Title: The Boy and His Wolf (The Wolves of Amber Pines #1)
Author: Sean Thomas
Narrator: Gus Klondike
Publisher: Self Published
eBook Release Date: 10/07/2014
Audiobook Release Date: 12/01/2014
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Tanner never thought he’d be back in Amber Pines or back in Dash’s bed.
But four years and 1,000 miles wasn’t enough distance to make him forget the power of first love. Sure, he spent his time training with one of the world’s top Hunters and he’s no longer the scrawny teenager he used to be. But now that his former pack is threatened, Tanner is again involved in the dangerous life he thought he left behind.
Do Tanner and Dash have a second chance or has his werewolf made his heart as impenetrable as his body? With an all-out battle raging, Tanner must find his place in the new Amber Pines or be shut out forever.
If you’re looking for Teen Wolf meets Queer As Folk, you’ll love this book.
My View – Story:
This novella is kind of middle of the road for me. There were aspects I enjoyed and some I did not. I liked that this was a different take on shifter mating with mates being able to part if they are not happy with each other. This is not a tale of mating automatically equalling HEA. These men had issues and fought and broke up and then kind of worked it out in the end. The author also did a good job of setting up the world, the shifter dynamics, and introducing characters for the rest of the series. I also liked that the author was able to make me doubt that there would be an HEA. I mean, I expected it since this is a romance, but for a while, just didn’t know if they would make it.
However, I found this to have an overall adolescent feeling. The writing and word choice made this seem childish at times and rather goofy at others. I really didn’t connect with either MC or their love story. Things were explained so I had an understanding of why their relationship took the path it took, but the explanations were short and I would have liked more. I felt like, even though I knew why, there was still more that I was missing. I also think the reconciliation was extremely fast and a bit unsatisfying. It was too easy.
The big bad also contributed a bit to the overall tone of immaturity. He was a caricature of the typical Disney style villain and almost felt forced into the story just for effect. It made for some exciting fight scenes, but for all the bluster, he is dead and now I wonder about the series moving forward. Will there be an series plot ARC or will it just be a collection of love stories?
Overall, I think some folks will really enjoy this one. All the loose ends are tied up neatly and the ending is a HEA with promise of more development. There are good characters to continue the series with. So while I am middle of the road on this one, I liked it enough to want book 2. I just would have liked this one to be more fleshed out around the relationship.
My View – Narration:
I think the narrator did an OK job. His voice was clear and easy to listen to, but his tone and portrayal of emotion were often not what I would have envisioned. His reading added a bit to the childish feeling of this story.
I would like to thank the author for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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