Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Rhys Gunner has been away from his werewolf pack for some time. Having recently returned from the military, he is given the task from his alpha Max to find new hunting ground for their expanding pack of misfit shifters. With new pups and mates along with outcasts from other groups joining, they need to expand their territory. He stops at Sheppard farm, run but a family of sheep shifters. If nothing else, Rhys can satisfy his sweet tooth at the bakery the Sheppard family runs. The patriarch of the Sheppard family comes in to talk to his wife who is working the bakery. Rhys smells the scent of his mate not coming from Louis but from a handkerchief that he is carrying. Louis tells Rhys that it belongs to his son. Rhys takes off in search of his mate. He finds him in bed—with a woman.
Heath’s introduction to his mate could not have gone worse. In storms this giant of a man while he is fooling around with his girlfriend. Not happy with the interruption, Heath is further dismayed when he figures out his mate is not only male but a wolf shifter. How are a ram and wolf supposed to be mates? And to make matters worse, his girlfriend is getting a crash course of shifters and mating. Heath initially rejects Rhys’s advances but Rhys is determined to win over his “little lamb.” Things become even more complicated when Max demands that Rhys tell the Sheppards that their farm is now part of the werewolf pack lands due to an ancient werewolf law dealing with the property of their mates. While Rhys does not want to go against his alpha, he also doesn’t want to push Heath away just as he is starting to win him over. Rhys decides it may come down to his mate or his pack.
While I have enjoyed Susan Laine’s books in the past, I did not enjoy this one quite as much as her other books that I have read. I think the major problem I had with the book was all the puns using the wolf and sheep motif that are probably used to bring some humor to the book. While using them in moderation is fine, it seemed to me that I was hit over the head with them. Another point that bothered me was the Scooby Doo like ending where the wise old owl mediator solves the problem with Max’s recent behavior. On a side note, this is the third book in the Pariah Pack series but the first one I have read. So the point of Max’s behavior not being normal was sort of lost on me. Having someone say a secondary character in a book is acting strangely is one thing but having read the backstory in a previous book would have helped me connect why Max’s behavior was inconsistent with his past actions. While I have a couple of misgivings about this book, I would be willing to read others in the series.
The cover art by Harris Channing is a decent cover for the book. It has out two protagonists on the top half of the cover while a lone wolf is amongst a sheep herd on the bottom half.
EBook, 110 pages
Edition Language: English
Published: March 24, 2016 by Siren Publishing
Series: Pariah Pack