Book Reviews

Ghost Wolf by Hurri Cosmo at Painted Hearts Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / MPreg / Shifters / Romance / Mystery/Suspense/Thriller / Action/Adventure
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-July-2018

Book Blurb

Hi, my name is Trevor. I’m a wolf shifter.

I say that like I know what I’m talking about. I don’t. I was simply running off a ton of steam one day when I was around eleven and bam! Okay, not quite that easy or fast but it happened when I was young and stupid. I’m also gay. I say that like I know what I’m talking about with that too. I simply don’t.

I’m grown up now and living in the big city which has me too busy to much care about either one of those things. I get out and run my wolf when I can, trying like hell to stay out of the local pack’s territories. Belonging to a “family” just sounds like too much work, and honestly I don’t have time for such things. Besides, I was told when I was young the color of my wolf was all wrong. Too silver...or something. Metallic. I kinda thought it looked cool in the full moon. “Pack Alpha would kill ya soon as look at ya.” My grandpa used to say. Course he wasn't my real grandpa. Just an old man who lived down the street, but he was a shifter too and I thought he knew it all. He probably knew diddly either, but a guy can’t be too careful. And romance? Way off the radar.

Only now someone has started killing wolves. Started leaving broken bodies lined up in a nice little row next to the high school in my home town and it's got me to thinking. If a shifter is killed in his or her wolf state, do they stay that way? Were these dead wolves like me? The hell of it all is this: being a shifter isn't common knowledge. It bothers me enough that now I want to find out more. See if there's anything I can do. Kind of like a super hero.

Oh yeah. Probably forgot to tell you this too. I can turn invisible.

Yep, Ghost Wolf to the rescue.

Book Review

‘Ghost Wolf’ is a very original and unusual take on shifter lore that is presented with lots of humor due to the main character’s unique point of view. The worldbuilding is excellent, but the full extent of its rules is only revealed very gradually as the narrative follows Trevor, a young wolf shifter who grows up without a pack. I learned what was going on at the same time as Trevor did, and found his journey of discovery of what it means to be a wolf shifter in this world fascinating. The mix of suspense and humor, presented in Trevor’s mostly immature voice, worked well for me and the tone of this novel is exactly as described in the blurb. I loved all the surprises, the combination of various well-known elements of paranormal fiction, and the complicated plot that twists and turns more than once held my attention.

Trevor is self-absorbed, immature, bratty, and constantly overestimates his ability to take care of himself. Yes, he manages to survive the bad guys’ attempts to capture him, but only by the skin of his teeth. Trevor has no idea how much danger he is in, and even once he does begin to understand, his behavior doesn’t change much. He has been told all kinds of nonsense about packs and what is needed to be part of one, so even when he meets Alpha Ryan, his Fated Mate, Trevor fights the bond with all he has. His shenanigans made me laugh and despair in equal measure, and definitely kept me on my toes.

Ryan is a “typical” alpha: powerful, rich, in control of his emotions (mostly), and rather possessive. He wants Trevor to be “his” sooner rather than later but has to find a way to deal with Trevor’s need to be independent. Ryan’s patience is sorely tested, but he is determined enough to ensure he finds a way. His role in the mysterious goings-on doesn’t become clear until the very end, and even though I suspected that he would be rather important, I wasn’t completely sure what role he’d play. Well done on keeping me guessing!

The whole cast of secondary characters is worth a mention – they range from supportive to irritating and plain evil. Trevor’s mother comes into her own – eventually, Trevor’s adopted grandpa is far more important than he seems, Ryan’s ex-fiancée is a pain in the you-know-where, and the various bad guys keep everyone on their toes. There are pack politics, power plays, and various machinations that kept my attention, and more than one surprising revelation make this a very interesting story.

If you like creative versions of shifter worlds with lots of surprises and revelations, if you want to see a young, lonely wolf shifter deal with becoming part of a pack while dealing with finding his Fated Mate, and if you’re looking for an entertaining read that is funny, suspenseful, very hot, and set in an intricately developed paranormal world, then you will probably like this novel.





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 314 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 18-January-2018
Price $4.99 ebook
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