Review: Operation Saving Daniel

Operating Saving Daniel

Author: Nina Croft
Publisher: Entangled/Covet
Date of Publication: November 25, 2013
Description:

DanielAt eighteen, Melissa seduced her best friend Julia’s brother only to run away shortly after. While Daniel was her fairytale prince, Lissa didn’t believe in happy ever afters.

Ten years and a near death experience later, Lissa is ready for a husband and family. But a cry for help from Julia puts that dream on hold. Daniel is acting weird and he’s about to marry his long term girlfriend—AKA The Evil One. Someone needs to save him.

Daniel has never stopped loving Lissa. Ten years ago when he gave her a little freedom, he always intended that one day they would be together. Right up until the moment he was bitten by a werewolf. Now, Daniel has to hide what he is. He won’t risk anyone else, especially the woman he loves.

But Lissa is back. Their attraction is stronger than ever and Lissa is nothing if not tenacious.

My Thoughts:

As promised – here’s another review of the awesomeness that is Nina Croft! I so want to grow up and be Nina Croft. She’s just plain awesome.

Lissa’s a great character, a complete package. She’s smart, she’s relatively tough, she’s strong-willed and never once, throughout the course of the book, does she have a “too stupid to live” moment. It could have all too easily ended up that way, but while she’s determined not to run away when Daniel tries to send her away as the dangerous mounts, she’s not incredibly idiotic about it and I appreciate a heroine like that.

Now for Daniel. Somehow, when reading the description of the book, I completely overlooked a single word: werewolf. I had absolutely no clue (I blanked out the fact that Covet’s contemporary with a paranormal twist line) that there would be any non-human critters roaming around until Daniel’s thinking about how he became a werewolf. Um, oops? It’s great that Daniel wasn’t born a werewolf, and in fact I suspect no one’s really born a werewolf any more, given the notion at the end that werewolves tend to miscarry because they have to change forms in the middle of the month.

He took what could have been a horrible situation, and he really wasn’t happy about it, and instead worked to better his situation rather than just letting life happen to him. The wolf pack is led by an evil wolf of a man who’s using Daniel’s loyalty and protectiveness toward his family against him to make him use his brain to find some sort of immunity to silver for werewolves. Daniel’s not so happy about that and has formed a plan to challenge the Alpha for leadership when he’s ready.

And then comes Lissa. He’s never gotten over her after she seduced him on his 20th birthday, though he’s long buried those feelings. She’s never totally gotten over him, and in fact had come back to finally get him out of her system once and for all. Of course life’s never that easy, and there’s the whole werewolf mess to deal with on top of their feelings issue.

I’ve never wanted a character to die as much as I wanted the villainess in this piece to die (the sister of the wolf who changed Daniel). She poses a huge threat to the two, both emotionally and physically.

Ultimately, I like the resolution that Ms. Croft brings her hero/heroine to, and think that all the characters got exactly what they deserved in the end. I hope to see other books in this same basic series. After all, there are some new werewolves that could use some mates!

Thanks again Ms. Croft and Entangled. I love these books!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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