A Curve of Claw by R. E. Butler | REVIEW & DISCUSSION

Hey, guys! I am really excited to come at you with a review of the first book in the Wiccan-Were-Bear series, A Curve of Claw. This is actually a book I’ve read many, many times. I used to read it on a daily basis, and that is totally because I never can get enough of this story. It is just so fantastic. That being said, this is very mature with lots of graphic, sexual scenes, so if that kind of thing makes you uncomfortable, then I don’t suggest you read this. But if you are totally cool with that kind of thing, I definitely recommend you give this one a go. But let’s just go ahead and get into the review!

Synopsis:

“Natural born wicca Elizabeth Xavier likes her life just the way it is. She has a beautiful lake house. Power to rival just about anyone. And seven men that cater to her every desire. What she didn’t expect was to be asked to perform a binding ceremony in the local were-bear den and tie herself forever to a were-bear as a permanent guard. She didn’t like anyone telling her what to do, and giving a man a supernatural tie to her life meant he’d probably want to boss her around, too. Or tell her she couldn’t enjoy her casual relationships with the other men in her life. Guilt is a strong motivator, as is the reminder that she was abducted several months earlier, so she goes into the den with the intention of securing a guard and keeping him at arms’ length. Too bad no one told her that were-bears don’t like to be kept at arms’ length.

When Elizabeth realizes that more than just her personal protection is up for grabs from the bear she binds herself to, can she go through with it, even if it means losing everything she enjoyed about her life? Will she go back on her word and destroy the alliance between the two groups, or does happiness lay in the underground den in the arms of a were-bear? When more than just the alliance and her own personal protection is on the line, Elizabeth has to make a decision fast. The decision to take a guard has never been so important.

This novella is for mature audiences only and contains a feisty play-girl witch with a sarcastic attitude, some red-hot were-bear loving of the menage variety, jealous lovers, claws and fangs galore, and some roadside nookie hot enough to melt the tires from the truck. This book contains M/F/M interaction.”

My Thoughts:

This is like the billionth time I have reread this book, and I still really love it. Even though it is very short, less than a hundred pages, I still enjoy it. I always notice something new each time that I reread it. I could just keep rereading this story over and over and never get tired of it (I used to read this book once a day – I was completely obsessed with it when I originally read it), and I just am so in love with this book and this series.

The character growth in this novella is kind of extraordinary. From our main character, Elizabeth, completely turning around her ways (she used to sleep around with like seven different men as well as let two vampires feed off of her until she became mated to some very sexy werebears) to becoming a super likable character who truly does care for those around her. She just became a really great character to me because I was not the biggest fan of hers in the beginning, but her character growth just made me like her character. She is snarky, sassy, and super loving to those close to her, and that is just something people to need see more of in the literary world. We need to see a strong, female character able to stand up for herself, but also be able to lean on those she loves. Oh, and did I mention she is a Wiccan?

Oh, sweet Jesus, we have to talk about Ash and Axe. They are hands-down the sexiest characters I have ever read about (and that definitely says something because I have read a lot of books with lots of sexy characters). But it isn’t just their appearances that makes them sexy (the descriptions of these characters make me start to drool, no joke), but they are sexy because they are so possessive (in the best possible way) and so dominant (in the fabulously great way), and they also just love Elizabeth so damn much. You can just feel their love for her in this book, and it kind of takes my breath away. I just love these two men that it is kind of hard to describe.

Also, I just am so in love with every single character in the book. But you remember me saying that Elizabeth is a Wiccan? Yeah, she is a witch/Wiccan, and that just was another part of the story that I really loved. Surprisingly, I haven’t read another book featuring a Wiccan character. It was so interesting because that is a big part of this book. It isn’t something that is just brushed over or anything. That is a huge part of Elizabeth’s character, and it was nice to see that so prominent in this novella.

And you did hear me right earlier. I said werebears. This is another first for me, which is also very surprisingly because I used to be super into the paranormal genre. But people most just write about werewolves in that genre, so I never came across this in all the books that I read. I honestly was not sure if I was going to end up liking the werebear aspect of the book, but I did really enjoy that. I think it was a super integral part of the story, and it was really interesting. It was another aspect that I just loved.

I also really loved the writing. I am coming to understand that I usually prefer simplistic writing styles as opposed to very poetic and lyrical writing styles (I really don’t have the patience for that, honestly). R. E. Butler just has this way with words that explains everything so perfectly without info-dumping or having paragraphs of just nothing but description (see: lyrical writing styles). I was able to get a great scope of the characters and the setting, which I really enjoyed. Her writing style is really what helped me to fly through this novella so quickly, and it definitely added to my enjoyment of the novella.

Overall, I really enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the author’s fantastic writing style. I am so excited to read more from her (I have read one other novella by her, and it was just as fantastic as this one), and I definitely recommend you check out her other work! Her books are just so fantastic.

4-and-a-half-stars

And there you have it! That was my review of A Curve of Claw by R. E. Butler. What is your favorite paranormal novel or just one you really enjoyed? Comment down below! I would love to know. And that is going to be it for this post today. Thank you all so much for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it, and I will see you next time!

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