Brandt Davis loved being part of his Michigan werewolf pack, until they found his stash of gay porn. He escaped their anger, running in wolf-form into the wilderness, but he can’t live that way forever. And he can’t hide in fur like a coward when an injured man needs his help.
Ethan Sjulstad knows life is making him crazy when a solo hike into the Minnesota Boundary Waters seems reasonable. Then a bad fall leaves him seriously hurt and facing death. Delirious, he hallucinates being rescued by a big grey wolf and a naked woodland godling. For a man who has always loved fantasy, it’s worth surviving just to find out what the hell is going on.
I adored this story. I really enjoyed seeing Ethan and Brandt as they fell for each other ad went through the journey of starting and keeping a relationship. There were so many layers going on at once you have to pay attention so you don’t miss something. The story is quick paced despite it being close to 400 pages. We get to see Paul and Simon again along with Aaron and Zach. I loved seeing all four of them happy together and still in love. I liked how the world building was expanded even more in this story. We learned more about pack bonds specifically in this book and boy was that fascinating! I enjoyed seeing Aaron handle all of that throughout the story.
Brandt was so sweet. I loved how gentle natured he could be when he wanted to and take charge when necessary. He struggled so hard when accepting himself I just wanted to wrap him up and tell him there’s nothing wrong with him. Once he finally realized Ethan not only accepted but loved all of his facets, you could just see Brandt blossom. You could tell Brandt was torn about telling Ethan about his werewolf. Those emotions came out so clearly when you read. I think Brandt is by far one of my favorite wolves in this series. His self doubt but fierce loyalty and desire for acceptance made for a character I couldn’t help but adore right from the beginning.
I felt bad for Ethan towards the beginning of the book. He was dealt a crap hand in the past and he struggled to overcome it all. I was glad he pulled himself out of his fun though. Once everything came to light, I liked how Brandt made sure Ethan realized things weren’t his fault and Ethan could work on letting the guilt go. I understood his reasoning behind his quest for answers about Brandt. However I do think he went too far for someone that had justifiable reasons to not want to base a relationship on perceived lied. Had he just snooped or even gone so far as the reconnaissance trip. But the threat at the end was too much. Ethan was smart enough to realize most of the ramifications of those actions and shouldn’t have taken that last threat. I do like how he was real with Brandt at the end in regards to his feelings and emotions on the pack. Letting those out made him that much more realistic.
I was a little shocked by the turn towards the end in regards to the inevitable outcome that was talked about in the previous book. I’m fascinated how that’s going to play out in the next book to see what reactions Ms. Harper thinks are likely.
The ending for Ethan and Brandt is so sweet. You can feel their love pouring out of the story and especially the final chapter. I love knowing they’re going to be together forever and will ensure they make it no matter what gets in their path in the future.
I live in Minnesota, where the two seasons are Snow-removal and Road-repair, the mosquito is the state bird, and where sometimes in winter it can be breathtakingly beautiful. Of course, the deepfreeze chill contributes to the breath-taking, but Minnesota’s a kindly, quiet place and it’s home to me now. I’ve been writing for far longer than I care to admit (*whispers – forty years*), mostly for my own entertainment, and currently am focused on M/M romance (with added mystery, fantasy, history, SciFi…) I also have a few Young Adult stories released under the pen name Kira Harp.
My first professionally published book, Life Lessons, came out from MLR Press in May 2011. My husband finally convinced me that after all that time writing, I really should submitsomething, somewhere. I was thrilled when it was accepted. I have a weakness for closeted cops with honest hearts, and teachers who speak their minds, and I had fun writing the four novels and three freebie short stories in the series. I’ve been just delighted by the reception Mac and Tony have received.
My first free book became the first story that I actually released – I put it up a month beforeLife Lessons just for the fun of getting it out there. Lies and Consequences began as a reaction to the November 2010 election. It looked like the repeal of DADT might be derailed by the political shift and I put the insanity of that law into the book. Then as I was finishing the first draft in mid-December the repeal passed. Which was great, but prompted a rewrite to a lighter and more action/romance book. This was a solo effort and I learned a lot from writing and releasing it and from the reviews. Check Smashwords for that one and many of my other freebies.