Title: The Tempering (The Makenzie Duncan Series)
Author: Adrianne James
My Rating: 4.5 conch
By At: Amazon, Barnes and Noble
Summary from Goodreads:
The Mythology department at prestigious Harvard University is tiny—and Mackenzie Duncan has just been selected as one of the lucky few. Her love for myths and legends is deep, but she never thought any of it could be real.
After being attacked by a large wolf while walking home alone, Mackenzie realizes something is not right. She heals quickly, has suddenly become super strong, and is experiencing mood swings that can't possibly be normal. The myths she's studying aren't myths at all. Werewolves are real, and she's one of them. Fear of what she is, and who she might hurt sends Mackenzie running from the life she’s worked hard to build–and straight into the arms of a handsome Were named Geoff and into the home of his pack. Living with her new pack takes the edge off her confusion and self-loathing, but the arrival of new pack members changes the dynamic, and tests Geoff and Mackenzie’s growing relationship.
The hardest part of being a werewolf is to have no control and no memory of her time as a bloodthirsty beast. When a moon cycle passes, and she is actually able to remember bits and pieces of the night, she starts to ask questions, and the more questions she asks, the more she realizes she doesn’t like the answers. Can she set aside her own sense of morals to belong to a pack that is like a family or will she leave everything behind yet again in search of a life she can be proud of?
I haven't read a true werewolf book in a while, and my how I missed them. The Tempering was just what I was in the mood for. A feisty, tough protagonist. Turned against her will. And of course, the steamy, hot guys. Mackenzie's had a rough life and has made the most of it on her own, which makes her a little jaded. And while she was sassy and maybe a little hotheaded, I enjoyed her character. I felt like her emotions were real - I mean who wouldn't be upset over what they can't control? Geoff is an interesting one and I'm really curious to find out more about him and his past. I can't tell how I feel about him yet though, and for that, I give kudos to Adrianne. Keep me guessing - I love it! And with the twists thrown in there at the end...I had to immediately (like 5 seconds later) start reading book two.
The Good: Very enjoyable characters with unique personalities and a storyline that kept me wanting to read more (like until the kindle smashed me in the nose because I was so tired!)
The Issue: I think I would have liked to see more with Mackenzie and Liam and the time they spent together getting to know each other.
The Rating: 4.5 conch. A must read for fans of werewolves and paranormal stories!