Probably closer to 2.5 stars but not enough to drop down to 2 stars.
I was really excited for this book as I really enjoyed the other First RespondersProbably closer to 2.5 stars but not enough to drop down to 2 stars.
I was really excited for this book as I really enjoyed the other First Responders novels and the blurb was quite enticing. Sadly it didn't really deliver. I honestly got bored with Wes and Evyn and the conflict they faced was resolved way too quickly and easily. Even the sex was repetitive and boring by the end.
The best part was the inclusion of Cam and Blair but even that wasn't enough to improve the book as a whole. To me this felt like a placeholder, a bridge to another book that is in the works. Although the central plot does come to a resolution, there is a plot line left hanging open, obviously with more to come. Not sure if this will be another First Responders novel or another entry in the Honor series. Either way, I know I'll read it as the good Radclyffe books highly outweigh the not so good such as this one. ...more
Beau Cross makes an entrance when she shows up late for the training session being led by Dr. Ali Torveau. Ali dismisses Beau as a woman unable to take anything seriously, but Beau’s persistence begins to show Ali that you can’t always trust first impressions. Beau has kept her heart closed, sure that she doesn’t deserve happiness, or a woman like Ali, but quickly finds that Ali makes her think about the future in a way she never has before. Both women find their lives turned upside down and must trust both the connection developing between them and their inner strength if they are going to be willing to pursue anything together.
Radclyffe is a well-known and established author of lesbian fiction, and Trauma Alert features strong characters and a story that pulls you in from the beginning and holds your attention throughout. This is the first in the new First Responders series, yet readers familiar with Radclyffe’s other books will recognize some characters from previous books. Those that haven’t read the other stories will not be lost at all, but after reading this book you will definitely want to read more about the other characters and what they’ve gone through.
There is a realism to the story that is undoubtedly due to the author’s real life experiences as a surgeon which feeds the story content. Both Ali and Beau have high stress jobs that define a large part of their lives, and fitting one another into that framework is not easy. The secondary characters of the story help to flesh out the world and inform the story without ever taking over. Beau’s sister Jude and Ali’s best friend Wynter are particular favorites of mine and they help their friends when they are unsure or scared of the direction life is taking.
Trauma Alert is a great place to start for anyone that has not been exposed to a Radclyffe novel before. The strong characterizations and quick paced text make this a very enjoyable read and I am definitely looking forward to the next addition to this series....more
It’s quite common for an author to specialize in a specific genre, and it can be daunting to break outside of the typical mold that has proven to be successful in the past. Here author Radclyffe, writing as L.L. Raand, moves away from the typical contemporary romance stories that readers have come to expect from her and enjoy so much. This book throws the reader into a well-developed and established new world quite different from our own. It is a story of werewolves and vampires, mates and destiny, and is an introduction to a new series of stories about a world where the supernatural is integrated into daily life, or at least is a reality that cannot be ignored.
Sylvan Mir is Alpha of the Adirondack Timberwolf Pack and a necessary part of her job is to participate in the political ministrations of the Praetern species that have unveiled themselves and are looking to obtain equal rights to those that humans possess. As a member of the Praetern Coalition, she represents the interests of Weres, and is joined by representatives of the other species: Vampires, Mages, Fae, and Psi. Sylvan is not a fan of playing the political game and would prefer to be on the compound surrounded by her pack, but instead she is forced to deal with what appears to be Were fever that is manifesting in human females. When one of Sylvan’s young pack members is attacked and ends up in the emergency room, human medic Drake McKennan tries to help despite an admitted lack of knowledge about Were physiology. Able to stand up to Sylvan’s warnings, Drake is determined to help and get answers and is not deterred by the growls of the Alpha wolf. When yet another young girl is brought into the ER, Drake unexpectedly gets wrapped up in Sylvan’s world and her very life depends on both the pack and Sylvan.
Any reader familiar with Radclyffe’s writing will recognize the author’s style within The Midnight Hunt, yet at the same time it is most definitely a new direction. The author delivers an excellent story here, one that is engrossing from the very beginning. Raand has pieced together an intricate world, and provided just enough details for the reader to become enmeshed in the new world. The action moves quickly throughout the book and it’s hard to put down. As this is the first in what will become a series, the ending ties up some story arcs and leaves others open, and I can only expect that those will be the basis of upcoming stories. While this story focuses on the world and mythology of the Weres, there is much alluded to and left open to explore with the Praetern species.
Both Sylvan and Drake are written as strong characters, yet at the same time most of the focus is on Sylvan and her struggles as Alpha. Through Drake, readers learn more about this new species and the associated physiology as Drake goes through her own transformation. There were several secondary characters that were just as strong, and it will be very interesting to see where Raand takes these characters. Particular favorites of mine were Vampire Jody Gates and investigative reporter Becca Land. They provide a small glimpse of the lore surrounding Vampires within Raand’s world and it’s definitely intriguing. Niki Kroff, Sylvan’s second and head of security, is entrusted with keeping Sylvan safe, but at times she comes off much too strong and becomes slightly annoying. Because the story is not her focus this is understandable, and she became much more likeable as medic and Were Sophia Revnik enters the picture.
I greatly enjoyed this story though there were a few aspects that didn’t work as well for me. In describing the Were characters and their transformation, Raand constantly refers to the flash of fur that would appear on the abdomen of a Were as emotions ran high, a warning or signal meant for others. Though this detail is quite useful at the beginning of the story, it was greatly overused and is constantly referenced throughout the book. For the Weres, mating is extremely important, a vital aspect in order to maintain a species whose numbers have dwindled. In this world, two female Weres can both mate and breed, thanks in large part to physical aspects of the sexual organs. Without going into too much detail, penetration is possible with two women. This is quite intriguing and most definitely a unique aspect, however the first time it is introduced it was a bit confusing, and took me a few readings to fully decipher.
Despite these few minor issues, I greatly enjoyed this story and found myself engrossed from the very beginning. I’m most definitely a fan of Radclyffe’s writing and I’m happy to say that her Raand alter ego is just as successful at delivering an entertaining and extremely satisfying read. This book is a chance to dive into a detailed mythology of a supernatural world and an erotic tale that features love and lust on an animalistic level. Fans of paranormal stories will most definitely enjoy this tale, and Radclyffe fans should take a chance on this new series....more