Review of CONNER by Miranda Stork

5 Jul

Let me start off by saying, that as a sub-genre of paranormal romance, werewolves do not interest me. I find that they are overly clichéd, and frankly, too much attention is given to the more “wolf-like” aspects of the hero. I don’t think dogs are sexy. And I don’t want to read about sexy dogs. That being said, Conner has made me do a complete one-eighty on the whole werewolf thing. At least on Miranda Stork’s werewolves.

From the beginning, Conner is described with just enough detail to be sexy and intriguing without all the overt alpha-male sexuality that is so common. He’s cheeky and sly, yet there’s something vulnerable that makes you want to find out more. And just wait until you discover his secret. My jaw literally dropped and I almost spit coffee everywhere.

Erin is a woman to be identified with. She’s smart, yet has her faults, but she is definitely not one of those too-stupid-to-live, can’t-find-her-way-out-of-a-room-without-a-man-to-lead-her type of woman. She is sometimes a bit too trusting, but that speaks to the earnest nature of her character. But when push comes to shove, her backbone snaps straight in an instant and she’s ready to give as good as she gets.

There is a common thread of duality in this book, a trait I noticed early on, but it wasn’t until the end that I really began see how it was weaving together. I was pleased, and then upset, because as the action in the book was ramping up and things were falling together in the excitement of the narrative, BOOM! End of story. Which, mind you, is not a bad thing. There is a sequel coming. I’m just a little put out that I have to wait to read more, because what was written was so thoroughly enjoyable.

The good parts: Characters you will love (and some you will love and hate), a fast-paced narrative laced with twists and turns, keeping you on the edge of your seat and wondering what could possibly happen next. An interesting take on the werewolf sub-genre without being overblown or hackneyed.

The bad parts: Not bad, per se. A few editing quirks, nothing I haven’t seen in books put out by the Big Six, and certainly not anything glaring enough to detract from the story or from my reading. Also, I would have liked a little more sexual tension, and even a little more sex (as this is a romance), but looking back, I can see how maybe having more of that would have impacted the storyline in a way that would deviate from where Ms. Stork was taking the plot.

Overall: I found this book to be engaging, exciting, and a great read. A solid 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. And I’m overly picky.

Here’s the back cover blurb:

Erin is a young psychologist, with no time for anything but her work, and unable to remember anything about her past. She leads an uneventful life, but a lonely one, in which she secretly wishes for a soulmate…

Conner is an unusual patient who approaches her, thrusting her into a strange world of darkness that runs beneath our own. He believes himself to be a creature of legend-a werewolf. But he also draws Erin with a roguish charm, and an irresitible feeling that seems to bind them together…

Conner desperately tries to save her from an unknown evil that persues her with a relentless passion that crosses centuries, an evil that once took her very soul away, somewhere in Erin’s lost memories.

As she becomes more entwined in a series of events that will remind her of who she really is, will she make it away from the oncoming darkness unscathed…?

Pick this one up. You won’t be sorry.


2 Responses to “Review of CONNER by Miranda Stork”

  1. writermirandastork July 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm #

    *squeeeeeeee! So, so happy you enjoyed it so much. And thank you for such a detailed review, you know I love those kinds of review!

    And more sex, madame?!?! I should have known! 😀


  2. Tami Parrington July 5, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    Great review. I loved this book, too.


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