Kari Warner is leaving a nightclub late
at night and decides to take a short cut through an alley.
Feeling uneasy about her decision but not wanting to change
her mind, she talks herself into continuing and in doing so
comes across a huge dog that attacks her. Fighting with every
breath she has, she knows it is a lost cause as the dog is not
giving up but neither is she. Waking up in the hospital, Kari
is stunned to be told that what she thought was a dog attack
wasnít. Completely confused and not sure what to believe,
Kari is further stunned and extremely agitated to realize that
she has been kidnapped by her doctor and taken to the home of
a man who is calling himself her Mate and telling her that she
is now the werewolf queen to his King of the Cherchez pack.
Andreas Phinney is the Alpha of the
Cherchez werewolf pack. Knowing for months that Kari was his
mate, he wanted to bring her first into his life by dating her
and then bringing her over as a werewolf. However, his cousin
Michaelís inability to handle himself as a wolf changed all
that when Michael bit Andreasí mate and she became a
werewolf. Convincing Kari of her new exalted status in the
pack is going to take some doing because not only does she not
trust Andreas, she thinks he is crazy. Then, to top it off,
someone wants Kari dead and is willing to go to grave lengths
to accomplish that fact.
I donít know how Lauren Dane does it.
Every single time, without a doubt, she grabs me with the
first sentence of her novels and keeps me on the edge of my
seat throughout the entire book. I found myself at first a
bit agitated with the way Kari was brought into the werewolf
fold. I didnít like the fact that she was not allowed to have
a choice. The further I read, the more I realized that my
first impression of Andreas was false. His faith in his
cousin Michael was not his fault and so therefore I couldnít
stay mad at him. Besides, he has to be one of the sexiest
werewolves I have ever read about. I can picture him in my
mind and make myself blush! Kari was strong, independent, and
totally deserving of the title of alpha queen. I think Ms.
Dane did an excellent job with her characterization. She made
her strong without making her a bully and I liked that.
Ascension was steamy, full
of intrigue, and very much anticipated. I perused Lauren
Daneís coming soon pages almost weekly and having had my eye
on Ascension for months, I was desperately
waiting for it to be released. It was worth my wait and then
some. Total werewolf nirvana in one magnificently written
novel that I have to joyfully recommend! I canít wait for
more stories about this pack of wolves!