Book Reviews

Unjustified Claims (Hidden Wolves 4) by Kaje Harper

Genre Gay / Paranormal / Shifters / Interspecies / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 09-April-2021

Book Blurb

His pack would've killed him for his kinks and desires; now his human lover can't find out about his wolf.

Brandt Davis loved being part of his Michigan werewolf pack, until they found his stash of gay photos. He escaped their anger, running in wolf-form into the wilderness, but he can’t live that way forever. And he can’t hide in fur like a coward when an injured man needs his help.

Ethan Sjulstad knows life is making him crazy when a solo hike into the Minnesota Boundary Waters seems reasonable. Then a bad fall leaves him seriously hurt and facing death. Delirious, he hallucinates being rescued by a big gray wolf and a naked woodland godling. For a man who has always loved fantasy, it's worth surviving just to find out what the hell is going on.

 

 

First edition published by MLR Press, September 2014.

 

Book Review

I could've smacked myself when I realized I'd overlooked the release of 'Unjustified Claims', book four in Kaje Harper's series 'Hidden Wolves'. This is a big deal, people. This is one of my favorite shifter series, and I spaced. What was I thinking? Or, better yet, where in the hell was my mind? Please accept my apologies, Kaje. I'm late, but no less devoted to the series. *grins*

"Ethan was a master at ignoring facts, though. By now he had a PhD in reality-avoidance and wishful thinking, and sometimes that was the only way to survive the present."

One of the things I love about this series, and this book is no exception, is the reality the author imbues the story with. Ethan is badly hurt in the woods when Brandt meets him. There's no easy rescue, or easy resolution to this issue. Brandt doesn't lie to himself about not wanting to get involved, and once he's done helping Ethan, Brandt will be on his way, preferably back to living his life deep inside his wolf. Brandt has come three hundred miles to get away from his own problems. The last thing he needs, or wants, is to get involved in anyone else's. But you know what they say about good intentions.

Brandt isn't the only one with a painful past and lousy memories. Ethan has his share, all tied to this little town in northern Minnesota, the motel, with cabins, he inherited from his parents, and his brother’s friends who can't let go of the past. The OD his brother committed, and the resulting hate from so many of the townspeople, has really taken its toll on Ethan. Brandt stays to help Ethan fix some vandalism at the motel, and then to help get it ready for it's reopening. Along the way they become friends, and maybe something more. But Brandt can't tell Ethan about being a werewolf, as that's forbidden. Wouldn't you know that their very first guests at the cabins turn out to be Aaron, Zach, Simon, and Paul. Huh. What happens now that an alpha and some pack members have arrived?

Ethan and Brandt are two excellent characters to add to this series, and it wasn't lacking in great ones, before. As I expected, since I've come to look forward to it with this author, there was predictability, but only to a certain extent, and the author wove such a fascinating story around it, that I barely noticed it. What I did notice was where Brandt and Ethan took me. On a ride filled with the reality of one person having to hide such a fundamental part of themselves, and the other person with too much curiosity, and intelligence, to be kept in the dark for long.

A fantastic addition to the series! Truly. I didn't expect to see so much of my guys, and the pack, from the previous books, so that was a bonus. I also wasn't anticipating the ending, although I should've guessed, and, wow, it was awesome! Loved it. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 443 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 06-April-2021
Price $3.99 ebook, $18.99 paperback
Buy Link https://www.amazon.com/Unjustified-Claims-Hidden-Wolves-Book-ebook/dp/B08ZW4Q6S9