Audiobook Review ~ The Half Wolf by Jay Northcote

The Half Wolf

By: Jay Northcote

Narrated by: Hamish Long

Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins

Release date: 06-24-21

 

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Blurb

Mate, family, pack, home… Can Quinn and Kellan have it all?

Quinn grew up feeling out of place in the small town he calls home. Yearning for something he can’t name, he’s always felt different but never known why.

Kellan is part of a nomadic shifter pack. When they set up camp in the woods near Quinn’s town, the humans are unwelcoming and suspicious of the newcomers. The moment Kellan catches sight – and scent – of Quinn, he knows Quinn is special. But for the first time in his life, Kellan can’t trust his instincts. Quinn is human, and Kellan is a wolf shifter, so how can they ever be mates?

Their bond is instant and exhilarating. It breaks Quinn’s heart to know their relationship can only be temporary. Love isn’t enough when pack law forbids shifters to mate with humans. Tension explodes between pack and humans, and when Quinn discovers a shocking truth about himself that changes everything, he fears he’ll have to choose between the only life he’s ever known and the man he loves.

~ * ~ Annies Review ~ * ~

4 Stars

I have a soft spot for well-written shifter stories and was happy to discover a reliably favorite author of mine had one I hadn’t read before. The Half Wolf delivered and was a good listen with a talented narrator. I love the easy rhythm the narrator has and how it matched the tone of the book, making The Half Wolf easy to get lost in.

This shifter story moves fairly quickly, but there’s good development along the way so I was never frustrated or left wanting. I liked both characters and appreciated that the young men came across as “acting their age”—mature but a little impulsive and reckless at times. I also really liked how easy the romance between Kellan and Quinn is. Love at first sight is usually a negative for me, but I expect it a bit in shifter/paranormal romances and when it’s done as cleanly and openly as this book, it just works.

From the shifter universe standpoint, this world is not necessarily unique, but I did really like the way Quinn’s revelations come about. I wasn’t necessarily expecting some of it, and it only served to draw me further into the story.

If you are looking for a good shifter story with a moderate amount of action and a sweet, young love-style romance, The Half Wolf is definitely worth the listen.