Monday, May 28, 2018

Wolf of Her Own by N.J. Walters

Mikhail Matheson may be an outsider in Salvation, but he stays with the pack to be close to his sister. It has nothing to with the fact that Elise—the most fascinating woman he’s ever laid eyes on—is part of the pack. Mikhail has wanted Elise for years, but being with her could cost him his life. Soon he’ll have to decide if he’s going to leave the pack or risk it all to pursue a place at her side.

After escaping her abusive mate, Elise LaForge has made a home in Salvation with her sons. She never expected to have her emotions stirred up by the always serious and seriously handsome Mikhail. But can she finally put her past behind her and dare to move on?

When danger creeps into the pack, both she and Mikhail have to be willing to sacrifice everything to have a chance at love.

Each book in the Salvation Pack series is a standalone story that can be enjoyed in any order.

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Book 9
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

Even though I stayed up until 2:30 am reading, I actually saved the final three chapters for this morning. I had finally reached the point in the book where I felt confident that Mikhail and Elise were going to get their happily ever after. Yes, my friends, the mere knowledge that N.J. Walters always delivers a happy ending was not enough this time around. I know, I know. I knew there would be a happy ending, but Elise came to Salvation with enough baggage to fill the Spruce Goose and hadn’t shed much of it in the decade since joining her sons in North Carolina. So, Mikhail not only faced the displeasure of Elise’s sons, one of whom is the pack alpha who has the authority to send him away from Salvation, but he also had to prove to Elise that he wasn’t anything like her abusive, former mate or the majority of male werewolves she’d known all her life. No easy feat there and Walters certainly put these two through the wringer.

Having just read the previous two books in the series in preparation for reading Wolf of Her Own, I was excited to begin reading – so much so that I rearranged the blog calendar so that I could read it first. While I easily remembered Miss Elise, I’m not sure that I would have been as quick to recall Mikhail’s importance, even after being reminded that he was Rina’s older brother (who was more like a father to her). So, while newbies can easily read this as a standalone, series fans might want to give Wolf in His Heart a quick skim to refresh your memory. Either way, I loved watching Elise find herself again. After escaping decades of physical and emotional abuse by Pierre, her former mate, Elise has built a quiet, solitary life at Salvation, enjoying time spent with her sons, their mates, their children, and other pack members. But when Mikhail finally makes his interest known, she realizes that her past still haunts her and Pierre has a stranglehold on her from beyond the grave. Fortunately for Elise, and the reader, Mikhail is in his sixties (remember, that’s not old for a werewolf) and he possesses the patience and determination that comes from not only living that long, but also comes with working with humans, and playing a big role in the raising of his sister. And he needed every ounce of patience and then some when it came to courting Elise. It’s not that she set out to make it difficult for him, but rather she had so many unknown triggers that moving slow was the only way to proceed. But Mikhail not only accepted that challenge, he counted every obstacle overcome along the way as a win for both him and Elise because at the end of the day, Mikhail is as much a nurturer as Elise is.

One of the benefits of the slower pace of their courtship is that I felt I got to know both characters better. As Mikhail worked to coax Elise out of her protective shell, we got to watch her bloom and become the woman she was meant to be – full of love, full of life, and full of humor. The pie cutting scene alone made the book worthy of five stars. It’s been a while since I laughed like that over a scene that could have easily played out in my sister’s house during the holidays. Much like Mikhail, I was inordinately pleased when Elise began to tease him, even more so when she disagreed with him without hesitation. The changes in her were clear signs to Mikhail and the reader that Elise was comfortable with him and having him in her life – even if it took her far too long and the appearance of a dangerous threat for her to realize it. Of course, the final chapters I read this morning were the perfect ending to the book. I did not expect Walters to use several jumps in time to pack quite so much into the ending and it worked spectacularly. I loved that I got to see those glimpses into their happiness together and can only hope that Etienne’s declaration means there are more books to come. Well done, Walters, it’s not often that I find myself waking up on a Monday morning and having something to smile about so big that my cheeks hurt.

Once upon a time N.J. had the idea that she would like to quit her job at the bookstore, sell everything she owned, leave her hometown, and write romance novels in a place where no one knew her. And she did. Two years later, she went back to the bookstore and her hometown and settled in for another seven years.

One day she gave notice at her job on a Friday morning. On Sunday afternoon, she received a tentative acceptance for her first erotic romance novel and life would never be the same. N.J. has always been a voracious reader, and now she spends her days writing novels of her own. Vampires, werewolves, dragons, time-travelers, seductive handymen, and next-door neighbors with smoldering good looks—all vie for her attention. It’s a tough life, but someone’s got to live it.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Wolf of Her Own (Salvation Pack #9) by N.J. Walters to read and review.

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