Title: Delta Blues
Author: Ellen Cross
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Characters: Gray, Ryan
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Series
In a World where the Alpha are the law, Beta the order, and Omega the knowledge…the Delta have become the oppressed.
The night of Samhain is fast approaching, and for that one night a year, Gray and the last remaining Dire Wolves—amongst others—are entrusted with the protection of the veil between worlds, while it’s at its thinnest. Add in the threat of a new drug on the market, and they’ll have to work twice as hard to keep everyone safe. The last thing he needs is a sexy little Delta to save.
As a lowly Delta, Red Wolf shifter Ryan has never known peace. Cast away and unwanted, he is quickly taken captive and trained as a dancer at The Howling, a strip club in the worst part of Praeter. Hungry, abused, and kept in a drug-induced fog, his life is nothing. He is nothing but the orders and twisted demands of his captor. All that changes when he catches the scent of a wolf in the crowd.
Long ebony hair, eyes that can’t decide if they’re green or blue as they follow him on stage. Unable to stop himself, Ryan does the one thing guaranteed to earn him punishment. He touches the other wolf. Peace. For those few brief moments, the hunger, the pain, the torment…all gone. The price to feel that respite again, though, could very well be his life.
Delta Blues is the second book I’ve read by Ms. Cross and it definitely won’t be my last! Ms. Cross writes interesting, unique and sexy heroes that immediately grip this reader’s attention.
Since the blurb does an outstanding job at describing the story, I won’t rehash much of it. When Grey and his buddies find themselves at a local strip club for shifters called ‘The Howling’ he’s totally caught off guard and immediately intrigued by one of the dancers. What surprises Gray is the how drawn he is to the smaller shifter and he doesn’t understand his feelings of protection and even his attraction to the smaller man. Gray is an Alpha through and through and it’s not common for him to be mated to a ‘Delta’ shifter. Delta shifters are not considered important in their shifter world, so Gray is confused by these immediate feelings he has for the dancer. As the story progresses, Gray slowly begins to understand that the Delta dancer, Ryan, is his mate. But there are many forces and other shifters that do what they can to keep them apart. The whole balance of the world that Gray protects is a stake, so he must find a way to not only save Ryan from the evil men who have him and fulfill the duty he was born to do.
I really liked this story. I thought Gray and Ryan had some sexy moments together. There is a pretty strong chemistry between them and it fascinated me to see how these two unlikely men would come together. There is a lot of world building in this story. Gray is a natural leader and he must protect the veil between the two worlds or there will be dire consequences. This was a big focus of the story, as well as, the explanation of the different jobs the Alpha, Beta, Omega and Delta shifters have.
Although I really liked the world Ms. Cook created, there were some unanswered questions about the story that left me hanging a little. Also, I would have liked for there to have been more interaction between Ryan and Gray. I would have really loved to have seen their relationship develop more, but since this is the first book in a series, I figure all of my unanswered questions will be answered and I hope there will be more of Ryan and Gray in the future.
Delta Blues is the first book in the Preternatural Rescue Centre series. I’m definitely anxious to read more of this series and easily recommend it to those who love a shifter series with a lot of action-filled romance.
Reviewed By: Gabbi