A Wolf Apart by Maria Vale
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have not read the previous book in this series, but I think I managed to get what I needed from the introductory chapters. That being said, it would probably be better to start from the beginning (maybe?).
Elijah is a wolf shifter who has been designated as “Offland.” He runs their day-to-day business while managing his pack remotely. This is starting to wear a little thin on him and he feels like his sanity is slipping away as each moon passes. He’s been pretending to be human for too long and just about every interaction he has could be scripted. There’s no joy to his offland life and he has resorted to counting down the days between his return home.
His mindset shifts a bit when he finds himself facing a definite attraction. It’s been so long since he showed any interest in anything that the feeling is foreign to him. Thea is everything that he should not be attracted to – she’s gruff, solitary, and has no interest in black tie parties or networking. Somehow, though, she reminds him of what he’s missing. She becomes his surrogate “home.” There are some hiccups, lots of secrets, and the issue of trust, but through it all they manage to fight for a HEA. The pack dynamics are interesting and unique, with a Viking twist. This book was definitely a departure from my typical werewolf read.
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