Review: Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson

This is a quick read. Nelson did a good job of creating a werewolf story with a strong plot idea and interesting characters, but I kept thinking something was missing. Maybe a bit of back story, definitely more depth of character, especially with Adam. Some of the secondary characters were one-dimensional as well.

I’m not a big fan of the torn-between-two-lovers scenario (or in this case three, since Adam is also involved in another relationship.) I also didn’t like ,or buy,  pitting one pack member against another for love, or the voyeurism displayed, but that may just be a matter of personal taste. I felt there should be more pack loyalty here, despite any pushing or prodding. Especially having it go as far as it did. The overwhelming sex drive of a werewolf is not reason enough for these actions. In my opinion, the story would have been stronger if the mate bond got in the way of these natural tendencies of the species – confounding the two leads even more. I almost found Sawyer, Anna’s alternate option of a love interest, a better fit.

Having said all that, Nelson does a good job with the mechanics of the story. She was successful at building suspense and sexual tension. She set the pace at non-stop and kept me turning the pages. Some of the scenarios didn’t work out the way I wanted or expected them to, but she kept me reading and that says a LOT, given what I shared in the first half of this review. Nelson is a talented writer. Am I a fan of this series or world? Not yet, but I might be if future books address some of my issues. However, I’ve read (and loved!) the first two books in Nelson’s Gwen Sparks Series Craved and Deceived. I am a big fan of that series and will be back for more!

I gave this book 3.5 Readings.

Taming the Wolf

Attacked by a wolf while hiking in the mountains, Anna Avery’s life just got a little hairier. Living in the Big Horn mountains in Wyoming, with a group of werewolves who are more animal than human, Anna must try to hold onto her human side.

It’s not easy when the alpha continues to persuade her into his bed, while another wolf is chomping at the bit to become her mate. To top it all off, dead bodies are showing up and it just so happens that Anna was the last to see them alive. She’ll have to work to prove her innocence and taming the wolf who bites first and asks questions never.

This book is not intended for readers under 18.

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2 Responses to Review: Taming the Wolf by Stephanie Nelson

  1. Julianne says:

    Thanks for sharing your review of Taming The Wolf. I haven’t read any of Stephanie’s books, but I would like to start with this series, it looks wonderful.
    luvfuzzzeeefaces at yahoo dot com

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