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Winter Wolf : A Werewolf Romance On Snow (Axton and Leander Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

S.P. Wayne
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Imagine having almost everything you want: a place of your own, mountains to climb, woods to roam--and above all, privacy. It's Axton's definition of paradise, because a werewolf needs his space and his secrets. He's the resident recluse of a sleepy, far flung town hours away from his cabin in the woods, but there's more than one hidden truth in Axton's life. The lycanthropy's enough to make a hermit out of him, but it's the fact that Axton's gay and closeted that keeps him shy. Friendship--let alone romance--isn't an option. Without a pack for support, Axton has to protect his secrets himself. And that means being careful.

All's well in the shapeshifter's life until the day a well meaning human decides to vacation in the cabin next door. At first Axton wants nothing to do with his new neighbor, but Leander Avilez is a dream: young, strapping, manly. As if it's not enough that Leander's gorgeous, he's also charming. Axton finds himself falling hard. But visions of sweet romance aren't in the realistic picture: Leander's thoroughly human. Axton's terrified of intimacy with someone who doesn't know his secret, because his change isn't forced by the full moon. Whenever Axton's hurt or surprised or on edge, he goes wolf--and he can't stop it. How is he supposed to keep his lycanthropy a secret from his new neighbor? And how is he going to hide his growing and undeniable attraction?

And why does Leander have to be straight, with a long list of ex girlfriends?

When Leander goes back to his life in Los Angeles, Axton can breathe a sigh of relief. There's moose to hunt and chores to do, and Axton doesn't have the time for a whirlwind werewolf romance, no matter how compelling the fiction of his erotic daydreams might be. But just when Axton's settled back into the werewolf bachelor groove, Leander comes back for another vacation--and then another, and another. They grow closer in time, but as drunken confessional conversations show, Leander's still straight and, oh, yeah, still totally human. Leander is two types of forbidden temptation at once, and Axton doesn't know how long he can stand it. What's a gay werewolf to do?

After Leander stumbles across what looks like a big bad wolf in the woods one day, he's understandingly a little panicked. Axton feels fifty shades of irrationally rejected by Leander's fear, and it's what finally makes him kiss his gay bromance-turned-romance dreams goodbye.

The stakes are upped when Leander visits during a brutal winter, just before the blizzard of the decade hits. The cabins aren't winter proofed, because Axton spends all winter comfortably in his werewolf skin. For a human, the cabins are uncomfortable at best, and skittering towards dangerous as the storm worsens. It's Leander who decides they need to share a cabin and tough out the storm together--and if it was hard to keep his lycanthropy a secret before, Axton's got no idea how to keep Leander from waking up to a face full of fur and teeth now, with temperatures plummeting and emotions running high. But it's when skies clear and a hike goes wrong that things really go deadly.

Alone in the snow and hurt, how long can Leander survive? Will Axton find him in time? And when face to face with a wolf, will Leander be struck silent with wonder, or will he fight for his life?

Treat yourself to this exciting new book!

Blending romance and humor into a struggle for survival, Winter Wolf is a sweet, hot story that's sure to please. Curl up with Axton and Leander this winter and let this shapeshifter romance take you away.

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Product Details

  • File Size: 324 KB
  • Print Length: 177 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stupid Bear Press; 3 edition (December 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AS0EU5I
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,793 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and amazing January 9, 2013
By M.B.
Format:Kindle Edition
This story is just beautiful - unforgettable characters, a sweet, slow burn of a romance, an amazing sense of place - you'll feel as if you're in the snow covered woods with them, the setting is so beautifully described - a sly, snarky sense of humour - oh yes, and werewolves, too.

The two main characters - Leander and Axton - are beautifully realistic and well-drawn, so different from the dull ciphers seen in so many romances. Axton is the skittish, shy, loner gay werewolf who's been alone so long he keeps forgetting about how human things like, say, pants and opposable thumbs work again. His lonely routine is alarmingly interrupted by the gorgeous but all too human Leander - an out-of-reach temptation and distraction Axton thinks he could well do without.

I love the slow build of this story, as their friendship grows and summer follows summer and the two grow closer, with Axton's aching, hopeless yearning for Leander slowly taking over his life, as he hesitantly opens up to the possibility of trusting someone enough to let them into his life again - being a werewolf, and gay, has taught him a hell of a lot about rejection and prejudice, and his pining as he fears losing Leander if he discovers the truth is heartbreakingly and realistically drawn. I love Leander going from simple friendliness and then fascination with the strange guy next door, to the deep bond that eventually forms, almost despite himself.

I love the paranormal elements of this story as well - life as a werewolf, with Axton's deep bond with nature, is wonderfully, gloriously portrayed, as is the fascinating differences in life and reactions in both his wolf and human form.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good start February 1, 2013
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This was a unique werewolf romance for the genre. There was no instalove and it was more. Happy for now (hfn). Axton was cute and dog like an Leander was the hot jock type. They worked well together an their friendship an romance was believable.

This gets only 4 stars because it needed to be much longer. Also the world was kept simple on purpose (the vast majority takes place in a forest) by It made it feel simple at times. Still, axton managed to be submissive an vulnerable without falling into stereotypes of the genre and in a way that felt fresh an adorable. I would read. Sequel and more books by this author.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet and lovely January 25, 2013
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Ugh. Shifter stories. Knuckle dragging alphas and creepy omegas, yech.

This book is nothing like that. Instead, this sweet story is about Axton, an isolated young werewolf who lives in self-imposed lonely exile. His remote mountain cabin suits him just fine, but is solitude is threatened by the arrival of Leander, a vacationing lawyer. Leander is friendly, confident, and assertive, while Axton is shy and uncomfortable with others. Eventually they form a friendship. Leander is unaware of Axton's hopeless love, and Axton has too many secrets to open up. After being snowbound, avalanched, injured and endangered, will these two ever get together. This was a lovely romance, with a very slow, but sweet build up. And a very satisfying HFN ending. Both main characters are flawed, but charming and irresistible. Great story!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly amazing story November 14, 2013
By Nikyta
Format:Kindle Edition
Having just finished this, I'm not really sure what to say. I loved the story. Axton is so melancholy and grumpy. He's not exactly the friendliest person but he's so... real that I just wanted to squeeze him and never let go. Throughout the story, you see what Axton goes through. His repetitive life and how Leander disrupts that, how Axton is trying to cope with Leander always around and the feelings Axton can't seem to get rid of for his gorgeous neighbor.

Leander is, quite honestly, a douche bag. He's nice and charming but can be manipulative and mean if he finds amusement in it. He grew on me, even though there were times I didn't like him, and he brought out something in Axton that made Axton want to show his belly. It's cute and sweet and... well, I'm not sure what else to say.

I adored the two together. I just cannot express how much I loved experiencing the two form a friendship. It's a slow-burn type of book but it's only one sided. They flirt occasionally and they banter a lot but their time together is precious and their time apart is heartbreaking. There are funny moments and sad moments, happy moments and heart-stopping moments. It's an adventure if you really let yourself sink into the story and ignore its flaws.

I adored this book, especially Axton, but it still has it's problems. It could have used a lot more editing. There were typos and mistakes throughout the book but mainly there were brief paragraphs interspersed through the book from Leander's POV even though the rest is from Axton's POV. The head hopping is disorienting at first but I got used to it eventually. Beyond that, I'm left with a lot of questions by the end of the book. Where will Axton and Leander go now? Are they in a relationship? Is it a long-distance relationship?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bitter sweet and really good May 6, 2013
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I'm just going to go ahead and get the biggest criticism out of the way first so that I can spend the rest of this review raving about the book. Winter Wolf needs an editor fairly badly. There are missing and misused words, and though less frequent, grammar mistakes and typos too. Plus, POVs shift at a dizzying pace with little to no warning, so it can sometimes be a little hard to keep up. I have definitely seen worse and it's not really too hard to figure out what the author actually means, so the text is still readable. But there are too many examples to not point out it in any complete review.

If it's bad enough to warrant a mention I often would consider dropping a star for poor editing, but not this time. The story and writing (editing aside) are just too wonderful for anything but 5 stars. Wayne's style is surprisingly evocative. I actually felt Axton's skittishness. I ground my teeth for his self denials and my heart ached for his 'mourning' periods. He felt incredibly fragile. I didn't connect as fully with Leander, but the story is told largely from Axton's POV. There are no other characters.

Axton was also simply a great character. He was noble, honourable, and utterly vulnerable without being wimpy in any way. I loved watching him flounder and then find his proverbial feet. It was nice to see him turn the werewolf genre on it's hierarchical head. Axton was definitely a beta, or maybe even omega type wolf. There was nothing alpha about him and I don't remember the last werewolf book I read that wasn't about an alpha wolf.

This is a really bittersweet story, with a writing style that perfectly matches the characters it describes. I highly recommend it. There seems to be a sequel on the way and I'm a little torn about how to feel about that. So often I've continued a series and felt it would have been kinder to the characters to stop at the first one, but I'd also simply love to see more of Ax and Lee. No doubt I'll read it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise
I read this intermittently over two days. I`m not a werewolf, or even dog kinda guy -- but this was well written with good characterisation. It wasn't` just genre stuff. Read more
Published 1 month ago by NewMexitude
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story
This is the best supernatural romances I've ever read, it dose away with the horrible clichés that most werewolf novels have. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ricardo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Four and a half stars rounded up because this was free when I downloaded it. Great m/m werewolf read! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mandi
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL
I hate giving foofy, happy reviews but that is what this book did to me. It made me happy. The writing was wonderful the interactions between characters was wonderful and by... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars a good way 3.5 stars
Winter Wolf is an interesting take on werewolves and, even though the romance was a bit Brokeback Mountain-esque, a well written love story. Read more
Published 4 months ago by V. Davis-Showell
5.0 out of 5 stars 50 ★stars★
If I could give Winter Wolf 50 ★stars★ still wouldn't be enough because it was just that charmingly entertaining and A+ for original content. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL!!
Reading about Axton and Leander was very moving, having to got through the pain of loving someone from a far always hurts when you don't know how they feel or if you even have a... Read more
Published 4 months ago by ECH
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT!
I like this A LOT! I normally have issues with MM shifter stories but this one was just perfect. GFY will always work for me if the romance is slow burn. Read more
Published 4 months ago by john_yoshikuni
5.0 out of 5 stars NOOOO!!
Why is there not MORE?!?! It can't end there!?!?! Please let there be more to Axton & Leander's story or I will die!!!
Published 5 months ago by Angela
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story tarnished by poor (or no) editing
I enjoyed the story-telling but the editing needed a LOT of work. I understand this used to be available for free, and as a free book I think the level of editing (or lack thereof)... Read more
Published 5 months ago by jeayci
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S.P. Wayne graduated with a degree in psychology and promptly got a job with a zoo's primate behavior observation team. While there, her main research project involved waiting for monkeys to have sex on film. S.P. held the camera. After the monkeys successfully had sex, she had to write a summary about it. Thus began a promising career in academic monkey porno production.

After spending weeks asking herself, "THIS what I went to college for?" S.P. realized that this was indeed her destiny: writing about sex. She ditched the monkeys, though.

She wrote gay superhero romances for free while she worked in animal rescue, then wrote more gay superheroes while working as an elementary school teacher, and then started writing paranormal romance because she's always been a spooky person. Mostly, she blames her father for giving her a copy of Dracula when she was nine.

In her spare time, S.P. reads everything from fine classical literature to fine current comic books. She runs, lifts weights, and in between picking things up and putting them down swears that she will get back into skateboarding some day.

Somewhere in the Southern US, S.P. lives with plants, a twenty pound cat named after a Norse god, a rescue dog named Ernesto who may or may not be a pit bull, and her Karate Boyfriend, Z. She enjoys long walks on the beach and drinking hot coffee.

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