Book Blog Tour: The Hidden Wolf by Sue Brown ~ (ARC Review, Excerpt + Giveaway)
Title: The Hidden Wolf
Series: Sapphire Ranch Wolves – Book Two
Author: Sue Brown
Publisher: Love Lane Books
Cover Artist: Meredith Russell
Length: 32,700 words
Release Date: 22nd May, 2015
Blurb: Sheriff Milo Clarke has met his mate, Eli Watkins, and now they're conducting a long distance relationship while Eli runs Cavalry, the security firm protecting Joe and Cal at the Sapphire Ranch from the hunters.The long distance loving is hard on all three of them, Eli, Clarke and Clarke's wolf, who is becoming more restless as Clarke refuses to shift. When Clarke going to give into the other side of him and how will Clarke and Eli resolve the distance between their lives?
This series has to be read in order and the books in it can’t be read as standalones, and while each of the books focuses mostly on the main pairing, other people in the books get their fair share of attention. I asked to review both books, so you get two reviews instead of one.
The Last Wolf marks the beginning of a fascinating Paranormal series involving wolf shifters and their human mates. In that sense alone, it is quite different from other books in this genre that I’ve read. And it involves a huge conspiracy to end with all wolf packs, and other shifters, too, although the main focus is on wolves.
Joe Lowther’s life has turned itself upside down. His father is battling cancer and he had to take a sabbatical year so he can take care of both his daddy and his ranch. He notices a wolf in his property and decides to kill it before it causes any harm to his ranch’s animals. Only things aren’t what they seem and after he shoots the wolf, he finds a handsome young man that has accelerated healing and with whom he can somehow communicate telepathically.
Callum Pope has been running away for days, escaping from some nasty hunters that are trying to eradicate his kind one pack at a time. He ends up at Sapphire Ranch and the last thing he expected was to meet his mate there, or that said mate would try to kill him when confusing him with a real wolf.
Callum is younger and more innocent than Joe, but he’s stubborn and even if he’s an Omega—the youngest of his pack—he fights for what he wants.
I loved Joe and Callum as a couple! They had great chemistry, and I adored seeing more of them in The Hidden Wolf, too.
I expected the big reveal of Cal being a shifter and then finding out that they were mates, to be a bit more of an issue for Joe, but it wasn’t much so, which, considering the main plotline with the hunters going after Cal and the rest of the pack and then the inclusion of The Cavalry, leaded by Eli, Joe’s old college roommate and his team and Milo, the Sheriff/shifter who refuses to shift is not that surprising.
It was an entertaining book, although at the end we just get a HFN and more questions that pile up as the plot thickens. Thankfully, I had book 2 already waiting for me.
The Hidden Wolf is the continuation of the story, and even if it’s not as action-packed as the first one, it’s still quite good.
Milo Clarke has been hiding that he’s a half shifter and gay for far too long. He’s a Sheriff in a small town in Texas, which isn’t exactly an incentive to come out. But after meeting Eli on the previous book and finding out he’s his mate, things are about to change. And change they certainly did.
Eli is Joe’s friend that we also met on book 1, he’s full Alpha even if he’s a human and I love that he can definitely hold his own and be all sweet and naughty to Milo at the same time.
Eli and Milo are drawn together by the mate pull, but they also are really well suited together. They are pretty much equals in everything, which makes for an interesting pairing, never mind that they are very hot together.
I loved that Sue Brown managed to involve several persons in one scene and not have me all confused as to whom she was referring to in one part or another and I was impressed, especially on the second book, that she could have several strong willed characters and that they could work together as well as they did.
Also adored that while Eli and Milo are the main pairing, the Author also shows us what Joe and Callum from the first book have been up to. She doesn’t do this by giving them ‘air time’, so to speak, but through Eli and Milo’ s eyes. This works especially well since the main plotline regarding the hunters and the repercussions after killing one of the heads of that operation start coming to light. I also loved meeting more of The Cavalry’s members, they are quite interesting and can’t wait to read more of them in the future as the plot continues to unravel in book 3, which can’t come soon enough. Can it be Autumn already, pretty please? I can’t wait to find out what’s going to happen now.
Rating: 4.5 Shifting Stars.
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