Thursday, April 23, 2015
Review: Wolf by Nicole James Book 4 in the Evil Dead MC Story...and woah!!! HAWT Alpha ALERT!
I recently did a review for the first book in this series "Outlaw" and enjoyed Nicole James's writing so when I saw this novel which is book 4 in the series I just had to request it, luckily Netgalley granted my request and gave it to me in exchange for an honest review.
Wolf can be read as a stand alone or as part of the series, although characters from previous books do appear you are definitely not lost if you don't know their back stories. I have not as yet read books 2 and 3 but I will at some point!.
The novel much like Outlaw was a bit of a slow and awkward start but a few chapters in and I was hooked on the characters. I think Nicole James's main strength is her creation of really good characters, they all just come to life for you and you really start to feel true emotion. Her mixing intrigue into her stories is a great break from some of the angst and interaction between the couple as they find their way to each other.
This novel had so much going on that it was a really quick read. I did mention the start was slow but by 50% the whole book got solid and the writing evened out. I would say that the romance in the story was a slow burn between two characters, one who knew what she wanted and was afraid to ask for it and the other was too afraid to commit to know what he had all along. The secondary characters were a great vehicle to clarify the hero's feelings and to give us more of an in-depth look into his psyche. The girls were some great comic relief and added that touch of lightness to the story.
Wolf is our main biker hero...and he is steaming hawt! but in a lot ways he is a young boy in a man's clothing. He suffered emotional damage as a child and it stunted his ability to emotionally grow into an adult. Don't get me wrong Wolf is extremely Alpha and a very dominate male but emotionally it he had trouble connecting to his feelings and creating/or admitting to a deeper relationship. Crystal our heroine is another cup of emotional soup. Crystal although is a strong female character she is so afraid of losing what she wants that she becomes a bit of an doormat for Wolf. It takes a earth shattering event for them to grow into the adults they were meant to be unfortunately it this growth was not made together and there we have our conflict.
I loved how this all played out...it was exciting, the sex was not just steaming but boiling! dirty, wall pounding, hip grinding awesomely wonderful sex! The climax was terrifyingly great! I should mention I wish that NJ had spend a bit more time in Sturgis with the evil doer and added just a tough more suspense...but over all I really enjoyed the book.
This is a strong 3.5 star read for me rounded to 4 and I do give this book a solid recommendation especially for fans of romantic biker fiction. This is a must read series and I will be going back and reading the novels I have missed and will be watching for new releases! Wolf comes out April 28, 2015 so pre order now!