Author: Kaje Harper
Publisher: MLR Press
Cover Artist: Winterheart Designs
Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
They can face down bigots and werewolves together, but the truth may force them apart.
Brandt Davis loved being part of his werewolf pack, until they found his stash of gay porn. He escaped their anger, running in wolf-form into the wilderness, but he can’t live that way forever. And he can’t hide in fur like a coward when an injured man needs his help.
Ethan Sjulstad knows life is making him crazy when a solo hike into the Boundary Waters seems reasonable. Then a bad fall leaves him injured and facing death.Delirious, he hallucinates being rescued by a big grey wolf and a naked woodland godling. For a man who has always loved fantasy, it’s worth surviving just to find out what the hell is going on.
I reviewed the first two books in the Hidden Wolves series by Kaje Harper a couple of months ago (http://www.prismbookalliance.com/2014/07/hidden-wolves-series-by-kaje-harper-book-review-by-brandilyn/). There were many reasons this series appealed to me. It doesn’t involve fated mates. It takes on many of the prejudices of the real world as seen in the in the microcosm of a werewolf pack and the greater werewolf culture, magnifying the problems with these views an action. The human mates stand up to their wolf mates when they see something happen that they don’t like. Let us not forget Harper’s masterful writing, compelling plots, and lovable characters.
All these elements are once again present in the third installment of the Hidden Wolves saga, Unjustified Claims. Unjustified Claims built on the world Harper created in Unacceptable Risk and Unexpected Demands and expanded it. She did not just tell the same story again. We actually don’t even see the wolves of the Minneapolis West pack until about half-way through. We spend the first half getting to know and falling in love with Brandt and Ethan for who they are. We come to understand the struggle Brandt has as a bi-sexual werewolf with a kink. We come to be protective of Ethan in his need to understand his mysterious lover. It is only then that we see the men of the first two stories.
When Aaron, Zack, Simon, and Paul show up, it isn’t because they were in the first books and needed to make an appearance. It is because they can bring something to the story and world that Harper has created for Ethan and Brandt, and Ethan and Brandt can bring something to the world she created for Minneapolis West.
There are a few times that the story dragged just a little, but for the most part, It kept me turning the pages and needing to know what happened next. There were no huge fight scenes or major baddies in this installment. Been, there done that. This story focused more on the personal aspect of coming out in a world that doesn’t understand and reacts violently. Once again, not everything is wrapped up in a little bow. There are unanswered questions and room for more in the series, without overburdening the reader with the same story again.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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