Friday, August 9, 2013

Review: The New Wolf (Building The Pack #1) by R.J. Scott

The New Wolf
The New Wolf (Building The Pack #1)
by R.J. Scott 
Published August 1st 2013 by Extasy Books
Extasy Books
Available Formats: Adobe Acrobat, Palm DOC/iSolo, Microsoft Reader, Hiebook, HTML, Mobipocket, Rocket, Epub, Sony PDF, Sony LRF
My Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

After a hate crime leaves one of them near dead, Veterinarian, Josh Nolan and Cop, Connor Vincent are starting a new life in Black Creek, a remote town on the edge of the Adirondack State Park, Vermont.

Josh is taking over his grandfather's practice and Connor settles into working as one of only four of the sheriff's office covering the area.

When Connor pieces together a whole list of unsolved crimes going back fifty years he puts his life, and that of his partners, in danger.

An attack, a bite, and suddenly everything becomes frighteningly clear. Black Creek is where a new wolf has to find a whole new way to look at his life.

After first reading the blurb for The New Wolf I mistook it for something that was like a book 2 or a book 3. When I saw that this was just the first book, I was hesitant to read on. I did not want to get disappointed. Well, I was curious, a big fault of mine. I realized as I was around 80%, I felt like I was reading something that started in the middle and by the end, it was like it ended somewhere in the middle. 

The story of Josh and Connor was sweet but the werewolf angle just did not cut it for me. Like I said before, I felt like I stumbled into the middle of a story without preparation and got lost in the maze of things. It was really not a complicated maze but still a maze. 

The story did develop in a way but the relationship between Josh and Connor became stronger which is the actual reason why I added another star in my rating. If not for this relationship developing, I am hugely disappointed for there were just too many issues left unresolved. And what was that about killing off a really loveable character like that? 

The series title really should say it all, I guess, Building The Pack, "building" being the operative word? But somehow the story did not come across as well as it should have for me. I don't know, but I also realized something while writing this review: I saw the heat rating to be a 4, and I was frankly surprised. Did I miss the heat? Where was the heat?

On that note, I have to say I am pretty disappointed with this first book as I pretty much really enjoy RJ Scott's other books, especially about that dog Deefur. This means I will continue to look out for other works in the future, including this series, especially as my curiosity has already been tickled and I can never get over my curiosity.

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