Monday, December 26, 2011

Instinct (A Holloway Pack Story) by J. A. Belfield

Instinct (A Holloway Pack Prequel) 
by J. A. Belfield

Expected publication: January 1st 2012 by J. Taylor Publishing

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Goodreads Description:

Werewolf Sean Holloway treats the village marketplace like a sexual buffet, though his charm does little to win over his latest entrée of choice. Whether because of Jem Stonehouse’s unique scent, her headstrong nonchalance, or the fact he is forbidden to see her by his pack’s rules, Sean wants her. 

When Jem is nothing but flippant toward his advances, he pursues her with vigour, stealing moments alone with her without a libido-driven agenda.

The new and heady experience for him drives their relationship beyond romantic interest, and straight toward love.

That is, until Jem learns the truth about Sean’s heritage. Knowledge of the existence of werewolves leads to only one outcome: death.

In this prequel to Darkness & Light, we are taken back in time, to the very beginning of Jem and Sean’s love-across-the-centuries relationship.

Did it end there? Or did Sean defy his own pack to save the woman he loves?

Genre:  Paranormal Romance
My Rating:  * * * * *
My Review:

This is such a beautiful novella; historical, paranormal and an epic love story all in one.  As a prequel, it's not something that needs to be read beforehand nor does it need to be read after the first book.  It's amazing as a stand alone story without the support of the series (other than you'll be left wanting more!).

The story is told from Sean's point of view and it is so well done.  Belfield's descriptive writing immerses you in the story until you can feel the forest around you.  The plot moves quickly and pulls you along on the roller coaster experience of falling in love.  I did not put this book down except to feed my kids (they fussed until I conceded).

I loved Jem's character.  Especially in her first few conversations with Sean, she is so witty and strong.  You know that she feels this crazy pull towards Sean but she's cautious until he earn's her trust.  Then she loves with total abandon.

J. A. Belfield's a talent you should definitely experience this new year!

Cover Art:
This cover is as beautiful as the story!  The monochromatic color scheme gives a sense of being bathed in moonlight.  The details are perfect ... did you see Sean's shadow? 


  1. I've never heard if this series I will be checking it out, thanks for stopping by my blog :)

  2. Lovely review Danielle. This sounds like a series I need to look into!

  3. I love the cover! I need to add this!