(Seven Series, Bk #3)
By Dannika Dark
Izzy has always loved the freedom and adventure of life on the road, but she’s recently decided to settle down—as much as a rogue wolf can. When her boyfriend gets her a job working at a hot Shifter bar, she runs into the last person on earth she expected to see again.
Jericho isn't the famous rock star he once was, though he still plays in a local band and loves to party. Beautiful women come and go, but music is his only passion—until a sassy redhead named Isabelle Monroe shows up unexpectedly.
Fate reunites two former friends living with one foot in the present and the other in the past. But will they have a future when one of them is forced to choose between life and death? Old habits die hard, and sometimes the toughest addictions to shake are the ones that control our hearts.
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ExcerptFive Weeks by Dannika Dark
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Five Weeks by Dannika Dark is a 2014 publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
“Jericho didn't want someone who would tie him down and make him turn in his Les Paul for a Blackberry”
Jericho is still living the hard partying life of a rock star, waking up with two women in bed and feeling no regrets. Why should he? He's not looking for a mate, so …
“My dad was wolf and my mother a cougar. Talk about cats and dogs.”
Isabel Monroe- or Izzy, is the only wolf shifter in a family of cougars. So, she decided to go it alone and met Jericho. Jericho took care of Izzy and they lived together for five years, but only as friends. But, when things got a little strange between them Izzy got the hell out of Dodge.
Currently Izzy is hooking up with Hawk, working at a Shifter bar called Howlers, living in the Austin, TX area.
When fate intervenes in her life and Izzy finds herself face to face with Jericho Cole after having left him years ago, her life changes in ways she couldn't have dreamed.
“Who says you are going to kiss me?”
“ Oh, I'm going to kiss you, baby. And I want you to sit here , thinking about the the lipgasm I'm going to give you.”
One encounter , all those years ago, proved to Izzy that Jericho would break her heart because he didn't care about her the way she would need him to. So, she split. Now, his band has been booked to perform at Howlers and she is mortified to discover he named his band.. wait for it.... Izzy Monroe.
When Hawk gets in trouble and becomes possessive and violent, Jericho once more comes to the rescue. They could forgive each other for the way things were left previously, they could rekindle their strong friendship and let things stand, but there is a problem with that. Neither of them has ever felt a connection to anyone else like they do with each other. To spice things up even more, Izzy is about to go into heat.
This is a very good shifter romance, one of the best I have read in awhile. I will confess I have not read the first two book in the series, so if you haven't either, no worries. This one can be read as a standalone, although of course you will always enjoy a series more if you start with the first book. I do want to go back and catch up on the story from the beginning someday and you will too.
Izzy is a girl I think I could be friends with. She doesn't want to be just a notch on the bedpost with Jericho. She also is alone in the world and so she missed a few glaring signals that Hawk was mixed up with some bad people and he wasn't the guy she thought he was.
Jericho has come a long way since he last saw Izzy, his band is no longer filling stadiums but music is still the only thing he can ever imagine doing with his life. He's gone through really bad times but now he seems to know more about what he wants after he reconnects with Izzy.
This story had me turning pages at speed of light. I couldn't bear the suspense. I think all of us at one time or another has indulged in a little rock star fantasy and couple that with hot shifters and you've got a really entertaining story with smoldering hot romance and sensuality. 4.5 rounded to 5
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About the Author
This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you: I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.
When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).
Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.
It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics.
Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years.
I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.
I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.
But it's what I love to do.
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