Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Wise Wolf and His Colorful Coywolf
SERIES: The Pariah Pack #5
AUTHOR: Susan Laine
PUBLISHER: Siren Publishing
LENGTH: 119 Pages
RELEASE DATE: March 7th, 2017
Randy Walker has issues. He’s a lone coywolf in a group of wolves, he’s an Omega in a pack that already has one, and his past abuse complicates matters. He’s nineteen, but his mate is a century old. He’s uneducated, but his mate is a scholar. And he’s recently rediscovered his sense of smell, only now it seems to be malfunctioning.
Kade Colton is the Zeta of his pack, a historian, and a chronicler. Two months ago, he found his mate and started teaching him lessons. They bond over a shared passion of learning. Then, former members of the pack who left during a crisis return. This causes schisms in the ranks. One is the Tau, a spiritualist Kade despises. And in the adjacent national park, a rogue coywolf pack tempts Randy to join them and be with his own kind.
With so many obstacles in the way, can Randy and Kade have their happily ever after?
I seem to have fallen into reviewing this series by Susan Laine. This is the third book from the Pariah Pack series that I’ve reviewed so far, and it was definitely another must-read for anyone who is a fan of these admittedly clichéd shifter stories.
This installment finds Randy, a coywolf introduced in a previous book, struggling to find his place in his adopted pack. He was raised, basically a sex slave by his former pack, and now has to attend lessons to learn about all those things he’d missed out on. His teacher just so happens to be his mate, Kade, the Zeta of the Pariah Pack. The two men are circling the idea of being mates, their desire to be a couple on the back burner as the focus for now must be on Randy becoming comfortable with his new life. Lyss, an MC from the previous book, is again very present as Randy’s adopted parental figure. I love these “pack” themed books that tend to keep all of the characters we have previously loved conveniently together in one location.
The major conflict comes in the form of eleven former pack members returning to the fold, and disrupting the dynamic of the rest of the pack. A dynamic that Randy was already struggling to find his place in. What I’ve always enjoyed most about this series is the fact that we have more than just Alpha, Beta and Omega shifters. There are also other designations like the Zeta, the Tau, and the Epsilon. But more than that, every one of these Pariah Pack books somehow cracks those stereotypes and gives you a character that you just aren’t expecting. This instalment pushes that idea even more, as Randy is an Omega who feels the pull to be something other than what is expected.
With the previous books in this series I’ve said that each could be read as a standalone, but for this book, I think I’d recommend reading at least Bitter Bear and his Open Omega first. Randy makes a rather significant appearance in that book and I think you’ll get a better grasp of his past if you start there.
Recommended to lovers of shifter series.