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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Series So Far: Granite Lake Wolves

   I went back and forth between reviewing these titles separately and reviewing them together, and ultimately I decided to review them together, as the best piece of advice I can give when it comes to reading them is to buy them together and read them together, since if you're like me you'll end up buying them one after the other anyway.  All three are novellas, all three are by Vivian Arend, all three are from Samhain Publishing, and all are from my personal library.

Wolf Signs: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 1Up first is Wolf Signs, which introduces us to not only a kickass heroine in the form of Robyn Maxwell, but also to a kickass heroine who happens to be deaf.  Robyn was all excited about her trip to a remote cabin in the Yukon to rest, relax, and get away from it all when she runs into Keil, a wolf Alpha fighting for control of his pack, and his notoriously clumsy younger brother, TJ.  Keil knows two things immediately: one, that Robyn is his mate, and two, that Robyn is a wolf herself, a fact that Robyn doesn't even know.  Needless to say, that makes for some very interesting conversations between the two of them later on. The attraction between these two is immediate; the followup to that attraction definitely earns a Scandalous Books designation.  When I finished this first installment I pretty much immediately shotgunned the other two right into my Kindle.  I'd heard great things about this series on Twitter and from other bloggers and this introduction to the series did not disappoint in the slightest. Overall Grade: A

Wolf Flight: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 2Second in the series is Wolf Flight, which is the story of Tad Maxwell (Robyn's brother) and his mate, Missy Leason.  Theirs is a second-chance romance, in that Missy and Tad were attracted to each other as teenagers but never acted on it, mostly because each of them thought they had a different mate out there in the world somewhere.  It didn't help matters that Tad's shift to human/wolf combo won't be finalized until he mates with a full blooded wolf; he didn't realize that Missy fit the bill at the time, needless to say.  Missy has her own drama too; her Alpha has figured out that she's an Omega and is using whatever means necessary to keep her under his thumb.  The romance and story here aren't quite as straightforward as they are in the first book; we get a good look at how folks become wolves in this book and what the politics are surrounding that.  There were some elements in the story that didn't work for me and while this story was still very fun, it probably won't end up being my favorite of the series. Overall Grade: B

Wolf Games: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 3Third in the series is Wolf Games, starring Erik, the Beta of the Granite Lake pack, and Maggie, younger sister to Missie of Wolf Flight.  Maggie is scared out of her mind by this whole wolf shifting business, and wants nothing to do with it, Granite Lake pack, or her mate, Erik.  When she gets tapped to participate in the Wolf Games and Erik happens to be on her team, she has the perfect opportunity to learn about herself and her mate and to become comfortable with herself and her world.  Erik was so patient and a genuinely good person, even as he dealt with his own insecurities and past issues.  The two of them definitely deserved their happily ever after.  Overall Grade: A

Wolf Tracks: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 4I'm a definite fan of this series and can't wait for TJ's story to come out- it's called Wolf Tracks and is available October 26th! As an added selling point, each of the books in this series is $2.80 from Amazon, which is a total steal for stories as fun as these.  Seriously!


Karen said...

I've read the first two in the series and I liked the first one a bit more too. I might have to check out Wolf Games. Looks like another good one. These were good paranormal romance books - quick reads.

Reena Jacobs said...

I have Wolf Signs. :) I started it, but the first scene had cheesecake in it, and it gave me instant cravings. Now that I'm back on track, I'll have to give it a try again.

emmad said...

I have all three with wolf tracks on preorder :) All for my kindle

Jamie said...

I just downloaded Wolf Signs onto my Nook and have the others that are available on my Nook wishlist. Great reviews!

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