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There isn't much to say about CANADIAN WOLF, because there isn't much going on in this book. It's almost a shame since the characters and writing aren't too bad. It was simply a chore to get through: nothing happened until at least half way through, and even then it felt fabricated and extraneous.
Most of the book is taken up with training the new Canadian faction of Alpha Force, but even though their rushed training only takes three days, I felt like it dragged on. There were so many explanations of what they were going to do before they did it, that nothing was a surprise. The mythology is lacking, with a "mysterious" elixir replacing what could have been cool world-building.
Owen and Serena's relationship moved really fast, and apart from physical attraction, nothing between them really made them click for me. The "reason" Owen dislikes shifters disappears within a day of meeting her, and really feels like it was mentioned to justify the blurb on the back of the book.
Overall, I was disappointed that everything resolved itself within the last 20 pages of the book: the love story, the laughable obstacle the Canadian Alphas had to overcome to get to their first mission, and the mission itself were all sorted out in a blink.
After Lieutenant Selena Jennay is chosen by Alpha Force to work with the RCMP in creating their own unit of shapeshifters, her first meeting with Sergeant Major Owen Dewirter does not start off well. The wolf-shifter is to train other shifters for a secretive team in Canada, and Owen will be in charge of the group even though he is entirely human. While he does admit to believing some humans can change form and become a creature, he still needs proof that an elixir can aid in her mind staying aware plus being able to change without the moon being full. So Selena lets him see her wolf.
Since Selena’s assistance is immediately needed to catch kidnappers who have taken hostages at different times and always demanded large amounts of money, Owen does agree to work with the beings he thinks can never be fully trusted. A past incident taught him that shifters are dangerous, and it will take lots of convincing to change his mind. Yet finding her sexually attractive is definitely not difficult. When their mission becomes even more urgent, Selena and Owen must put aside their misgivings and the distracting sexual pull to save an innocent person.
By working closely together, Owen and Selena gradually discover many striking aspects about each other, and he is surprised at what is learned about the tempting shifter. Though his previous experience related to her kind was not good, he is at least open-minded enough to give her a chance since her aid is vital in tracking down the kidnappers. Owen is a dedicated member of the RCMP, and I liked how he put his personal feelings aside so a victim could be found. Selena may not have been on the Alpha Force team for very long, but she proves her value time and again.
When Linda O. Johnston released the first book in the Alpha Force miniseries, I was certainly entertained by the original concept of how shifters can retain their mental capabilities plus change anytime they want. This talented author has written many books about these intriguing shifters, and CANADIAN WOLF is another captivating installment. Pairing up a human man with a woman who can turn into a wolf leads to scenes where emotions run high, as these two do not always have the same opinion. But when their thoughts turn sensual, they have no trouble seeing things the same way. Plenty of secondary characters make conversations and situations interesting, and I am looking forward to more realistic situations featuring the Alpha Force members. CANADIAN WOLF is adventurous plus emotionally compelling.
Copy received from author for a CataRomance review
Johnston also creates characters who carry her story forward very well. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know each of them on their own, and the way that they mixed together as a team. I really enjoyed the way that Owen`s past and beliefs highlighted the difference between Alpha Force shifters and regular shifters. His relationship with Selena was also well developed. I enjoyed how their chemistry morphed into real feelings. Combining Owen`s `man in charge` aura with Selena`s need to get it done while keeping everyone safe created an atmosphere that I couldn`t look away from.
Johnston has definitely created a unique and loveable novel here. I wouldn`t hesitate to recommend it to anyone who enjoys a fast paced, hot story with some shifters and a mystery.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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