Author: Lisa Oliver
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Paul Oliver
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 02/24/2014
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Kane Matthews, Alpha of his small wolf pack in Cloverleah has been raised to believe that mates are not possible for gay men and has lived his life accordingly. Kicked out of his home pack years before because of his sexual orientation Kane has built a solid and comfortable life for himself in the small town of Cloverleah.
Imagine his surprise when an unscheduled visit to the small town’s diner unleashes a flood of emotions in the man he didn’t think possible – not least of all, lust. But finding out it is possible for wolf shifters to have gay mates is just one of the things that Kane has to overcome if he is to have the forever future he has been hoping for.
Shawn Bailey never expected to find his mate. He is just too different – an “Other” who has the power to instill fear in any other shifter. After spending ten years on the run from his Alpha father he spends most days just trying to stay alive. When a
chance encounter brings him face to face with his mate Shawn has to decide if the man in front of him is worth staying for.
But with hunters, Alpha challenges, Kane’s parents and a smitten Alpha from another pack all interfering in Kane and Shawn’s budding romance, not to mention some surprising answers about Shawn’s own unique talents can these two true mates find the happily ever after they are looking for?
Warning: Some people may find the content of this book objectionable. Includes m/m, graphic sexual situations, a short BDSM scene, strong language and shifter/magic themes.
The Reluctant Wolf by Lisa Oliver was a reader requested review. Lisa Oliver is a new author to me, but a couple of her books have been on my radar for a while. I was happy to take this opportunity to review The Reluctant Wolf, especially since I already owned a copy.
If you are a fan of shifter stories in general, you will probably enjoy this start of the Cloverleah Pack series. It is a pretty straight forward fated mates love story with a few twists. The first twist, of course, is Shawn’s magical abilities. I don’t want to give away the other curves in the story, however. Suffice it to say they were enough to keep me plugging through the story.
I chose my words carefully in that previous sentence. This book was not one that had me hooked and needing the next page like I need air. It wasn’t even a book that I would not have had to finish in one setting. What is was was a solid start to a world and introduction to a small pack of shifters and some of their prereferral friend. Those “friends” are likely to show up in other installments since they didn’t serve a whole lot of other purposes. I enjoyed this book, but I am not positive I will be continuing the series.
I often use terms like adore and love when I talk about books. I have a hard time assigning either term to The Reluctant Wolf. While it was solid, it never drew me in. It never made me care whether Shawn lived or died. There was a bit of me that cared, but mostly I was just trying to get the showdown that I knew was coming. It was very formulaic despite the twists.
There is an audience for this story. If I am in the right mood, I could be part of that audience. Unless I am devouring Shifter books, however, this is a series that will stay on my shelf until the next time I just need a shifter fix.
There are still other books in this series I may visit in the future. I also have a couple of titles from another Oliver series on my TBR, that I still will give a chance.
This review is based on a copy purchased by the reviewer independent of any review copies offered.
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