Title: Wolf Line
Series: Granite Wolves #5
Author: Vivian Arend
Source: Requested Review
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: June 12, 2012
Into the best-laid plans a little chaos must fall…
Jared’s not sure how his quiet morning coffee near the harbour ended with him on a cruise ship impersonating one of his pack mates. Well, it might have something to do with a woman, but who can blame him? The female of the species was made to love, and he’s more than willing to share his considerable skills in that area. Especially since he figures the chances of meeting his own one-and-only are slim.
Keri Smith is positive the last-minute recruit sneaking aboard the Arctic Wolf Cruise Lines tour is her mate. Ix-nay on confirming that, though, at least for the next ten days. She’s promised her best friend to be overall troubleshooter for the shifter-only cruise. Getting tangled up in mating lust would reduce her skills to nil. Avoidance of the sexy wolf for the duration of the cruise, followed by jumping his bones, seems the logical solution.
But when libidos are on the line, “logic” and “wolves” don’t go together. Throw in suspicions of wrongdoing, and these two virtual strangers will need a lot more than luck to find their way through to forever.
Warning: Really? You need to be warned about the hot nookie and sarcasm? Yeah, it’s in here. Also colourful cat shifters, lupine royalty, and wild adventures in cabins like you’ve never seen before.
This is the first book I've read of this series although they have been on my "to read" list for quite some time. While I may have recognized some of the other characters if I had read the rest of the series first, I didn't feel I was lost or missing out on anything by having read this one first. It definitely made me want to read the rest of the series as soon as possible.
I read this in one sitting and found it to be a fun and sexy novella that has the female under the grip of the mating urge before the male realizes she's his mate - a twist I enjoyed.
The female's best friend is a hysterically funny cougar shifter obviously modeled after Tigger, Winnie the Pooh's overactive friend. I like the main characters of Keri and Jared and their reality as they see it from being "middle of the pack" wolves. Sometimes when reading about all the alphas and betas, it is easy to dismiss those in the middle of the pack and what it must be like for them. So this was refreshing.
The premise of a shifter-only cruise is a inventive one. I wish there had been room in the story to explore more of the cruise and its passengers. The litte bits we get to see are a hoot.
The only two reasons I'm not giving this a higher rating is because I really would have liked the story to be longer so it could have gone into more detail on some things and I think Keri's reaction to learning Jared isn't Mark was a little unrealistic in that there isn't much of a reaction at all. I did however like her reaction to his other revelation.
This was a good introduction to the series for me and as I said before, I'll have to move the rest in the series way up on my "to read" list.
You can check out an excerpt at http://www.vivianarend.com/books/granite-lake-wolves/wolf-line