Author: TA Moore
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: The world ends not with a bang, but with a downpour. Tornadoes spin through the heart of London, New York cooks in a heat wave that melts tarmac, and Russia freezes under an ever-thickening layer of permafrost. People rally at first—organizing aid drops and evacuating populations—but the weather is only getting worse.
In Durham, mild-mannered academic Danny Fennick has battened down to sit out the storm. He grew up in the Scottish Highlands, so he’s seen harsh winters before. Besides, he has an advantage. He’s a werewolf. Or, to be precise, a weredog. Less impressive, but still useful.
Except the other werewolves don’t believe this is any ordinary winter, and they’re coming down over the Wall to mark their new territory. Including Danny’s ex, Jack—the Crown Prince Pup of the Numitor’s pack—and the prince’s brother, who wants to kill him.
A wolf winter isn’t white. It’s red as blood.
Review: An apocalypse seems imminent with the extreme weather burdening the world. Or it does to the wolf King. Which is why he’s made a choice of a successor between his twin sons. Jack has been outcast because he likes men and the pack needs a leader who produces cubs. When he goes over the wall dividing the human world with their territory he runs right into his former lover and pack member, Danny. Danny is a dog shifter. He always ranked low in the pack and finally left there to pursue academia in the world of humans. When his old world starts invading the new messed up one he’s forced to face things he thought he left behind to save the humans he’s grown to care about.
Although I really liked this story I had some issues with it. A lot of the story seemed to get lost in the author’s voice and poetic descriptions. I thought the world building was awesome and vivid but there comes a point I prefer to focus on what’s going on with the characters and their dynamic. Parts of this book lulled to a crawl. Given this was a book from DSP I also expected there to be a little more romance. I felt there was more lust and history between the MCs more than anything. Jack has lost his pack but now he has Danny. Danny and Jack have crazy chemistry but little to no emotional connection beyond that for a majority of this book. At times Jack seems jealous over Danny’s obsession with his “humans” but beyond that he never really shows he has any feelings other than sexual when it comes to Danny. To be fair he is presented as more wolf than man and emotion really isn’t part of the make up of the wolf so it may just be my preferences interfering. I did feel there is something undeniable between Jack and Danny. I think Jack’s human half just needs to catch up with his wolf half if Danny is to ever get what he needs to be happy with Jack.
I did really like this book. It was compelling and intense. I enjoyed how it felt like a very old world is clashing with a more modern one. The world building was unique. It’s not just a shifter story. There’s so much more offered here. The characters are flawed but intriguing. The author doesn’t hold back on the blood and gore either. The freaky creatures and paranormal aspects were right up my alley. Multiple POVs helped me get to know the characters better. I loved Danny. Jack is a bit harder to like but you get glimpses of likable moments when he’s with Danny. I found myself thinking about every little action or glance from Jack and Danny looking for further meaning in them. The story ends kind of open ended so I’m going to assume there’s another book coming. I think as far as the relationship goes there’s a build up. Jack is so much a wolf he doesn’t understand Danny’s emotions and for sure doesn’t feel them himself. Or he doesn’t recognize what he’s feeling? Danny who is very in touch with his human side realizes he’s always been in love with Jack. So I loved the story despite a few things. IF I had the next book available to me I would have stayed up way too late reading it. There’s so much I want to know. I want there to be more!