Shiftless by Aimee Easterling
Series: Wolf Rampant #1
Published by Indie
Published on: March 21, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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A decade after learning to squash her wolf and flee the repressive village where she grew up, the packless ache still gnaws at Terra's insides. But despite her yearnings, she struggles against being reeled back into her old life.
To Terra's dismay, her father and half a dozen of his henchmen finally ambush her and demand her return. Yet they do offer one way out --- hunt down her nephew Keith, teach him to shift, and bring the youngster back into the fold in her place.
Problem upon problem piles up as Terra strives to do her father's bidding. The female shifter has hidden from her wolf for so long that she finds herself unable to change back into canine form, and she also realizes that her nephew is too good-natured to survive for a minute walking in his grandfather's footsteps. Plus, there's an alpha standing in her way who's equal parts enticing and terrifying.
Will Terra be able to relearn her werewolf abilities --- and overcome her morals --- before her father steals away her hard-earned independence? And as that tantalizing alpha reels her in closer and closer, the question becomes --- does she really want to stay away?
This was one of those books that I bought recently and rather than let it sit in my to be read pile, I just went ahead and read it. And I was actually pleasantly surprised with how much I liked it. It ended up one of those one day reads for me.
Terra is literally a lone wolf. She ran away from her pack years before, due to a dominating father who was alpha of their pack, and a totally horrible man. It’s a really lonely life without a pack, but she has managed to put her wolf in a prison in her mind, and lives as a human. A few years later, her father finds her to take her back home to be married off to the wolf of his choosing. He offers her a deal, if she can get to her thirteen year old nephew, Keith, whom she has never met, guide him through his first shift, and bring him to her father, then he will let her go. There were so many problems with this. How can she get her nephew to agree when he doesn’t even know he’s a wolf? Can she really take him away from his clueless, widower father? How can she get her wolf to wake back up to show Keith how to shift? And the big one, how can she take a thirteen year old sheltered boy away to be brought up by her psychotic father? When Wolf(or Wolfie as he is known)comes into the story as Keith’s alpha(although Keith doesn’t know it) and friend, she is drawn back into the middle of pack politics, her father’s and Wolfie’s pack, and also drawn in to a new romance.
I think I liked Wolfie as a character(even if I didn’t like his name) the best in this read. He’s a strong alpha, but as a bloodling, he’s not in the same league as Terra’s father, in any way. His pack are all misfits, wolves that other packs don’t want. As for the misfits, I loved the way they took in Terra and Keith and made them part of their family. Their camaraderie was one of the best parts of this book for me. And Terra worked pretty well as a heroine as she had a strong will, but I did have a problem with her wanting to give Keith to her father at one point, even if she was having problems with it in her mind. Other than that, I did like her.
If you are a fan of good world building and shifter world building in particular, this one fits that prerequisite. Not only do we get to see the dynamics of a large pack, we also see what happens in a pack of misfits, one with little money. Even though pack rules are pretty much the same, the differences between the two packs, one ruled with a iron fist, and the other ruled by a bloodling wolf who actually cares about each of his pack members, is like night and day. Bloodlings are wolves that are born in wolf form, which of course the mother usually(never?) doesn’t survive.
This book had everything I enjoy in a shifter read-good characters, plenty of time with the characters in shifter form, an interesting premise, and world building for days. There’s talk about sex, but no sexual scenes, so it’s fine for ages 15 plus. Recommended for paranormal romance readers.