Release Day Blitz and Review: Three Hours

Title: Three Hours, Seven Series book 5
Author: Dannika Dark
Published: 4-6-15
Genre: Paranormal

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Destiny will find you

Naya James is a confident woman who also happens to be an exotic dancer. She doesn’t care if people judge her, just so long as they don’t disrespect her. Life has been good, but when two dancers from her club are kidnapped, Naya puts her life on the line to uncover the truth.

Wheeler is the black sheep of the family, evident from his extensive tattoo collection to his dark personality. Nothing like his twin brother, Ben, who can do no wrong. Wheeler’s pack loyalty is put to the test when Austin orders him to act as a bodyguard for a woman he’s despised for years—one who presses his buttons every chance she gets.

A dark secret unravels, uniting two enemies and threatening to fracture the brotherhood of the pack. A tortured soul, a violent past, a fiery romance, and a shocking twist that will leave you breathless.

This is the fifth book in the Seven Series by Dannika Dark.  From the very first book, I fell in love with the Westin Pack.  This group of brothers has each other’s backs and will fight and protect any wolf or human or other that they bring into their family.  This book is Wheeler and Naya’s story. 

In the previous books, the reader gets the sense that Wheeler is troubled and he definitely exudes a bad boy image with all his dark tattoos and moody personality.  He is fiercely loyal but can be quick to judge.  Wheeler is a financial guru and helps to keep the pack’s business ventures in the black.  Up until Three Hours, Wheeler intrigued me and I knew he had more to his story than we had been allowed to see.  After reading this installment in the series, I have whole heartedly jumped on the Wheeler band wagon.  Once again, this author has taken a questionable character and made him so vulnerable and loveable, the reader cannot help but fall in love with him.  Sexy, bad boy alpha with a need to be loved unconditionally….perfect book boyfriend material! 

Naya James is a troubled shifter as well.  She is living as an outcast so that she doesn’t have to reveal her animal.  Doing so will put her in grave danger.  Living alone has caused her to build tough walls around her heart.  She is best friends with Lexi and helps the young shifters she dances with but no one knows the real Naya.  When danger comes knocking, Naya turns to the Westin Pack for help and Wheeler is assigned as her body guard.

Naya and Wheeler have had less than friendly encounters in the past.  This book jumps ahead 3 years in the timeline and the tension between these two has not lessoned.  It becomes quickly clear that the tension between them is due to attraction and potential mate feelings.  I loved that they were able to block out the rest of the pack and the rest of the world to eventually tell each other their fears, their dark secrets, and their dreams, with no judgement and no expectations for anything more.  One of my favorite quotes is actually from Ivy to Naya:

“Wheeler can appear to be as tempestuous as an angry ocean, but the further you are willing to go, the calmer the waters.  I think you two will make a fine pairing. He needs someone to warm those icy waters and give him a chance to shine.”

As Wheeler’s past comes to light, a new villain emerges in this tale.  No spoilers here, but there is a familiar character who turns out to be not what they appear.  I look forward to the last two and a half books in this series.  You will want to read this series in order just to keep the story line fluid. 

*I received an ARC of this title for an honest review. 

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I leaned forward and gripped the top of the chair on either side of his head. “I don’t like this situation any more than you do, but I’ve never had anyone speak to me this way. I don’t form unhealthy friendships with people, but this isn’t exactly a friendship. I need a bodyguard, and neither of us seems to have any choice in the matter. So let’s just play nice, okay?”

His eyes glided down my neck and settled between my breasts. Wheeler’s pupils widened and, my God, I needed to get away from him. The closer I got, the more I picked up his heady scent. Wheeler was the opposite of the refined men in my life—powerful men with expensive clothes and imported cologne. Most were shorter or had a leaner frame than his medium build. Something began to culminate between us that I knew he must have felt, because he didn’t have a comeback. I wondered how it would feel to have those inked arms wrapped around my body, for the bristles on his face to scratch against my stomach as he laved my breast with his tongue. Would his hands feel as rough as they looked? Was he a gentle lover or animalistic?

The ropes of muscle in his arms were taut from the tight grip he had on the armrests of the chair.

Oh, no. This couldn’t be happening.

My cell phone rang and snapped me out of my fantasies. I stood up and put my hands on my hips. “I have a feeling that before this is all over, we’re going to end up killing each other.”

A sardonic smile tugged at the corners of his mouth. “Now that sounds like fun.”

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About the Author

This is the segment where you learn a little more about who I am, so here's what I can tell you:  I drink copious amounts of vitamin water placed precariously close to my laptop while writing. These are two healthy habits I have no intention of breaking. I'm a transplant living in the south, but I was born in the 70's to a military dad who moved us around the world.

When I'm not writing (which is all the time), I'm hunting down Indie music, watching movies, reading, eating Tex-Mex, discovering new ways to humiliate myself bowling, and burning up my laptop battery on the Internet. I have a relaxed, easy-going personality and don't like drama. I live with a cat who thinks she is a dog, or a goat (she eats plastic, so I'm not sure which).

Throughout my life, I've had insomnia. Counting sheep never worked and eventually I would imagine those sheep were the sole source of food after an apocalyptic battle where only thousands survived. I made up stories in a futile attempt to bore myself to sleep. The problem was, I got so wrapped up in my "head stories" that I would continue them through the following nights, changing it up each time to make it more exciting. Eventually, I started writing my ideas down - creating short stories, and then I discovered my love for poetry.

It's almost embarrassing how many spiral notebooks and stacks of paper I have of poetry and lyrics. 

Another passion: digital art. I design all my book covers, marketing, and series art. I'm a very visual person and pursued photography as an avid hobby for many years. 

I am not a YA author (I feel like I have to state this only because I've had a few people ask), but I think it's wonderful there are so many books available to teens in Urban Fantasy and Paranormal.  

I am finally doing what I have always wanted to do: giving my characters a pulse through writing full time. I focus on adult urban fantasy romance, but I don't like labels and I enjoy blending genres to break out of the confines of predictability.

But it's what I love to do.


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