Ward and Weft (Maya’s Review)

Title: Ward and Weft
Author: Parker Foye
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: Sept 11, 2017
Genre(s): Historical, Paranormal, Werewolves
Page Count: 112
Reviewed by: Maya
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

In this male/male paranormal historical romance, warden and wolf must reignite the magic that first bonded them together.

Wales, 1912

For generations, the magic wardens and the fierce werewolves combined forces to keep their enemies at bay. But when his family breaks longstanding ties to the pack that’s been a part of his life since birth, warden Griffith Jones sets out on a journey to learn all he can of the magic that will reunite them. And reunite Griffith with the first—and only—man he’s ever loved.

Llywelyn ap Hywel, son of the alpha, can’t let painful—or passionate—memories of Griffith distract him. His dwindling pack is in trouble, reeling from loss and locked in a grim battle with a dangerous rival—a pack with a warden who hasn’t abandoned them. A warden whose dark magic could destroy them all.

Up against enemies determined to steal their land and end life as they know it, Griffith and Llywelyn must fight as one to protect all they hold dear—their territory, their people and the fiery love they can no longer deny.

This book is approximately 33,000 words

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Griffith returns to his childhood home in Wales after the death of his grandmother. The years away haven’t been kind to him. He is back and trying to heal, his dreams shattered.
He is unnerved to find out he is not welcome. The wolf pack his grandmother used to protect is worn down by troubles and his one time best friend, Llywelyn, is cold toward him.
In the face of trouble, Griffith rallies and insist on helping. He tries to build up pack defenses, and in the process starts to heal himself. The connection he always had with Llywelyn shifts and grows.

The strongest feeling I got from reading this book was confusion. First, I had trouble wrangling the sentences. Some of them were exquisitely crafted and brought the book’s word forward in colorful flashes. But I was struggling to pick up thread of the story. We got both Griffith’s and Llywelyn’s POV but I was more than once left staring at pages in confusion. The character’s motivations were complete mystery to me and it took away from the story. It has its own rough charm and the world created is intriguing, but the narrative left me floundering.

Part of it might be because foundations of their relationship are in the past and the information is sparse. Part might be that I expected something else from the blurb. This felt like part of a bigger whole and I didn’t have all the pieces.
I can’t say this story was a good fit for me.

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