She-Wolf and I got off to a rocky start; I wasn’t impressed by the opening chapters and found myself thinking “what the heck have I gotten myself into?” A group of men are at a strip club celebrating one of their friends’ last nights of bachelorhood doing what guys do best: drinking, swearing and ogling scantily clad women. Then Clare takes the stage and completely changes the direction and feel of the story. *phew!* I adore the mate aspect of werewolf fiction and this novel has it in spades. The plot line is surprisingly complex for a Paranormal Romance and the character development really impressed me. I enjoyed my time in Elizabeth Morgan’s Blood universe and after this book’s ending I find myself wanting more.
I was taken aback by the maturity that Owen demonstrated in the face of Clare’s rejection. Typically alpha wolves have one track minds and an over the top sense of entitlement. Even though MacLaren’s beast did demonstrate these characteristics his human half does a fantastic job of reining them in and forcing him to act in a more civilized manner. Clare makes it very clear from the get-go what her main concerns are with regards to their relationship and Owen actually listens. The primitive, caveman mentality is still present but it’s not overpowering. As a result, MacLaren earned my respect and approval to pursue Walker which I hadn’t expected to give so easily after reading the opening chapters.
The story is remarkably profound considering that it revolves around a budding romance. There’s weird creatures terrorizing the pack, Clare’s reevaluating her future and Morgan’s wolf-ish lore is also added to the mix. I was fascinated by the Blood world and was more interested in uncovering Elizabeth’s universe than the details of MacLaren and Walker’s relationship. I was a little disappointed by the fact that there’s really only one sexual encounter because I was under the impression that She-Wolf was borderline erotica but there is still plenty of tension throughout this book. Although, I must say, that one scene is HOT! Here’s hoping that there’s a smidgen more nookie time in the first installment and that this prequel was just meant to wet readers’ palates.
The only fault that I found with this book was the editing; unfortunately, that’s a pretty big issue in my opinion. The dialogue didn’t flow super well and it didn’t always feel natural. Identical or similar words were often repeated within the same sentence or close enough together to be noticeable. These errors definitely took away from my overall enjoyment of this novel and are the only reason that I’m giving this book 3 stars instead of 4.
She-Wolf is a great introduction to Elizabeth Morgan’s writing style and the ending left me curious about Cranberry Blood‘s story line. This is definitely a worthwhile read for any werewolf fan.
|Recommendation:||A nice balance of romance and action; perfect for readers wanting a well-rounded werewolf tale.|
|Like this, like that:||The Werewolves in Love series by Kinsey W. Holley, the Moon Shifter series by Katie Reus and the Changeling series by Dani Harper.|
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