They are the Arctic Brotherhood.
They are deadly fighters, fierce protectors and loyal mates.
Ice Wolf by Jane Godman
Series: Arctic Brotherhood #1
Published by Swerve
Published on: March 7, 2017
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Werewolves
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Elliott Wilder is a mild mannered Alaskan college professor. Wilder craves the things most people find boring. Seclusion. Monotony. Anonymity. But what Wilder craves most of all is the thing he can’t have… memory loss. Four hundred years ago, Wilder and the other members of the Arctic Brotherhood were captured and tortured by the leader of the Siberian werewolves. Wilder is still haunted by memories of that night, when he wasn’t able to protect his leader.
Now the Siberian wolf is on the loose and seeking revenge. Not only must Wilder lead the brotherhood, he must fight the attraction he feels toward its newest recruit, Jenny Piper. Jenny offers Wilder a glimpse of the life he can’t have. As the brotherhood races against time to save humanity from the horror their enemies unleashed on the world, Wilder must reach inside himself to find the leader the brotherhood needs and the mate Jenny craves.
I am always up for a good werewolf romance so when I got the chance to read this book recently, I was totally on board with it. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, there’s just so many werewolf romances to be had out there, so one has to really stand out for me to like it. This one had a different premise and world building, so it had that going for it from the get go. That being said, it did have a problem.
Arctic wolves are different in that they have to have the midnight sun in order to shift. So if one moves away from where the midnight sun is, then they can live pretty much as a human-although they are immortal. They all have distinct Nordic features and have silver white blonde hair. A group of seven Arctic wolves are part of a brotherhood that was formed centuries before to keep the peace among werewolves in that part of the world. It’s been 400 years since the last time they were needed. The wolves have moved on. Wilder is a college professor specializing in Arctic anthropology and based in Alaska. He is approached by the brotherhood leader, Gunnar, and asked to help with a big problem. He refuses because he still has traumatic stress disorder stemming from their last meeting which involved him thinking he was responsible for Gunnar losing his hand to an enemy. Jenny is an arctic wolf that also lives as a human. She is needing Wilder to help her with a research project and meets him the same day that he refuses Gunnar. When the enemy from 400 years ago shows up unexpectedly, Wilder and Jenny end up in his cross hairs. Since Gunnar is not able to fight, Jenny becomes the seventh member of the brotherhood.
So that’s the setup. It might seem like I told a lot, but I did not go farther than a few hours of one day, and I am not telling any more story points due to spoilers. I really liked both main characters. Jenny was confident, strong willed, and beautiful. She’s not had the opportunity to live with a pack and knows only a little about the Arctic wolves. She does however feel the pull towards the midnight sun. Wilder is quieter, and is living a solitary life with the exception of his work. He lives with his nightmares of what happened four hundred years before. When he meets Jenny, his pull to her is stronger than his pull towards the midnight sun. That’s saying a lot. We also meet the others that make up the brotherhood and I enjoyed that as well.
Life and death moments, not one, but two major villains, and a good romance, rounded out this story nicely. I liked the premise of Arctic wolves and the midnight sun, and thought the book was fairly well written. At times there was a lot of background told and it was sort of a info dump, to me. When encountering an enemy and the story jumps to background info and a lot of it, before you can see what happens with the enemy, it takes you out of the moment. That was my only real problem with this read.
Since I read the first two books out of order, I already know who the next book is about. I did like this story a bit better than the second one, so I chose this one to review. I would recommend this book to paranormal romance readers, adult due to sensual scenes. I received a copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Samson Lee last saw Valetta Rickard five years ago when a shared a kiss almost led him to break the promise he had made to himself. Now Valetta has disappeared, and Samson has promised her father he will find her. When Samson finds Valetta leading a rogue gang of bloodthirsty Arctic werewolves, he soon discovers that all is not what it seems. As soon as they see each other again the feelings they denied all those years ago resurface.
Valetta is Shadow Born, a rare and mystical werewolf with legendary powers. If she chooses, she can destroy a whole species. A power that an evil hunter wants so that he can destroy the Arctic wolves. Samson, together with the other members of the brotherhood, must find the hunter before he can put his plans for Valetta into action. At the same time, Samson must put the past behind him and convince Valetta that she is worthy of love.