Review: Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen ★★★★

Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen
Genre: Paranormal romance (Fantasy, Fairy tales retold, magic, werewolves, fated mates, explicit sex scenes)
Series: Book three in the Royal House of Shadows series
Original Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin Nocturne
Country: United States
Publication Date: October 25, 2011
ISBN: 0373837747
Page Count: 288
My Rating: ★★★★


Summary

For practical Reda Weston, nothing could explain how reading a sexy version of “Little Red Riding Hood” catapulted her into another realm—face-to-fang with the legendary wolf-creature who seduced women. A wolf who transformed into a dark, virile man . . .

Dayn cursed the Sorcerer that turned him wolfyn and damned him to a lonely fate. As a beast, he mated with women to gain strength. Strength he needed to rescue his royal palace. But as a man, he craved Reda’s heated, sizzling touch. With little time left, Dayn had to either embrace his wolf to save his kingdom…or fight to save his woman.

REVIEW

This is the third book in this intriguing series by various authors who've been tasked to bring new life to an old tale. This time the gauntlet has been thrown down for Jessica Andersen, who is a new author for me. And the story is Little Red Riding Hood.

So naturally, that means we get wolves, or wolfyn as they are termed here, which are a type of wolf shifter. We get a sexy woodcutter (rawr), and we get cute, little "Red"-a Weston as our heroine.

For me, the character of Dayn made this story. He was such an adorable male lead, I absolutely loved him. He makes a really heartfelt speech about four chapters in, trying to explain his "kind" to Reda and he totally had me from that point on. It was such an honest and open explanation and he was so humble and self depreciating and....ah, he's just yummy! I realise that's not a very professional critique, but this is what he's reduced me to, okay? I can't help it!

I also really enjoyed the overall plot- the race against the clock created nice tension and suspense, and the knowledge that at the end of that time the two would be forced to part made the swiftness of their growing feelings seem more believable to me. Nothing makes you want to declare undying love quite like the thought that you may never see that person again.

I also loved the action scenes. Being more of an Urban Fantasy girl at heart I really appreciated that there was more to the story than just the romance. We had chases, battles, fighting off giant mythical creatures AND a sweet, sexy romance. I mean, what more do you want?

My only negative was that the baddie of the piece never seemed all that much of a danger. She was just a behind the scenes threat that didn't make much of an impression on me. And also, I'm not really clear on who she was or why she wanted to kill Dayn in the first place....maybe I missed it, but I can't remember that explanation. I can only assume that this lack of a big finale is because all four of these stories are heading towards one big end fight with the real enemy that started it all, but I guess I have to wait for the last book, Lord of the Abyss, to find out how that goes down.

Looking forward to it!

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