Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Once Upon A Wolf
Author: Rhys Ford
Series: Wayward Wolves #1
Heroes: Gibson & Zach
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 96 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 16, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother, stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.
For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water, then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.
Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges, but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.
Zach’s life hasn’t been easy lately. After a severe injury that no one thought he could recover from, he decides to leave behind his city life and buy a B&B. So when he’s out one day walking his property, he doesn’t expect to be run off a cliff but a huge wolf. Gibson’s life is set in a routine until his brother, Ellis, runs a man off a cliff forcing Gibson to rescue the man. When Zach wakes up in Gibson’s cabin, he gets a shock when he finds out Ellis is a man stuck in a wolf’s body. Zach might be shocked but he’s far from afraid and the more time he spends with Gibson, the more he comes to like the man who saved his life. Will they be able to explore the new bond that’s formed between them when there’s Ellis crowding them and a danger waiting for them just down the hill?
Gibson and Zach were so freaking cute! I absolutely loved them together! I loved that Gibson was such an amazing brother and took care of Ellis after so long. I loved that Zach wasn’t terrified of the situation he landed in. In fact, I found his reaction to things pretty amusing. It was interesting to see how they handled certain things and how it ultimately brought them closer together. While I loved Zach and Gibson together, I also loved the secondary characters – Ellis, Ruth and Martha. I really loved the loyalty and protectiveness that surrounded these characters.
I really loved this book and the relationship that slowly evolved between Gibson and Zach. However, while I loved it, I wished we had gotten to see more of Gibson and Zach getting to know each other. As it was, there’s a couple big gaps that made me wish we had seen more of what happened during those times instead of them just being glossed or skipped over. I’d rather have experienced the relationship building not just between Gibson and Zach but between Ellis and Zach as well instead of being told of how it developed.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. I loved that it didn’t follow the traditional shifter story and I liked that they were all characters that had some issues. Zach with his previous injuries and Gibson taking care of Ellis. It was interesting to see how they met and how the relationship develops. It could have been a bit longer so more of the time spent together could have been shown but as it was, I thoroughly enjoyed this one and can’t wait to see what comes next in this series!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*