Thursday, June 26, 2014

~Review: Dark Refuge (Spirit Wild #4) by Kate Douglas~

Emeline Cheval has always felt a darkness in her soul, an emptiness she blamed on her controlling parents. After years of unrest, Emy has finally found some sense of peace by living quietly far away from her family and her pack. But her world is thrown into chaos when she discovers a fellow Chanku trapped in a human trafficking and prostitution ring. Now Emy must turn to the very pack she left behind for help. 

On the outside Gabe Cheval has it all. Stunningly handsome and strong, he’s a prominent and valuable member of the pack—but he carries a fear that he will never find a woman of his own. He remembers Emy from his childhood, and he’s shocked when he goes to help her and discovers that the silly young girl has grown into a sensuous and beautiful young woman—one who tantalizes him with the sense that she could be the perfect mate to finally end his loneliness. 

But even as Gabe and Emy come together to rescue the captive woman and explore the undeniable attraction building between them, the dark menace that lurks deep in Emeline’s heart threatens to push them apart. Through Gabe’s loving and erotic touch and Emy’s open and passionate trust in him, they uncover a horrible secret that could threaten the very core of the Chanku hierarchy. 

Overall Rating:  4 Rockin’ ★★★★

Emeline is a Chanku and can shift at will into animal forms.  She has not been home of seven years and misses running with the pack. Em works for Chanku Global Industries and travels a lot.  She has just returned from a two year stint working all over Asia to her residence in San Francisco. Em is surprise to hear a voice in her head asking for help.  Knowing that only other Chanku can mind speak with her, she immediately replies and says that she will help.  The woman tells her that she was kidnapped and is being used as a prostitute only with five other women.  Emeline calls her father to get help rescuing the women.  He sends the one man that Emeline never expected, Gabe Cheval. When he steps off the plane hormones begin to fly and Em knows she is still in love with Gabe even if he only sees her as his best friends little sister.
When Gabe sees Emeline after seven years he cannot believe the changes.  Gone is the young girl and in her place is a beautiful, sensual woman that he finds completely fascinating.  He finds himself wanting a loving relationship like his friends are finding in their mates. Gabe wants a love like his parents have and after seeing Em again he thinks he may have found what he is looking for.  Now all Gabe needs to do is convince Em to take a chance with him.  He helps Em rescue the women that have been enslaved in a sex ring and finds out that four of them are Chanku. 
Em loves Gabe and wants to be his mate but something is holding her back from completing the mating.  Will Gabe find a way to free Emeline from the terror of her past? How will they solve the mystery of Em’s past?
Hero –Gabe Cheval: 4 stars
Heroine –Emeline Cheval: 4 stars
Steam: 4 stars 
Plot: 4 stars 
Cliffhanger: No

Would I recommend this book: Yes! This is a paranormal love story about a race of shifters called Chanku.  You have one on one, two on two, three on three and four on one action with lots of hot love happening.  Nudity and sex are all part of being a member of the Chanku.

Would I read other books by this author: Yes!  I have read several books by this author already and look forward to the next one in this series.

***Received an ARC of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review***

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