Sooo, I LOVE THIS TOUR BUTTON!!! AND HAPPY RELEASE DAY TO MR. JOHN!!! SO, Mr. John has become a wonderful internet buddy! I am also one of his beta readers for this second book of the series, and though I don’t have an “official stop” on the blog tour, I AM gunna give you some goodies, cuz I love y’all… and this whole series!!! So lemme just get right to it!!
Clifford Crane has led a tough life – failed marriages, bankruptcy, drug addiction, and a mind-numbing dead-end job. But he’s made it through, and now he’s a few short years from retirement. He’s looking forward to his golden years, until he meets an ancient Uwharrie Indian shaman, who turns him into a werewolf. She believes Clifford is the red wolf foretold in prophecy, the one who will unite the wolf packs and lead them to victory over the vampires for once and all time. Too bad she doesn’t tell him that before she dies. Now, rescuing beautiful young women from the clutches of the undead has its rewards, but will it pay the rent for the next thousand years?
Everyone has accepted the Prophecy of the Red Wolf except the Red Wolf himself. Clifford would like to reclaim some semblance of a normal life, but there are three beautiful reasons he cannot cut his ties to the pack of werewolves of which he has become a part. There’s Heather, the sister of the Uwharrie Pack alpha, whom the pack has chosen as Clifford’s mate. There’s Nicole, the talented young Omega wolf, a seeming reincarnation of Clifford’s once and greatest love, who shares a strange and disturbing bond with him. And there’s Danielle, the gorgeous young vampire who currently shares his bed in a forbidden affair.
Clifford faces a difficult choice indeed, but it may not be his to make. Powerful forces are afoot in the world, and to protect the ones he loves, Clifford must seek the help of the powerful Fae who foretold the prophecy in the first place, the one who might do anything to make sure the prophecy comes true, the mysterious Dragon of Doughton Park.
The Dragon of Doughton Park is the second in a series of Red Wolf novels, depicting a world where vampires are mere generations away from realizing mankind’s destruction, the ultimate goal of the undead and the mysterious beings that created them.
First, I love the cover!! The first book is getting a new cover too 🙂 But besides that, Mr. John so nicely asked me if I would beta read for him in the book-this review is based on that beta read, but I doubt he changed very much as it was pretty spectacular, even in the rough stages!! 🙂 So, in the first book, I kinda thought Clifford was a push over. He is supposed to be so “special” yet I find him slightly pitiful LOL or at least compared to the Clifford in this book! I love when a character grows and you SEE it! I had a conversation with Mr. John about his character’s “self warring” and to me, I thought he was literally fighting himself at every turn. Not just about being bitten and turning into a werewolf, but about his life. He’s worried about falling back into old addiction habits, and girls finding him attractive, and he doesn’t really wanna be a werewolf, and he’s middle aged going back to college and even though he’s really smart, he sometimes made stupid desicions… WELL NO MORE!!! This book has not only redeemed Clifford personality to me, but I think I may also be slightly in LUST… sorry Heather and Danielle, but I totally am!!! I don’t care how old he is!
He originally starts out with not wanting to have anything to do with the werewolf world. He’s so torn over the fact that his actions caused death, even if those deaths were chosen by those who died. So, he’s having a very non healthy relationship with Danielle, who has now turned Vampire (umm, sorry spoiler alert haha) and it’s just weird to me. I am sorry but I HATE DANIELLE!! or I really really love to hate her! She is truly the bad guy to me, regardless of who the actually plotting bad guys are 🙂 But back to Cliff, so he of course gets pulled into the array of chaos again, BY HIS OWN ACTIONS!! I mean you would think he would totally learn his lesson the first time that making heroic acts will bite you in the booty later, right… NO, he so does it again!! I’m not saying it was a bad choice. I cheered out loud when this happened. And I’ve wanted him and Heather to have their “moment” for ages!! And it STILL takes more time, as both Heather and Cliff are totally NUTS! LOL So ya know, fun stuff!
There are so many characters that come into play here. I mean werewolf pack, vampire maniacs, normal people… You just don’t know. And when I beta read for Mr. John, one of my favorite scenes comes into play with a secondary character. I happen to love Kendall. He’s hot-so LADIES I TOTALLY CLAIM HIM HERE AND NOW!! Mr. John, if I can have a wish, I think I need you to make me Kendall’s girlfriend hahahahaha 🙂 But anyways, so Kendall is gunna take one for the team in a bad situation and is seducing a human thrall, and it’s just so priceless!! Everyone NEEDS to read that scene, seriously! 🙂 can we all say AWKWARD!! 🙂 BUT HILARIOUS! LOL And my next scene is FINALLY with Heather and Cliff, and a river… no more than that can be said 🙂 Next, I know this may be strange, but Mr. John actually writes about his characters doing things real people do… LIKE PEEING!!! everyone has to do it, yet it’s never mentioned 🙂
And Nicole, I really love her character. I can’t say that enough. I am so glad she is now a major part of this! Now action… There is so much action in here. Danielle totally goes nutso on Cliff, and Vampires are trying to kill people, and werewolves are getting crazy!! I mean, it’s just an all around great book, and I seriously CANNOT wait to see where this is going to lead… AND THE END!!! Mr. John, you have made my list of killer cliff hangers!! I am a huge fan of good cliff hangers and I liked to DIED!!! Another reason to hate Danielle! 🙂 BUT BEST PART… THERE’S A DRAGON!!! People, werewolves and dragons together, I literally salivated! 🙂 YES!!! If you didn’t know, there’s also a lovely cajun lady who has some spots and I will show you a little goodie about that in a sec.
All in all, there is nothing to say other than I LOVE THIS BOOK! I LOVE THIS SERIES!!! GIMME GIMME GIMME MORE!! Really soon, pretty please Mr. John 🙂 It would be so appreciated! 🙂 You have done such tremendous greatness since the first book, so I can’t wait to see what you’ll do to my heart next! 🙂 5 HUGE PAWS!!!
Purchase links: *don’t forget, the first book is $0.99 right now!!
The Draculata Nest My review is HERE