Author: Alex Jane
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Alex Jane
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 06/08/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
By the winter of 1870, Caleb Fletcher has carved out a sheltered existence for himself in a simple cabin, outside a small town in the backwaters of Nebraska, resigned to living out his days as a solitary wolf. But his quiet life is interrupted when another werewolf lands on his doorstep on the eve of a snowstorm, brutalized almost beyond repair, with nowhere else to turn.
When Caleb reluctantly welcomes Jacob into his cabin, and eventually his bed, it forces him to face up to the traumas he’s been running from; the shame that made him leave his pack behind, and the horrors of war he endured.
As the weeks pass, it seems that Jacob’s arrival might not be the coincidence it first appeared. Jacob has an agenda. One that involves Caleb. And if Caleb agrees to it – if he can let go of his past and his prejudices – it will change Caleb’s whole world. Maybe even for the better.
Without a mate – a family, a pack – a wolf has no home.
But what if home finds you?
I do love me a shifter book, but with a couple of exceptions, I have been disappointed. But this book was, in the main, a breath of fresh air.
The setting, Nebraska post-Civil War, is different, as is the rather beautifully built world. Here werewolves are kind of known about, but generally distrusted. Mainly they live in packs, but Caleb has exiled himself because if his ‘unnatural urges’. These however aren’t because he prefers men (well not wholly) but because his first love was an alpha like him, and he believes that this is not allowed.
Jacob is found, so beaten up that he can’t heal properly, and John – the sheriff – brings him to Caleb. The attraction is immediate, but Jacob like Caleb is also an alpha.
So begins the dance between them, and it’s rather gripping. The first half of the book is interesting as we learn about the culture of the wolves, and the love story between Caleb and Jacob is sweet.
The introduction of a couple of children halfway through took the story in a different dimension, and for a while, for me, the book lost its way, trying to get too much in -which affected the pacing.
However, overall it was a different and welcome addition to the shifter genre.
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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