Review by: Book Addict

Dire Needs
by Stephanie Tyler

Published March 6, 2012 by Signet Eclipse

The full moon is their mistress. They are predators of pleasure and pain. Feared by humans, envied by werewolves, the Dire Wolves are immortal shifters, obeying no laws but their own bestial natures. Once they were many, but now only six remain, a dangerous wolfpack forever on the hunt…

Rifter leads the pack, embracing the lifestyle and ethics of an outlaw biker even as he battles an ancient enemy who has become a new, powerful force. But with his Brother Wolf raging inside him, howling to be unleashed, he needs to satisfy his hungers. And when he meets a drop-dead gorgeous blonde drinking alone in a bar that caters to both human and inhuman, Rifter’s primal instinct is to claim her.

Gwen has her own desires, long unfulfilled. She hopes a passionate night with the leather-clad, Harley-riding biker will ease her suffering. The seizures that have wracked her body her entire life are incurable—and they’re killing her.

But none of that will matter if Rifter can’t stop the growing threat to them all — trappers who are determined to enslave humankind and use the Dire wolves as part of their nefarious plan.

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I have to get this out of the way before we dive into the actual review. OMG, that cover!! Yeah, that one. Right up there. That cover that is so yummy, it's lickable. Phew! *fans self* Alright, I'm good now. Proceed to review.

Dire wolves are like werewolves hopped up on steroids, with an extra shot of testosterone. They are the baddest of the bad. They're tall, and big and sexy. And they ride motorcycles. They have some really cool extra powers. Oh, and they're Immortal. You may think you've read every werewolf tale there is, but you'd be wrong.

After getting into a wee bit of trouble with their maker and a giant purge, this pack of six is all that remains. Rifter is the somewhat reluctant leader of the pack and de facto King. Being alive for a long, long time with no end in sight has made him a grumpy wolf indeed. When he picks up Gwen at a bar, his only thoughts are about how fast he can get her clothes off.

Gwen has been suffering from seizures for years, and lately they've only gotten worse. The medicine's not helping and the doctors have told her the end is near. With no family left and few friends, she is lonelier than even she knows. Determined to live life to the fullest, she seizes the opportunity to go to bed with the handsome, virile Rifter.

Gwen and Rifter make an amazingly balanced couple and you want so badly for them to be together in the end. There are plenty of twists and surprises that keep you guessing up till the very end. With a bad witch aligned with weretrappers, and a rogue pack of weres bent on human domination, the Dires have their hands full. The action is super fast, almost frenzied at times, leaving you with no lack of ass-kickings and wolf-on-wolf melees.

As a fan of Larissa Ione's Demonica series, I loved the mention of Eidolon and UGH. (Did you catch that too?)

This book really grabs you from the beginning and pulls you into the world of the Dires. The way the guys interact with each other, the one upping and insulting, and the total bond of loyalty was very reminiscent of J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood series for me. (A really good thing!) Stephanie Tyler really knows how to write tough Alpha men. And as much as I loved Rifter's character, I am in love with Vice. I cannot wait to pry that man's brain open and find all the little secrets he's hiding. I have a feeling he will become a fan favorite and that Stephanie Tyler is going to make us wait to read his story.

Next up is Stray's tale in Dire Wants, set to release November 2012, just in time for my birthday!

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