Tuesday, October 7, 2014

THE LAST WOLF by Sue Brown

Publisher:               Love Lane Books Ltd                  
Published:               September 5th, 2014        
ASIN:                    BOONBI2EUC
Genre:                   Romance, M/M, Paranormal, Shapeshifters
Book Format:          E-book
Obtained via:          Publisher
Reviewed by:          Helena Stone, helenastone63@gmail.com

Rating:                   4       

When Joe Lowther finds evidence of a wolf on the property his is managing while his father in his hospital, he knows what he has to do. The only good predator is a dead one and Joe has to protect his father’s sheep.

Things are quite that straight forward though. Joe can’t believe his eyes when the wolf he’s just shot turns into a beautiful naked young man in front of his eyes. Callum Pope is a shifter in mortal danger. He is being hunted by a group of humans on a mission to eradicate all shifter packs. The group has already killed some of Cal’s family and the young man isn’t sure where the rest of them are.

Joe feels compelled to help Cal for reason’s he can’t quite explain until he discovers the deep and undeniable connection between himself and the young shifter. These two men were made for each other and should have a life-time together...provided they can stay alive.

Allow me to start by saying that my attitude towards paranormal stories is somewhat ambivalent. For some reason I’m convinced I’m not overly fond of shape-shifter stories only to discover I thoroughly enjoy them once I start reading. The Last Wolf didn’t break that pattern.

This book gives the readers a sweet love story in the midst of danger, heartbreak and tension. I’m sure some readers will read this book and frown upon what they perceive as ‘instalove’. For me the instant attraction and connection between Joe and Cal was an integral part of the myth. Cal, the wolf in danger, meets Joe his mate after the latter has shot him. The bond between them is immediately established because the two of them were meant to be. While it might be harder to swallow in a story without fantastical elements, it made perfect sense here.

The Last Wolf brings the reader full on action almost from the very first page and really doesn’t let up. In fact, the only breathers we get from the danger to Cal and Joe are the moments during with they get to know and explore each other. Those moments were beautiful, heartwarming and sexy; a pure delight to read. In fact, between the constant threat of violence and the developing relationship, this book grabbed a hold of me and refused to let go until I finished the story.

And yes, that brings me to the ending; which isn’t really an ending at all. I knew this book was the first title in a series before I picked it up. What I couldn’t know was that the book ends more or less mid-scene. I’m not sure the term cliff-hanger is strong enough to describe the final paragraph. In fact, I’d be inclined to view The Last Wolf as the first instalment in a serial novel rather than the first book in a series.

While I’m not overly fond of serial novels or cliff-hanger endings in general, I have to say I find myself very eager to read more about these characters and the dangers they face. This book was a well written delight and I can only hope it won’t be too long before we find out what happens next.

This is an objective review and not an endorsement of this book.

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