Title: The Wizard and the Werewolf
Author: Amber Kell
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Publisher: Silver Publishing
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Genre: paranormal romance
Length: novella (118 pages)
Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5
A Guest Review by Larissa
Review Summary: A standard issue Amber Kell story that is neither a bad read nor something extraordinary.
When Peter agrees to let a wizard stay with his pack, he has no idea he’s about to meet his mate. Justin is everything Peter doesn’t expect. He’s not werekin, he wields magic, and—strangest of all—he’s a man.
When his sister’s mate, Cyrus, asks Peter to harbor his brother, Peter isn’t expecting a bad boy wizard to show up at his door. He’s also unprepared for Justin to be the mate Peter has searched for his entire life.
Wizards and werewolves don’t get along.
Justin needs a place to crash where no one will look. With a psychotic wizard on his trail and a powerful artifact in his possession, the best hiding spot is the least likely. Who’ll come searching in the middle of a wolf pack? Now all Justin has to do is resist a sexy wolf and he may escape with his heart intact.
CONTENT ADVISORY: This is a reedited, rerelease title
The Wizard and the Werewolf features a pack of werewolves, a wizard and a great big, rather laughable, standard evil. The first two could have made the story great. Certainly because the Wizard, Justin, and his ‘quest’ reminded me a bit of the Arthurian Romances.
Unfortunately, it’s that last that brings the story down a few notches. The antagonist is laughable. He’s so clearly ‘evil’ it’s not funny. There’s not a good bone in his body and that is just not how evil works. Especially because a five year-old could figure out his evil plan, so why can’t the High Council. Why does only Justin see it? To me this came across as shallow plot writing.
I’m not going to rehash the plot or add to it, because the blurb pretty much says it all. I am going to tell you what I did like about this book, because it’s not all bad.
Despite the shallow plot, the romance between Justin and Peter was nicely done. While they are mates and from different species, they are well and evenly matched. They are on equal footing. There is no small petite mate and a big dominant mate. They are both equally strong and equally dominant. When Justin is predictably captured, Peter races to rescue him. While it’s no easy feat finding Justin, does he need to?
There is a cast of secondary characters and some feature more than others, just like some are more fleshed out than others. I liked the addition of Schell, the blue colored demon. He is an interesting character and is written in such a way, that you never know which side he’s on.
The Wizard and the Werewolf is a re-edited and re-released story. In itself that is not such a bad thing, but it is one of the many series this author has. Like a lot of authors, Kell starts one series and then a new one and a new one before moving back to the previous series. Again, in itself not a bad thing as long as a series is finished. The end of this story is rather abrupt. It is left unfinished and with a great big hole at the end. Even for a series this is a rather abrupt ending and because it’s a re-release it does make me wonder if we’ll get the rest of the series. But this could just be me and my frustration of great big open endings.
The Wizard and the Werewolf is by no means a bad story, it just doesn’t stand out. Readers who have never read anything by this author, might like it more than more seasoned fans. If you fall in the last category, this story might just be more of the same.