This is the first book in Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series. Elena is the heroine in this story who happens to be the only living female Werewolf. A woman living amongst a pack of male werewolves... I can't even imagine! Well, actually I can. I grew up with three older brothers. Maybe that's why I enjoyed Elena's character so much. We seemed to have a lot in common. (insert grin) I loved the way the author took time to give us plenty of history behind all of the characters in this book. It made for somewhat of a slow beginning but by the time I got to the middle of the book I was completely in tune with the emotions and relationships between the pack members. Elena, who felt betrayed and conflicted had plenty of emotions to sort through and with good reason. I found myself wondering what I would do if I were in her position and thinking I may have reacted the same. The old phrase that there is a thin line between love and hate came to mind often, particularly in her relationship with Clay. Can you love someone and hate them at the same time? How do you forgive someone for taking away something you can never get back? This story made me reflect on the simple luxuries we sometimes take for granted... family, children, husband... home. Sometimes when we can't have these things in a way we consider "normal" our survival instincts kick in and we do what we can to replace them with anything that resembles them in order to bring us comfort. We draw strength from it and move forward. This is how I felt about Elena's character. She is a survivor, adjusting and changing as she deals with her internal conflict until she finally makes peace with who she is and attempts to accept things she cannot change. I love this author's writing style and will be diving into book two very soon which is titled "Stolen".