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Friday, December 18, 2009

So Many Wolves by Leona Grey

So Many Wolves by Leona Grey
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (60 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Review by: Xeranthemum

Julia has been looking forward to her friend’s weeklong Mardi Gras party for months. Not only does she love Mardi Gras, she also knows David, who rejected her, will be there, and she intends to show him just how sexy a curvy woman can be. Then she meets the mysterious and ruggedly handsome Galen, who pushes all thoughts of David out of her head. But the party takes on a whole new meaning when she finds out he’s a werewolf, along with most of the male guests. And they all came to see her. So what’s a girl to do with so many wolves?

This story explores what happens when you have carte blanche in a candy store, except the candy are men and you have to choose just one.

Julia has a great friend who throws a Mardi Gras party at her house complete with fun costumes. Julia has a plan to get her self esteem back on track and is highly motivated. She handles herself with panache and a bit of cheek, but not overly snarky or mean. She’s mostly sure she’s attractive but not one hundred percent confident; she’s about to get verification.

Galen is a different type of male character. He’s strong yet normal. What I mean is, the story doesn’t harp overly much on the alpha werewolf tendencies and a picture of a man interested in a woman is clear and endearing. There are rules and he does his best to adhere to them but passion messes with his intentions and it has dire consequences. I like how he wants to take it slow, is determined to do so, but ends up acting like the being he is.

As much as I liked the story, I would have enjoyed a bit more dialogue and less inner speculation or description. The use of Julia’s extra sense could have been developed a bit more. As it was, it seemed a means to an end and not terribly critical to the story. The scenes with her and Galen were well written and hot and yet, for a shifter male, I expected more intensity. I guess when Ms. Grey had set Galen’s priority on seducing Julia, she kept to that objective. Even when choices had to be made, restraint, in itself very sensual and arousing, kept this story from being gratuitous. The choices the author made Julia make -- she does not come across as easy -- actually have me respecting the heroine. It also has me plenty interested in another installment. There’s more to come and the writing style makes it very easy for me to want to read what happens next between Galen and Julia.

The external conflict worked to bring about decisions that affected the progression of the plot. I also expect to see the arrogant fool again. I can’t imagine him just walking away after what Julia said. I’m thinking he’d be a great reoccurring pain in the neck.

So Many Wolves brings a delightful story to lovers of paranormal werewolf romances. It’s easy to read with a light conflict and has lots of loving and personality to flavor the relationship between Julia and Galen. I’m glad I read it and judging by the tone of the ending, the HEA is going to be fleshed out more and I can’t wait.

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