Series: Wolfpack Trilogy #1
on January 28, 2015
Genres: Adult, Dark erotica, Fantasy & Magic, Paranormal
This is the remarkable first book in the stunning new Wolfpack Trilogy. It tells the story of Aisha, a curvy girl who is abused and humiliated by her boyfriend, Heath. He makes her believe that she is fat and ugly. When she moves to Alaska, she learns that there are men in the forest who can shift into wolves. They are more than willing to show her just how beautiful and desirable her body really is. Will you join Aisha on this remarkable, soul-stirring, journey?
COULD BE CONSIDERED SPOILERY!
Given To The Pack by Abby Weeks is the 1st in her new Wolfpack trilogy.
I very much wanted to like this book. The synopsis intrigued me and I was gung-ho for it! However, I was sadly disappointed… and I’m kinda bummed about it. I really thought it was going to be fantastic. The cover alone is so gorgeous and Abby Weeks is a fellow Canadian and I would very much like to support her.
I read over 50% of it and I was still on my way from Washington to Alaska. Holy crap the details about the trip just drug on and on. I’m all for details but this was a bit much for me. I didn’t want to give up on it so I kept going. Finally I just had to stop. Then I decided okay, there must be something I’m missing here so I went online and checked out some additional reviews (I had checked some before buying the book) and there are a TON of 4 and 5 star reviews on both Goodreads and Amazon. The overall rating on GR is 4.16 which is excellent. So… I decided to continue on because I figured the good part was coming. Sadly, for me, it never did.
I hate giving a bad review!
I found this book very dark from the very beginning. That’s all fine and dandy for Dark Erotica, but I was not aware that this was a Dark Erotica book when I purchased it. I have a few Dark Erotica books and even though they can be really disturbing to read at times, there is still something about them that gives you hope and a willingness to want your characters to succeed. Like a very strong female character or an abuser who has a softer side to him. That was not the case with Given To The Pack.
We have a girl who from the very beginning was being verbally and psychologically abused by her boyfriend soon to be fiance, Heath. The same girl who willingly had sex with him AFTER she knew he had slept with someone else just minutes or hours before. Not just willingly… she actually asked for it. Heath was a major asshole who got a job in Alaska and wanted Aisha to go with him so he “sorta” proposed to her so that she would go with. They arranged transportation with a douche named Hunter. Heath then proceeded to rape Aisha not once but twice on the way to Alaska and had Hunter join him in the rape. Oh, he “didn’t feel right” about it, but that didn’t stop him did it? Apparently being from this area in Alaska allows you to take part in the acts of rape and not feel guilty about it because the women need to get used to it because they are severely outnumbered. Oh yeah, and if you want protection you had better get to your knees. Very barbaric.
It wasn’t enjoyable to read about the raping. Not that it was supposed to be. It’s just that an almost raping with a hero coming to her rescue can be scary and intriguing to read. This here though… very disturbing to read when you’re not expecting it and sadly no hero rescuer. Then… having it happen once was bad enough, but to have it happen again? Fuck no! It was terrible. Again… I realize that shit like this happens in Dark Erotica, but again I was not under the impression that this was Dark Erotica. It did not specify that on Amazon.
Worse though than that was the fact that this girl was a complete and utter door mat! She couldn’t even stand up for herself long enough not to get raped or at least fight it? She laid there and allowed it to happen as if she deserved it or thought it was normal. She kept saying “no” and “this isn’t right” but didn’t go down swinging. She would have lost against two men twice her size, I’m not stupid, but at least she would have fought and showed that she had some strength or a backbone in there somewhere. The other thing that really really bothered me was the fact that she got off. When you’re raped, you don’t enjoy it and you don’t tend to orgasm if you’re terrified of what’s happening to you. WTF is that? After it was all done she cried because she felt abused and betrayed. Yep, now that makes sense. Sort of. She didn’t feel betrayed by Heath because she was used to his abuse and nothing about him surprised her. No, she felt betrayed by Hunter. A complete stranger that she knew for only a couple of days. Yeah, now that makes sense!
I understand that the author was trying to get us to see the character’s vulnerable side and take her under your wing and hope and pray for happiness for her. Me? I just wanted to smack her upside the head to make her see the light. I felt very little sympathy for her because she was being stupid. Self preservation should have kicked in if nothing else. I could not connect with her at all… not even on a sympathetic level.
I absolutely didn’t like Heath or Hunter so no connection there. Abby Weeks actually did a phenomenal job of writing these two douche bags! I really hated them and I think that was the point. The other characters in the book fell short. With the exception of maybe Packer, but I didn’t get to see enough of him except for the couple of times that he came to the rescue. That was cool. This actually brings me to another thing that bothered me terribly. Aisha was a Veterinarian’s assistant so she has a love for animals. What the hell was her character doing shooting at wolves then? That is just something that her character wouldn’t have done. It wouldn’t have allowed her to do it. It just didn’t make sense to me.
So, my guess is that this book was the introduction to all the characters and the basic theme of the trilogy and the best is yet to come in the next two books. The unfortunate thing is that I’m so far removed from this book and the main character that I doubt very much I’ll be getting excited about the next book. Plus, from what I can tell, her new roll to be isn’t much better than the one she’s in now. A bit maybe because it’s her heritage and may not come with physical or mental abuse, but either way she’s still just a vessel in my opinion.
I’m really bummed that I didn’t care for this book. I was looking so forward to it. The one good thing that I can say about it is that the storyline was quite unique and different. That’s exactly why I thought I would love it.