Book Reviews

Wolfe and His Bunny (Pariah Pack 1) by Susan Laine at Siren Publishing

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Serena Yates on 19-March-2016

Book Blurb

Wolfe has a century under his belt as an Alpha werewolf for a small outcast pack. He loves taking care of those who have been rejected by their birth packs or lost them in accidents or wars. But Wolfe is lonely, as he hasn’t yet found his mate to share his burdens of leadership or his passions in bed. One night he catches an alluring scent and gives chase to a cute but surprisingly reluctant guy named Peter.

Though smart, funny and headstrong, Peter is a rabbit shifter. And wolves and bunnies don’t mix, do they? Their first encounter certainly suggests so. They seem to have nothing in common. Wolfe is a bounty hunter living on a knife-edge of danger while Peter shelters discarded and wounded animals, believing in peace and mercy. For these two vastly different men learning to trust one another for a working relationship is a lesson in love.

Book Review

One of my favorite tropes in shifter lore is a prey shifter bonding with a predator shifter. This can go one of two ways. Either it is a “serious” look at what happens when two natural enemies (at least in shifter form) have to work out how to live together and use their human side to deal with the issues. Or, and I think that is the case with ‘Wolfe and His Bunny’, it is a humorous look at some of the preconceived notions we have about prey and predator and what happens when the two meet and try to have a relationship. But there is more than humor to this story.  While never taking things too seriously, the author has still managed to develop a setting that has some of the shifter trope elements – just enough to take a lighthearted look at bunnies bonding with wolves. And she succeeded – I am still smiling.

Wolfe is, in many ways, the stereotypical alpha. He is possessive, protective, physically strong, set in his ways, my-way-or-the-highway kind of stubborn. Empathy and flexibility are not words in his vocabulary. He was born in the late 18th century and seems not to have learned much since then. Or has he? When I looked at him more carefully, there were signs that he was not all about fulfilling the stereotype. Different from the all-powerful alpha, he knows what it is like to be rejected and alone, having lost his parents when he was a kid and growing up in an orphanage. As a result, he has formed his own pack, and all its members are outcasts in some way or another. So I had hope for him.

Peter may be a bunny shifter and his name alone - references to Beatrix Potter’s “Peter the rabbit” included – made me laugh. But. Despite the physical fear he feels when he meets Wolfe, he is not a pushover. He stands up for what he believes in, refuses the mating bite until they know each other better, and leads Wolfe on a learning curve about what partnership means. Yet Peter is not without flaws. He needs to work on his tendency to run and to give up. His empathy with where Wolfe comes from needs work, and his ability to compromise is not exactly stellar. I loved his playful side and some of the other “bunny characteristics” that came through once the physical relationship kicked off.

If you like shifter stories that contain more than a little humor, if a story about prey and predator figuring out how to live together sounds like fun, and if you’re looking for a read that is funny, cute, and very hot, then you will probably like this novella.  I am certainly glad there are more books in this entertaining series!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novella, 31072 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 09-March-2015
Price $3.99 ebook
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