Book Reviews

Warrior Wolf and His Little Lamb (Pariah Pack 3) by Susan Laine at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 23-March-2016

Book Blurb

As an epsilon, Rhys Gunner represents his werewolf pack’s law and order. He’s an ex-military man with a straightforward style and strong values to offset his beastly nature. One day his alpha tells him to search for new land to annex into their pack’s territory in order to accommodate their growing numbers.

 

On a nearby farm and bakery, Rhys meets a flock of sheep shifters. One of them, Heath Sheppard, turns out to be Rhys’s mate. But the black sheep of the family is not so keen on becoming a wolf’s mate—and he’s got a girlfriend, so he’s not gay.

 

By ancient werewolf law, a mate’s land becomes the property of the wolf pack. That would mean that the Sheppard Farm and Bakery belongs to Rhys’s pack. When the flock learns of this injustice, a feud ignites between wolves and sheep. Ranks begin to crack as loyalties get divided. Is all really fair in love and war?

 

Book Review

This third book in the ‘Pariah Pack’ series returns to the “prey shifter has predator shifter mate” idea from book one, only this time it is a sheep shifter who discovers his mate is a werewolf. As full of lamb/wolf references as it is, it had me cracking up. But there is also a darker background to this volume with the wolves ready to annex the sheep’s land to their pack territory based on some ancient law – never mind that the sheep have owned it for generations and lovingly work it as the farmers they are. Between my worrying what the heck had gotten into Max Wolfe, the alpha mated to Peter the bunny shifter, and watching epsilon wolf Rhys completely mess up his attempts to convince sheep Heath they should be together, I was as entertained as ever.

Rhys is an epsilon wolf. Never heard of those? Well, neither had I until this book. I think it’s hilarious that Susan Laine makes fun of all the alphas, betas, gammas, and omegas running around in werewolf stories by adding a few more letters of the Greek alphabet to the list and assigning them a particular role in the pack. She hinted at it in book one, but the idea comes to full fruition here. But back to the story.  Rhys is in charge of law and order, applying the laws of the paranormal world, and it is particularly ironic that he is the one to be put in charge of taking the sheep’s land. He can’t disobey his alpha, yet his sense of justice says it is wrong just to take land from a weaker group of shifters because one of them happens to be his mate. Rhys has a fundamental decision to make: his mate or his pack, and it is tearing him apart.
 
Heath is a sheep shifter who loves his family/flock and working the land. He has a girlfriend, and has never been interested in men before (or so he tells himself), but when he meets Rhys, everything changes. Suddenly his plans for the future that include children (hence, his desperation to hold on to the idea that he will marry a woman) go out the window. Rhys comes across as a beast, demanding Heath fall at his feet (well, sort of), and Heath does not like that one bit. Add the fact that Rhys and his pack are after the sheep’s land and Heath is not happy. He doesn’t like to fight, but when he has no choice, he will stand up for the flock’s rights – mate or no mate, prey or predator is irrelevant when he is a man.

If you like shifter stories that don’t take themselves too seriously, if a story about a lamb and a wolf having to battle it out sounds like fun, and if you’re looking for a read that is full of conflict, strange behavior, a few surprises at the end, and funny, then you will probably like this novella. I certainly did and hope there will be more.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 30446 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 23-March-2016
Price $3.99 ebook
Buy Link http://www.bookstrand.com/book/warrior-wolf-and-his-little-lamb