by MaryJanice Davidson

January 2005
ISBN: 0-425-19997-5
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Mass Market Paperback

Werewolf Derik Gardner is majorly restless and turning into an Alpha certainly is not helping. He seems to be having big problems refraining from challenging his Pack leader and best friend, Michael Wyndham, at every turn. When Derik is about to reach a decision about his future and to outright leave before he does something really stupid, he is sent on a quest: he has to save the world by taking care of the reincarnated Morgan LeFay.

When Derik knocks on Dr. Sara Gunn’s door, the last thing he expected was someone looking like her and the woman seems to be confusing him with someone else. Derik, however, very much intends to take care of her and the sooner the better.

MaryJanice Davidson’s Derik’s Bane is the much awaited latest installment in her popular shapeshifter/paranormal Wyndham Werewolves series. The book is filled with her trademark sense of humor, I read it in one sitting. Derik’s Bane truly is a breeze to read and so entertaining, that it felt like the story is over way too quickly. Derik makes for a delectable hero. As any self-respecting male, and an Alpha to boot, he tends to interpret things rather literally. To make things even more interesting, he is an accomplished gourmet cook. Sara is an accident-prone, accomplished doctor. Somehow, she doesn’t exactly meet the description that anyone would expect from a reincarnation of the (in)famous Morgan LeFay of legend. This odd couple’s adventure truly is a delight to read.

For those of you that have been following the Wyndham Werewolves series, do not expect this one to be erotic. I admit I found this somewhat disappointing as I wasn’t expecting it to be on the “sweet” side of the scale. For me, part of the allure of the other books in the series were the well written and explicit love scenes. For those of you who do not like erotic reads, but want to try this paranormal series, this would be the perfect title to try. Despite this, I definitely recommend the book. I just hope the next installment is a bit more spicy *hint hint*

Reviewed in March 2005 by Mireya.

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