Length: 70,000 words approx.
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Design: Garrett Leigh @ Black Jazz Design
Jackson Lewis isn’t a typical werewolf. He isolates himself in a small town outside Spokane and dedicates himself to making his business—Lone Wolf Brewery—a success. If it leaves him little time for romance, he’s okay with that. His soul mate could be out there somewhere, but he isn’t actively looking.
So he’s in for quite the shock when he literally bumps into his soul mate—Leo Gallagher, an adorable, nerdy, vibrant music therapist who’s Jackson’s polar opposite.
But he’s human. And a man.
Jackson is straight—or at least he’s always assumed so. Though he can’t deny his attraction to Leo, it’s a lot for both of them to deal with.
While Jackson and Leo figure out what their future might hold, they face prejudice from both the human and werewolf communities—including a group of fanatics willing to kill to show humans and werewolves don’t belong together.
I’ve really enjoyed this author’s other books, and when I saw this story would be her first paranormal book, I knew I needed to check it out. There are some good characters here, and the premise of of a werewolf finding his soul mate is not just human but male as well is one that piqued my interest; but I’m a bit on the fence in my overall assessment of the story itself.
As individuals, both Leo and Jackson are interesting characters. Jackson leads a pretty independent life, preferring to be on his own…and a lone wolf actually describes him pretty well, even when he’s around other people. His insistence that he is not gay was a bit frustrating, and did make it seem like he thought that anyone thinking he was anything but straight would be a terrible thing—not really the mindset he should be taking when his supposed soul mate is definitely gay. Leo was a wonderful person, and I thought his choice of careers was intriguing. He is exceptionally forgiving of Jackson’s stance on his sexuality, continually of the mind that as a soul mate gender won’t matter in the end.
The connection between the two of them is difficult to feel for most of the first two-thirds of the story. Unlike most paranormal soul mate stories, here soul mates don’t necessarily wind up together—they have the choice to be with someone else, and for me this was an odd concept. There was no defining moment of “you’re the one, my only one”, and Leo and Jackson slowly got to know each other over time—but I never felt any kind of powerful pull between them…you know the one where you can’t help but feel the two main characters are destined to be together? This made it hard for me to feel invested in their relationship for much of the story. It wasn’t until the last third when things started to feel more cohesive between them, and emotions started to play a role.
Another thing about this story was that it felt unfocused, more like as a reader I was meandering through their relationship wondering if things would ever solidify between them. There’s also the prejudice against werewolves that we’re mostly told about but not truly shown. Yes, there’s an organization that appears in the story that openly campaigns against them, but with the exceptions of their initial contact with Leo early on in the story, then a flurry of action at the very end, it’s more of a background thing for most of the book. In addition, there’s an incident that occurs at a club that seems random and doesn’t have full resolution in this story. All of that together is why it felt unfocused to me.
Overall, I did enjoy reading Lone Wolf, there were just several points that I think needed tightening up to give the book more focus, and bring the emphasis back to Leo and Jackson’s relationship development. This story is meant for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.
Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the southwest of England and now lives in the Bristol, a city that embraces her love for the arts. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, Anna is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theater (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), going to visit friends in other countries, and reading anything that's put under her nose.
Anna claims her entire career is due to the love, support, prereading, and creative ass kicking provided by her best friend Jennifer. Jennifer refuses to accept responsibility for anything Anna has written.
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