I received this book via Netgalley. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.Trouble with Wolves by Danielle Annett
Series: Magic and Bone #1
Published by Self Publish on 2020-02-09
Length: 184 pages
Reviewing eARC from Netgalley
What do you get when shifters and humans mix?
Trouble, and lots of it.
I’m the Alpha’s daughter and above all else, it’s my job to keep my people safe. My Pack is being hunted down one-by-one by the humans who both fear and outnumber us.
If I can’t find a solution soon, I’m afraid we might end up in an all out war.
Then Red comes to town, and for once I have a glimmer of hope. He’s someone I think I can reason with. Someone I might be able to trust.
But he has his own agenda. His own secrets. And the cost of trusting the wrong man might be a higher price than I’m willing to pay...
If you like Patricia Briggs, KF Breene, Ilona Andrews, L. Rose, Ava Mason, Kelly St. Clare, and Ivy Asher, you won't be able to put down Trouble with Wolves.
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**Trouble with Wolves is the first novel in the Magic & Bone series set in the same world as Danielle Annett's Blood & Magic series but with a brand new cast of characters.**
I found this book to be…frustrating but good overall. I wanted it to be excellent and it does have some good qualities, but I’ve read better in this genre.
Melinda Chogan, Lindy to most, is the daughter of the Alpha wolf of a race of shapeshifting paranormals living in the backwoods of Canada. Her pack is in danger from encroaching, bigoted, hateful humans calling themselves “Hounds”. They wear red capes through the woods that is her pack’s territory and they’re slowly killing off the wolves they think are threatening their town. Her father is in his last years, and a new alpha needs to step up. Embry has been in love with her and insisting they are mates, and even more troubling, his wolf insists he is the next alpha. Every fiber of Lindy’s wolf knows she is the one meant to lead her people – without being mated to the headstrong and controlling Embry. When she meets Red, he seems reasonable enough to help her broker peace between her Pack and the human village.
Red is a war veteran and a pacifist who is looking for his twin sister. She works for the government as a liaison between paranormals and humans, bridging the gap and making peace where she can. Red hasn’t heard from her in six months. That’s too long, in his opinion. He’s taking jobs where he can so he can fund his search for her. This job has taken him to the tiny Canadian town of Lethbridge – and they are having wolf troubles. Having learned quite a bit in his work, he knows the humans don’t stand a chance against this pack. However, he’s being paid to find their den, which is exactly what he intends to do – until he meets the snow-white-haired female who appears to be leading the pack. Their attraction and chemistry are almost instant, and even though the tensions between the humans and wolves are quickly dissolving into war, the tension between Red and Lindy leads to a hot and spicy sexual liaison. Where do their loyalties lie, with each other or their respective missions?
The ending of this book is a cliffhanger – and I have to find out what happens next. I will definitely be watching for the rest of the series. I did say that I only found this story good, not excellent. If you notice, this story has some strong Twilight vibes. Down to one of the wolves being named “Embry”. And they also mention a sister pack in the Pacific Northwest. Do you want to be mistaken for a Twilight-ripoff? Because this is how you get mistaken for a Twilight-ripoff. So you can’t really call this story “original”, although the language and sex isn’t even close to YA. The time it’s set in is supposed to be modern-era, but it isn’t exactly strong in the setting. It kinda feels like a western, but in the Canadian wilderness – in other words it felt vague. All that being said, I can honestly say I still liked the story. I love the fact that Lindy and Red are a biracial couple and that Lindy is pushing against the patriarchy (girl power!). I’m excited to find out what happens next in this series!