A big welcome today to Anna Martin as part of her review tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Lone Wolf from Dreamspinner Press.
I love how the author drops the reader straight into this world, which is one in which the human population know about the existence of werewolves. I thought it was realistic that a lot of humans are wary of the ‘other’ even going as far as forming a human protection league. Given history and how ‘other’ is often deemed to be a dangerous threat even when it isn’t I wasn’t surprised to find it in this story. I also wasn’t surprised that Jackson’s werewolf friends are wary of him dating a human either, given the history between the werewolf and human communities.
The characters were a big draw for me, and what kept me reading, although I enjoyed the progression of the storyline too. I liked how Jackson and Leo are such different personalities, with Jackson more of a loner, and not so good with people he doesn’t know, while Leo is more of a people person, especially given his chosen field as a music therapist. I also liked the way their soul mate bond was handled, with a physical reaction as well as Jackson’s slowly realizing he’s falling for Leo as a person rather than because he’s a man.
The story has a strong supporting cast. Mitch is fun, and he can be a little over the top at times, yet has his serious side too. His friendship with Leo is an integral part of the book, and also provides Leo with some insight into the werewolf world. I enjoyed the portrayal of Mitch and Leo’s families, and I thought their support of their sons was nicely written, and a strong addition to the story.
I thought the underlying mystery plot was handled well, and added to the romance storyline rather than taking away from it. I loved the way it came to a head, and enjoyed the drama and action when it did.
I’d recommend Lone Wolf to readers who enjoy opposites attract romances set within an urban fantasy backdrop that isn’t that different from our own world. 5 out of 5 stars.
Jackson Lewis isn’t a typical werewolf. He isolates himself in a small town outside Spokane and dedicates himself to making his business—Lone Wolf Brewery—a success. If it leaves him little time for romance, he’s okay with that. His soul mate could be out there somewhere, but he isn’t actively looking.
So he’s in for quite the shock when he literally bumps into his soul mate—Leo Gallagher, an adorable, nerdy, vibrant music therapist who’s Jackson’s polar opposite.
But he’s human. And a man.
Jackson is straight—or at least he’s always assumed so. Though he can’t deny his attraction to Leo, it’s a lot for both of them to deal with.
While Jackson and Leo figure out what their future might hold, they face prejudice from both the human and werewolf communities—including a group of fanatics willing to kill to show humans and werewolves don’t belong together.
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Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything thatís put under her nose.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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