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: Parvathy
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
Off the Beaten Path is a love story set in the back drop of a world where werewolf and other shifters live among humans and they have their own set of rules. When Ward Johannsen’s daughter shifts into a werewolf she is separated from him and sent to a pack. His quest to reunite with his daughter and how he finds his forever forms rest of the story.
What I really liked about the book is that the characters are very well etched out. Their individuality comes right through when we read the story and it is amazing to read it. I loved Ward’s determination to see his daughter and how he set off on the task. What I liked about Henry is how understanding he was and how in spite of having too much on his shoulders he was patient and there for everyone in whatever capacity he could. I loved the dynamics between the characters and how they all had a part to play in the progress of the story. I especially loved Ava. The love story between Henry and Ward started off a little slow and I felt like their relationship did not get enough focus. I would have loved to read more about them and their dynamic when they are together. Nevertheless I did enjoy reading the story and it was really entertaining.