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As the first novella in the Dark Frontier series, "Undeniable" provides an extraordinarily vivid setting and backstory for future stories. In just a few paragraphs, readers learn about the gradual apocalypse that took place a decade before. In fact, the realistic, terrifying set-up is so well drawn that it makes the supernatural elements of the story, including the evil werewolves, unnecessary. As for the characters, Kate is strong yet vulnerable, which makes it difficult for the reader to forgive Ty when he exploits Kate’s weaknesses by forcing her to trade sexual favors for the safety of her people. The short story format does not give Kate and Ty a lot of space to work out their issues, but the one thing that is always clear is the hunger these two characters feel for each other.

Kate McKinnon has been the leader of the group hiding out on Sanctuary ranch since the apocalypse ten years ago. Wars have caused permanent winter and darkness, which allows werewolves to roam freely. But there are two things Kate knows how to do – kill her enemies and survive. What she is not so good at is getting close to others. She has been able to keep her sanity by taking a lover, but it is not thoughts of the cowhand that heats her blood. Instead she is drawn to Ty Bennett even though she has only heard him as a voice on the radio. When Ty shows up in a military vehicle with his own band of ex-soldiers ready to escort Kate and her people to safety, it turns out that this handsome man is too good to be true. Kate is sure that she has traded the threat of one monster for another because while Ty and his men aren’t werewolves, they aren’t exactly human either. (SAMHAIN, May 2011, dl., $3.50).

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Dawn Crowne