Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
In a world that is still getting used to shifters, where everyone thinks omegas are second class citizens, nature photographer and omega Braden Payne lets everyone think he’s a beta. That way no one gives him a hard time and he doesn’t have to live a repeat of his failed relationship. But when his car breaks down in the remote Blackwood forest in Western Australia, without the medication that lets him hide who he is, he’s faced with what he fears most: an unmated alpha.
Government forest guardian and alpha Coll MacDubhar is tired of illegal loggers, foolish tourists and people who underestimate the wilds of Western Australia. He discovers Braden lost and in need of medical assistance in the forest he protects and knows something’s not right.
But there’s hidden depths to Braden that capture his interest, and no decent alpha would walk away when Braden’s unwelcome past comes to visit
It’s not often that I get to enjoy a story that throws a different light on wolf shifter culture and the aspect of mating but Blackwood (Perth Shifters #1) by Pia Foxhall offered me that and much more. Pia Foxhall is a new author for me but this story guarantees that I’m seeking out not only the others that she releases in this series but anything else written by her as well.
Foxhall did several things extraordinarily well here. She’s familiar with her setting(s) and is deeply appreciative the natural environment, its complexities, the moral decisions being made that emotional and economically divide people/beings out there, and the incredible beauty to be found in its harshness. Through her characters she is able to pull her readers into that forested land, those men and women’s lives and make us feel their tie to the land as well. It will affect you deeply.
That’s an abiding thread throughout this story.
Foxhall has also created a backhistory that I really wanted to know more of for the wolf shifters. Their lineage, , the Sleeping,the great Reawaking when the majority of the shifters got together and revealed themselves to the humans, the ramifications that continue to the present day in this story. I am hoping that further novels enlarge on this past shifter history.
Then the author folds Braden’s past trauma, how it was handled by the police, hospital, and government neatly into an side thread on current treatment of the omegas ,Alpha misuse, human misunderstandings of the wolf physiology. wolf culture, and the lack of real reinforcement of the laws. This is such an important, believable, and downright authentic part of the story that could have overwhelmed the romance, yet never does.
And finally there is the romance that starts off so badly. It’s a rescue that becomes a slow burn by necessity and respect. I loved how it evolved and still is moving forward at the end of the story. They still have some of the path to tread to HEA which is exactly how the author should have ended this story. Rushing things would have been all wrong given the past events in Braden’s life and all the ones that happen during this story that were quite scary. Coll MacDubhar is the perfect partner for Braden and a easy character to love. You will fall in love with this couple so quickly. Also with their friends that surround and support them. I can’ wait for more in this series.
I love being surprised! New elements and new aspects always do that to me and this author gave me plenty to mull over in Blackwood (Perth Shifters #1) by Pia Foxhall. Now to wait and see what the next installment brings! If you love shifters as much as I do, grab this one up and check out Pia Foxhall wolf shifters! I absolutely recommend it.
Cover by Tiferet Designs.. I sort of think this is a miss. So many story elements to choose from and none are represented here.
Sales Links: Amazon
Edition, 1st edition, 267 pages
Expected publication: November 23rd 2018 by Pia Foxhall
Edition Language English
Series Perth Shifters #1