Author: Rochelle Paige
Series: Black River Pack #1
Release date: November 29, 2014
Buy: Amazon US ~ Amazon UK
Grace Shaw is on the run from her crazy ex-boyfriend who refuses to believe their relationship is over. He's a cop and is willing to use police resources to track her down. So Grace comes up with a plan and tricks his fellow brothers in blue into thinking crying wolf a couple of times when he's reported her missing. Little does she know she'll go running into the arms of a real wolf when she finally makes her escape for real.
She just wants to be left alone, but then she meets Hunter Tate - the alpha of the Black River Pack. Grace tries to hold Hunter at arm's length, but there's just no reasoning with an alpha male werewolf who insists she's his mate.
This is book one in the Black River Pack series. Each novella will feature a different couple.
One of my ‘guilty-pleasures’ when it comes to reading romance books are stories about shifters. The men are tough, over-the-top Alphas, the women are sassy and the love/chemistry is instant. Crying Wolf by Rochelle Paige is an enjoyable shifter story, but I do wish it was longer, to do the characters and their story more justice.
“He was six and a half feet of pure sexiness wrapped in lean muscle with thick, almost black hair and eyes that reminded me of melted chocolate. The moment my eyes locked with his, I felt like I’d been hit by a truck. The only other time I’d felt anything close was when I had met Sam, but even that didn’t compare to the intensity of this moment.”
Grace Shaw is a young woman on the run. While she was grieving her parents, who died in an accident, she thought she fell in love with a sweet, handsome man. But as it turns out, his sweet, caring behavior was a façade, showing her his true face when he has isolated her from her friends. After the abuse starts to get physical, Grace comes up with a plan to escape her boyfriend, in which she succeeds. When she comes to the small town of Wolf’s Point, and decides to stay there for a while, she meets bar owner Hunter Tate. From the moment she sees him, she knows he’s not like any other men she’d ever met.
Hunter Tate has a lot of responsibilities. As the Alpha of his pack he makes the rules, and people come to him for advice and guidance. Besides that, he owns a pub is the shifter town of Wolf’s Point. After the untimely death of his parents, he and his brothers have lived with their grandmother. She always told them the stories about their fated mates, how they could recognize her. The moment Hunter meets Grace he feels she’s the woman for him.
“Her gaze shifted to me and her eyes widened, a hint of anxiety entering them for a brief moment. I’d spent most of my life cultivating a healthy dose of fear in others, but I hated the sight of it directed at me when it was coming from her.”
As is normal in shifter books, relationships develop in the blink of an eye. However, in Crying Wolf it takes a bit of time, since Grace isn’t a shifter but a normal human. Hunter takes it slowly with her, until the point he can’t control himself anymore. Although Grace is Hunters fated mate, she does have a choice and has to accept his claiming. But since she’s very attracted to Hunter, and feels safe with him, the claiming is only a formality.
Crying Wolf is a sweet, easy shifter read. It follows the basic rules of every shifter/human story; an instant love, an over-protective Alpha and a heroine who easily accepts her lover’s shifting abilities. Hunter and Grace have great chemistry and are a great match. Since Crying Wolf is the first book in a new series, ‘the Black River Pack’, the leading men for the next books are introduced and hints about their fated mates are being given.
“But you’d belong to me too, right?” she asked, her voice trembling. “Yes, Gracie-mine. I already do. No matter what you decide. And I’m okay with whatever you think is best for you. Your happiness is what’s important here. You’re all there is for me. You and my pack.”
Although I’ve enjoyed reading Crying Wolf, it was a little predictable and on the short side. I give this story 3.5 stars.