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Friday, November 20, 2009

Full Moon Mating, Wolf Creek Pack 1 by Stomy Glenn

Full Moon Mating, Wolf Creek Pack 1 by Stormy Glenn
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (178 pgs)
Other: M/M
Rating: 3.5 cherries
Review by Phlox

Sheriff Joe Nash couldn't have been more surprised when he answered a call to a shooting and discovered the sexiest man he had ever seen. His extraordinary response to the man told him immediately Nate is his mate. Taking a chance, Joe takes him home, hoping to convince him to stay.

But Nate Summers is on the run from someone, never staying in one place for more than a few days. The tall, handsome sheriff and his offer of a safe haven intrigue Nate, but he's afraid that if he sticks around, the sheriff will discover his secret, a secret that could make the sheriff hate him.

Built around the premise of a pack-run town, a town where everyone from the mayor on down is either a werewolf or involved with one, this series opener holds a lot of delicious possibilities. I love the concept of pack society enlarged upon and fleshed out into a working human society, from the Alpha on down.

The main characters are engaging and likeable, as is so often the case with Ms. Glenn’s protagonists. Joe’s tough and all male but his protective side has nurturing aspects as well. Instead of simply being the commanding dominant male, he worries, he cares about what his partner thinks, he frets and obsesses, which all make him far more endearing than someone who is always sure of himself. Nathan is emotionally wounded and gun-shy but still holds onto enough of himself to be compassionate and understanding, just what Joe needs in a mate.

Where the story has issues for me is, unfortunately, in the story itself. The opening scene is so compelling that the reader may feel cheated by the explanation (or lack thereof) concerning why Nathan refused to speak at first. The conflict revolves around an evil, manipulative man, the Teacher, from whom Nathan has made a daring escape but the reader is never allowed to share in what one suspects was a daring and exciting getaway, not even in flashbacks. Too many things are glossed over or referred to in vague terms – the other ‘students’, the life they shared, memories of Nathan’s mother, what, precisely, the Teacher’s tactics might have been. The antagonist is merely a threatening shadow until the end and when he does appear, I found him an enormous disappointment and the ending somewhat forced since we had been set up to expect grand, Machiavellian plans from this evil man.

Plot difficulties aside, Joe and Nathan do catch at the heartstrings, individually and as a couple. The love scenes between them, alternating between tender fire and volcanic heat, are truly the best parts of the story. There are enough good points to the tale to leave one curious for the next installment and, perhaps, a more tightly woven story for the Wolf Creek Pack to run with.

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