War is knocking on the supernatural worlds door. Warlocks versus wizards and somehow the werewolves are going to be caught up in the middle of it. Werewolves have their own magic but werewolf spell casters are rare and feared as dark magic brings danger. Nat won't let a little thing such as fear or prejudice stop her though and is prepared to go to the ends of the earth (or Russia !) if that's what it takes to save her mate. It's a journey that will test her, but it's one she's determined to make. Nat is prepared to do whatever it takes no matter at what cost.
Nat is a character who seems to have finally come of age. She's a sufferer of OCD and to call her a neat freak is putting it mildly! By nature a werewolf is not the cleanest thing to imagine as images of slobber and shedding of hair permeate my head, so the stress this woman goes through is surely incomparable. Yet in this story she pulls up her big girl panties and tries her best to ignore certain aspects of things around her. Oh it's not easy and she isn't perfect, but her drive is unquestionable.
There are almost two aspects to this story. On the one hand, we have war breaking out, with warlocks and demons taking on wizards and the more peaceful Supernaturals. Whilst at the same time Nat is trying her hardest to learn how to channel her own powers and use old magic to try to save Thorn. She's caught in the middle and her actions will help determine the outcome of the coming battle.
I really liked the character development of Natalya in this story but couldn't help but feel Thorn was one dimensional and underused. He's an alpha male and although he's dying by increments, I just expected more from him. What did please me was the supporting characters and a certain dwarf whose loyalty warmed my heart. That's probably what helped raise this story as the varied characters Nat interacts with each have a part to play in her quest. Nat is never going to be the most kick ass heroine around but she's come a long way. She's a woman learning to deal with her own assorted weaknesses but has gained confidence from knowing she has innermost strength.
I found Compelled to be engaging with surprises along the way. Ms Madison is proving to be a truly versatile author and I'm never quite sure what to expect from her. Would I read more? Oh most definitely yes, and if you enjoy reading about werewolves and magic then you should too!
Compelled is available at Amazon in Kindle format for $3.99 and paperback $11.39. At B & N, the Nook book is $3.99