Review: The Shadow Wolf by Bonnie Vanak

22 Aug

The Shadow Wolf by Bonnie Vanak
Harlequin/Nocturne (August 2011)
Mass Market: $5.50
ISBN: 9780373618675

Favorite Lines: “Why do you hate us so much? We’re not so different. Not different, but feared, taunted and shunned by ordinary Draicon. Tired of being treated as inferior, Shadow Wolves had retreated to a small Caribbean island to raise their young.” (p. 9 e-ARC)

On the run from authorities, gutsy Megan Moraine knows shadow wolves like herself have no place in this
world. But she’s still prepared to do anything to protect her young charges. That resolve is tested when the triois captured by Gabriel Robichaux. Everyone knows that Gabriel is a ruthless bounty hunter, a member of an elite group called the Enforcers. Why then is Megan so attracted to her enemy—a wolf who hunts his own people? A wolf whose languid, sexy drawl makes her dream the impossible?

There’s a bonus short story at the end of the book, Darkness of the Wolf, which was released in e-book format in 2009.

The Shadow Wolf is a book about what happens when fear and prejudice rears its ugly heads. The Shadow Wolves are shifters capable of accessing their magic earlier in life than other shifters known as the Draicon. They can also make themselves invisible. Shadow Wolves have always been feared, but the fear aimed toward them has translated into hatred. The Shadow Wolves island home is now a prison. Atrocity after atrocity is forced upon the Shadow Wolves. The heroine, Megan, has escaped the island prison with her seven-year-old twin cousins only to find her mate is the enemy. While he doesn’t live on the island, he is a man trapped in a body which is also his prison.

Gabriel has faced fear and hatred and barely survived. He knows far more than Megan thinks about the effects of prejudice, but hides the very personal memories of those moments. Despite being the alpha of all alphas, he is a vulnerable man in need of love. He is a worthy hero who deserves a shot at happy ever after.

The Shadow Wolf is one of those books that features a virgin heroine who is saving her body for the man she loves. That man just so happens to be her destined mate. I’m okay with that, but this…well you decide:

“Breath caught in her lungs as he unbuckled and unzipped his jeans. He pushed them past his thighs. His penis sprang out, reddened and stiff, thick as her wrist.” (p. 112)

“”Ah, I’m not like other males, also, so when I come…I get bigger. It will take a few moments. If I pull out now, I could hurt you.” Rolling over, he let her sprawl over his body. Wanton and savage need swirled in her. Megan sighed happily, knowing they were bonded in the flesh.” (p. 115)

Pretty cool if you’re not a virgin and are looking for a big dong. Scary when this is your first time. However the heroine takes it like a pro and orgasms off of sex with the well-hung stud. Yes, this is a paranormal romance. But as big as her wrist? O_O Take this wherever you need to go with it.

Unfortunately, as the story progressed I found myself beginning to dislike the heroine. Megan wanted Gabriel to be open and honest with her, but wasn’t willing to give him the same benefit of the doubt. It began to grate on my nerves and when a promise was broken, I became disgusted with the heroine.

Skip it or Read it?: Hmmm….The Shadow Wolf provided me a short escape from reality. I wanted Gabriel to find love and was not angry that I read the story. I was pleased with the short story surprise I found in the book. The story wasn’t mind blowingly wonderful. I probably won’t even read the book again, but it did its job. It entertained me.

To sum it all up: With the exception of the vivid sex scenes, the story is a traditional alpha male meets virginal destined mate and find a happily ever after. Sometimes that is exactly what I’m looking for. However, I can see people becoming irritated with the  transparent suspense and simple way the story closed. I’m not a forgive and forget girl, so I had issues with the way it ended.

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