Ashland (Werewolf Fight League #2) by Lynn Lorenz ~ Book Review by PizzyGirl

ll_ashlandTitle: Ashland (Werewolf Fight League #2)

Author: Lynn Lorenz

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Mina Carter

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 11/05/2013

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal

Blurb:

Dan Stoltz has worked for years under his mentor Murphy to train sparring werewolves for the WWFL. Finally ready to start his own business he takes the money he’s saved, buys a license to train, and goes to the slave auction house to buy his first fighter.

Ashland’s owner has lost him for failure of back taxes and he’s up on the auction block. His former master abused him, underfed him, didn’t put him in fights or keep up with his training, and he’s not in the best shape.

When Dan sets his sites elsewhere, Murphy insists Ash is the better choice, and so, against his better judgment, Dan purchases Ash. Ash might not look like much at first, but as they work together, Ash looks better than better. Now it seems Dan might get a better return on his investment than he could have expected, because he discovers that he burns with desire for his slave and Ash might just feel the same.

Note:Although WereWolf Fight League: Tor follows this book in chronological order, it was released first.

My View:

NOTE: I read this one second because it was listed as book 2 but apparently it is actually chronologically before the previous book. When I reread, and I will, I will read these in reverse order.

After reading Tor, this was not the story I was expecting to receive. The author went back in time to the origins of Ash and Dan’s relationship and gave me a totally vulnerable and emotional journey that was more than I could ever have hoped for. Ash and Dan’s relationship walked a fine line and was so emotional. There were times I thought nothing would ever happen and then there were times I was almost in tears over the pain and longing. And poor Ash! And poor Dan for what Ash asked of him! This was a very powerful book as far as emotions were concerned.

Lynn Lorenz took these characters and made them real and made them likable and I fell in love. For such a violent world and the idea of slave/master, I totally connected with both men and their love and was on the edge of my seat over how this would end. Even knowing what I did from book one I still needed them to be together. I needed them to fight to be together. I needed good to prevail in the end. This was a story I read in one sitting. I devoured it and want so much more.

Ash was not the strong Ash from book one so it was weird at first to see this almost childlike devotion. I also wanted more of the love development because it did border on father/child/protector/protectee relationship rather than a true long lasting love. But now that I know Tor came after this, I could see where Ash and Dan do eventually break this pattern.

Will there be more? Because based on what was shown of Ash and Dan in Tor, I feel there is more to their story.

 

Links

Ashland (Werewolf Fight League #2) on Goodreads
Loose Id
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

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