Wolf and the Holly (Belen’s Review)

Title: Wolf and the Holly (The Rowan Harbor Cycle #2)
Author: Sam Burns
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: February 8th 2018
Genre(s): M/M Contemporary Fantasy, Paranormal
Page Count: 199 pages
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Five years ago, Jesse dropped out of college and came home to Rowan Harbor to find safety with his pack. A broken man, he’s been living as though the world is ending—allergic to responsibility and spending most of his nights at the local bar.

But he can’t avoid growing up forever. On the night of his thirtieth birthday party, he finds his childhood friend Isla unconscious, attacked in the middle of their peaceful hometown. The wolf inside him wants to protect its people from the slick-haired, smooth-talking vampire who’s brought trouble to town, and Jesse can’t run from his instincts any longer.

Now that his inner wolf is out of its cage, it’s picked the most inconvenient moment to find its mate. Sean Anderson—recently back from college and much changed from the skinny preteen Jesse once knew—is just what he never knew he needed.

Looking forward to more.

It was a little slow to get going in the beginning and I struggled a bit. Also, not going to lie…the reason why Jesse dropped out of college and returned home, but seemed stuck, lacked emotional punch for me because it took too long to reveal it.

While I liked the second installment, it does leave the reader with more questions than answers.

I was also hoping for more in the romance department other than the promise for more, but am assured Jesse and Sean will return in book 5.

The world building is interesting and I find myself driven to find out more about the characters so it’s a no brainer that I will continue on and I’m looking forward to Fletcher’s story next in Fox and Birch.

Note: The Rowan Harbor Cycle is a series of 9 books – a trilogy of trilogies. The main characters (Devon and Wade, Jesse and Sean, Fletcher and Conner?) will have their own book in each trilogy with a happy for now ending and later their (hopefully) happily ever afters.

The Rowan Harbor Cycle

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I am an unapologetic book addict/lover. I'm happiest when reading and I spend most of my time with my Kindle, which is never far from my hand. I love to be told a good story! I mostly read fiction: Romance, Erotica, Young Adult, New Adult, Paranormal (shifters? Yes, please!), a little BDSM when I'm in the mood, and I love a good ménage story. I DEFINITELY PREFER A HFN/HEA! My biggest no-no's are cheating, miscommunication / misunderstanding plots, unnecessary angst, and cliffhangers.

A sampling of my "Favorite M/M" stories:

Carry the Ocean The Half of Us Red Dirt Heart Adulting 101 Tied Up In Knots
Shelter the Sea Manties in a Twist David, Renewed Ethan who Loved Carter Perfect Imperfections
Wolfsong Fight the Tide How to Walk Like A Man The Lightning-Struck Heart Forging the Future
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