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07 November 2010 @ 12:12 pm
Lone by Rowan McBride  

I really, really, really liked this story. It is rare to find a unique wolf shifter m/m story these days. Yet, Rowan managed to pen a tale that is not only unique but very touching.

Seth is a more than just a werewolf. His nature makes him so strong and volatile that he is considered a danger that must be eradicated, even by Nightkin standards. Somehow he has managed to not only survive but thrive professionally in the human world. Yet, he remains Lone, no pack, no family, no love... until he meets Rafe. It takes a special man to love a Ravager, and Rafe is just right for the role.

Rowan gives Seth a gorgeous mixture of strength and innocence. His wolf nature is close to the surface, lending him a very primal aura that allows him to go from wounded puppy to violent beast in the blink of an eye without losing his inherent goodness. Rafe is a reluctant alpha, drawn to Seth like a moth to the flame not sure of how to get truly close without getting burned. If sometimes Rafe's infinite patience seems a bit much, the revelations at the end of the story explain this aspect of his personality to a great extent.

The plot strikes just the right balance between building Seth and Rafe's relationship and keeping the action moving at a nice pace. There are couple of fantastic secondary characters that truly add richness to the story. There's a certain vampire just intriguing enough to leave me wanting more. More please! Rowan's world building is amazing. She sketches the world like a master, providing a rich image with just a few deft strokes here and there. I admire the author's ability to create a world and provide context in a way that is never heavy handed and does not detract from the romance. Awesome job!

This book is literally going right into my keeper shelf. I highly recommend it for all m/m readers who love a good romance with lots of tenderness and just the right amount of spice thrown in for good measure. Enjoy!

Lone by Rowan McBride at Amber Allure



 

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boiznbooks: boiz1boiznbooks on November 7th, 2010 04:30 am (UTC)
I have to agree; this is a really novel approach to the shifter/vampire/magic worldbuilding, and Rowan does a terrific job of keeping Seth true to his character, even when it makes him a bit puzzling to understand. He really rings true to a person who has never been allowed to grow emotionally because of his circumstances and shifter nature, and he has a child's (or puppy's) reactions matched with some pretty fearsome powers.

Note: do NOT read this around people whom you have told "I NEVER cry over books; angst makes me feel ill, not weepy"...because it's REALLY embarrassing when you puddle up because of some amazing and heartwrenching scene that sneaks up on you like a certain really cool vampire who likes playing pool. You've been warned.
AAboylove_addict on November 7th, 2010 05:44 am (UTC)
Rowan made you cryyyyy. Nah, nah, nana, nah.