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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Chameleon Wolf: Delta Wolf 1 by Stormy Glenn and Joyee Flynn

Chameleon Wolf: Delta Wolf 1 by Stormy Glenn and Joyee Flynn
Publisher: Siren Bookstrand
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (127 pgs)
Other: M/M, M/M/M, Ménage, Anal Play
Rating: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Zac Sheehan is a Delta wolf, the council enforcer, sent out to eliminate those that broke the rules. It’s a lonely existence, leaving him on the fringes of werewolf society. All Zac wants is to find his mate and live in peace.

While on a mission, Zac finds the one thing he’s been looking for all of his life, his mate. Matt is everything Zac ever wanted in a mate, loving, caring, and drop dead gorgeous. Zac couldn’t be happier, or so he thinks. But as another mission looms, Zac discovers that things could be more dangerous than he thought.

The wolf he’s been sent to eliminate is Matt's other mate.

Zac Sheehan, a werewolf enforcer, is sent to eliminate a rogue wolf. Instead, he finds his mates, Matt and Aiden, but before he can celebrate, he has to save them from a crooked alpha bent on killing them all and get them to the wolf council to clear Aiden's name.

Imagine the shock of a man who was resigned to being alone and lonely finding himself not one but two people who love him unconditionally. How lucky can a guy get? Is it too good to be true?

Zac is a loner not by choice but by birth. He’s a bit different than most in the paranormal world and his talents have boxed him into a role he has no escape from. He’s revered and reviled, needed but ostracized and he’s forced to live alone and on the outskirts of the pack. Despite all the negatives, Zac has a strong inner core which allows for hopes and dreams to live on the inside, though they're buried deep. One of my favorite themes in romance is that you never know when love is going to strike and sometimes it can happen at the most inconvenient or embarrassing moments. When it happens in this story, Zac is completely disconcerted, yet thrilled at the same time. What I like about his personality is his take-charge, jump right in with gusto decision making ability. He grabs for the brass ring, in this case Matt, and it’s a lovefest right from the start.

As far as the earlier question, is it too good to be true? His second mate is a complete shock on a couple of different levels. Aiden is a man of power in his own pack, second in command. He also has a bit of a problem which soon becomes Zac’s problem. Where Matt was a treat and an easy mesh, Aiden is a bit harder to settle down with because he’s been marked for death. Plus Aiden is the third mate so there is the emotional dilemma of his fitting in with what is clearly a happy couple.

I like the way Zac and Aiden are written as characters. I question Aiden’s choice of attempted heroism because I couldn’t wrap my brain around what could possibly have made sense to him to make him do what he did. The only thing I could come up with is that he didn’t have a chance to bond as much as Zac and Matt did and it allowed for what happened to happen. The other issue I have with this story is Matt’s personality. I mean, he’s a sweetheart and he is actually a really great fit for Zac and Aiden. I was a bit confused at times because he’s written in such I way that I viewed him as a youngish kid when he’s not, effeminate when he’s not, weak when he’s not and sort of girly which I think he is. Chameleon may refer to Zac but I think in another context, it refers to Matt. I like to think he has a flowing personality which becomes whatever his mates need when they need it. If I view it in this manner, it makes a lot of sense.

The villain provides the impetus for the many things that happen in this book. It’s mostly done in the peripheral sense except for two important scenes. Both provide drama and interest.

The sensual relations between the three men are exactly what a reader will be looking for in an erotic romance and the authors did a splendid job. The dialogue fit with each character’s personality … well, there is Matt. I think still waters run deep in that guy. The writing was tight, flowed well and kept my interest.

Chameleon Wolf is an engrossing, fast paced read about an unloved man finding true happiness when all he had going for him was doing his job. It’s a story showcasing a hardened man coming out of his shell to learn to trust, to reach out and learn to express his love in all ways that matter. I was entertained and am glad I read this book.

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