An Ali Release Day Review: Off the Beaten Path by Cari Z

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Rating:  4 out of 5 stars
When Ward Johannsen’s little girl Ava shifted into a werewolf, she was taken into custody by the feds and shipped off to the nearest pack, all ties between father and daughter severed. Ward burned every bridge he had discovering her location, and then almost froze to death in the Colorado mountains tracking her new pack down. And that’s just the beginning of his struggle.

Henry Dormer is an alpha werewolf and an elite black ops soldier who failed his last mission. He returns home, hoping for some time to recuperate and help settle the pack’s newest member, a little pup named Ava who can’t shift back to her human form. Instead he meets Ward, who refuses to leave his daughter without a fight. The two men are as different as night and day, but their respect for each other strikes a spark of mutual interest that quickly grows into a flame. They might find something special together—love, passion, and even a family—if they can survive trigger-happy pack guardians, violent werewolf politics, and meddling government agencies that are just as likely to get their alpha soldiers killed as bring them home safely.
This was a unique take on the shifter world and I was engrossed in this story from beginning to end.  I read a lot of shifter books and I am always looking for something that I haven’t seen before and this book really fit the bill.  The world building was top notch and I felt the author did a very good job drawing the reader in to this hard scrabble world these werewolves live in.
In addition to the detailed and interesting world building. the author did a very complete job developing the characters.  I felt sorry for Ward right off and could understand his desperation to get to his daughter.  Henry was also well done and the two men were a great match for each other.  Their chemistry jumped off the pages and I was rooting for them the entire time.  There are a host of side characters and I also found them to be well done and their presence added to this plot.
If you’re looking for something creative and well written I would definitely recommend this story.  I’m not sure if this will be an ongoing series but I hope it is.  I would love to read more about these shifters.
This cover was done by Brooke Albrecht and I love it.  It fits the story perfectly and I think it’s visually gorgeous.
Sales Links:  Dreamspinner Press | Amazon
Book Details:
ebook, 200 pages
Expected publication: September 18th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN13 9781635338980
Edition Language English

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