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BOOK REVIEW: WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING BY SAM HALL

the book cover for Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater
  • STAR RATING:  3.5 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 434 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED:  April 30th 2022
  • PUBLISHER: Kindle Unlimited
    WHAT SERIES?  The Wolfverse series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 2
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexual content, possibly emotional abuse
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  Just check out my werewolves tag.

SYNOPSIS

Growing up I had nothing but my good grades and them. The Vanguard brothers are the golden boys of our school, destined to be the alphas of our pack. They’re possessive, scaring away everyone else who might get close to me… until the night of their first shift.

I’m been told over and over I can never be their mate, but the boy’s wolves have other ideas….So, I’m whisked away, told to forget them and I do, right up until they walk in through my door, telling me all the things I’d secretly dreamed of.

That I’m their fated mate, and that they refuse to settle for anyone else. But I’m forced to push them away.

Why?

Because their parents were right to send me away. I’ll never be what they need me to be, but these guys? Back then they never knew how to take no for an answer, and now they’re coming for me, whether I’m ready or not. 

Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing was a different take on the werewolf romance genre than what I’m used to. In this particular verse, only alphas and omegas have wolf forms — betas are simply the neutral ground, regular ol’ plain humans, basically. Our main character, Riley, grows up being told over and over again that she’s a beta, that she’s not for her group of alpha friends. She’s grown up in a pack — her father was an enforcer for — but she’s not a wolf. The parents of her alpha friends drill into her over and over that she is not for them. It is awful emotional abuse, and one that the author handles well. In the end, Riley turns into an omega, and that was exceptionally cool.

I felt bad for Riley throughout the whole book, but wow does she fight the whole situation that she’s thrust into. She fights it hard, and after say…the third time she’s struggling with it, it got old. She does eventually give in obviously, but it took way, way too long in my opinion. Another problem I had with Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing was that only…three of the five alphas really have a personality. Colt, Haze, and Blake all have distinct things going for them, but the other two — Ryan and Fen are just sort of…there. I really would have loved more from them, but it’s just not present in the book.

The sex scenes were hot, but you really don’t get the typical werewolf stuff until the very, and I mean very end of the book. I missed that in the earlier portions of the book, but what are you gonna do, I guess.

Overall, a decent entry into the werewolf romance genre, but definitely not hitting all my werewolf buttons.

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*This review is being posted on a Saturday because I have too many other reviews coming out. This is not a normal occurrence.

BOOK REVIEW: THE TYRANT ALPHA’S REJECTED MATE BY CATE C. WELLS

the book cover for Half A Soul by Olivia Atwater
  • STAR RATING:  4 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 382 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: November 12, 2021
  • PUBLISHER: Kindle Unlimited
    WHAT SERIES?  The Five Packs series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? The Tyrant Alpha’s Rejected Mate
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 2 so far, but I’d bet there’s probably going to be 5?
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Ableism, bullying, violence, sexual assault, emotional abuse
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  I am unsure, I haven’t read enough of these kinds of books yet.

SYNOPSIS

He rejected me, and then he realized I’m the center of his world. Bummer.

Una
I keep my head down. In this backwards pack, females rank low, and my bad leg makes me damaged goods. It doesn’t help that I’ve never shifted. I don’t mind the late twenties single life, though. No one’s paying any attention as I build an illicit farmer’s market empire.

My roomies and I are doing it for ourselves, and if life under Killian Kelly is stifling, at least it’s predictable. We can deal.

But when biology finally kicks in, I lose my mind. I claim our alpha as my mate. And he rejects me in front of the whole pack. It’s all good. It only hurts when I breathe. I’ll survive. That’s what I do.

Who wants an arrogant jerk for a mate, anyway? I’ve got a business to run.

Killian
To lead this pack out of the dark ages, I’ve had to be hard. Merciless. I don’t flinch, and I don’t make mistakes.

Una Hayes isn’t my mate.

My wolf might have some kind of strange infatuation, but if she were mine, I’d know it. And I can walk away, can’t I? And if I keep coming back? If she starts living in my head?

I’m the strongest male in five generations. My pack scrambles to do my bidding. I can bring one quiet female back in line. No one can possibly be as stubborn as I am.

There’s no way I’ve ruined the best thing that’s ever happened to me.

I’m the Quarry pack alpha. I don’t lose.

I picked this KU paranormal romance up after seeing it on the Twitter of one of my trusted fellow booklovers. (When she said it was worth the read, I basically jumped at it.) You all know how much I love werewolves. And you certainly know how much I love romances, so combine the two together, and you basically have catnip for Jordyn. But dang, there are a lot of BAD werewolf romances out there, and I’m particularly picky when it comes to my favorite mythological creature.

So even if I’m extremely picky when it comes to werewolves, The Tyrant Alpha’s Rejected Mate was a whirlwind of fun. Killian and Una are something else together, but it does take them almost the whole book to get there. Killian has to grovel something FIERCE to make up to Una for humiliating her in front of their entire pack. I thoroughly enjoyed watching him figure out how to make her happy, and how to apologize for the pain that he had put her through.

Una, on the other hand, stood her ground and I loved her for it. I especially loved her wolf. What a queen. Killian’s wolf was WAY ahead of Killian himself, and that was also extremely entertaining.

I also love love love the reveal towards the end of the book. That made the rest of the book better, and honestly, yeah, it made everything make a little more sense. It was the perfect reveal. I would have read about 293408234 more books about these two. I’ll definitely be picking up the next, though I have heard it isn’t quite as good.

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BOOK REVIEW: CURSE OF THE WOLF KING BY TESSONJA ODETTE

the book cover for House of Sky and Breath by Sarah J Maas
  • STAR RATING:  3 stars
    PAGE LENGTH: 356 pages
  • WHAT SERIES? Entangled with the Fae Series
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Curse of the Wolf King
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 4
  • DATE PUBLISHED:  April 7th 2021
  • PUBLISHER: Crystal Moon Press
    CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexism, sexual content, bullying, panic attacks, kidnapping

  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY: A Court of Thorns and Roses series by Sarah J. Maas

SYNOPSIS

A beastly fae king with a deadly curse.
A devious bargain to break it…

All Gemma Bellefleur wants is to leave her past behind and forget the day scandal broke her heart. But when she’s captured by a trickster fae king who threatens to hold her for ransom, she’ll find herself at the top of the gossip column yet again.

Unless…

Plagued by a curse that will soon claim his life, the human-hating King Elliot will do anything to save himself. And if Gemma can use that to her advantage, she might be able to bargain her way to freedom. All she has to do is help him break his curse.

There’s just one hitch—to do so, they’ll have to trick someone into falling in love with the beastly, brooding Elliot.

With a devious alliance made, their scheme begins, bringing Gemma and Elliot into very close quarters. Soon, an unexpected desire stirs where once there was only hate. But Gemma must fight it. For when the curse is broken, Elliot will return to his true form—a wolf—and be lost to her for good.

Can Gemma sacrifice her budding feelings to save the king’s life? Or will love force her to give up something even greater…her heart?

The other night, I picked up, started, and DNFed three whole books. Nothing was satisfying the urge I couldn’t quite defined. I knew I wanted a fantasy romance, but nothing was really hitting the spot after the last book I read. I picked up Curse of the Wolf King after initially starting the second book in the series — Heart of the Raven Prince. I hate starting things in the middle, so I went back and started the first book.

Curse of the Wolf King is a Beauty and the Beast retelling, with fae. Sound familiar? Probably, because that’s exactly what A Court of Thorns and Roses is, too. I love a good fae book, but this one was just okay. The writing was tolerable, the plot middling, and the characters…frequently infuriating.

Gemma is our main character — the Belle of the book, so to speak — and she is not very nice. She spends most of the novel desperately wishing to not be around people because they might judge her for her past “scandal”. Except no one in town knows about the scandal, because it happened far away. So she’s prejudging these people before they can judge her. Gemma is “special’ because she reads books instead of hoping for a husband.

Elliot is our Beast, and he is…well he’s a piece of work at first. He’s the unseelie king of the Winter Court. Once he gets he warms up to Gemma, he’s a bit of a cinnamon roll, but a first he’s infuriating and stubborn. No different than the original Beast, of course. The whole gist of the book is that they (Gemma and Elliot) must break the curse on him before all the petals fall from the roses in his garden. The curse being, of course, that a human must be willing to sacrifice their greatest treasure. Otherwise, the curse will kill Elliot (and the people living on his estate.) So Gemma comes up with a kind of stupid plan to manipulate her most hated townsperson into falling in love with Elliot and breaking his curse.

You can see where this goes wrong.

Anyway, the first half of the book is much better than the second half. The author writes yearning much better than they write actually being in a relationship. Overall, this was just okay — here’s hoping my next read is much better.

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WOLF GONE WILD BY JULIETTE CROSS

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

SYNOPSIS

What’s the worst thing that can happen to a werewolf? Unable to shift for three months, Mateo Cruz knows all too well. His wolf has taken up residence in his head, taunting him night and day with vividly violent and carnal thoughts. Convinced he’s cursed, he needs the help of a powerful witch before he literally goes insane.

​Evie Savoie has always obeyed the house rules of her coven–no werewolves. They’re known for being moody and volatile. So, when a distempered, dangerous werewolf strolls into the bar and almost strangles one of her late-night customers, she’s ready to bounce him through the door. But the desperation in his eyes when he begs her to help him softens her heart and convinces her to bend the rules.

​What Evie doesn’t know is that Mateo’s wolf has a mind of his own. And now that she’s in his sights, he wants only one thing. Her. 

Wolf Gone Wild is a paranormal romance starring the Savoie family, who are a witchy group of sisters who control New Orleans and presumably, their eventual love interests. The Savoie sisters own a bar/tavern and a witchy shop in New Orleans, and from there ply their magic to whoever needs help. The majority of the world is in the dark when it comes to supernaturals, but from what I could gather, there were four main types. Vampires, Witches, Werewolves and Grims — who are grim reaper types.

In Wolf Gone Wild, Mateo Cruz, a werewolf with a hex problem, shows up at the Savoie’s door looking for help. He can’t shift, and it’s causing some issues with his wolfier side. There he meets Evie, and well, love happens.

This series has the potential to be really cute, but unfortunately, Wolf Gone Wild fell a little flat for me. The writing is what brought this down in rating. It’s very basic, which is fine, but the characters — especially the main character, Evie, just felt… elementary? She’s a geek who loves comics and Star Wars, and normally that would be fine and dandy, but there was no real heart there. It felt very filled-in, and that there was no real love for either comics or the Star Wars series. Maybe I’m reading too into a paranormal romance book. Who knows.

Anyway, Mateo and Evie were rather cute together, and I did enjoy the alpha-ness of the werewolf bits. When it comes to sex scenes, Wolf Gone Wild is on the steamier side of things. There are a few explicit scenes, and several scenes of characters thinking rather raunchy thoughts.

In the end, I’m not going to be rushing to the other books in this series. It’s a shame, I had high hopes for this one!