Author: Skylar M Cates
Publisher: Self Published
Cover Artist: Unknown
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 07/25/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Gay Romance, Paranormal
Can a human ever dominate a werewolf?
Living in a strict world of paranormal dos and don’ts is exhausting for Gabe Ryan. After fleeing his home when he became a werewolf, Gabe attempts to forget his family and the young boyfriend he left behind. But he is still haunted by his memories—until a birthday wish leads him to an unexpected confrontation.
A busy emergency room doctor, Ethan Dunn has closed off his heart. He sure as hell does not trust Gabe Ryan, not after the way he abandoned Ethan. If Gabe wants a second chance, he better be ready to risk everything and break all the rules between humans and wolves.
The world in which werewolves and humans live in Daring the Wolf is quite different from the stories you usually read. These werewolves leave their families and friends behind when the change hits, they are drawn in by the pack instinct to live with other wolves, they use people for sex and they don’t think twice about killing. Gabe left his family when he was 16 as soon the change hit as per werewolf rules – he also left his boyfriend Ethan right before a date and without a word of explanation.
Ethan never really got over or forgave Gabe for leaving him. He had his own troubles at the time, he was desperate to leave town but he thought he would be leaving with his lover. Years later he is a Doctor in the local ER, he has remained friends with Gabe’s parents and he honestly doesn’t expect to ever see the other man again.
Gabe has spent years curious about how everyone he left behind is getting on. That curiosity draws him back to his hometown, against his own better judgement and the rules he lives by, but when he arrives he is attacked by a hunter and ends up having to go the hospital where he of course runs into the old love of his life.
Gabe’s current life as a tracker and his past life as Ethan’s boyfriend clash and they find themselves tracking down a group of scientists who have been experimenting on the wolves. They are led by Sebastian an easily angered alpha who obviously has secrets of his own and is quite a difficult character to like. In the end the rules seem easily broken, or without too much consequence, and it finishes quite abruptly and open ended – it felt like the beginning rather than a complete story.
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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