Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Lone Wolf
Author: Anna Martin
Heroes: Jackson & Leo
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 230 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: October 9, 2018
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
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Blurb: Jackson Lewis isn’t a typical werewolf. He isolates himself in a small town outside Spokane and dedicates himself to making his business—Lone Wolf Brewery—a success. If it leaves him little time for romance, he’s okay with that. His soul mate could be out there somewhere, but he isn’t actively looking.
So he’s in for quite the shock when he literally bumps into his soul mate—Leo Gallagher, an adorable, nerdy, vibrant music therapist who’s Jackson’s polar opposite.
But he’s human. And a man.
Jackson is straight—or at least he’s always assumed so. Though he can’t deny his attraction to Leo, it’s a lot for both of them to deal with.
While Jackson and Leo figure out what their future might hold, they face prejudice from both the human and werewolf communities—including a group of fanatics willing to kill to show humans and werewolves don’t belong together.
I have a lot of mixed feelings for this one. On the one hand, I really enjoyed it. I liked the premise of the story and how Jackson was straight but found a male mate. I liked his struggle and how hard it was for him to come to terms with what this would mean for him. As a character, Jackson is a bit hard to like because he spends a lot of the book not necessarily complaining… but complaining about how he has a male mate and denying the fact he’s gay. He’s not exactly the best mate to Leo or even tries to show Leo what a mate could be. He’s very selfish and self-obsessed so it was hard to really like him as a character. However, Leo totally outshined Jackson. Leo, for me, made this book. I loved how sensitive and understanding and calming he was. I loved how patient he was with Jackson and how much he tried to make things work even though he didn’t really understand the whole mate thing. I mean, he just took Jackson’s word that they were mates without even having the same instant recognition that Jackson did. It was definitely interesting to see them adjusting to how their lives could change from this.
On the other hand, I honestly hated the execution and how whiny Jackson was. I hated that he was so selfish and how he treated Leo like Leo should be grateful he got a mate while Jackson just bemoaned the whole thing. I hated that Jackson never once thought how this affected Leo and I hated that when he finally realized that he wanted things to work, that there was NO groveling! I wanted Jackson to BEG for Leo back… I wanted Jackson to literally get on his knees and profess his feelings to Leo in front of everyone and their mother. I hated that Leo just accepted him back and, while I loved that Jackson was moving closer to Leo, I hated that it was all he did to show he was serious. I wanted more redemption from him for how he treated Leo a majority of the book. At the same time, I honestly detested the whole mates thing. I mean, what was the point of it if rejecting your mate was so easy and didn’t have any painful consequences? The beginning made it seem like finding a mate was so rare and reverent but then you find out that everyone’s rejecting their mates left and right so it made me wonder why there was even mates if you could do that.
All in all, I enjoyed this one. It definitely kept me reading and it wasn’t something I could just put down. I adored Leo as a character but Jackson was harder for me to like. I liked his gruffness and naivety but I hated that he was so selfish and made Leo do all the work and hated that there was no redemption or groveling. Leo definitely deserves better, IMO, but I won’t deny that I loved the way this one ended. Now, if we can just get the brother’s story and see how that one plays out… with a man, of course 😉
Overall Impression: I liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review.*