Off The Beaten Path (Ariel’s Review)


Title: Off The Beaten Path
Author: Cari Z.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Ariel
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Blurb:

When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.

Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.

 

The Werewolf and the Dad

Wow! That was a great movie. The alpha was very hunky. Henry is such a wonderful devoted father. Ava was so cute as a puppy. Do we have any more popcorn?

This book is like a movie in written form. I had such a hard time putting it down. I’d finally had to when I got so tired my eyes were hurting. I finished this in just a couple days.

For the plot, read the blurb above for this book. This book is skillfully balanced. I have not read one that is so perfect. It has just the right amount of tension and action. The pacing is perfect. The author does not give too much detail ( i.e. describing a room). I have read many a book where they give too much detail and I just skim right through it. Also, the author writes in such a way that you feel like a fly on the wall. It was such a great experience reading this book and so absorbing which is why I had such a hard time putting it down and I read it in just a couple days.

All the characters in this book were also written fabulously. The main characters were greatly compatible. Henry with his hard military training and being a little bit of a hard nose, to Ward, having the heart of the relationship. Henry’s sister and the good doctor were great Supporting Cast and, of course, the cute factor with Ward’s daughter. She was so cute.

The location in the mountains of Colorado with winter in full swing in a small town with an old fashioned schoolhouse was very quaint. You would think that there would not be a lot going on and what could the author write, but there’s enough going on to fill a book. Like I said before, it was so perfectly balanced it lacked for nothing, really, and it completely keeps your interest.

I very highly recommend this book. If you love werewolf stories with a bit of action and tension and you love a cute factor then you will absolutely love it. You will not be able to put it down. Believe me. Go get this book.

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Galley copy of Off The Beaten Path provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.

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