Wolf Hunt 1: Urban Wolf by Marie Treanor
Publisher: Changling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Action/Adventure
Length: Short Story (72 pgs)
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Magnolia
A man wakes up naked and alone in a city doorway -- with no memory of how he got there or who he is. The locals assume he's a drunken pervert and try to drive him away. Only journalist Rose Winter believes he's more than that, but even she isn't prepared for the truth.
Following up a story, Rose finds herself hunted through the city at night by a giant wolf. As her wolf story begins to converge with her sexy naked man, her own secret becomes impossible to keep. Loyalty and duty can't prevent these enemies from becoming lovers on the run, but they both know their love is doomed as much by their own nature as by interplanetary politics.
Whew! That pretty much sums up the feelings left after reading Wolf Hunt! When a reporter finds an amnesiac man being stoned by residents, she saves him, oh, and offers her coat. Did I mention he’s naked? And hung like a, well, like a big hunk of wolf meat should be! Getting him off the streets and into some clothes is one thing, getting the image of his aroused body out of her head is another. Mix in some aliens, an impending interplanetary war, and the fact the two are on opposite sides of issues kind of makes love seem difficult at best. Good thing love and political agreement aren’t requirements for a physical relationship!
Both characters were three-dimensional and even considering it was a paranormal they were believable. I felt "Jon's" confusion as he tried to work out who he was and where he was going. Rose's surprise as she is drawn to this stranger despite all inner warnings that it may not be a good idea is just as easily felt. I admired both of them for their sense of duty as certain facts came to light, and adored them both for trying to figure out a better way to fix their problems. A feisty heroine and a hunky dominant hero make for two great characters in a character-driven story.
Ms. Treanor mixes action, a hunky shapeshifting wolf, murder, suspense, secrets, and some hot sex to make this one of the best books I’ve read in a while. It kept my attention from the first page to the last. And when I read the last page I said, “No! That can’t be the end!” Where’s the rest of this book? I guess I’ll just have to wait on the second installment of this trilogy! Ms. Treanor's newest storyline is definitely worth it, and I'll be keeping my eye out for the rest of this tale.