Book Review

DIRE NEEDS
by Stephanie Tyler

Genre: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifter, Paranormal Romance
Sensuality: SCORCHER

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Known for her sexy tales of romantic suspense, Tyler jumps genres and kicks off the Eternal Wolf Clan, an edgy new paranormal series featuring a group of cursed immortal Dire wolves. Tyler’s world is hard-edged and dangerous, featuring a group of extreme bad boys. Hang on as this adventure will explore a gritty, raw and sexy world filled with predators!

Dr. Gwen Kadlin is staring death in the face. Suffering from terrible seizures with no cure, she has been told she will die soon. Determined to satisfy her passion, Gwen ends up in a dangerous Were biker bar. Rifter is the leader of the last six immortal Dire wolves. Although they are charged by the Elders with protecting humans, both the Dires and the Weres are fighting a war with Weretrappers — humans who made a deal with witches to capture and experiment on them. When Rifter spies Gwen in the bar, both he and his brother Wolf are entranced. Their night of passion is interrupted by a seizure, yet Rifter feels a bond forming between them. Then Gwen is targeted by an evil witch. Is Gwen a target because of Rifter, or for some other mysterious reason? (SIGNET ECLIPSE, Mar., 400 pp., $7.99)

Reviewed By: Jill M. Smith

Publisher: SIGNET ECLIPSE

Published: March 2012

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LITERAL ADDICTION's Review of Dire Needs

Submitted by MichelleLOlson on October 5, 2012 - 2:03pm.

Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson - LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha]:
I was excited for this book from the minute LITERAL ADDICTION hosted Stephanie to promote the last Sydney Croft ACRO novel and she announced that she was working on bringing it to life.
When I finally received my Advance Reading Copy from Stephanie I set all other books aside and settled in, reminding myself that I needed to keep an open mind and judge based on what I was reading and feeling, and not what I had hyped it up to be. That wasn't difficult, seeing as Stephanie literally grabs hold of the reader 5 pages in and doesn't let go.
The Eternal Wolf Clan is comprised of 6 sexy alpha males who are the last of their kind and who have been thrown into the battle of good vs. evil to save themselves, their distant cousins the Werewolves, and humankind from a group of overzealous humans known as the weretrappers. The trappers basically have a grudge against any `others', though their grudge has evolved into a nefarious plot to use the `others' before exterminating them. To make matters worse, they have conned a coven of powerful witches into helping them, and that is just making things harder for the Dires.
This is Rifter and Gwen's story, but it's also a beautiful set up for the rest of the series and I can pretty much guarantee that readers will be picking their favorite Dire immediately upon meeting him in this first installment. Without breaking the flow, Stephanie gives great descriptions of each of the Dires and some of their backstory, making it almost impossible for the reader not to choose their own personal hunky wolf to champion.
Rifter is a fabulous male lead - the leader of the Dires with the weight of the world on his shoulders and a melancholy that he can't shake just for the simple fact that he's felt so alone for so long.
Gwen is a great female lead. She's smart, sassy, strong, and while looking for her prince charming, doesn't completely turn herself off when she finds him.
The story was beautifully told; extraordinarily crafted, not only as a standalone book but as a set up for the rest of the series. The world that Stephanie has built for the Eternal Wolf Clan is unique and fresh, not something easily done in today's market of rampant shifter stories. The added twists of magic and the Dires' individual gifts add another layer of intrigue to the mix and there were just enough secrets left untold to keep the reader wanting more.
I can't believe that I've finished book one of this long awaited treasure already. I want book 2 so badly now, it's not going to be pretty until the next release. I guess I'll just have to satisfy myself with spreading the word about Dire Needs and the Eternal Wolf Clan series so that everyone can read it, love it, and be in misery along with me while we wait for book 2. ;-)
LITERAL ADDICTION gives Dire Needs 5 Skulls and would recommend it to everyone. It's a great read for Urban Fantasy buffs, Paranormal Romance lovers, fans of the strong sexy alpha male, lovers of magic and mayhem... it's a well rounded book for just about everyone.
Kudos to Stephanie for giving us an amazing new shifter world to fall in love with.