Review: Once Upon A Wolf (Wayward Wolves #1)

Author: Rhys Ford

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Rating: 5 stars

Buy Links: DSP & Amazon

Type: Novella in Series

Provided by Publisher


Blurb:  Gibson Keller’s days are fairly routine: wake up early, get some work done, drink lots of coffee, and take care of Ellis, his older brother, stuck in wolf form after coming home from the war. It’s a simple life made up of long runs on two legs—or four—and quiet evenings…. Until Ellis chases a handsome man off a cliff and into the frozen waters beside their cabin, changing Gibson’s life forever.

For Zach Thomas, buying an old B&B is a new start. Leaving behind his city life, he longs to find peace and quiet, and hiking the trails behind his property seems safe enough—right up to the moment an enormous black wolf chases him into a lake, nearly drowning him. Discovering werewolves are real astounds him, but not as much as the man who rescues him from the icy water, then walks into Zach’s heart as if he owns it.

Loving a werewolf—loving Gibson with all his secrets—has its challenges, but Zach believes their love is worth fighting for, especially since his heart knows the big bad wolf is really a prince in disguise.


Review:  It’s no secret that Ford can do no wrong in my eyes. Her writing sucks me from the beginning and it never lets me go. Now she tempts me with a shifter story?! There was no doubt in my mind that Ford was going to knock this out of the park and she did.

This isn’t your typical “mate, mine!” shifter story. There’s a slower process to shifting, with creaking bones being heard and having to get down on all fours. It wasn’t a smooth easy process. It’s a different take on shifters and it was nice to read.

This little novella starts out with Zach running for this life. The intensity and the emotions going through his mind made me feel like I was the one being chased through the woods. It was an incredible feeling. I think that’s how Ford sucks you in. She grips you from the beginning.

Zach moved away from home and bought a Bed and Breakfast to start a new life. He had no idea he’d be meeting Gibson and his brother, Ellis.

All Gibson does is take care of his brother in a cabin the woods. Ellis is stuck in wolf form, so Gibson is essentially alone. With no one to talk to (or respond back), no one to laugh with, no one to share a meal with at the table Gibson is lonely, even though his brother is right by his side.

Seeing the little bits of Ellis warmed my heart. The SUV scene had me laughing out loud and I went back to read it a second time, because it was that funny.

I loved the way Zach just fit with Gibson. It didn’t feel forced at all, but like they belonged together.

There were parts that were left open and I want them closed, so I was pretty bummed when the story ended. I’ll just have to keep my eyes peeled for book 2.

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