Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Shelley Munro
Publisher: SAelf Published
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
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…
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.
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.