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Friday, February 15, 2019

Book Review: Stalk (Hotblooded Book 1) by Victoria Danann

Stalk (Hotblooded Book 1)
by Victoria Danann
Releasing: October 21, 2018
Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: 7th House, Imprint of Andromeda LLC
Number of pages: 388
Word Count: 82,000
Cover Artist: Victoria Danann
Every breath you take.

The first coming of chaos. Twelve thousand years ago, members of a more advanced race crossed into our dimension when the barriers temporarily collapsed.

Trapped in our world, the aliens, who were also shifters, built structures that eventually caused the great flood and the sinking of Atlantis.

Some of the alien DNA survived in progeny that carried an untraceable shifter gene, dormant until awakened by mating with a full-blooded werewolf.

Nick is a werewolf shifter part of an all-male pack. Successful and shrewd, the pack has set up a reclusive existence in the wild to protect their identity and livelihood. When Nick meets Reese, he knows she’s next-level special. Suddenly Reese is thrust into the world of the shifter pack and coming to grips with her vastly altered reality. Reese’s new life is also fraught with danger. When the pack catches the notice of ridiculously rich, unscrupulous game hunters, the whole pack is exposed to untold danger.

I’ve read some of Danann’s Knights of Black Swan, so I was anxious to delve into this new series. I found Danann’s approach to the shifter genre original and creative, particularly in the origin story of the shifters. She elegantly marries elements of sci-fi, thriller, action, and paranormal romance. This is a stellar first- installment; a definite page-turner. As a paranormal romance devotee, I was not disappointed by the romantic elements of Stalk. The multi-layered feel of the book gave the plot dimension beyond the romantic relationship of Nick and Reese.

Sadly, the book ends with a cliff-hanger; a hotly contested writing technique. I’m not a fan of cliff-hangers as I feel there are more effective ways to maintain reader interest while giving us a little more satisfaction. I think Danann skillfully set the stage for the rest of the series without the cliff-hanger. There are six other shifter males in the pack to explore, and I intend to follow up.

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Shortly after the incident, the event came to be known as May Day simply because it occurred on the first of May. The term would be forever after altered to represent the pandemonium that followed the dimension overlap that left so many stranded. It worked because it was a good choice because of disassociating the incident with high emotion.

Some from other places were left here. Some that belonged here had disappeared and, even though every city had a centralized location where loved ones could post photos and leave flowers or burning votives, everybody knew somebody who had lost someone. And the world had been turned on end in the blink of an eye.

The conventional wisdom about withholding news panic-inducing news from the public was bypassed. Cover up was impossible in this case and overnight, everyone knew that we experience reality alongside many others, invisible to us. Everyone also learned conclusively that other species exist in those realities.

One of the species that had been stranded in this dimension were canine shifters, werewolves as they were sometimes called in fantasy. Being disinclined to panic, the werewolves, each individually, used their cunning to quickly assess their circumstances and determine what was required to survive. Utilizing their innate talent for strategy, and seduction, they were able to identify missing humans who were a reasonably close match to anthropoid bodies, were without families and were, basically, antisocial. Being shrewd as well as cunning, they made matches with candidates with financial assets.

New lives could be built in a new world without money, but money could go a long way toward building walls of privacy and providing the one thing they needed most, after company, of course. That thing was territory. Freedom.

The government made it almost too easy by publishing an open database of the missing and requested that corrections be made if someone listed was present and accounted for. Each shifter made his choice then notified the government that they were not missing. They were sorry for the misunderstanding, but had been sailing in the Caribbean or fishing in the Gulf or on an archeological expedition in the Amazon.

By the time the dust of the catastrophe began to settle, seven shifters had found each other through a curious intersection of tech and primeval instinct. Each of the seven, while dealing with his own personal disorientation and sense of loss, quickly identified the Pacific Northwest as the most suitable habitat on the North American continent. Millions of acres of national parks and wildlife reserves was attractive. That, and the cooler temperatures, made the locale almost ideal as shifter temperatures run a full three degrees warmer than humans.

It took only a few weeks to come across each other. Shifters in wolf form can cover great distances. In so doing they came across the scent of others who were similar to themselves if not identical, but definitely distinctive from wild wolves. And each felt immeasurable relief to find others. For social animals, abject solitude would be a sentence to hell.

That was one of the reasons why Ken Sahabe was admitted to the pack without hesitation even though he was not a canine, but a spotted hyena. The pack decided Ken’s social and hunting needs were close enough and admitted him.

The hard wiring of pack behavior hadn’t changed for millennia. However, the language used to describe certain facts of pack life was altered for modern times so that it seemed more politic. For example, rather than saying the alpha decided, which was true, the thought would be expressed as ‘the pack decided’. In Ken’s case, though the actual wolves didn’t have a real vote, they accepted him like one of their own species.

About the Author:

Eight times #1 Amazon Paranormal Romance Bestseller

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Victoria Danann, has won the prestigious Reviewers’ Choice Award for BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES the past four years in a row! Click follow to get notifications of new releases.

Knights of Black Swan – BEST PARANORMAL ROMANCE SERIES (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Solomon’s Sieve – BEST VAMPIRE NOVEL (2014)

In addition to the brave and beautiful vampire hunting knights, Victoria writes other paranormal romances that often touch on scifi/fantasy along with contemporary bikers for those who love it when the bad boys are soooooo good.

Victoria co-hosts the popular ROMANCE BETWEEN THE PAGES podcast which can be found on itunes or at She and co-host, Riley J. Ford, interview the biggest names in romance every week. Ever wonder about the personalities behind your favorite books? Some of them just might surprise you with their interests, wit, lifestyles, and sense of humor.

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