*I received an ecopy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
This was a sweet, relaxed romance with a small paranormal element and great disability rep!
Contrary to what I expected when I picked this up, this wasn’t exactly a werewolf story. That aspect was a little more unique. I don’t think it’s a spoiler, but if you don’t want to know, just skip to the next paragraph because I’m about to explain. This wasn’t a werewolf story because the man and the wolf were separate beings with separate personalities/thoughts/emotions, but they shared one body that could shift forms and could communicate with each other in their mind. For that reason, the paranormal element was actually very minimal. But I still thought it was a neat idea and enjoyed it. And anyone who likes reading about dogs or animals will love this sweet, adorable wolf.
The blurb makes the book sound like it’s going to be ominous, but it was actually quite slow-paced and laid-back, focused on Joel hanging out in the woods, finally finding out the truth and healing from the trauma of his past experience, and starting a romance with Guy. The conflict was barely a blip in the book, to be honest. It didn’t come up until near the end, and it was resolved quickly and easily.
The book was fairly predictable with some typical paranormal romance aspects—like how perfect the love interest, Guy, was and how he had had feelings for Joel ever since he first saw him. But these things did add to the light feel of the book.
Joel’s ex, Keen, was an unexpected part of the story, but he, and the relationship between him and Joel, was well-written. He was the perfect portrayal of a manipulative person, someone who sometimes does nice things and seems like he cares but whose abusive and selfish behavior far outweighs that. The more I learned about him and how he treated Joel, the more I hated him.
For me, the best thing about this book was the fantastic disability rep for Joel’s amputated leg! Or at least, it seemed like it was great (I don’t have any missing limbs though). It wasn’t just a plot device or an afterthought; there was so much about what it was like for Joel having an amputated limb and using a prosthetic. Like how walking on a prosthetic is all about getting the right balance and pressure, so just having a few drinks could completely throw off your walking. And although part of Joel’s growth was about accepting his body (or rather, accepting the idea that other people could accept it), he was still more than just his disability. As for the erectile dysfunction caused by Joel’s trauma and his confusion over the memories, I have no idea whether that was done well or not.
Overall, this was a quick, light, enjoyable paranormal romance!
Anyone who likes laid-back stories, sweet M/M romance, a small paranormal element, and disability rep.