Review: Dire Needs by Stephanie Tyler

Dire Needs - Stephanie Tyler

The full moon is their mistress. They are predators of pleasure and pain. Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only six remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt… 

Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But with his Brother Wolf raging inside him, howling to be unleashed, he needs to satisfy his hungers. And when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s primal instinct is to claim her. 

Gwen has her own desires, long unfulfilled. She hopes a passionate night with the leather-clad, Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her. 

But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them all–trappers who are determined to enslave humankind and use the Dire wolves as part of their nefarious plan.


I had such high hopes for this book.  A “Black Dagger Brotherhood” vibe with rugged Alpha Dire Wolves as opposed to Vampires, but truthfully the characters introduced fell flat in personality and individuality to the point that at times I was confused with who was who.  The main character is Rifter who is King of the Dire Wolves and he is paired with Gwen who is half-human/half-Dire.  Their initial meeting had great potential but as the story progressed, I felt little chemistry or spark develop between the two and therefore was not invested in them as a couple.  Also, I have no problem when an author sets up a certain amount of world building; however this story had an excessive amount of history combined with world building that was still prominent at page 200.  The overkill of history was confusing, frustrating and at that point my brain was already on massive overload resulting in no desire to finish.  Unfortunately, I believe the author tried to package too much information in this series debut and in return it destroyed the overall enjoyment of the main characters and plot of the story.

 *On a further note I read the prequel, Dire Warning, prior to Dire Needs and it consisted of all world building and history.

Rating: DNF
Dire Needs by Stephanie Tyler
March 6th 2012 by Signet
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  1. Artemis says

    I had high hopes for this series too. But after reading the prequel, Dire Warning, I knew there was no way I would make it through a full length novel. Just too much “other” stuff going on. Whatever happened to the awesomeness of being a damned good shifter/were? The best thing I would like about this book – the smokin’ hot cover!

    • Amy says

      I agree! I’m a sucker for the hot covers! I am also a character driven reader and both the prequel and Dire Needs focused on the world rather than the characters. It was very disappointing.

  2. says

    I like a well built world but I prefer it grow and mature around the story. Great big info dump is the quickest way to get me to stop reading and move on.

  3. says

    I did finish the story, but I completely agree with all of your points. It was tough. I have hopes that now that she’s put it all out there, it will grow organically. *crosses fingers*