Friday, October 6, 2017

ARC Review: The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote

The Half Wolf
Mate, family, pack, home… can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight—and scent—of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates? 

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

Todd's rating:

When I heard that Jay was writing a shifter story, his first, I knew that I'd have to give it a go and I wasn't disappointed, as this plot took us into a world where the existence of shifters was known and they were fairly-easily identifiable.

I absolutely loved both Quinn and Kellan, both of whom felt a bit trapped between the lives they'd been given and the community at large. Quinn because he was outed as being gay and Kellan because he's a shifter in a world not overly fond of his kind.

They were both great characters and all-around nice guys, so seeing their awkward flirtations lead to something more was fun to watch.

Much of the plot I actually predicted fairly early on, but that didn't really bother me, as I got what I was expecting, instead of being deserted in the middle of What-The-Fuck Forest, so I was pretty happy with the story overall.

The one aspect of the story that I wouldn't have minded being a bit more complex was the situation with "The Big Bad," who came across as pretty coincidental and entirely unrelated to the main plot. I would have preferred for that character to have had *some* type of past tie / a grudge / whatever against Kellan's pack (or the town in general) vs. the feeling of that plot line being quite so random.

As with most of Jay's stories, the book had a decent bit of quality steam, but this one didn't sizzle quite as hot as some of his stories that I've read; although I was a fan of seeing the MC's both give and take.

I also enjoyed seeing the town's bullies actually coming around and admitting that they had been in the wrong.

This was a pretty darn good first foray into shifter territory for Jay, so I wouldn't mind seeing others in the future and I'd rate this one at around 3.75 stars.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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