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Review: Cold Mercy (Northern Wolves #1) by Sadie Hart

 
Cold Mercy (Northern Wolves #1) by Sadie Hart
Cold Mercy (Northern Wolves #1) by Sadie Hart
Cold Mercy (Northern Wolves #1) by Sadie Hart

 
Overview
 

Author: Sadie Hart
 
Title: Cold Mercy
 
Series: Northern Wolves
 
Book #: 1
 
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
 
Release date: December 23, 2012
 
Publisher: Self-published
 
Length: 195 pages
 
Heat level: Moderate
 
Review copy provided by: Author in exchange for honest review, without any other type of compensation
 
Reviewer recap: Bay dreams he’s a wolf attacking people, waking each morning to vomit the memories up and wonder if he’s sleepwalked. Eden is attacked by a bear sized wolf and takes her broken dog sled to Bay in hopes he can fix it. When Eden walks up, Bay realizes that his dreams may not just be nightmares, but reality. When their worlds collide, they discover that magic is real... werewolves, trolls, and the queen of the winter Fae, to be exact. They stick together to try to fight the frightening queen, hoping their new love will be enough to protect them. Cold Mercy a recommended read.
 
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Writing style & finesse
8.0


 
Originality
8.0


 
World-building
8.0


 
Character development
8.0


 
Likeable/relatable characters
8.0


 
Plot tension
8.0


 
Flow & pacing
8.0


 
Heat &/or sexual tension
8.0


 
Total Score
8.0
8/ 10


User Rating
10 total ratings

 


Bottom Line

Compelling and endearing, Cold Mercy is a fun, interesting ride. If you want to get lost in a story about the Fae, shifters learning to control their new instincts that they never asked for, and humans getting caught up in the crossfire, I recommend reading this one!

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Posted February 7, 2013 by

 
Full Review
 
 

*** This review contains slight plot spoilers! Read on at your own risk. ***

Thoughts:

Despite jumping right into the action and mystery, it took me a bit to get into the story. I liked the characters and the events were clearly exciting, but I didn’t feel the connection until Bay and Eden met and sparks flew. Once that happened, I was totally hooked.

It was really neat to see Bay’s transition from nightmare to reality and his transformation from monster to shifter. The romance between him and Eden was sweet and hot, and I really appreciated that they didn’t jump right into bed, though the tension-building was great. I loved the relationship between Eden and her friends and how Bay assimilates into her life, even among her dogs, as well as possible.

I’m not always into Fae storylines, but I actually got into this one. There were passages where we see the villain’s side of things, but through the viewpoint of another man that was turned into one of the Queen’s winter wolves and is trapped in her thrall, so it’s a complex situation as you both want and don’t want to hate him.

I did have a bit of a problem with some missing words and little inconsistencies, such as Bay shredding his clothes when he shifts, but being clothed upon shifting back. It was frustrating and a little distracting, but easy enough to overlook and still enjoy the story.

The ending was climactic and sweet, but also left fairly open so as to lead into the next book, which I suspect will be Kennedy’s story. They all still have a lot of winter left to survive with the Fae queen still at large!

Memorable Quotes:

Oh sweet sugary heaven

“What do you all want to eat? I got a new cook working the kitchen today, but if you’re looking for food from the master, I just made a fresh batch of homemade doughnuts.”

She gave them a forced smile.

“Peanut Butter Lovers?” Eden asked, her stomach rumblings. Rowan nodded, and her grin turned real.

“You bet your ass.” She glanced at Kennedy. “And you?”

“Same. You’re my hero.”

With a laugh, Rowan flagged down one of the waitresses. “Wanna bring us a large order of the PBLs I just made? And chocolate milk all around.”

After all, Eden thought with a wry grin, they couldn’t have peanut butter doughnuts without chocolate milk. It was like a Reeses’ mouthgasm.

If you liked Cold Mercy…

If you enjoyed Cold Mercy, you should check out Hounded, the first book in Sadie Hart’s Shifter Town Enforcement series.  Ms. Hart writes some great shifter stories. If you’re looking for some Fae interaction, Jennifer Ashley’s Shifters Unbound series (starting with Pride Mates) will give you both with a lot of fun and excitement.

Rating: Cold Mercy

A recommended read


Buffy Kennedy

 
Soon to be author of the young adult Earthbound Angel series, with more to come for both adults and young adults. I'm 25 years old and married to my high school sweetheart. If you put 'sweet tooth for Skittles, Twizzlers, and fruit smoothies', 'book addict', 'music junkie', and just a dash of 'movie and TV craver' into a blender, you'd end up with me!


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