she rewrote to make it longer and re-released as a novel. Writers who include short stories in a series generally tend to make the story about at least one character that we know from previous books, but they realize that not all readers will buy the anthology or short story, so generally don't include real developments in any story arc they might have going on in the series. Even though Christine Warren did increase the word count here, series readers aren't going to learn anything new from this book, except for what directly relates to the two main characters.
As for the story, Honor is her father's "Beta" and when he passes away, she becomes alpha. Logan, Beta for the powerful Silverback pack, is sent to assess her. She's going into mating heat and Logan more or less immediately realizes that she's his mate.
She's torn between her obligations and her desires. Meanwhile, several males in her pack hatch a scheme to "dethrone" her from her position. Honor is verbally very defensive, but we do get a peek at what's going on in her head, which is very different from the tough exterior she displays.
I only gave the story 3 stars because it really lacked depth. Perhaps this is because it's a rewrite of a short story. I'm not sure really. Even though it was a respectable 8 hours long, I just didn't seem to get to know the characters or become invested in them. The plot wasn't bad, but then, there were no surprises there either. If you are a die hard reader of this series, you'll buy the book anyway. If you're not a die hard reader of this series, then I would suggest you go back and start with book 1, which is superb.
Kate Reading did a wonderful job with her narration. I think a so-so book was made much better than it would have been had I read it from print.
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I typically love these books, but this is the worst one I have listened to or read. It had very little story line, was VERY predictable, and extremely repetitive. I don't know how many times the author wrote long, drawn-out contemplative episodes about how Honor (the female) character wanted her pack to function. Each time these episodes occurred in the book, they were almost the exact same thing she had thought two chapters ago. This also happened with Logan (the male), but not as much. I don't know if Warren was trying to make up for lack of a story line and action by adding "filler", but it was really annoying. She could have done so much more with the book.
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