Book Review: Winter of the Wolf by Cherise Sinclair


{BOOK REVIEW}
Title: Winter of the Wolf (The Wild Hunt Legacy #2)
Author: @CheriseSinclair
Reviewer: Ivy @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Shifter, Paranormal
Length: 500 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars

Synopsis

After years in foster care, Breanne Gallagher has the stable life she’s always wanted, living with her foster-sister, working as a chef, enjoying her comfortable routines. Then one devastating night, a hellish creature invades her apartment and shatters her fragile existence. Shifting between monster and man, it slaughters her foster sister and assaults Bree. Alone, wounded, her beloved home tainted by gruesome memories, Bree flees to a tiny wilderness town, following her only clue to her past.

Shapeshifting warriors, Zeb and Shay move from one pack to another, hunting the hellhounds which prey on their kind. Assigned to Cold Creek, they take over management of a decrepit fishing lodge for their “human” cover. Their first renter is a pretty human female who trembles at the sight of them—yet stands her ground. Furious at the hurt they see in her eyes, the protective nomads are drawn into helping her. Although no shapeshifter is ever attracted to a human, her scent is oddly compelling, and her ferocious determination to conquer her fears ignites longings neither loner ever expected to face.

Bree is healing, learning to shoot the biggest pistol she can find, and overcoming her fears, especially of the two deadly, disconcertingly attractive hunters. Her life is getting back on track…until she tries to save a little girl from a hellhound and discovers everything she knows about herself is false.

Ivy's review

*taps mic* um, hello. My name is Ivy and I’m a book hoarder. *looks around abashed* yes, I’m the reader who has twenty million books on her kindle and yet still trolls Amazon, looking for the next shiny and pretty. I’ll even click on links for books, excited to buy it, only to realize I’d already bought it…two years ago. Honestly, thank goodness for kindles because if not, I’d start looking like this:

With slightly more hair and curves, but you get the idea.

All of that to explain that yes, I have had this book on my TBR (otherwise known as my Mountain), no lie, for YEARS now. I devoured all of Ms. Sinclair’s books, but I have to say that I wasn’t bowled over by Hour of the Lion, so I just pushed this to the back of my kindle and moved on. Then I reviewed Leap of the Lion (the latest book) for the blog and my brain kicked in, realizing that I still hadn’t read the second book. I started digging around in the recesses of my kindle and found this.

I shouldn’t have waited. The action starts right from the first chapter (and trigger warning – there is a rape but it’s mostly inferred, not described in detail).  There was good tension throughout the story and even when it went into the stereotypical places, I was invested in the outcome, instead of just side-eyeing the characters.  

I didn’t realize how much I would love Zeb, Shay and Bree. Zeb’s the (justifiably) grumpy one, Shay’s the flirty one (which of course hides his own issues), and Bree goes through a whole lot of suffering before and after finding out about her shifter side. It could have tripped way too far over into “damsel in distress” territory, but ultimately Bree is resilient, persistent, and even when she gets a bit martyr-y, she does her share and saves the day, so I loved her for it. It’s that the kinky edge that Ms. Sinclair is known for, so the smutty tingle needs are satisfied as well. This book balanced the romance and the action best of all the books, so it’s definitely my favorite.

 

I really liked it. I still enjoyed the later books, but there are events in this book that answered some questions I had, and the elements of action and danger that I enjoyed so much in Leap of the Lion are also strong in this book. Between that and a romance that I loved, it’s definitely my favorite book of the series.

If you haven’t checked out this series and you love MFM and shifters, I think you’ll enjoy this. I would definitely recommend it.

– Ivy

PURCHASE LINKS
Book 1, Hour of the Lion: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 2, Winter of the Wolf: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 3, Eventide of the Bear: Amazon USAmazon UK
Book 4, Leap of the Lion: Amazon USAmazon UK

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