Title: The Shadow Wolf
Author: Bonnie Vanak
Series: Draicon Werewolves,
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Review copy from publisher
“On the run from authorities, gutsy Megan Moraine knows shadow wolves like herself have no place in this world. But she's still prepared to do anything to protect her young charges. That resolve is tested when the trio is captured by Gabriel Robichaux. Everyone knows that Gabriel is a ruthless bounty hunter, a member of an elite group called the Enforcers. Why then is Megan so attracted to her enemy—a wolf who hunts his own people? A wolf whose languid, sexy drawl makes her dream the impossible?”
The Shadow Wolf is book four in the Draicon Werewolves series by Bonnie Vanak.
Megan Moraine has lived almost all her live as a prisoner in Shadow Island, she has suffer as many of her race the injustice of been ostracized by society for being different. She is a shadow werewolf. The shadow werewolves are a kind of werewolves with magical powers, one of them is the power of invisibility. Because of this power they are feared by the other Draicos (werewolves) and have been kept captive in Shadow Island far away from others races.
Shadow Island is a place of injustices and abuses, abuses Megan has suffered for years, abuses Megan doesn’t want her little twin cousins Jenny and Jillian to experience. For that reason she escapes from the Island with the little ones. After some difficulties she has arrived to mainland and is heading to New Orleans where a contact will help them with new identities. But in one stop on their way to freedom they cross paths with the famous merciless enforcer Gabriel Robichaux.
Gabriel takes them under his custody. Megan is almost sure he would return them to Shadow Island but what she doesn’t know is that Gabriel is not what he seems, he is not the bad wolf everybody think he is. Gabriel uses the façade of the ruthless enforcer to protect and help Shadow Wolves and others in need. He does it to atone his guilt for events that happened in his past.
After everything Megan has heard about the cruelties committed by Gabriel is very difficult to trust him and the mutual attraction they are feeling make things even more complicated not just for her but for both of them.
Both have secrets, both have suffered in the hands of others, the questions is would they be able to leave the past in the past and open themselves to a new future together?
Even though The Shadow Wolf is book four in a series I didn’t feel lost but it was clear there was some back history especially with secondary characters.
Megan is a strong heroine, she is fighting for her life and the life and future of her little cousins, she has suffered a lot for many years and has seen the injustices committed towards her race, injustices she would do anything to end. Despite what she has experienced in life there is still a spark of hope and happiness in her. I like Megan during almost all the book, but towards the end she did something she had swear never to do and then I lost my appreciation for her. At the end she did what she was supposed to do but for me she has already lost her points.
Gabriel is a torture hero and how I love those. He has his secrets, secrets that are eating him alive. He also blames himself for something very serious that happened in the past even though it was not his fault. And to complete with the perfect torture hero image he is strong and yummylicious.
Gabriel and Megan relationship was well-developed and a believable one. Although their attraction is You-Are-My-Destined-Mate kind of attraction they don’t fall immediately in each other arms and I like that. The fight against what they are feeling, but at the end our lovebirds succumbed to their passion.
The secondary characters are interesting and as I said before there is a back-story in regards to many of them, especially with Gabriel’s brothers. A character a like a lot and would like to learn more about is Tristan the Phoenix also known as The Immortal Justice. I think he was very interesting and I really would love to read his story.
The plot of the book was interesting, the world building was different, I like that there are different kind of werewolves but I really would have liked to learn more about them. We learn some but it was too superficial to really have a stronger connection with the environment. The pace was good and smooth until the last third of the book when Mrs. Vanak may have been high in caffeine and sadly rushed to end the book.
This is my first book by Bonnie Vanak and I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last. I might even pick up previous books of this series and for sure I will get my greedy hands on Tristan when (I hope) he gets his book. If you like werewolves I’m pretty sure you will like The Shadow Wolf.
My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws
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