Lone Wolf

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Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Shelley Munro
Cover Art: Scott Carpenter
Publisher:Samhain
Buy Link: Lone Wolf
Genre: M/M Werewolf / Paranormal / Romance
Length: Short Novel
Rating: 3.75 out of 5 rating stars

A Guest Review by Raine

Summary Review: Interesting werewolf society and good main characters combined in a pleasant read that somehow—for me—fell short of the big time.

Blurb: When you fall out of step, that’s when everything falls into place.

R.J. Blake begins a new session tutoring young werewolves in the old ways—before the introduction of the shift-suppressing drugs that allow their kind to live secretly among humans. He expects nothing out of the ordinary. Until sexy, smart, aggravating-as-hell Corey Wilson arrives. Older than the others, son of a powerful Los Angeles pack leader, Corey is an instant temptation he cannot afford.

The last thing Corey wants is three months stuck in the Yellowstone wilderness, followed by the stifling life his father has all mapped out for him. One glimpse of R.J., though, sparks a determination to seduce the older man before he leaves. Yet as R.J. guides him through the sometimes terrifying process of rediscovering his heritage, a deepening respect calls to his artistic soul and fuels a burst of creativity.

When their time comes to an end, Corey senses hesitation behind R.J.’s insistence that theirs was simply a summer fling. Inspiring him to take a leap of faith with consequences neither of them saw coming. A dangerous plot that reaches from the heart of their love to the highest office in the land…

Product Warnings

This book contains a young werewolf intent on seduction, an older werewolf determined to resist said seduction, werewolf politics and brutality, a little spilled blood, and hot, naked manlove in the great outdoors.

Review:

This was a pleasant read, a step up from the average werewolf serial novel. Shelley Munro has created an interesting line with her werewolf society, taking the usual hierarchical elements to an authoritarian and restrictive level. The ruling class enforce chemical suppression of the were’s shift to wolf with threats of violence and death. This social structure didn’t quite ring true for me, however; the President is a werewolf but werewolves are still secret and that is to keep him in power, because that is a good thing…..um…. but it was a change from the usual Alpha/Omega dance. The opposing resistance with their underground movement of werewolves was a nice move too.

I enjoyed the contrast between the free naturalistic environment of Yellowstone, where Corey learns to enjoy being a wolf and the urban life of his human side. The Yellowstone section of the book—as the young werewolves of priviledged parents are allowed in a controlled situation to come off the drugs and experience being a wolf—worked well. It was a good detail to bring in scholarship awards to this programme. The learning to track and hunt descriptions, which ended with Corey and Deacon, his team mate’s engaging encounter with a real wolf was fun.

The relationship balance between R.J. and Corey was believable with R.J. as teacher and mentor fighting his attraction while an entitled Corey went all out to get him. Corey’s disaffected youth stance was effective and his development into a more thoughtful adult was appealing. His growing career as an artist was a nice touch. Both men fit the lone wolf description of the title. The sexually hot and oppotunistic nature of their relationship quickly changes to become more. There is sex in wolf form but it is actually less about the animal and more about the emotional bond between the guys.

I found the book was less successful with Corey’s family. His father was a fairly typical bad guy, and his mum was only a background figure. As is often the case friends are put forward as the new family. Although the book finishes with Corey and R. J.’s relationship at a good point, other issues are less tightly resolved which could lead to another book set in the same world I guess. Although it doesn’t follow a formulaic plot pattern the writing was for the most part unremarkable.

Some books create a natural authority within their imaginative sphere. This book didn’t quite hit that high note for me. It was a pleasant, light read set in a credible enough world, the guys were hot and their relationship worked well. While somehow this still didn’t sing out perfectly to my ear—it might for you.

8 thoughts on “Lone Wolf

  1. Sirius

    Heeee, Raine, you are our resident werewolf specialist. :flowers:

    Thanks for the review, I will check out the extract, I really should get in the habit of doing that, I could have saved myself from buying really wooden yaoish novel, if I only read how the voice sounds first. Oy.

        1. LadyM

          I am more in “serial killer/sleuth specialist” category, but thank you, Raine, I’ll borrow some occasionally. :D

    1. Raine Post author

      Oops…….when I first wrote this review that is what it seemed like- my overwrought dissertation on the werewolf genre…….so I rewrote it, sounds like that strange vibe lingers! :eek:

      Extracts have saved me sometimes, though I have noticed an increase in rabid sex in the first few pages for what seem cynical reasons. It usually backfires with me, but is occasionally really misleading as the book can just settle down into something special.

      Thanks Sirius. Oh there should be awerewolf emoticon for halloween! Us RWS are under represented, it’s all about the witches……..

      1. Sirius

        LOL I only meant it as a compliment that you know werewolves so well and often write about them books :). There is no strange vibe coming up from your review. Yes, maybe our residents technical wizards could hear us :))

    1. Raine Post author

      Hi Beatrice, I hope, if you do get it, you enjoy it , sometimes its just so good to have a nice werewolf or two to curl up with. :smile:

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