This is not my first story by Terry Spear, but it’s my first novel. The other was a novella which I thoroughly enjoyed. What sold me with this was the premise of a paranormal in the sea of contemporary romances that I’ve read. It was too tempting to pass up. I didn’t enjoy this as much. This is book 19 in a series. Book 19 is no place to start in a series even if it could be read as a stand alone. But that’s not even what made this a meh for me – it was the slow pacing and the minimum dialogue in the first half.
Eric Silver is a park ranger and Wolf shifter. While working at his job, he came across two different scents: cannabis and an unfamiliar wolf/human scent. Pepper Grayling is a wolf shifter and forester working in the same park as Eric. Pepper is part of the Wolfpack that is new to the area and it’s surprising to both that these two wolf packs have not run across each other as yet.
During a chase to follow a scent and help a fellow wolf, Eric comes across Pepper and her pack. Eric is immediately smitten by the goddess in the water. Pepper is the alpha in her wolf pack. I’ll admit to my unabashed sexism right now – I’m not a fan of the alpha she wolf. There’s something about that doesn’t ring my bell. Plus, I’m not sure how a testosterone driven alpha male would take kindly to having a female alpha. I knot this is PNR, but my PNR still has to follow some kind of universal rule that makes sense to me.
Between Pepper and Eric, I was not really feeling this story. The first half is terribly slow paced and for me, that made this a hard read. Pepper’s a widow whose dead mate, Harold, was lackadaisical in his response to her and in his co-leadership of the pack. Pepper’s hoping that her next mate, if she so chooses one, is not going to be the same as Harold. At the same time, she’s worried that Eric is going to try to take over her pack if they decide to mate.
Eric, who lost a his mate years ago, isn’t really concerned about taking another mate. He’s more concerned about what’s going on in his forest. The romance between Pepper and him went from 0 – 60 in about 3.2 seconds. I didn’t feel the way the fell for each other. Their time together was spent more in the company of others than by themselves, unless I count their rescues of the dumb ignorant park visitors. I can’t say that there was a lot ton of action either – the reader learns of things after they’ve already happened, so the adrenaline pumping actions scenes are just not there.
The only thing that saved this for me was the 2nd half that moved, because there was more dialogue and the HEA.
Happy Reading Folks!
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Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply
by Terry Spear
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca