Series: The Wolves of Hemlock Hollow #1
Published by Entangled Source: Netgalley
Genres: Paranormal, Revenge, Romance, Shifters, Small Town Romance, Suspense
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One night was all it took to change everything. One moment of weakness, and now I’m becoming. Werewolves were supposed to be things only seen in movies, not things that exist in real life. Instead of med school and homework, my life is filled with a laundry list of things that were once impossibilities. Groups fighting over whom I belong to. The possibility of dying if I don’t learn everything before the next full moon. Figuring out how to survive in a world I never knew existed. But the biggest danger? Ty: history professor, super sexy Viking werewolf, and the man who’s been assigned by the Council to teach me how to survive becoming a werewolf.
Once upon a time, I pretty much exclusively read urban fantasy and paranormal romance, it was the genre that got me back into my love of reading. I still dabble from time to time, but mostly I read a lot of romance these days. But I have always had a soft spot in my heart but UF and PNR, especially when it comes to werewolves, or really any kind of shifter book. This book was an easy pick up for me, because not only was it a shifter book, but it was already really rooted in Norse mythology, which has recently become a bit of a fascination for me.
Once of the things that tends to make UF and PNR not always work for me is world building. Let’s face it explaining the rules to how a society works and all the history that goes along with that can be confusing to a reader if not done well, or worse can come off as super boring. Heather didn’t hesitate to jump right in with this book, we have Sonya getting bitten within the first couple of pages of the book, and it was definitely not a good experience for her. I liked how we jump right in, and how we really got the opportunity to learn about the world at the same time as Sonya did, her questions were my questions, and just in general I felt like the world was explained really well. I will say that at the beginning I was not really on board with some of Sonya’s reactions to things. I mean she gets by this guy, who is like big time creeper dude, she’s angry and rightfully kind of violent about it, but when she gets a note from him telling her to meet him in Montana, she gets in the car and goes after him. Totally not something I, or any sane person, would do.
Ty is our hero, and an already established werwolf, and honestly in the beginning her comes across as kind of larger than life and a little bit like a zen master, and then you find out he’s only 30. He’s definitely a good guy, super hot, good with Sonya, and an excellent teacher. More than that though you find out as the story goes on that he has a long history with the area and with the packs in the area that is not exactly a good history, so him being a lone wolf, and by proxy a neutral party, make a lot of sense.
I think the thing I enjoyed the most about this book was that it was pretty well balanced, you learned the history of these wolves, the pack politics, and about Ty at a slow and steady pace, but it never got boring because just when you thought there would be a lull in the book, the sexual tension would amp up or other werewolves would show up and danger/suspense was there. I liked the book, I liked the writing style, I liked the mythology. I am definitely looking forward to seeing where this series goes especially now that all the ground work has been done.