Expected Release Date: June 3, 2012 (Reissue)
Publisher: Moira Rogers
Author’s Website: moirarogers.com
My Source for This Book: Amazon.com
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Down & Dirty Series
Series Best Read In Order: N/A
Steam Level: Hot
Pet Peeves: Too much setup for future books
Favorite Tropes: Unrequited Love, Old West Style Apocalypse
As Alpha of the Lonely River Pack, Jack Owens is responsible for keeping the peace between what’s left of the human population and the wolves who have taken over since the War. All wolves are his responsibility–even the ones like Virginia Howard, who don’t recognize his authority.
Ginny’s been a thorn in Jack’s side since she took over her parents’ operation and established herself as one of the area’s premiere ranchers. The fact that she’s everything he wants in a mate makes it hard to stay away from her…but any good hunter knows how to bide his time.
Ginny fights hard to maintain her independence from men, human and werewolf alike. The humans may not like having a woman as their chief competition, but they’re not the ones determined to see her submit. When a group of angry wolves try to run her out of business, she’s forced to accept Jack’s assistance. But in saving her ranch, Ginny runs the risk of losing something far greater–her heart.
What Worked For Me:
- I really loved the interpretation on a post-apocalyptic world. With life having shifted back to a more “wild west” feel, I enjoyed the blend of both historical and futuristic elements. Plus, the idea of shapeshifters being openly accepted has always been a favorite of mine.
- I really enjoyed the chemistry between Ginny and Jack. Being an erotic paranormal romance, there is of course a strong focus on the sexual aspect of their relationship, but I never felt as if they were simply in lust with each other.
- Unrequited love in romance has always been a favorite of mine, so I really enjoyed both Jack’s character, and the subplot setup for the next book in the series.
- I loved that Ginny wasn’t a helpless damsel in distress. She was a bit out of her league with the trouble with the local pack, sure, but she was a strong character, and I appreciated that.
- Even though there was a lot of sensual content, the romance itself was quite satisfying as well. Despite the low word-count, the Happily Ever After felt quite believable.
What Didn’t Work For Me:
- I was a little disappointed that there wasn’t more setup and information given on what could have been a truly incredible post-apocalyptic world.
- I was also a little annoyed that so much time was spent on the obvious setup for the next book.
Free on Kindle from Amazon.com, this hot little novella is full of both steam and romance, with a wonderful introduction to what could potentially be a very interesting post-apocalyptic world. I loved both Ginny and Jack, and the recurring theme of unrequited love was quite delicious as well.
While I was a little disappointed that so much time was spent on the setup for the next book in the series, I still greatly enjoyed Jack and Ginny’s romance and chemistry.
A lovely way to pass an evening, this novella is recommended for fans of old western values, alpha heroes, and feisty heroines, all liberally smothered with heat.