Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Ilya and the Wolf
Author: Rory Ni Coileain
Series: Celebrate! – 2014 Advent Calendar
Heroes: Ilya & Volyk
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 25 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2014
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Ilya, the youngest son of a Moscow oligarch, is so deep in the closet he’d find Narnia if that weren’t a decadent Western story. On Christmas Eve, his brothers lure him into the forest, intending to murder him and erase the shame he inflicts on their family by existing. However, the attempt is interrupted by Volyk, a wolf who carries the blood of the ancient oboroten’ —shapeshifters. Ilya never imagined a Christmas gift like the handsome wolf, but accepting what Volyk offers will have consequences that change both of their lives forever.
A story from the Dreamspinner Press 2014 Advent Calendar package “Celebrate!”.
Ilya is so far in the closet, he can’t even see the door anymore. But on Christmas Eve, his brothers bring him into the forest under the impression of getting more firewood but instead beat him up, intending to kill him. When Volyk comes along in his wolf form, they’re more than happy to leave Ilya for dead instead. But Volyk’s not willing to let Ilya die and he’ll do everything he can to save the man even if it means turning him into something he may never have wanted to be.
This was a very intriguing story. I liked that it was set in Russia and that, as a shifter, Volyk was the opposite of normal shifters. Instead of being human who can shift into a wolf, he’s a wolf who can only shift into a human in certain magical areas. I really liked that slight twist because it made things a bit intriguing.
I really enjoyed this one but I wished it had been much longer because I still have so many questions I want answered! I would have liked to explore more of the world, of Volyk’s history, of what it’s like being a wolf instead of a human first and just getting to know Volyk and Ilya better.
All in all, this was an intriguing story. It’s very short and I would have loved for it to be longer to really give it the depth it deserves but, as it is, it was a nice little story about Volyk finally getting a mate and Ilya finally being able to explore the side of himself he never had the opportunity to embrace. If you’re looking for something quick with a little shifter twist, definitely give this one a go.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*