Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Werewolves of New York: Eli by Faleena Hopkins

Title: Werewolves of New York: Eli)
Series: Werewolves of New York (#2)
Author: Faleena Hopkins
From: Amazon
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
Release Date: 30th April 2015
Challenges: Summer COYER 2016, 2016 Prequel & Sequel Challenge (2 points)
Links: Goodreads - Amazon 
Synopsis (from Goodreads): Eli Jackson’s dimple and those always laughing eyes of his would melt the panties off a woman even when she's still wearing her pants. But his knack for finding abused women who need his help is no laughing matter. He and his packmates vowed to use their abilities to take down evil when they find it, and Eli's got a new 'case.' Helping Diana brings him face to face with Rose Hendricks who needs no man’s help, and she’s certainly not why does he want to take her down in ways he knows he shouldn’t? He made a pact with Darik to stay why can't he control his wolf whenever Rose is around? Rose Hendricks is a funny, All-American attorney smartass who doesn’t like to lose. In the courtroom, she rarely does. But in life? She just lost her best friend to love. Another one bites the dust, as the single girls say. But Rose won’t let her friend go without a fight, and when another unanswered call goes to voicemail, she hightails it to Michelle’s apartment only to find Eli there, wearing only a blanket, telling her Chelle doesn’t live there anymore. Say what? Sparks fly like crazy and soon Rose is looking at glowing eyes from a man who supposed to be human. What is he, really? And what’s everybody hiding?

Werewolves of New York: Eli can be read as a standalone, though it does mention events of the previous book (Werewolves of New York: Nathaniel) and includes some of the same characters. I liked having the continuity but as it's been a while since I read the previous book anyway I did need some memory jogging first! 

Though there is a little bit of instalove going on, this is paranormal and linked to werewolf mates which makes it acceptable in my eyes, plus the characters were a little more subtle about it.  They actually more acted on an attraction between them first and even then there were issues that stopped things happening. 

As a result there was some great chemistry between Rose and Eli, which built up over the course of the book and made the reader truly believe that theere was something between them. It was undeniable and moved things along well. 

There was also the underlying theme of the characters helping other people, both Eli's more rough form of justice, and Rose's determination in the courtroom. This made both of them strong and highly likeable characters and also added that something extra to the story.

This was a highly enjoyable read, not that I expected any less!