Tuesday, November 7, 2017

3.5 Wine Glass #Review of Seth by Lisa Carlisle


32706048Title: Knights of Stone: Seth
Series: Highland Gargoyles #4
Author: Lisa Carlisle
Format: Kindle, 157 pages
Published: December 2, 2016 (Amazon Digital Services, LLC)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Author
Rating: 3 ½ out of 5 Wine Glasses

Seth, wolf shifter and beta of his island's pack, had his life planned out. He'd mate with the alpha's daughter and eventually they'd rule the pack with her. When she chooses another shifter as her mate, his pride his is wounded and future with the pack is threatened. Lost and betrayed, he sets off to find his destiny - or die trying.

Hailey, a park ranger in the Scottish Highlands, is on a mission to save wolves - including the one she rescues from a watery grave. When she treats the wolf's injury, she's in for the surprise of her life.

Seth knows better than to trust a human - even one as irresistible as curvy, principled Hailey. Before long, he's not just struggling to survive - he's struggling to resist his attraction to Hailey. His wolf promotes a course of action that would change his destiny and put his life in danger. What's a wolf to do when his heart interferes with his pride?

Linda's Thoughts:
A Howling Roller Coaster!

I love Lisa Carlisle’s Highland Gargoyles series. Seth is the fourth installment in that series and the first coupling in that series that doesn’t involve a gargoyle. Don’t worry if you haven’t read the previous books. Seth can be fully enjoyed as a standalone if that is your preference. Actually, that might be a good thing as you won’t have any preconceived feelings regarding Seth (see below). This is the story of Seth, a wolf shifter, and Hailey, a human part-time park ranger in the Scottish Highlands.

As the story opens, Seth is still not happy about being jilted by Reina in Book #2. He leaves the island and almost dies in his attempt to do so. He’s rescued at sea in wolf form by Hailey and her brother as they are seeking the Isle of Stone which is back to being magically shielded. Later, when Hailey returns to her clinic to check on the injured animal she’d left in a cage, just imagine her surprise to find a naked man encased instead of a wolf. From there, hold on for a rollercoaster of fast-paced and emotional twists and turns.

Seth finally gets his HEA in this tale. He certainly deserves one! Unfortunately, Lisa did almost too-good of a job villain-izing him for me in Lachlan’s book. In Book #2, Seth had mistakenly believed that he and Reina would be mated. When Reina fell in love with Lachlan and rejected Seth, he didn’t take Reina’s repudiation well at all. Since I really liked Lachlan and Reina, I disliked Seth. Therefore, it took me a bit to warm to Seth – but, thankfully, I did end up doing so. Also, Seth didn’t make himself very likable in the beginning of this book. He didn’t care for humans at all as the story opened, but he does finally come to the conclusion that we aren’t all savages by the end.
I thought Hailey, our heroine, was wonderfully written and very accepting of having her perceptions blown out of the water. I also really liked how Lisa incorporated the issue of resettling wolves into the environments they’ve been removed from into this story – an issue that relates to current day events.

Following please find one of my favorite quotes from Seth’s story:

Her eyelids lowered, and her irises darkened a shade, flickering with unmistakable desire. “All I want is you.”

Seth is a well-written, sexy, paranormal romance from Lisa Carlisle. Even though Seth isn’t my favorite character in this series, all ends well with a satisfying HEA. For fans of the series, Seth is a must-read. If you enjoy entertaining paranormal romances featuring hot males in kilts and liberally dosed with humor, Seth is definitely worth picking up.

Suggested Reading Order:
Knights of Stone: Mason (Book #1)
Knights of Stone: Lachlan (Book #2)
Knights of Stone: Bryce (Book #3)
Knights of Stone: Seth (Book #4)
Knights of Stone: Calum (Book #5)

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