Black Gold (Takhini Wolves, #1)
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Black Gold (Takhini Wolves #1)

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Their wolves are howling at the moon. Their human halves are on different planets.

"Takhini Wolves, Book 1"

Lone wolf Shaun Stevens s automatic response to the words happily ever after ? "Kill me now." Yet with all his friends settling down he s begun to think there may actually be something to this love-and-roses crap.

One thing s for sure: his dream mate will have to out-cu...more
ebook, 157 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Samhain Publishing
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Not bad, and good enough to still my hunger for shifter romance for a bit.
I prefer normal relationship over the whole fated mate business, but I liked how it played out here. Both had this preconception of how their relationship would work, and when it turned out that was exactly the opposite of each other, shit hit the fan.

I did feel like Shaun was the one doing all the work, while Gem stayed with her Southern Belle habits for a long time. Not her spoiled princess things, but more her idea of h...more
This is the first book in Vivian Arend’s new wolf series staring Shaun who we met before as a helicopter pilot for the Granite Lake Wolves. He is still just living life with no real goals but one night while with his alpha, Evan getting drunk he reveals he wants a mate. The way he meets his mate is pretty hilarious. The Takhini wolves all act like a bunch of rowdy frat boys and need some women to whip them into shape.

His mate, Gem, is a pampered princess from the south. Yes, a southern belle wo...more
Francesca the Fierce (Under the Covers Book Blog)
This review was posted at Under the Covers

I am under the impression that this is a spin-off series of the Granite Lake Wolves series, however it felt like a continuation. Which is a great thing because I do love the feel of this series and the personalities and characters are always entertaining. But now we are dealing with a different pack.

Shaun was feeling a bit down, what with everyone finding their mates and being happy, that he gets plastered at the bar and his Alpha, Evan, has to take him...more
Shaun has always been a lone wolf. Preferring not to belong to any one pack, he has always been happy to sit on the sidelines. That is, until all his pals start to mate and settle down. Now he finds himself drunk off his arse in the local Alpha Evan’s office, wishing for thing’s he never thought he would want. Gem is visiting the local area when she is frog-marched to Evan’s office for breaching pack protocol. She is supposed to announce her presence to the local pack, but the inexperienced youn...more
Hellllo, sexy shifters! I am a huge fan of insta-love when reading shapeshifter books. I just love when that mating instinct kicks in and the two parties can't get enough of one another. But what happens when the two shifters in question are polar opposites? Like, what if one's a rough and ready pilot who's just as happy camping out in the wilderness as bunking down in a room with a cot and the other is a pampered, sheltered lady who's trying to spread her wings and find herself? Shenanigans, pe...more
Wolf-shifter, Gemmita came from the South. Gemmita came from a wealthy, high-class lifestyle where the shifters barely shifted, she had never seen a human up close and she got her college degree on her family estate.
Sean is introduced in the book as a participant in a bar fight. While he owns his own airline charter company, he is wild, irresponsible, and hasn't found anything or anyone to change that. His picture of a mate is anything but the refined Gemmita.
Unlike other books, even though the...more
Fast and nice read.

Wolf shifters mmm.... :D :D
Oh, my! Great story. The characters have lots of charm and have some hilarious moments, as well as having some serious situations come up. I've laughed and cried with them. Great ending. Keep them coming, Vivian
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I have been reading Vivian Arend’s books for a while now and I loved her Granite Lake Wolves Series as well as her Forces of Nature Series and when I found out that she was writing a spin-off series from her Wolf series I was so excited!

Black Gold features Shaun who we first met in the Granite Lake Wolves Series but never really had a chance to know much about him until now.

Shaun has been all about the fun for the long...more
Many years ago I lived in Fort Nelson, British Columbia, situated on the border of the Yukon Territories. I visited Whitehorse on a number of occasions with friends and still remember the breathtaking beauty of the area, the ambiance of the town and the welcoming nature of the people. (Now mind you, as far as I know I didn’t run into any wolf shifters during my travels. lol) The reason I’m sharing this information is that in Black Gold, I feel Vivian Arend penned a very apt reflection of the spe...more
Sep 20, 2011 Carien rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Those who read my reviews of Arend's Granite Lake Wolves novellas will know how much I love those, so it will not be a surprise when I tell you how happy I was when I learned that Arend started a new series which features my beloved werewolves. And this time there's even more to love as instead of novella size the Takhini Wolves books are novel size!

Black Gold is the first book in this new series and it is a wonderful read. It has all the elements I've come to expect in Arend's 'Wolfie' books an...more
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4.5 Stars

Another great wolf series from Vivian Arend!!! Black Gold: Takhini Wolves, Book 1 is a great start to a new series. The series maybe new, but the characters aren’t all new. We are in a new Pack though. This book centers around Shaun the helicopter pilot from the Granite Lake series. If you remember he got in a tad bit of trouble for flying TJ and Pam out and not sticking around to tell anyone where they were.

Shaun is feeling restless, and he doesn...more
I've been a big fan of Vivian Arend's since I read the first Granite Lake Wolves novella last year, she writes fabulous paranormal romance stories (and great contemporary erotic stories too!) so I was very excited about getting started on her new series. Black Gold is the first novel in her Takhini Wolves series which is a spin off from the Granite Lake series but can be read separately. The main difference between the two series (apart from the fact that they revolve around 2 different wolf pac...more
The Review:
What I liked:
I liked the Granite Wolves shortstories, so when I saw that Vivian Arend was working on a fulllength novel set in the same world, I pre-ordered it. This was a fun read. Gem and Shaun is each other opposites. Gem is a southern belle that has had a sheltered life until now. Shaun is more experienced. I liked that both acknowledged their mate bond, but they knew it would require work. It was fun to read about their struggles to adapt. I loved that Gem refused to change her...more
Mariana Bezerra

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We met Shaun in the Granite Lake series and somehow now it’s the start of a new series, kinda spin off from the other great wolves and Shaun is starting to find his place in this pack.

I liked him from some moments in the books, since he’s usually pretty fun to have around and a great guy to ask for help sometimes he showed up and managed to save somebody or escape to don’t sniff anyone.

He’s getting restless after all he’s friends managed to find a...more
Natasha  A.
For anyone who loves:
Viv’s Granite Lake Wolves
Why did I read it?
Because Viv wrote it.

My Rambles:

I have to admit, I’m behind on the Granite Wolf series. And I have to wonder if I should have played catch-up before reading this one. NO, they are tied to one another, they are only set in the same world.

Perhaps it was simply this story arc.

Either way I just couldn’t stop comparing this to Wolf Signs (1st in the Granite Lake Wolves series) and found it wanting.

Now please don...more
I happened to read this a second time now and I still like it. It's not as good as the sequel, but it's definitely a great start to this Takhini Wolves series. The main couple is a mixed race couple, which I enjoyed a lot, and it also comes from totally different lifestyles. While Gem has been rather secluded in the house of her parents, Shaun lives up in the north and enjoys his freedom very much. When these characters meet for the first time sparks fly and nothing is the same anymore. They are...more
Stephanie Collins
We start the series by meeting Evan (Takhini Alpha) and Shaun..

Evan plays a part in both books released so far and let me tell you he is far from being a traditional Alpha. You'll love his sense of humor and the fact that he really wants what is best for the pack not just power… Helps that he is sexy but ya know...

Shaun is a bit of a lone wolf but he actually isn't the shifter he tries to portray. He runs from any sort of commitment but he is there when people need him even if they don't think...more
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Publisher: Samhain
Publish Date: September 13th
How I got this book: eARC from author

I love Arend’s wolfies, and when she told me she was going to be coming out with full length wolfie novels, starting with Shaun…. SCORE!

Shaun is a little lonely, his friends are all mated and the summer flying “busy-season” hasn’t started yet. He is itching for a change, but doesn’t know what he wants to change, or what he wants to do. When he...more
Heather andrews
Shaun he's blunt you have to respect him for that, "are we what? Are we going to eff?" He loves his wolf he does but when Shaun is around Gem he likes to be a little selfish, "it's not the wolves' turn, love. We'll let them out to play later. Right now, it's just you and me." And you know Shaun is all wolf and man when a situation arise and all he thinks about is sex:
Gem planted her fists on her hips. Naked, that looked good on her. Come to think of it, everything looked good on her, especially...more
First I must say that this cover is amazing-- geesh, did it help me visualize while I read Black Gold. Probably why I was sweating. I've read every one of Vivian's Granite Lake Wolves stories, and she has this wonderful way of blending action, location, humor and romance together in a perfect combination. I know you've all read stories where the descriptions were lovely but simply too much, and others where it wasn't enough. The same can be said for over the top humor/snark or all sex and no plo...more
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My first book from Vivian Arend and i have to say it was pretty good! the characters were engaging and the secondary characters....I LOVE EVAN! he is sooo hot and cool :) but yeah the book was good it just had some minor things that got in the way and thats why i had to give it a 3. Gem was pretty much the reason i couldn't give it a four. i think she didn't change throughout the story and was just Wayyyy to focused on her independence and not on the good things that were happening around her. r...more
Update: Picked this book up again because I needed a break from banging my head against the wall with Fifty Shades. I take back what I said before and change my rating. As I got into it further there is a very good story line. Plus I love the development of Shaun's character. This could actually be my favorite book since "Wolf Signs".

I would also like to thank Vivian for introducing an african american character. I read a ton of paranormal/supernatural books and its very rare that you this happ...more
I really liked the Granite Wolves series, this book is set in the same world, but I found it a bit boring. The most interesting part was when Shaun got drunk off moonshine, along with Caroline, the human, deal with all the wolves. I'll check out the next one, but hope that it picks up.
It was fun to read a longer book after racing through the Granite Lake Pack novellas and see a little bit more of the world they are set in. Seems like there are some strong sub-plots set up in this book that I'm anxious to learn more about and hope they continue in the next book!
I have to be honest. This is Vivian's newest series and while I love her werewolf books usual, I found this one terribly boring. Nothing really amazing happened in it and I felt myself yawning and drifting to sleep. In fact I was so bored, I had to stop reading it and clean my house for a while, so I would wake up more. The heroines character, Gem, is pretty decent. I love the whole southern belle thing and that was something new that I hadn't read in other books. However I just couldn't get pas...more
I really just kind of thought it was 'meh.' I saw that everyone really liked the book but I felt like I could really tell that a woman wrote this book. Shaun seemed basically like a female with a few male tendencies and a penis to go with it. Gem was ok, typical spoiled brat but she took things in stride and that was nice. I actually hated Caroline/Evan because I felt like Caroline was just extra and not really needed at all. So yea, meh ...
Katherine O'Grady
I bought this one from Books on Board.

Good…but. I liked this story. Watching a pair of wolf shifters from opposite worlds figure out how to live as a mated pair was good. But despite the fact that this is book 1 of the series, I felt like I was missing out on details of the world, and I felt like I was scrambling to put together details, with lots of subplots and setup for next books. I'm giving this a solid 3 stars.
This book had me in too states: squirming in my hot seat, and RUDELY laughing out loud. The humor (SEX), wit (SEX), sarcasm (SEX) was enough to keep me on this book until I was done. Well Done!
However, I read this specifically to see African American heroes and heroines and was disappointed. I felt as if their true cultural diversity was skimmed over, only an afterthought to attract, well, black readers. All in All: 4stars
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