Wolfe by Skyla Dawn Cameron
Publisher: Mundania Press
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Eglantine
River, former alpha female of a wolf pack, has been human for nearly four years and is at last comfortable with her life. She has a new pack—consisting of humans, a couple of fellow werewolves, and a weredeer—and a mate she loves more than anything. She's dealt with a year of high school, made more than her fair share of enemies, and has at last accepted that she'll never again turn back into a wolf.
Her world and newfound peace is shattered, however, when a woman shows up claiming River is her long-lost niece. With no proof to the contrary—as no one believed her werewolf story anyway—River is forced to go with the stranger, far from her family.
Once again ripped from the life she knows and those she loves, River struggles not only with the separation from her pack, but with the questions that arise. How will she get home? Who is responsible for this case of mistaken identity? And, most importantly, what could they possibly gain from it all?
One thing is certain beyond any doubt: Wolfe is a stunningly good book. Skyla Dawn Cameron absolutely climbs into the skin of River, the female protagonist and also the point of view character. She tells a story that takes the normal werewolf concept – that a were bites a human and this person then changes into an animal at certain times – and turns it on its head. In Wolfe, it’s humans with the were gene that turn animals when they bite them. These turned beings are scared, confused, and more often than not unhappy to be in their strange new bodies. They’re sometimes aggressive, certainly anti-social from a human point of view, and no doubt saddled with heaps of problems because of their mere existence.
What I was less certain of as I read, was whether Wolfe can be described as a romance. The story focuses primarily on River. She is not by any stretch of the imagination your average heroine, and though the plot revolves around her struggle to rejoin the were she had chosen as lifelong mate, her animal-like personality and pragmatic approach to life precludes the standard sex-obsessed main characters that tend to populate the hotter romances. Daryl, her chosen mate, is removed from River for the biggest part of the book.
However, I would implore all fans of romance to buy this book and read it, because while it is not your average romance novel, it is a story about love. Not just the happily-ever-after fairy tale kind, the real kind, the sort of love that takes two people and cements them together in relationships that are like lighthouses on rocky shores.
In a world where too often ‘romance’ is synonymous with ‘superficial’, Wolfe is a tale that runs deeper. It was only once I’d put the book down that I realised through the absorbing entertainment, frequent laughs, and thought-provoking emotional pieces, Skyla Dawn Cameron had gently led me as reader through a thorough study of a raw, real, committed love. I’d have given it seven books if I could.