Reviewed by Kimberley and Michele
TITLE: Daring the Wolf
AUTHOR: Skylar M. Cates
PUBLISHER: Treading Water Productions
RELEASE DATE: July 25, 2016
Can a human ever dominate a werewolf?
Living in a strict world of paranormal dos and don’ts is exhausting for Gabe Ryan. After fleeing his home when he became a werewolf, Gabe attempts to forget his family and the young boyfriend he left behind. But he is still haunted by his memories—until a birthday wish leads him to an unexpected confrontation.
A busy emergency room doctor, Ethan Dunn has closed off his heart. He sure as hell does not trust Gabe Ryan, not after the way he abandoned Ethan. If Gabe wants a second chance, he better be ready to risk everything and break all the rules between humans and wolves.
This was a good story; I liked it quite a bit. I did notice that the story read like it was actually a sequel, like the story started in the middle. You have an explanation of sorts as to why Gabe is a shifter but the it felt rushed and made no sense. Think if more time I was spent on really telling that part of the story it would’ve become a lot more clear than it was. I just couldn’t shake the feeling like there was a story told prior to this one. It wasn’t bad but it was noticeable.
The characters are quite odd as far as their personalities. There is the mother wolf who’s this sweet chef of the group who’s mated to the sharply dressed neat freak, then there’s Gabe and Ethan. Let’s start with Gabe: he’s aggressive and dominant with others but with Ethan he’s quite the opposite. He knows… Or he feels that he should be the dominate one in the relationship because of the werewolf/human relationship rules. Ethan on the other hand, surprised me. I was expecting him to immediately submit to Gabe. He’s a little shy yet dominate and aggressive. It’s an interesting dynamic with these two men.
The storyline wasn’t as well executed as it could’ve/should’ve been. The story had great bones, it’s just the storyline could’ve been executed just a little bit better.
All in all, the story was pretty good. It’s a definitely worth a read.
Gabriel Ryan is a werewolf that lives with his pack of wolf brothers, Sebastian and Luca. Sebastian is a very head strong, tough and capable alpha male of the group. Luca is extremely particular, and is always immaculately dressed. He handles the business end of things for the pack, and Gabe is the tracker of the group. Together they ran a tiny detective agency that catered specifically to the supernatural sector.
The paranormal world has very strict rules that they are to adhere to. One of those rules are, once you leave your blood family, after the change, you must forget about your previous life and never look back, nor interact with any of them. Interacting with your blood family was strictly Forbidden. Your loyalty now belonged to your pack. There are reasons for these strict rules in this society of supernaturals and humans. There were groups of religious zealots that wanted to rid the world of their demon kind and considered themselves assassins. These assassins also wanted to capture the werewolves for medical research so they could do cruel experiments on them to see how much pain they could endure. Even knowing this Gabe of course has poor self control when it comes to adhering to rules. Well he left home at age 16, and now he was about to have his 30th birthday and was itching to to see his home again. Due to certain unfortunate events, maybe a little fate, Gabe has an unexpected confrontation with his ex, who until now thought Gabe was dead.
So here they are Gabe and Ethan Dunn, Gabe’s ex, who is now a doctor and all grown up and hot and sexy, but pissed off. But who wouldn’t be. Gabe abandoned him and his own parents. He just left without saying a word to anyone. His parents have grieved over his loss for all these years, but stayed close to Ethan because they knew what the boys meant to each other. Gabe thought his leaving was for the best, but now he feels horrible and selfish. Gabe realizes that he still has feeling for Ethan but Etan has closed off heart. Gabe decides that he is willing to do what he needs to in order to regain Ethan’s trust. But by going with Ethan’s plan, he’s breaking another major werewolf rule, one that would get him removed from his pack.
I liked this story but I had questions, which hopefully this will become a series and maybe answer most of those questions. Certain things were explained about Sebastian, like how he got his scars and the reasons he was so ruthless sometimes. But the way he took over things with another character that came into the story, Presley, was odd based on the way he treated others. By all rights Presley should be toast, but Sebastian is keeping him as a prisoner, or is he??? Hmmmm!! Then there is Luca, who we know very little about except that Dave is his partner. Yeah, this story was good but it needs a follow up. Even though there was no cliffhanger, I felt like there was no closure.