Tragic story that brings a much deeper meaning to the word "love". Boyd interweaves a spellbinding tale of no less than three lives intricately connected to a much beloved human, Tessa, and the fate of the pack as they know it.
Werewolves are one of my favorite subjects to read about and I've come to despise books where they are solely portrayed as the "bad guys". "The Passion" paints them as extraordinary creatures and I loved the author for that. They have faults, tempers, and an unbelievably arrogant attitude but are also capable of great compassion and undying love.
The story opens upon a grisly scene. Three werewolves have been brutally slain and werewolf Nicholas Devoncroix intends to destroy the human responsible. This forces his father Alexander to share with Nicholas a painful secret from his past. The story than jumps back in time to Paris 1897 and the story of Alexander and Tessa begins.
The first half of the "The Passion" reads a lot like a light-hearted regency romance between an innocent but "feisty" heroine and an arrogant hero. Human Tessa LeGuerre carries out her plans to murder Alexander Devoncroix while he sleeps. But her plans are foiled when the gorgeous man's wounds begin to heal right before her eyes. Alexander is a bit peeved but mostly amused by her failed attempt at murder and begins to interrogate her. When he learns the source of her pain the two form an emotional bond that brought me to tears. Alexander then introduces Tessa into the mysterious world of the werewolf and it causes all sorts of messy consequences and power struggles within the werewolf community. This portion of the book is often humorous and witty but then it takes a drastic turn and becomes a compelling and painful adventure/horror story filled with heartbreak, survival, and strength. The world the author creates is vivid and carefully drawn and her characters are people you come to love despite their faults.
This isn't a book that ties up everything in a nifty little bow because it is the first in a series. I also can't stress strongly enough that "The Passion" is an _extremely_ emotionally draining book and is at times terribly bleak. However, it is hands down the best werewolf book that I've read and I can't recommend highly enough. If you are a werewolf fan you absolutely do not want to miss this reading experience.
"On the eve of a brutal murder in contemporary Manhattan, Alexander Devoncroix finally eveals to his son and heir a tightly guarded chapter in the family history which is known to no outsiders.
In a world in which superior race of were wolves holds the position of power, human and werewolf segregaton had become the norm...but for the first time, the leaders of the pack have acceptetd a human....."
Anyone who loves werewolf stories will LOVE this book. Book 2 is The Promise. Both are so outstanding that I would read them a second time. Book 1 starts out a little slow, but give it a chance and you will be pleasantly surprised!
Wow. That's all I can say. I couldn't put this book down once I started it. I knew going in that this wasn't going to be like the normal werewolf stories that are so available these days. And don't get me wrong. I love paranormal romance - can't get enough of them! But this book was just so much more.
I didn't like this book, but I didn't hate it either. I did finish it and so I must confess that the author is a good writer to keep me engaged in a book that I truly did not enjoy. I was able to find out the out come of Tessa's and life and I will not read the second book.
Pretty good. Took a little while to get into the book, but a fast read once you get to know the characters. I was surprised at the ending, so many "love" stories end happily ever after. This one had some twists that were unexpected. Still was interesting and I already ordered the second in the series.
I'd never heard of this author, but wanted to read something in the werewolf genre. All I can say is WOW! I am impressed! Not so much sex in this one , only a few scenes, neither crude, nor silly, nicely done. This story stayed with me after I finished it. Not a book I will forget easily. But be prepared it's not a happily ever after story, as a matter of fact, the ending is very sad. Still, well worth it. I've already ordered the 2nd book in the series.
Of all the books I've read in my lifetime, and I've read a lot, this is my number one favorite. I love the story line and the philosophy. I have a first edition of this book I won't loan out, so I bought this one to lend out to others. I have reccommened this book to lots of people and everyone who has read it has loved it as much as I did. This is just an exceptional story, a real page turner. You will not be disappointed.
If you like your romance and drama with a twist of werewolf, then you will love this book... this is an earlier book than some of the lycanthrope novels out there (although there still aren't enough out there), There is a great deal of sexual tension in this book as the world between mortals and werewolves are not meant to mingle. There is an element of love, compassion as well as betrayal and longing. A good read for a supernatural romance fan...but I would love to read the sequel....the end is kind of open...