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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Run, Wolf by Keith Melton

Run, Wolf by Keith Melton
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short (64 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

One choice means heartbreak. The other, death.

Nightfall Wolf Clans, Book 1

Leah Kendrick is guilty of only one crime: loving her human mate, Tom, enough to give him the gift of The Bite. The Pack council is merciless, and the punishment swift. In an instant everything she’s ever known is ripped away, and they’re turned out into the long winter with nothing. No money, no car, and no protection from a variety of creatures who’d like nothing more than to take down a lone wolf.

Friendless and broke, they form a daring plan to take back what’s theirs and chase safety north. But the Pack has other ideas. And with time running out it’s about to call their bluff…

Run, Wolf has several elements I love. It’s written in first person. It’s got a rich and wonderfully developed environment and setting. And it has a promising premise. A fledgling werewolf has changed her lover because she loves him and recognizes him as her mate, even as it goes against pack law. As a punishment, she is ousted from the pack and loses the Bond forged between them. One night is all the safety she and her mate are allowed, but what will they chose to do? And where will they go? She’s signed over all of her belongings and money to the pack and her lover’s financial status is no better. Leaving them to face a harsh winter alone.

The writing is tight, the werewolves are both sexy and terrifying, and the pace is brisk. You’ll read this in one sitting and you’ll enjoy every minute of it. But while I loved the concept, I couldn’t understand why the heroine, Leah, would risk her mate for a bit of petty cash and a chance to smite the pack that shunned her. I understood that she was angry, but I couldn’t wrap my head around it. Aside from that, I enjoyed the story very much. The voice is strong, the critters are captivating, and the protagonist is memorable.

If you love werewolves with bite, you’ll love Run, Wolf.