Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Jack Wolf
Author: Kay Walker
Series: 2015 Daily Dose – Never Too Late
Heroes: Jack & Henry
Genre: M/M Paranormal/Steampunk
Length: 44 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: June 1, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Henry Dalton is sent across the country by train to the western town of Woolridge in order to investigate the werewolf problem they’re having during the monthly moon cycle. The townsfolk are not forthcoming with information, making it difficult for Henry to solve the case.
Even more distracting is Jack, a handsome older lycanthrope. Known for his rebellious youth, Jack has settled down into life and routine in Woolridge, working as the local blacksmith. He assures Henry he’s no longer trying to stir up trouble, that those days are long gone. Henry must attempt to ignore the spark between them, the indication of their potential to become mates, which is rare because Henry is human. Henry remains professional and focuses on his job, but each meeting with Jack adds to the draw, and Henry isn’t sure how much longer he’ll be able to resist.
Hearing there’s a werewolf problem in the West, Henry’s sent to investigate the situation. When he arrives, he meets Jack, a legendary werewolf peace leader who’s settled down since the war. As soon as they touch, Henry and Jack are aware they’re potential mates. Unfortunately, Henry’s there to do a job and he’s determined to find the rogue werewolf but his attempts to investigate are hindered by the town’s lack of cooperation. Will Henry be able to find the werewolf who’s a danger to everyone? And when he does, will he stay in town to explore the fledgling connection with Jack?
This was a nice little story. I liked that there was this history about the werwolves trying to find peace in the world and how the story takes place in the aftermath of those times. As characters, I liked both Jack and Henry. However, it was hard to connect with them because there wasn’t much depth to them. I liked that Jack was so ‘distinguished’, if you can call him that, and how Henry is still a bit naive but also a little innocent. It was entertaining to see Jack flirt with Henry and Henry not sure how to react to him.
While I liked the story, I had a lot of problems with it. For one, it was very easy to tell who the mysterious werewolf causing problems was. However, my biggest issue was the fact that this story could have been much more fleshed out. I felt like there was no depth to it, no exploration of things besides a quick mention here or there. It had A LOT of potential but because of its length, it didn’t have time to fully embrace that potential.
Overall, it was a good story. There’s not much to it beyond what is in the blurb and I didn’t feel like there was much of a connection between Jack and Henry even with their ‘spark’. With the length, there was just not enough time to do the story justice, IMO. I hope the author considers expanding it and making it into a full novel where the hunt for the werewolf is more fleshed out and the connection between Henry and Jack could actually be explored instead of just told that it’s there. Still, if you’re looking for something quick and easy with a dash of steampunk to it, give this one a go!
Overall Impression: It was good!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*