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Monday, April 25, 2016

His Wolf's Desire by Shannon Nydia

Released: April 2016
Character composition: BW/WM
Rating 3 out of 5
Purchase @ Amazon
*I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review*

Although shape-shifter romances have been around for a good while, I still appreciate reading them. Especially when it also means discovering a new author and a new voice. So, I was really happy to receive a review request from new-to-me author Shannon Nydia. Her latest release, His Wolf's Desire is published by Loose-ID.

What It's About
Brad and Jayla are fierce work rivals over a dispute regarding an important account. Despite their disdain for one another, and the fact that they work for the same company but in different states, they have never actually met face-to-face. The book starts off with their first encounter and the discovery that they are 1. fiercely attracted to one another and 2. they are mates. The two embark on a lust-hate relationship and, because of their history and the fact that neither one dates other shifters, they are determined that it won't become more than that. The question is, can they keep lust from turning to something more? Especially when their wolves want a deeper relationship.

My Thoughts
This is another book that had me feeling kind of neutral through a majority of it. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, but it failed to captivate me, particularly at the beginning. Jayla and Brad failed to stand out in any way and I didn't feel like I was really invested in whether they worked out their differences or not. Their bickering was entertaining, but at one point I felt like that was all they were about, all the story was about. The bickering, and of course the sex. The story improved for me when her pack was introduced and the parts with her family were cute. These were the highlights that let me see a little more of the character's personalities and I appreciated Brad's vulnerability at times during these scenes. The situation at the end of the book when everything kind of comes to a head was very well done and really made the book for me. Once again, her pack is just stellar! On the downside, I wish we could have learned a bit more about Brad's parents and pack. I feel like this addition would have really added to the story overall. Maybe in a future story?

My Final Thoughts
This was a fairly decent read that unfortunately didn't leave much of a lasting impression. That said, I enjoyed the second half of the book much more than the first (loved Jayla's grandma and pack!) and I would read a second book if this turns into a series. I'm going to recommend His Wolf's Desire as a good choice for light weekend reading.
3 out of 5 stars

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