Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Sheriff Milo Clarke has met his mate, Eli Watkins, and now they’re conducting a long distance relationship while Eli runs the Cavalry, the security firm protecting Joe and Cal at the Sapphire Ranch from the hunters.
The long distance loving is hard on all three of them, Eli, Clarke and Clarke’s wolf, who is becoming more restless as Clarke refuses to shift. When Clarke going to give into the other side of him and how will Clarke and Eli resolve the distance between their lives?
The Hidden Wolf picks up shortly after the events in The Last Wolf. Cal is in hiding with his mate Joe at Joe’s Sapphire Ranch. Sheriff Milo is working with his mate, Eli and The Cavalry, the security firm hired to protect what’s left of Cal’s pack and take down the hunters. Milo, half shifter, half human, is deeply divided as to how to handle his current situation as a closeted gay man and secret wolf shifter and his needs and that of his mate, Eli. The push to be together, openly is hindered by the pressing need to hide Milo’s status as a shifter to keep him safe from the hunters as well. Lots and lots of things going on or getting ready to happen. And that’s part of the issue I have with The Hidden Wolf. The potential for action and intrigue is present but the focus on the overall plot is sidelined by a side story, however poignant, and the fact that mostly nothing happens except repetitive arguments that go like this….Joe, Eli says “I want you (Cal, Milo) to go into hiding, I want you safe”. (Cal,Milo) ” My place is here with my (mate, job, responsibilities). I can’t go.” Then go back to the first sentence and repeat ad infinitum.
There is an unexplained incident, very mysterious, but nothing really comes of that either, although I believe the author is saving that for the next story. All in all, very little is added to that interesting wolf shifter universe the author started in the first book and very little shifts in the couple dynamics or character development. Yes, there is some hot sex, a micro inch forward towards coming out for Milo. But the expected explosions and denouements are completely absent. One scene with Milo’s boss that might have been compelling and add more suspense to the story disappears and that ending comes up so abruptly that I thought I had an incomplete copy. Its as though someone was speaking directly to you and then quit mid sentence. You are left dumbfounded and wondering what happened and why?
I normally don’t mind any more when a story that is part of a series or trilogy involves a cliffhanger. But I do expect a logical framework and at least a few minor plots to be pulled together tightly. I felt both were missing here. Why the 3 stars? Because I still think all the characters show so much promise and charm as does the wolf shifter history that has only been sketched in. That I enjoyed immensely.
What I need now is that next story…to see if its the glue to bring the first and second book together in a cohesive whole. I will let you know what I find.
Cover art by Meredith Russell works perfectly for the men and story inside. Great job.
Published May 22nd 2015 by Love Lane Books Limited
seriesSapphire Ranch Wolves #2
The Sapphire Ranch Wolves Series to Date:
- The Last Wolf (Sapphire Ranch Wolves, #1)
- The Hidden Wolf (Sapphire Ranch Wolves, #2)