Alice is twenty-four, far old enough to know that a change of scenery can’t repair the cracks in a relationship long strained. But when her lover insists on a trip to a remote cabin to get away and recharge, Alice agrees…and soon discovers that among the beasts of the forest, there is one that shouldn’t exist and yet does: a wolf that changes into a man and a man who changes into a wolf. He’s savage, suspicious, and feral. And he’s as undeniably interested in her as she is in him…
Wolf’s Wife is an erotic paranormal romance and the first book in the Monstrous Hearts series.
Even in a mind worn into paths of silence and appeasement, the urge to snap and claw and kick burns like an ember hidden in the ashes.
Like my previous review, this isn’t the usual type of paranormal book I read. There is a lot of mature content to be found in the story – so should you go off and read it yourself, you’ve been warned… Neither is it full of the usual werewolf fare.
I loved the story, but more than that, I loved the characters. I warmed to Alice very quickly; her relationship with Magdalene was hard to read, so tipped were the scales. Colton, the werewolf, with his aloofness, his wariness, was very realistic. He’s gruff and rough and suspicious, almost animal traits that he brings with him into his human form rather than leaving behind with the wolf. And that makes this werewolf more lifelike than what is usually depicted in supernaturally-themed tales.
There is a complexness in this story that makes this paranormal romance so believable. The characters are well-crafted and the story well-thought out and well-written. The author knows how to build atmosphere and tension, and as the quote above shows, there is a beauty to the prose.
There’s also a rawness about this tale. Colton, as a man/wolf between worlds has to decide whether he can trust this stranger. And as for Alice, who also finds herself “in between”, between her world and his, between her relationship with Magdalene and her feelings, she’s trying to navigate her way through some pretty difficult territory.
I will certainly be reading the sequel, Wolf’s Bane to find out how the story continues to unfold.