- File Size: 1848 KB
- Print Length: 102 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dreamspinner Press; 2 edition (February 24, 2016)
- Publication Date: February 24, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01BJ0O17W
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,359,934 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Wolf, Becoming Kindle Edition
"Fool Me Once" by Catherine Bybee
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llya and Volyk meet of a sort when both are very young. Over the death of Volyk father being hunted and killed.
Then again years later as IIya is being beaten by his brothers. Volyk saves him, but in doing that turns him with out giving him a choice.
As these two navigate these new worlds, life and love for each other. The original pack shows up and both must fight for what they know and love.
Even though, I love shifter books and have read a ton of them, I have to say this is a unique style for me. It’s more on the violent side, and again for me, because it was so short and we had so much going on I felt like these two didn’t have time to connect with each other. So I didn’t get to connect with them.
The violence from both sides was a lot for me, both the shifter side of the original pack and the human family. Seemed like someone was beating on someone all the time.
What I did like was the way that even throughout the childhood to adulthood to shifterhood, llya never changed. He started being a gentle soul, turning from blood sports and meat eating and even in wolf form turned his noise up to meat. I also loved that Volyk saw and understood this, never forcing the issue, just helping and guiding. I just wish we had more time, before and or possible after to develop that relationship.
I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review by Crystals Many reviewers
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Wolf BecomingVolyk learns very young that he has to hide what he is—oboroten’, shape-shifter—after his father is killed and skinned by a hunter, and the pack that takes in his pregnant mother is hostile to his kind. When Volyk is ordered to fight the pack’s beta to prove his fitness, but instead obeys his hormones and tries to mount him, he’s declared an abomination and forced to flee.
Ilya, too, hides a secret. Being young and gay in modern Russia is dangerous, and he knows it. But the truth eventually gets out, and his brothers lure him into the forest to kill him. They’re stopped by Volyk, who hides the mortally wounded Ilya in his den. The only way to heal the human is to turn him into an oboroten’.
Unfortunately, Ilya’s gentle nature is ill-suited to the life of a wolf. But when Volyk’s old pack returns, seeking to take away Volyk’s magickal den, Ilya will have to embrace—truly become—the wolf Volyk made him to save both his mate’s life and his own.
Very few authors do primal, elemental characters like Rory Ni Coileain which is very good for this story full of such characters. They feel steeped in Mother Russia and the ancient earth they trod on and the blood they easily spill. It may take place in Modern Russia but the actions and dark emotions feel anything but.
Those hatreds and fears are timeless and the author makes us experience it through her story and the lives of characters of Volyk and Ilya.
I found Wolf, Becoming to be part old Grimm fairytale and part shifter romance, with some horror story thrown in for good measure and it all kept me enthralled.
Volyk's past is one we are tumbled into at the beginning of the story and its heartbreaking. Nor does it get any better for him as a young kit. For him life is one of loss, endurance, and pain. Then a chance meeting with Ilya changes everything for both of them. I love the language that Rory Ni Coileain employs in her narrative, somehow it seems old and modern at the same time, anchored in the past with Volyk and yet modern with Ilya, the freshness of the current times must coming from him.
There are some things I would have loved to have seen enlarged on here, Marik is a formidable and evil character, one that this author does so well. I'm torn between wanting to have more and less of him. And definitely wanted more of Ilya and Volyk's relationship.
As it is I can absolutely recommend Wolf, Becoming to all lovers of shifter romance and romance in general. It kept me enthralled from the first page until the end and the storytelling was everything I expect was this wonderful author.
Cover art by Maria Fanning is beautiful and perfect for the characters.
For original review, please visit the Prism Book Alliance® blog online.
Technically Wolf, Becoming by Rory Ni Coileain is a second edition. I have no idea what has changed since the first edition, apart from the cover and title, since I never read the first edition. What I can tell you, however, is that you need to read this book.
Wolf, becoming is far from your “typical” shifter story. This is not a formula tale of fated mates. There is nothing formula about it. There is magic, wolves, and sex, of course. But there is also fighting and fear and bravery and so much more. There are secrets and prejudices. Wolf, Becoming is a very visceral story. Parts of it told from the perspective of a wolf at his most instinctual.
Ilya and Volyk come from very different worlds. One more wolf than man and the other more man than wolf. They have to adapt and adjust to make things work. They have to learn from each other and protect each other. They also have to find themselves within their coupling.
Wolf, Becoming reflects Ni Coileain’s love of linguistics with the Russian language and culture around which the story is built. You feel like you are dropped in a Russian forest. I can’t wait to see where else Ni Coileain wants to take us.
The author takes the legend of the werewolf and puts in a bit of a twist. I love that. I don't want to say too much to give away the surprise and the uniqueness of the story. Suffice it to say that this is a really good story.
The first half of the book, though, is a bit confusing. Each chapter is of a different time period and I had trouble weaving them together. There was no introduction or leading paragraph to connect them. So they felt jumbled. After the 50% or so mark, then it made more sense and the story improved greatly.
I do recommend this story. Especially for werewolf story lovers. This one is unique and a must read for the wolf shifter m/m story lover.
I received this ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review from Inked Rainbow Reads.
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