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Dark Sentinels - Bk. 1 : Sable
by Dariel Raye   

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A vet with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible, and a mutant wolf shifter whose main purpose is protecting others, must learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy set on destroying shifters.

Sable, a sentinel wolf shifter, is captured and locked in his wolf form until Akila, a veterinarian, tries to tame him and unleashes a 6'5" baby blue-eyed surprise.
Dr. Akila Marshall is a veterinarian with a calling – save as many stray animals as possible. The only child of wealthy, yet distant parents, she’s convinced that love is not for her. Until…
Sable’s search for his twin sister leads him to Akila. Born into a rare species of wolf shifters whose main purpose is protecting others, he has always been forced to fend for himself, but Akila’s loving, protective nature draws him – and not a moment too soon. Together, they must learn to trust each other enough to overcome a new, deadly enemy.
He interrupted her. “Please call me Sable.”
Akila felt warmth rushing throughout her face. “Sable.” How fitting. “I’m Akila.”
“Akila.” Sable stood. She liked the way her name sounded falling from those full lips. His voice was deep and a bit raspy in a bad boy way, yet there was something particularly polite about his manner. “I know you’re busy right now. I’ll be here for a few more days. Why don’t we discuss this further over dinner tonight?”
Akila took a quick breath and felt as if she were having an outer body experience when she answered him. The audacity! “Okay.” She reached on her desk and picked up one of her cards. She turned the card over to write her cell phone number on the back, and then remembered she’d lost her phone.
She glanced up at him, wanting to kick herself for being so nervous while he looked so placid. “Um, my cell phone…I haven’t been able to find it today.” She glanced at him again, eager to gauge his reaction. There was none. “I tell you what. Just call me on my land line.”
She wrote the land line number on the back and handed the card to him.
“How’s seven? I’ll call you and get directions to your home.”
“Okay.” Is that all you can say?
Sable opened the door and accompanied her to the front of the clinic. “Thank you, Akila.”
She watched him leave, fighting the strangest urge to run to the door and watch him as long as she could.
Fay popped her lightly on the shoulder. “Ah, he’s gone now. You can close your mouth.”
Akila fought back a blush, closed her mouth, rolled her eyes, and walked quickly to see her next patient. It occurred to her she had given a virtual stranger her phone number, and he’d be calling in a few hours to get her address as well. She smiled. Nothing had ever felt more right.
She looked up and Ray was standing in front of her, a scowl on his face. She hadn’t even noticed him as he came in. She’d been too busy staring after Sable.

Professional Reviews

Brilliant, sexy, strong!, August 22, 2012
I received this book as a kindle-gift and could not put it down!

This is Book One of a novella series, so it is shorter than I expected and the action and story, I assume, will continue in the books to come after. Knowing that, it is brilliant! For paranormal romance fans who are already familiar with the concept of shifting, it will flow with great excitement and likable characters from the first page. A female vet falls in love with a gorgeous male wolf-shifter and they quickly work together to thwart a dastardly plot against nasty, evil animal abusers who are after the wolf and his twin sister! Very exciting! Of course, the good guys will win in the end. That end does not come in Book One, but the interim sex is so good, we don't mind!

Characters strong and likable, story engaging, sex enjoyable!

But there is more to this series than all that. This story, narrated from the voice of an African-American female vet, incorporates ethnic issues like silk flowing over satin! She and some of her co-workers are black, and that issue is so smoothly woven into the story, presented so naturally in reference, for instance, to beautiful skin tones, that the white Caucasion reader remains inside the narrator with no problem. It is not easy to produce literature like that in a white macroculture like ours. In the reader, there will usually be a line drawn between who is white and who is not.

I welcome this brilliant writer who knows and shows that inside out, people are just people and we are certainly all alike, dealing with very important common issues of pain, good and evil. Of course, the ethnic theme is repeated in the wolf-shifter theme. Sable makes love to Akila as a man, but then afterwards he sometimes shifts back to a wolf. Yes, she is a vet who loves animals, and loved him when she thought he was just a wolf, but can she psychologically accept this cultural stretch, to love a man who is both man and wolf, and therefore a new cultural form altogether, a hybrid she has not encountered before? Will her society accept it? Can she love him enough to get past it? Is she WILLING to make such a psychological change?

This is a brilliant cultural transition book hidden in the mode of a light, popular young paranormal genre that does not always provide us with such questions and ideal role models.

WELL DONE, DARIEL RAYE and PLEASE produce the sequels quickly!

Review of Sable - the Dark Sentinel Series, August 3, 2012
Sable, a sentinel wolf-shifter who has lived his whole life protecting other shifters, leaves his home to find his twin sister. They grew up alone because their parents died when they were young, so they have always depended on each other. The ones they protect don't care about them because they're different, so they can't mate with any of them. Sable stumbles on a plot to experiment on his kind and gets poisoned so he can't shift back to a man at will.

He escapes from the lab, and someone sees him and calls the animal shelter. They're about to have him "put down" when one of the staff calls her friend, a vet, to come save him. Akila grew up with animals, and trusts them more than people. She notices how beautiful he is the moment she sees him, but she also notices that he's a wolf. A black wolf with blue eyes, and he shouldn't be in city limits. She owns a no-kill shelter, but she likes him so much, she takes him home with her instead of taking him to her shelter.

The poison doesn't last in his system long, and he shifts back, but leaves Akila so she doesn't see him again until he's a man. She wonders why he "seems so familiar," but can't put her finger on it. One thing leads to another, and in his search for his sister, he ends up making a full circle back to Akila, asks her out, and things really get spicy after that. The attraction is raw, and the sex had me fanning myself. I fell in love with Sable, and Akila was easy to like. She was smart and kind. Some other supporting characters were introduced that I'd like to know more about. There was really nothing I didn't like about this book. I read it in one day. I'm looking forward to the next one. Five stars.

Absorbing and Delightful Short Read, January 1, 2013
I love stories about shapeshifters and Dark Sentinels Book One: Sable is no exception. The shifter Sable along with his twin sister protects the pack. When his sister disappears, Sable is on the hunt and finds Akila. When the vet Akila meets the shapeshifter Sable, the sparks fly.

I thoroughly enjoyed this story and was disappointed when it ended too soon. I'm looking forward to reading more of the Dark Sentinel series. Good job Ms. Raye.

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