Ward & Weft (NeRdyWYRM’s Review)


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Title: Ward & Weft
Author: Parker Foye
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance; Historical
Page Count: 112 pages
Reviewed by:
NeRdyWYRM
Heat Level: 2.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

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.


Wolves and Witchy Wardens. Why Resist?

I enjoyed this story. I wish it had been longer. There was a lot of potential for an even richer story than we got, but what was there was worth reading. Shifter stories are prolific, I know. Shifters working in concert with human “witch” types aren’t necessarily unique either, but this one struck me as being different … in a good way.

The blurb tells you a lot of what you need to know about the background, so I won’t go into it. Suffice it to say that Griffith (the warden) and Llywelyn (the wolf) grew up together and have been in love with each other for years, despite a separation that left wounds behind on both ends. I wanted to know why Griff and Llywelyn never became a thing before. I wanted to know why Griff left when all evidence pointed to it being he who wanted to stay and Llywelyn who wanted to travel. For Griff, there was no one else, but what about Llywelyn?

These topics were never addressed, nor was there any discussion about past or future between the characters when they took their relationship to that long-awaited next level. I never got the answers I wanted, and for that reason, this one had to stay at the 3.5 stars mark.

I loved the story. I loved the characters. I connected with Llywelyn. I connected with Griffith. I cried with him 6% in, the descriptives were that evocative. I loved how the wolves were depicted even though I didn’t get enough information about their society on a micro- or macro-level other than the fact that there were other packs elsewhere, they were ruled by a council, and a bunch of alphas died when the Titanic sunk. That’s it. Sitting here now, I feel the lack. What world-building there was piqued my interest, so disappointment ensued when there wasn’t more of it.

The book was well-edited and the chronology in the story wasn’t overly rushed although I think everything took place within the space of weeks. The steam factor was disappointing. They had chemistry, but I expected more heat out of a shifter romance to be honest, thus my complaints about the length. I wanted more than what I got, even if what I got was good.

I would recommend this novella, absolutely. As long as you’re not looking specifically for hot shifter sex, it’s enjoyable. Actually, it was enjoyable without it but would have been better with it. I would even read other books by this author, or other books in this story arc should any come to be. I just won’t be holding my breath.

Cross-posted at: Goodreads. Read other Goodreads reviews by NeRdyWYRM here.


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Galley copy of Ward & Weft provided by Carina Press in exchange of an honest review.

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I am a life-long reader and an avid learner. I remember reading books without pictures when I was about four, and raided every title on my parents’ full and intimidating book shelves—well, the ones they would let me read, anyway—from then on. Characters written by authors like Isaac Asimov, Carl Sagan, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Terry Brooks, Anne Rice, Stephen King, Raymond E. Feist, Mercedes Lackey, Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman, and Anne McCaffrey were my childhood playmates.

Back then, I went nowhere unless I had a book in my hand. While the rest of my generation was shifting from cassettes to CDs and from Atari to Nintendo, Sega, and Playstation, I spent my allowance on Myth & Magic pewter figurines and on books at the Stars and Stripes bookstore. These days I don’t have a book in my hand anymore, at least not the printed variety. Instead, it’s any device with a Kindle app.

I stubbornly held on to the printed page until a military move weighed my book collection in at over a ton. Oops. Sorry-not-sorry, but I did have to exercise some pragmatism in that area, unfortunately. Now I only buy hardbacks from my favorite authors, the classics, or long-running series. Otherwise, I’ve surrendered to the times and our weight allowance and have gone all digital.

I stay strictly on the fiction side of the fence because non-fiction is generally too dry to hold my interest. I was always a scholar, and so have read enough textbook-like titles and required reading for school and college to last me a lifetime, thank you very much. So, non-fiction? No, thanks. However, barring non-fiction and biographies (ewww people), there’s not much out there I won’t read.

I have loved romance novels since I was prepubescent. Something about historicals and anything with horses, i.e., Native American inspired romances just did it for me. My grandmother was appalled that my parents let me read that ‘smut’ as she called it. I’d already justified my position on being allowed to read those controversial titles with a logical argument that there were a lot of historical facts in those books that couldn’t be learned in the classroom alone. And to this day, I maintain that stance. I have learned more from books, specifically romance and fantasy novels, than I ever did in a classroom.

~~wink-wink~~

My dad always said I was too smart for my own good. Looking back, he was probably right! I could logically talk my way into and out of just about anything. It’s served me well, but caused me no end of problems, too. That said, despite my love for the romance genre in general and the m/m romance genre in particular, there is little chance that a decent book of any kind will fail to catch my interest, and there’s nothing at all I’m unwilling to learn. So bring it on. I hope you enjoy my reviews.

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