Book Reviews

The Night Wolf (The Wolves of Lydon 1) by Parker Williams at Dreamspinner Press

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Romance
Reviewed by nakin1978 on 28-May-2020

Book Blurb

The night wolf is a legend told to scare children into obeying their parents. It is said that to control a night wolf is to harness limitless power….

Gareth Blackthorn has been Alpha of the prosperous Lydon pack for nearly two decades. Breaking with tradition, Gareth doesn’t take over other packs by challenge. Instead, he lets wolves come to him and petition for admittance. He’s had his pick of the best, the brightest, and the most talented.

Until now.

A power-hungry Alpha desires Omega Sean Adler’s talent… and his submission, whether given freely or not. He’s been on the run since he was fifteen, surviving any way he could, until one night, he knows he’ll finally succumb to the injuries from his latest attack—and he’s ready to go. That’s when Gareth finds him, and Gareth’s wolf insists on claiming Sean as his mate. But there’s something mysterious about Sean, something tied to the mark on his shoulder….

Now Gareth must decide. Will he keep Sean despite the dangers that will arise, or will he throw the young man back to the wolves?


Book Review

Wow! This story completely blew me away. I am a huge shifter fan and I have read many shifter books, so when I say a book is good, I mean it.

 

This is not your typical shifter romance. There are trigger warnings: references to rape, beatings, abuse, neglect, and ownership. These are mentioned throughout the read but only in passing, not in real time. There is not a lot of description of these triggers but they exist, so be forewarned.

 

Sean is special. He has the mark of Mother Moon on him and he has the secret that he has tried to keep hidden about him being an omega as well. Even though these two combined makes him very valuable, he has not run across an alpha who has treated him that way. Instead he has only met alphas like Ryker, the one alpha who Sean has been running from for as long as he can remember.

 

Sean has had about all he can take. He is too scared to come out of wolf form because of the bounty Ryker has placed on him. Ryker’s right-hand man was able to catch up to Sean and beat and battered him so badly that he has broken ribs and the he can no longer remember the last time he ate. It is beginning to look very bad for Sean, especially now that he is sick. Wolves are not supposed to be able to get sick but Sean is.

 

Gareth is the alpha of the Lydon pack. His pack and land have always been blessed by Mother Moon. He is a caring alpha who believes in taking care of those around him. When his wolf smells Sean, even before Gareth does, he knows immediately that there is something very different about this wolf who is half dead. Gareth refuses to let that happen. So he rushes Sean to their pack land so their pack doctor can care for him.

 

The doctor is shocked at how bad off Sean is. He has never seen anything like it before but with how taken with the wolf as Gareth is, the doctor will do whatever necessary to make sure he is okay. Once Sean finally wakes up, he is afraid that Gareth is going to be like all the other alphas he has met. It takes time, but eventually Sean realizes that Gareth is actually a good person and a good alpha. This is when everything for Sean changes.

 

There is still the threat of Ryker finding Sean but for the first time in his life, he has found a family, a pack, and an alpha who is his mate and very much treats him as an equal. The question is, what will happen once Ryker does finally track Sean down? How will Gareth feel about Sean once he knows all the secrets that Sean has hidden from him? 

This book was such an incredible read. I honestly was not ready for the book to end. I truly hope that this will be a series because I can see so much more for both Gareth and Sean in the future, but I can say the same about some of he supporting characters as well. I truly look forward to what ever is to come next. Amazing read!

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 197 pages/68946 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 26-May-2020
Price $6.99 ebook, $14.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.dreamspinnerpress.com/books/the-night-wolf-by-parker-williams-11650-b