Dark Forest by Emma Weylin

Dark Forest by Emma Weylin
Secret Blood, Book 1
Publisher: Liquid Silver Books
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (44 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Evil is stalking the citizens of Dark Forest. Now it’s up to a red-hooded woman and the werewolf determined to make her his mate to track down the killer before he strikes again. Dark Forest is author Emma Weylin’s sexy retelling of a classic fairy tale. Sometimes, even the big bad wolf can be oh-so-good!

Rose Merrin is attracted to the one man in Dark Forest suspected of murder. Self-preservation and the townsfolk’s eagle eyes keep her from knowing his touch, even when everything about him calls to her. But when another murder shocks Dark Forest, and a girl who could be her sister disappears, her life becomes dependent on the one man no one trusts.

Aiden Hyde holds a dark secret. Proving his innocence would reveal his werewolf heritage. When a new werewolf in town sets his sights on Rose, he has no choice but to step in and protect his mate—whether she knows it or not.

I was in the mood for a quick romance and a little paranormal hijinks and what I found was a fantastic, fast moving, well rounded short story. I don’t know how Ms. Weylin fit everything in, but I think it’s because she focused on what makes a story work. It was the fastest hour of my day.

Dark Forest introduced a typical werewolf story with some unusual elements. It hinges on how the author created her hero, Aiden. I liked the level of angst that plagued him, how he accepted his role in the town and how he always tried to do the right thing – even if it cost him his happiness.

I also enjoyed the manipulations of a loving grandmother towards her granddaughter, Rose. If I’m not mistaken, it sounded as though the heroine, Rose, has some OCD issues, or it could be anxiety attacks. One thing that tickled me is that when things really came to a head, the heroine proved without a doubt that she has a backbone of steel when something, or someone she loves, is in danger.

Although the novelette doesn’t have time to really delve into either Aiden’s or Rose’s point of view as much as it might have, the author presented enough to make me believe that their romance, their falling in love, and their willingness to commit to the other, despite the unusual bumps in the road, was natural and acceptable. Even though this tale is told from both points of view, the author didn’t make either one omniscient. There were enough surprises to please me.

The sex was incredibly steamy, seductive and well written. It was just enough to make me happy.

The villain erupts on the scene fast and there were no surprises as to whom the culprit was regarding the town’s current mystery. As brief as he was, the author painted him with an effective swipe of the ‘nasty brush’ to make me believe he was a bounder, a sick individual and a worthy antagonist.

Give Dark Forest a whirl if you want a surprising gem of a read. What it doesn’t have in quantity, it makes up for in quality. I quite enjoyed myself.


  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review, and I am glad you enjoyed Aiden and Rose’s story.


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