Tour & Book Review – Gentleman Wolf by Joanna Chambers

A big welcome to Joanna Chambers as part of her tour with Signal Boost Promotions for Gentleman Wolf.

Review

I love historical fiction and stories about werewolves so I couldn’t resist a story that has both.

The world building in this story is fabulous. The paranormal element is well thought out and detailed, and the historical is very well researched and it shows. I felt as though I was stepping into an earlier time as I read the story. I loved the descriptions as they made the setting very easy to visualise. The characters felt like they belonged in that time too.

The characters are an interesting mix of personalities. I did, however, take a while to warm to Lindsay, but that didn’t stop me feeling for him and the horror he had endured at the hands of his former captor. I thought it was a nice touch that his original antique Scots accent and language surface with his wolf. I also appreciated that his previous experiences have left him with issues with closed in spaces, rather than him moving forward without any consequences. I loved Drew immediately. He is very much a man of his time, fighting against who he truly is, and who he wants to be. I thought that, and his reaction to later events in the story, were very realistic.

The supporting cast are well developed, and I liked the way they play off each other. I particularly liked Francis, and would like to know more about him. I’m curious about Margarete too, and looking forward to seeing more of her in book 2. I also liked the reality of immortality, and the way people they care about age and die around them. I thought that was handled very poignantly. The bad guy—and the people working for him—come across as very nasty, and I thought the author portrayed that well.

The action scenes are well written and exciting. They kept me turning pages.

I’d recommend Gentleman Wolf to readers who enjoy a mix of paranormal and historical, with rich world building and interesting characters. 4.5 stars out of 5.


Length: 216 pages

Cover Design: Felix d’Eon


Blurb

An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh…


1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can still feel the ghost of his old chains under his fine clothes.


… on a mission…


While he’s in Edinburgh, Lindsay has been tasked with acquiring the “Naismith Papers”, the writings of a long-dead witchfinder. It should be a straightforward mission—all Lindsay has to do is charm an elderly book collector, Hector Cruikshank. But Cruikshank may not be all he seems, and there are others who want the papers.


… meets his match


As if that were not enough, while tracking down the Naismith Papers, Lindsay meets stubborn architect Drew Nicol. Although the attraction between them is intense, Nicol seems frustratingly determined to resist Lindsay’s advances. Somehow though, Lindsay can’t seem to accept Nicol’s rejection. Is he just moonstruck, or is Nicol bonded to him in ways he doesn’t yet understand?


Note: this is the first book of a duology – the story continues and will complete in the second book, Master Wolf.



About The Author


Joanna Chambers always wanted to write. She spent over 20 years staring at blank sheets of paper and despairing of ever writing a single word. In between staring at blank sheets of paper, she studied law, met her husband and had two children. Whilst nursing her first child, she rediscovered her love of romance and found her muse. Joanna lives in Scotland with her family and finds time to write by eschewing sleep and popular culture.



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About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at https://annebarwell.wordpress.com
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