Title: The Half Wolf
Authors: Jay Northcote
Publisher: Jaybird Press
Release Date: September 26, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 193
Reviewed by: Steph
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.8 stars out of 5
Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?
Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.
Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?
Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.
Length: 65.000 words approx
First I have to say thank the stars above that this book was surprisingly refreshing. I don’t know about anyone else but I’ve been stuck in this rut when it comes to paranormal romance; specifically about shifters.
It just seems like every book in this genre lately seems cut from the same mold. Hence my frustration. Even with the lack of world building, history/background and character building on the shifter side, it still held my interest and I kept reading.
The interactions between Kellen and Quinn are endearing; how the pull between them slowly builds. I use the term ‘slowly’ because usually when you read a PNR involving mates there is insta-everything. We are talking love, crazy sex, moving in; you name it, it’s immediate. However with this book, there’s a twist that is lovely and very much-needed. I don’t want to say too much for fear of spoiling it for others.
If there was one thing I could wish for, it would be for Jay to spend a bit more time giving us, the reader, more background on how shifters came about and their hierarchy. I mention this because there is a part in the book where Jay writes about a particular type of wolf that is creating havoc in the human town, thus casting a dark light upon the group of shifters temporarily inhabiting the area. As a reader without any background on the subject, I am left wondering if this particular shifters’ actions are due to being the type he is or is it because of the life situations he experienced along the way.
In the end, everything works itself out and is nicely wrapped up for everyone involved; shifter and non-shifter alike.