Book Review – Wolf Reborn by Sam Burns

The Wolves of Kismet #3
Publisher: Indie
Pages: 165
Characters: Gavin/Miles
POV: 3rd
Genre: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal Romance, Series

Gavin Lloyd has been a werewolf for ten months, and he’s still trying to get used to it. He wants to settle into a nice quiet life, running his coffee shop with his pack and learning how to be a werewolf. But now people are saying he’s some kind of prophesied werewolf messiah. He doesn’t know how they expect him to help them when he hasn’t even figured out how to help himself.

Miles Parker has lived in Kismet, Colorado his whole life, and up till now it’s been nothing but a simple, mundane existence. Then Gavin moved into town, with his sparkling green eyes and ability to make tea lattes like nobody else.

When Miles gets a call to look into a burglary at his boyfriend’s home on the full moon, though, what he finds there sets off a chain of events that will leave his life completely transformed.

And maybe, somewhere along the way, give Gavin the spark he needs.

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I’ve loved this series, and thought this story was a wonderful conclusion to it, although I’d be happy to read more of the Kismet Pack. This story in particular has a lovely feel good vibe about it.

I like how the wolves in this pack don’t follow the norm, in that they are a pack of three alphas and everyone in the pack has equal rights without any of the hierarchy. I like the mix of different personalities too, and how they’ve grown as close as a family. I also love the world building, and the differences in other shifter stories I’ve read, especially around the full moon.

I really felt for Gavin and his worrying about being there for everyone else, yet not being able to be there for himself. He’s really not good with the touchy feely stuff. I thought Miles was a good fit for him with their different personalities although he has a few issues to work through himself.

I loved the way the story panned out and they both got their HEA. I liked seeing the different sides of Miles, and his inner strength, especially in the scene with the wolf cub and the bear. I also liked that the story didn’t shy away from the issue that changing someone to save them is still without their permission, and how it was handled.

Although this story is Gavin and Miles’, it’s still very much about pack and family, and what that means. I liked Gavin’s sister, and the part she plays in her brother’s life going forward. The final scene of the story was very satisfying and very Gavin and Miles.

5 out of 5 stars.

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
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