My rating: 4 of 5 stars
GENRE: Paranormal romance
AUTHORS BLOG: Stephanie Nelsons' Site
REVIEW:I was looking for a new author and missing some great werewolf paranormal romance, luckily I stumbled upon Stephanie Nelson and so glad I did. The first book in the Anna Avery’s series digs deep in how a pack functions, as well as follows a newly turned wolf who has to deal with being a female in a pack who has a low number of them. There is some mystery; lots of tension, great secondary characters, and of course some smoking hot romance that will have the reader needing a fan.
Taming the Wolf follows Anna, who was a victim of a “random” wolf attack, of course not being a normal wolf. She has now transitioned her life into the pack, being at the bottom she must earn her keep by doing the pack chores. But when she starts getting visions of local towns people being murdered and discovering their bodies have been found, she is put in a tough position in her pack. Is she the murder? Luckily she has the support of her friends, one whom she is possibly going to be mated too, as well as the Alpha whom is making it hard for her to say no too.
Anna is a tough girl, who is treated by some in her pack like she is weak. But they are very wrong, not only can she look at her alpha without the feeling she need to look away, but she puts the boys in their place when they try to earn her as a mate. I haven’t read a werewolf story that focused so much on how the packs function before; it was actually refreshing to see that. The rules for female are a little one sided and more for the men, but they still took care of each other. Anna has some great chemistry with another pack member Sawyer whom her alpha chooses as a good match. But nothing can top the connection between Anna and her Alpha Adam. In the end Anna has to not only choose where her heart wants to follow but what her dreams mean about the murders. Are they really dreams or is her wolf controlling her? My only issue with Anna is that she gave up too easily when the evidence was pointing to her, I wished she would of tried to defend herself a bit more.
Adam is one heck of a frustrating and hot alpha; he has a soft spot for Anna. Though he always seems to be annoyed with how much she doesn’t follow the rules, he just can’t help but be attracted to her. The only problem is that he was chosen by his father to mate with another female for an alliance. His mate Eve is one mean and spiteful woman, who treats Anna harshly. Adam and Eve have no spark and no love but they rule their pack with respect and protect them all. It was interesting to see Adam pursue Anna, when it is against his pack rules but his wolf and heart knew what they wanted.
Overall there is a mystery going on, the murders are putting Anna in the spotlight of the leaders, now she has to find out if she guilty. I felt bad for her because she just doesn’t know what’s happening and she has to deal with the frustrating men in her life along with it. Lets just say everything connects to Anna and how she was turned in the beginning. Murder, revenge, lots of suspense, and adding in some romance, makes for one great paranormal romance.
RECOMMENDATION:This is an adult novel with lots of sexual content that is for mature readers. If you’re a fan of Patricia Briggs Mercy Thompson series or Larissa Iones’ Demonica series, you will love Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson
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