A Stella Review: Gentleman Wolf (Capital Wolves Duet #1) by Joanna Chambers

RATING 4,5 out of 5 stars

An elegant werewolf in Edinburgh…

1788. When Lindsay Somerville, the most elegant werewolf in Paris, learns that the man who held him in abject captivity for decades is on his way to France, intent on recapturing him, he knows he must leave the Continent for his own safety. Lindsay cannot take the risk of being recaptured—he may have been free for a century but he can still feel the ghost of his old chains under his fine clothes.

… on a mission…

While he’s in Edinburgh, Lindsay has been tasked with acquiring the “Naismith Papers”, the writings of a long-dead witchfinder. It should be a straightforward mission—all Lindsay has to do is charm an elderly book collector, Hector Cruikshank. But Cruikshank may not be all he seems, and there are others who want the papers.

… meets his match

As if that were not enough, while tracking down the Naismith Papers, Lindsay meets stubborn architect Drew Nicol. Although the attraction between them is intense, Nicol seems frustratingly determined to resist Lindsay’s advances. Somehow though, Lindsay can’t seem to accept Nicol’s rejection. Is he just moonstruck, or is Nicol bonded to him in ways he doesn’t yet understand?

Note: this is the first book of a duology – the story continues and will complete in the second book, Master Wolf.

How could I have resisted when I saw this new release from Joanna Chambers? Not just an historical, but a paranormal too with werewolves. I was over the moon and I wasn’t disappointed at all. Apart from a little particular, the novel ends with a cliffhanger, which I’m not a fan, at all.  In this case, it’s a one more reason I can’t wait for the next installment in the duology.

I was gone for Lindsay from the beginning, sure the first pages weren’t easy to read but later I found myself in a beautiful world enlightened by this eccentric, loyal and lovely person Lindsay is. I followed him through his journey to Edinburgh and there I saw seeing him be so bewitched with Nicol. I learnt how much they both suffered in the past, in different ways, how much they were still linked to that past, especially Nicol, who’s still too deep in grief and guilt.

The story is full of surprises, I wasn’t waiting for the twist at the end (didn’t see it in the least), and I wasn’t expecting Nicol to be so firm in resist Lindsay and his obvious interest and so much more for the sombre human. I can’t wait to know how their relationship will develop.

When it comes to historicals, this author is a guarantee, although I hugely prefer contemporary stories, I’m always so happy to make an exception for her, the writing style is perfect, the plot and the characters so interesting, each time I end with a full heart and a stupid smile on my mouth.

The cover art by Felix d’Eon is different and cute, I like the style and the frame.



Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 216 pages

Published August 26th 2019


Edition Language English

By Scattered Thoughts

At over 50, I am ruled by my terriers, my gardens, and my projects. A knack for grubbing about in the woods, making mud pies, and tending to the injured worms, bugs, and occasional bird and turtle growing up eventually led me to working for the Parks. I was a park Naturalist for over 20 years, and observing Nature and her cycles still occupy my hours. From the arrival of Ruby-throated Hummingbirds in the Spring to the first call of the Snow Geese heading south in the Fall, I am entranced by the seasons. For more about me see my bio on my blog.

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