by Kaylie Newell
Published by Entangled Covet
Description: Maggie Sullivan is back in Wolfe Creek, determined to find out why her best friend vanished one fog-shrouded night a year ago. But it quickly becomes clear that if the folks in the secluded mountain town know what happened to her friend, they aren't talking.
Seasoned sheriff's deputy Koda Wolfe reluctantly agrees to help this beautiful woman, even as he tries to convince her to leave for her own good. Soon he's compelled to protect Maggie from herself, his family's ancient curse, and a killer who could strike again.
The nights heat up in more ways than one as Maggie and Koda begin a fiery relationship. But as they delve deeper into the disappearance, the eerie woods come alive with secrets bound to tear them apart. And someone is watching their every move.
*Swoon*. Yep, that about sums it up. Along with the mystery. This was a phenomenal book from Kaylie Newell and I am stoked to read the coming Wolfe Creek novels.
So the characters are very well-written, with each having good motives and realistic reactions. I especially like the interactions between Maggie and the townspeople, since not many of them liked her much.
Having such an intriguing mystery cannot be easy. This book started with Maggie missing her best friend, Aimee, who had literally gone missing. I thought it was excellent how that fateful night was revealed in bits and pieces throughout the story, and not just all at once in a slamming of information. I felt that it was better explained and given more importance this way. Also, Newell keeps the mystery going. There is something going on from the minute Maggie steps foot in Wolfe Creek and it's so interesting to not know what.
The style of the writing is excellent. Newell definitely has a natural knack for writing. I'm very satisfied with the details and imagery, even down to the scent. The voice is unique, as well.
The romance is swoon-worthy. And adorable. I love how Koda and Maggie slowly become closer, even though he has never let someone get that close to him before. It made it really cute for the story. Also, he's the everyday-hero, being a deputy. It helps give everything a reason for happening and makes the romance even stronger.
I would've never guessed the ending. It just popped up out of nowhere, which I admit I enjoyed. I loved how one particular character came to the rescue, however unexpected it was. I also like the bit explaining Aimee's disappearance; it really settled the entire book.
The only thing I would've liked to see a little more of is the werewolf aspect. I'm so glad that it was included and that it had a reason to be, but I wish it had a bit larger of a point. If that makes sense. That was my only complaint during my entire reading, mainly because the idea was introduced and then forgotten until the very end. Other than that, this was a wonderful story and I am very happy I picked it up.
Rating: 5 stars