Silver Kiss by Naomi Clark
Publisher: Queered Fiction
Available: March 1st 2010
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Book received from: Queered Fiction
Ayla Hammond has come home.
After years as a lone wolf in a self-imposed exile she’s rejoining the pack and trying to mend fences with her parents.
She’s convinced them to accept her girlfriend, but can a lone wolf change her ways?
As if homecoming wasn’t hard enough, Ayla also can’t help getting involved in a missing person case.
With pressure to solve the case mounting from the pack alphas, Ayla is starting to question where her loyalties lie – and if a return to the pack she left behind is really what she wants.
Ayla has lived apart from her pack as a lone wolf for several years. After the murder of her brother, she has returned home with her human girlfriend Shannon to reconnect with family and pack. However, her homecoming proves to be more complicated than she anticipated. She expected to have to deal with pack intolerance regarding her sexuality, however she did not expect that she and Shannon would be thrown into the middle of a suspicious missing persons case involving a young werewolf.
Silver kiss is drug that is all the rage in with younger werewolves. They smoke it openly since it’s not illegal but it seems to be affecting their behavior, making them edgy and increasingly violent. Ayla senses it could be trouble and when she is attacked by a feral werewolf smelling of silver kiss she’s convinced of it. Since feral wolves are rarely seen in such populated areas—especially ones smelling of silver kiss—she suspects the feral may be somehow connected with the distribution of silver kiss and possibly involved with the disappearance of the missing werewolf. Shannon, a private investigator, is hired by the missing teens mother to track her down. Ayla is pressured by the pack alphas to assist in finding out who is supplying the silver kiss, and she also she fears for Shannon’s safety in dealing with pack matters.
While Ayla is immersed in solving the missing persons case, her personal relationships are deeply intertwined within the story as well. She deals with her family and mending fences, her feelings about becoming part of a pack again, as well as how these major life changes affect her relationship with her mate. The romantic relationship between Ayla and Shannon is loving but complicated by they challenges they face as a werewolf, human couple. Shannon is often excluded from certain aspects of Ayla’s life because she is human and Ayla has to deal with her dual nature and the issues that confront them as Ayla is immersed back into werewolf society and pack life.
Silver Kiss is an exciting urban fantasy set in a nicely built world where humans and werewolves coexist. Naomi Clark writes an exciting mystery laced with conflict and complicated personal relationships. She has laid a good foundation for further exploration in her world of werewolves and an intriguing romantic relationship.
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