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Monday, October 24, 2011

Review: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen

Title: Lord of the Wolfyn
Author: Jessica Andersen
Series: Royal House of Shadows, book 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Harlequin
Source: Review copy from publisher
Format: E-book
“Once upon a time…the Blood Sorcerer vanquished the kingdom of Elden.
To save their children, the queen scattered them to safety and the king filled them with vengeance.
Only a magical timepiece connects the four royal heirs…and time is running out.… 
For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of "Little Red Riding Hood" catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man…. 
Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength.Strength he needed to rescue his royal parents. But as a man, he craved Reda's heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight it to save his woman.”
Lord of the Wolfyn is the third book in the Royal House of Shadows series. Jessica Andersen writes this installment.

Reda’s mother was a woman who believed in magic and magic creatures. She taught Reda as much as possible about her beliefs and gave Reda a very special book with a different version of the Red Riding Hood. When her mom passed away Reda fervently clung to the book and to her mother’s magic beliefs, but her father a military man couldn’t accept her behavior and took the book away from her and sent her to therapy. Many years have passed, Reda is a grown woman and a police officer now dealing with the death of her partner, a death she blames herself for freezing during an armed robbery.
Reda is on leave, going to therapy and trying to forgive herself for her actions or lack of them. One day, one of her walks takes her to an interesting bookstore where she finds the book her mother gave to her many years ago. Without a second thought Reda buys the book. She has always been curiously attracted to the woodsman in the story and at home remembering her mother’s teachings she also remembers some magic words her mother taught her. According to her mother one day she must need to use those words to fulfill her destiny. After so many years Reda doesn’t believe in magic anymore, but anyway while reading the book she repeats the magic words without any expectations, no having a clue what she was doing or what was going to happen.
Dayn is the second son of the King and Queen of Elden and a blood-drinker (something similar to a vampire). During the Elden’s castle attack by the Blood Sorcerer, the King and Queen, united, use their last strength before dying to protect their children, using their magic they sent them away from their lands and out of the reach of the Blood Sorcerer.
Dayn was sent to the Wolfyn Realm where he is supposed to wait for a guide, this guide will bring him back to the Elden Realm when the time is right for him and his brothers to battle the Blood Sorcerer and get back what was theirs. The only things he knows about this guide is that is a woman with red hair and after her arrival they will have four days to get back to Elden.
Dayn has been living for twenty years among the wolfyn hiding his true identity from them. Wolfyn are one of Elden’s biggest enemies.
One night a magical vortex open and in the middle of it a red headed woman is laying unconscious. Dayn immediately knows she is the woman he has been dreaming about and his guide. Finally the time has arrived for him to head back to Elden.
Reda awakes in a strange place but she thinks she is still sleeping and dreaming about her woodsman. Her rational mind cannot believe her mother was right and magic is real. And even more she cannot believe her woodsman is also real and wants her to guide him to another realm.
Dayn and Reda will have to work together to be able to achieve their goals, the question is would they be able to do it while being so different from each other?

I have some problems with Reda because it took a long time for her to believe what she was experiencing was real. Also her reactions about some truths about Dayn were a bit too much and sometimes she was more of a liability than an asset to Dayn. At the end she was a lot better but I wish she would have find her inner strength a bit sooner.

I liked Dayn a bit more. He is a patient man and he understands Reda. He is also dealing with his own issues and needs to learn to accept himself for what he truly is. At the same time he is helping Reda find herself.

Their relationship was one of immediate attraction but with some bumps on the road thanks to Reda. At the end they came together in a nice and believable way.

I had some issues with this book. One of those may sound silly for many of you, but for me it was almost a deal-breaker. Minutes before meeting Reda for the first time Dayn was with another woman. He’s just out of her bed and hasn’t showered or anything when he meets Reda. Dayn then spends hours with Reda and doesn’t shower, nothing, not even wet-wipes! (lol) They even kiss and touch and the only thing I could think was “please take a shower, please! Take the other’s woman sweat and smell from your body”. At the end the shower happens but for me was almost a bit too late.
Another problem or inconsistency I found with the story was the lack of mention of the timepiece, the one that the Queen gave to each of her kids and was supposed to have some importance in the story, at least that was said in previous two books.

Lord of the Wolfyn was my first book by Jessica Andersen and even though I found the dialogue a bit repetitive I can say I liked her style and I’m sure this one won’t be my last book by her.
I can’t wait to read the conclusion of this series in the next and last book, Lord of the Abyss, Nalini Singh writes this final installment.

My Verdict: 3 ½ Paws

Other books in the series
Lord of the Vampires
Lord of Rage
Lord of the Wolfyn
Lord of the Abyss

Other reviews Goodreads


  1. Great honest review! So glad you did actually say the shower thing! lol I was wondering if you'd have put it in or not! I totally agree with everything you said!

  2. Ally, The shower thing almost traumatized me, I had to put it in my review. :)

  3. Lol! I love the
    I know exactly how you feel..still laughing...
    Great review, I think I'm going to skip this one, I was sooo disappointed with "Lords of the Vampires" that I didn't bother with the second book, but I'm hearing great things about "Lord of the abyss", so I guess I jump back in the series when it comes out.

  4. Yeah - The whole being with another woman than with the heroine would have bothered me too! Wet wipes..hahaha.

    I'm skipping this book.

  5. Lupdilup, This one and second book were a lot better than Lord of the Vampires, that one I DNF-ed. I'm planing to read Lord of the Abyss soon. :)

    Mandy, I don't like when hero jumps from one bed to another especially if one of those beds is the heroine's bed. And I like it even less when it is almost immediately... without showers.


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