Thank you to Karen Tomlinson for the review copies in exchange for an honest review. This does not change my opinion in anyway.
Book: Beginnings | Wrecked (Shadow Sentinels 0.5 & 1) by Karen Tomlinson
Release Date: October 2020 | November 2020
Tags: Urban Fantasy | Adult | Shifters | Shifter Wolves | Elemental Magic | Confinement | Mates
Trigger/Content Warnings: Graphic Sex | Mentioned Rape | Attempted Sexual Assault | Torture
Four years ago I made a terrible mistake; I trusted the Supernatural Bureau of Investigation. And they destroyed everything.
They killed Connor, the only man I have ever loved. They ruined the alpha who had given us both a home when we were nothing but kids trying to survive on the streets of London. And to save my own life, they left me no choice but to run.
Now I am reduced to a drug-dealing wolf-shifter; a link between the criminals of our world and Faerie. But through that link, I seek the only thing left to me; vengeance on the fae who betrayed us.
Until I get caught.
Thrown into a brutal prison, I come face to face with the pain of my past—in the shape of a powerful alpha Prime; the king of the Were prisoners. The moment our paths cross he makes it perfectly clear; my life is now his to control.
Now survival takes on a new meaning. For in this violent supernatural world, protecting my deepest secret is by far the most important thing of all.
For Hell is coming to Earth…and I think it’s looking for me.
I received both Wrecked, the first book in the series, and Beginnings, the prequel story. I figured it was best to review them together.
Beginnings tells the story that leads up to the start of Wrecked. The happenings and more dynamics between the characters. I really enjoyed the start to this novella. It was captivating and thrilling. But then it trailed off. There were too many switches and happenings for a short story like this. It felt a little disjointed in places.
Wrecked on the other hand, is a very solid, more slow going story. It has a great flow to it as we follow our main characters through their confinement. As is per the norm with shifting wolves, there is a lot of hierarchy and testosterone filled men (which in parts was a bit annoying). It doesn’t shy to show the pack dynamic or the cruelty that can exist within such a pack or to other wolves outside of the pack.
While as a whole I enjoyed this book a lot and read through it rather quickly, there are some things that stuck out after I finished reading. Ember has been in a different world for 4 years but we get very little insight on how that really was for her except a few thoughts here and there. If for 4 years that was your life and you get picked up and dumped into confinement I’d expect a bit more information as it shaped who you were for those 4 years.
Connor is the alpha Prime of the whole prison but he let a lot of things go (rape for instance). And that doesn’t seem to quite par up with the person that he was in Beginnings or even with the person that he shows himself to be in Wrecked. Ember shouldn’t be the reason he starts behaving ‘normal’ again. She’s not his savior. Also his intense focus on all things Ember while he also has others to take care of, was a bit obnoxious. At least there was another character that kept confronting him about that.
There is also a fae element into this story that is still a bit mysterious. Especially the ending just creates more questions for me and it is clear that this first setting in the prison was just a set-up for a much larger plot. I’m interested in seeing how that goes.