- Title: Tempting Danger
- Author: Eileen Wilks
- Series: World of the Lupi, #1
- Genre: Urban Fantasy
- Format: eBook
- Source: Own Copy
- Reviewed by: Sonja
- Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Description: The USA Today bestselling author tempts success in this stunning debut novel.
National bestselling author Eileen Wilks draws readers into a bold new world where the magical and mundane co-exist in an uneasy alliance–and a cop balanced on her own knife-edged struggle is their only hope against a cold-blooded killer.
Lily Yu is a San Diego police detective investigating a series of grisly murders that appear to be the work of a werewolf. To hunt down the killer, she must infiltrate the clans. Only one man can help her–a were named Rule Turner, a prince of the lupi, whose charismatic presence disturbs Lily. Rule has his own reasons for helping the investigation–reasons he doesn’t want to share with Lily. Logic and honor demand she keep her distance, but the attraction between them is immediate and devastating-and beyond human reason. Now, in a race to fend off evil, Lily finds herself in uncharted territory, tested as never before, and at her back a man who she’s not sure she can trust.
Review: Ok, I admit it. I am a sucker for those ‘chosen’ relationships. Not so much because I think everyone deserves someone, but because I like to think that once you have found the *one* nothing will break you up. It is easier to work through the problems and difficulties that *will* arise, if one *knows* in his/her *soul* that it *can* be worked out and that the other isn’t going anywhere. (Note: this does not mean living in misery, it means working through difficulties instead of giving up and walking away.)
Now, all that being said – I still don’t like romances. I find that that Urban Fantasy novels seem to fall into 3 categories with the UF along to tweak the story a bit: Romance, Action, and Mystery. I try to avoid the romances – they bore me. The ones that intrigue me most are mysteries. But, the ones I seem to enjoy the most are the action novels. There is a wee bit of a mystery here as Lily tries to determine who committed the murder and why they did so. But, mostly, it is about getting them once the ‘who’ is uncovered.
The world that Ms. Wilks creates here is interesting, if not outstandingly creative. Much like Briggs’ Mercy’s world, the fantasy elements have come out of the closet and the world is trying to figure out how to deal with them. In *this* world, they are required to ‘register’, and the political arena is set to determine the humanity of the lupi. Currently, if they are killed while they are in wolf form, it is not considered ‘murder.’ The murder, however, of a man by a lupus in wolf form is set to destroy the carefully planned political strategies.
Enter Lily: ‘sensitive’ against whom magic cannot be used but who can ‘sense’ magic and its use. She is used by the police force without being ‘outed’ by the same force. She is a young detective and, therefore, when she is put in charge of this politically charged case, it raises some eyebrows. Lily, aware of the tension, sets out to solve the case with as little damage as possible. This, of course, leads her to investigate the local lupus pack. Where the magic immediately crackles.
Lily is no pushover. She stands strong both with the police and the pack. She understands the political ramifications of the case as well as her appointment as lead detective on the case. She is well aware of the affect that Rule, and the other lupi, have on women. (In this world, it seems only men can transform.) Their mores are different and their actions reflect this. Even so, she lets no one – except her grandmother – push her around.
Overall, I give this one 3.5 stars. I round up to 4 because it does not suffer from the typical 1st book world building problem – the characters, world, and plot are interesting and entertaining.
Ohh, the best part? Rule battling with Dirty Harry for dominance.