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I loved the premise of the online game, Wolf's Run. And I especially appreciated the fact that we get a different type of gamer geek in Deanna. She's not the typical "girl geek" so many writers default to, one shunted to the side and socially awkward. Instead, she's layered with a healthy sex drive, has just enough of an introverted nature to make her great at her job but with a network of friends she regularly hangs with, as well. (And let's hear it for Arthur, the Golden Retriever! Aww, puppy.)
In her love interest, Jamie, well! She definitely was one of the reasons I was fanning myself. Sexy, strong, loyal and attractive... yes please! I also appreciated that Jamie allows herself to be vulnerable sexually with uber-femme Deanna.
The intrigue with the violent gamer was a nice nod to the misogyny most women face online as well, and the subtext of a woman's "pack" resolving it made me grin.
The pace is fast, the story fun, the sex steamy. What more could you want?
There is one moment, early on, that felt off to me in terms of butch representation. The femme character first reads the butch as a man, and then realizes she is a butch dyke, but instead of thinking that, she notices "feminine" things about the butch love interest's body. Not only is this a rather cissexist moment, and one that most butches I know would be uncomfortable with (I certainly am), but it also feels false; most femme dykes who are into butches would think the word butch, and she doesn't. This feels more like the author is explaining to folks who aren't queer that butches are women and have "feminine" bodies. It threw me off as a trans butch reader because it felt othering and the cissexism was hard. It almost had me putting the book down. I am glad I didn't, because it was the only moment of that sort in my read, and I really enjoyed the rest of the book, including their dynamic and flirtation. (It's at 3% if you want to be ready for it.)
The sex scenes are really well done; they are hot, they move plot, they make me care more about the characters and root for their relationship. I especially appreciate the scene where the femme tops the butch; that representation is rare and it was well done, with just a taste of D/s. (In general, they switch, and their sex has enough of a feral edge to feel right for a werewolf book.)
I liked the way they navigated boundaries in their relationship, and how much the femme character thought about that. (Which definitely disrupted common tropes in paranormal romance.Read more ›
This book totally had me turning pages. The pace makes the story move quickly and I couldn't put it down. The chemistry between Deanna and Jamie is apparent from the first meeting, and everything that follows just seems to turn up the heat between them. Deanna's stalker from the game she moderates makes things creepy and serious, and forces Jamie to come clean about her own little secret. The danger brings Jamie and Deanna closer together as Jamie basically moves in to ensure Deanna's safety. Deanna's freak out when things get real should have been expected, but we were placated by her initial response to Jamie's revelation and so it was a bit of a surprise. I love Jamie's family, and wish we could have gotten to know them a bit more. In all, I really enjoyed this book.
Deanna is an utterly relatable and fun character. I felt like she's the kind of woman I could easily be friends with. I'm really not much for reading werewolf stories, but Deanna was someone I could identify with, and because I believed so much in her, I was able to go with her into this other-worldly storyline without a backwards glance.
Her relationship with Jamie feels so solid and real. I love that both of them are such strong characters, and neither one of them swoops in to save the other -- they're strong, and admirable heroines unto themselves.
Definitely will be putting this one in the re-read over and over pile!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very enjoyable, sexy read. Characters you like, a plot that has some great excitement. Can't wait for more from Ms. Osgood.Published 7 months ago by CP
This book was okay but very slow to get started. I was disappointed as there was far too much sex and not enough plot. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Lynn
This book is modern, it's original, and it's sleek. Set between real world Vancouver and the virtual world of Wolf's Run, the story builds from a soft and sweet place into... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Suzey Ingold
This is a well written, well crafted story that will appeal to not only readers of F/F romance, but those who love shifters and online gaming. Read morePublished 8 months ago by velvetpanic
This is the story of Deanna, who works for a company that runs a werewolf role-playing game called “Wolf’s Run,” and who falls for her very sexy neighbor called Jamie, who turns... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Alysia Constantine
The premise of this book intrigued me. I love stories about geek culture, and online role-playing is a great premise for a story. Read morePublished 9 months ago by wifie29