Once Upon A Time, There Was A Wolf….
Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.
For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.
Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.
I've been looking forward to this new shifter series, by Rhys Ford ever since I found out it was upcoming. I mean, I love the worlds that Ford creates and I'm always left wanting the next book, and that certainly is the case here.
Once Upon a Wolf is a good start to this new series. I loved the world-building and the predicament Ellis was in and how he basically instigated a relationship between his brother, Gibson, and their new neighbor, Zach. It felt original.
This is a short book, however, and that makes it more difficult to strike that balance between the world-building and the relationship development. That's where Once Upon a Wolf missed the mark for me. I felt like the relationship-building took a back seat to the world building and to the secondary character, Ellis.
While I loved Gibson's tireless dedication to his brother, I felt that there was too much focus on Ellis, instead of the romance between Gibson and Zach. Plus, while it was late in the book before Gibson and Zach get physical, it still didn't really feel like a slow-burn, because I felt like I was missing so much of them falling for each other.
Still, I do want to see where this series goes, and I will definitely read the next book.
ARC of Once Upon a Wolf was generously provided by the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
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