Reviewed by JustJen
Title: Daring the Wolf
Author: Skylar M. Kates
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: Treading Water Productions
Release Date: July 25, 2016
Available at: Amazon
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Blurb: Can a human ever dominate a werewolf?
Living in a strict world of paranormal dos and don’ts is exhausting for Gabe Ryan. After fleeing his home when he became a werewolf, Gabe attempts to forget his family and the young boyfriend he left behind. But he is still haunted by his memories—until a birthday wish leads him to an unexpected confrontation.
A busy emergency room doctor, Ethan Dunn has closed off his heart. He sure as hell does not trust Gabe Ryan, not after the way he abandoned Ethan. If Gabe wants a second chance, he better be ready to risk everything and break all the rules between humans and wolves.
Review: Gabe left town when he was 16. Left his family, his bff/boyfriend, Ethan, everything, without a word. In his mind, he was doing them a favor, and he was also following the rules of werewolves – cut all ties. But now, years later, he is drawn back home where a run-in with assassins has him seeking care in the ER where Ethan happens to be a doctor.
Going further against the rules, Gabe tries to reconcile with Ethan who, along with Gabe’s family, thought he was dead for all these years. Ethan is not happy to find Gabe has lied to them for so long, but it doesn’t take much for him to give in, but Gabe must earn Ethan’s trust again. This poses yet another rule Gabe must break, for which he is quite reluctant – let Ethan top him – a strict no-no in the werewolf bylaws. In order for Gabe to stay in control of his wolf, Ethan restrains Gabe. Their system seems to work really well for them and they finally start trusting each other. But there are other secrets that link to the other part of the storyline.
Sebastian, Gabe’s alpha, is strict, crass and makes no bones about his unhappiness with the turn of events surrounding Gabe and Ethan, but he sees a way to use Ethan to find and take out the scientists who are torturing and experimenting on wolves (Sebastian is one of the only wolves to have escaped such treatment). So, the rest of the story is about their search for these scientists.
Once I got past how quickly Ethan forgave Gabe for his deceit, I quite enjoyed this. I liked how Gabe followed his heart going against the rules and making it work. They made a great couple, and I could easily see them together for the long-term. Gabe’s pack was quite interesting as well, with Sebastian and his mysterious past and Luc and Dave being mated wolves (which is rare). It felt more like the start of a series than a stand alone book. There definitely felt like there was more story to tell, and I am hopeful we will see more of this world in the future.
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*