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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Review: Wolf Tracks

Wolf Tracks: Granite Lake Wolves, Book 4Title: Wolf Tracks
Author: Vivian Arend
Page Count: short novel (Kindle book)
Publisher: Samhain
Genre: paranormal romance
Copy for review was purchased by me

50 words or less: Well lookie here, Mr. TJ is all grown up. And when his mate turns out to be the maid of honor at a good friend's wedding, well, that's just peachy.

I'll be the first one to admit that TJ didn't always ring my bell in the previous three installments of this series. Sure, he was funny and cute, but the interest kind of stopped there, as there were times that it felt like he was included in the story for comic relief or to accidentally reveal a major plot point and keep the story moving.  I was just a teensy bit leery about reading about him as a lead character (although I preordered the book anyway) since a little bit of slapstick can go a long way.  Refreshingly, this book was funny, silly, sweet, sassy, and an enjoyable story that made me see an old character in a new light.

Wolf Tracks certainly had enough of my favorite story elements combined to perfection to grab my attention.  The heroine is smart and funny, loyal to her friends, and wants a happily ever after for herself but is afraid to believe that they actually exist.  The hero is devoted, imaginative, funny and creative, and not afraid to put himself on the line emotionally.  When they end up in a remote mountain cabin together, not only does it show that TJ can actually plan and execute something without drama or problems, but it also gives them a chance to get to know each other without outside interference- I love that in a book.  A lot of times secondary characters mean well, but their curiosity or protectiveness can slow a story down unnecessarily.  That wasn't the case here at all.

I also loved the subtler jokes- Pam is a dog handler for the RCMP, which is a never-ending source of amusement for the wolves.  She's also incredible jaded about relationships and the possibility of happily ever after after her parents' epicly messy divorce.  She's way more willing to believe in werewolves than she is to believe in one guy wanting to be with her forever and ever, so it takes her awhile to warm up to the whole fated mate situation.  TJ doesn't give up, though, and by the end of the book I wanted to see them happy together, regardless of other issues.

This is a quick, enjoyable read for sure, and I have to reiterate that you can't beat the price! With a list price of $3.50, you can pick up the whole series for less than $15. How awesome is that?!

Overall Grade: A


Missie said...

A whole series for just 15 bucks! Now that is what I call peachy!

I'm a pretty big fan of subtle (even dry) humor myself, so this sounds like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for the heads up.

Beverly said...

Love this whole series - was so excited for this one and wasn't disappointed! Yet another great one!

Cherry said...

I bought book 1 of this series for a promotional price of $2.00, I think, but the story ended in a cliffhanger. I don't know if that was how the first book was suppose to end or if I got only half a book because I only paid $2, I'm not sure. I didn't like the cliffhanger but the world building was fantastic.

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