Title: The Bad Wolf
Author: Meredith Russell
Publisher: Extasy Books
My Rating: 4.25 of 5 stars
From the Publisher:
The journey to become a better man isn’t easy, especially when there’s something worth fighting for.
Evan has been alone since Kaine’s death, moving from place to place, and for the most part, keeping to himself. He never expected to cross paths with Mason and Niall again. When he gets caught up in something bigger than himself, he is left injured, scared, and with nowhere else to turn.
Michael is like no wolf Evan has ever met before. Born a werewolf, Michael is stronger and faster, but has yet to truly tap into his abilities. Taken in by Mason and Niall, Michael struggles to come to terms with the horrific events in his past and the loss of his family. In Evan, Michael finds an unexpected focus. And despite warnings of Evan’s own dark past, Michael finds Evan to be someone worth fighting for, and someone who can help him understand exactly what he is capable of.
The Bad Wolf is the second in the Lone Wolf Trilogy by new-to-me author, Meredith Russell. I found The Bad Wolf to be an interesting, quietly angsty read. This story centers largely around Michael, a werewolf recovering from his past physical and psychological injuries, and Evan, a werewolf with a violent past. Evan has a history with Mason, the werewolf whose relationship with human Niall, was the focus of the previous book, The Good Wolf. Mason and Niall allow Evan to stay with them following an injury inflicted by werewolf hunters. Fragile Michael is already staying with Mason and Niall to recuperate from his past abuse. Michael and Evan are drawn to each other, and can hear each other’s thoughts. They begin a relationship that proves to bring out the best in both, and their love is instrumental in helping to defeat hunters who attack.
The Bad Wolf is written as the second of three books in a series. While I haven’t read the first book (and I do recommend reading this trilogy in order), I still truly enjoyed this book. Much of the angst in this story is related to the relationships between the men in the story. Michael and Evan come into their relationship with baggage, and agree to not discuss their past hurts and to instead focus on the present. Evan and Mason have a past together that makes Michael feel insecure, and leads Niall to distrust Evan. Also, the established couple, Mason and Niall, experience stress within their relationship. This angst is believable, and make these characters sympathetic and real. I am also impressed with Meredith Russell’s intimate and sexy scenes between Michael and Evan.
I do think that the author could aid readers who choose to read The Bad Wolf as a stand alone book, rather than first reading The Good Wolf, by including a few details of the back story. Michael’s past abuse is a significant part of his personality and how he reacts to Evan, but there are no details of what specifically occurred. Also, a few details about Morgan and Evan’s collective past would be helpful.
I enjoyed The Bad Wolf, and plan to go back and read The Good Wolf in preparation for reading the third in the trilogy. I recommend that you give this book and author a try – I think you will be glad you did!
I would like to thank Meredith Russell and Extasy Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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